Freelance writer from Cornwall
B Company of the 8th Battalion, Royal East Surrey Regiment, making their ‘Football Charge’ on July 1, 1916, beginning the Battle of the Somme.
At 7:30am on July 1, 1916, Captain Wilfred Nevill led his company ‘over the top’ to start the Battle of the Somme. July 1, 1916 is still the darkest day in British military history, the British Army sustaining 57,000 casualties that day alone. The Somme was only one of many horrendous battles while the war itself became a byword for all that is dreadful about warfare in general. Captain Nevill became an overnight celebrity, but never lived to enjoy it. Like so many others he was killed in action.
I chose the image because the First World War spawned Remembrance Day, what we British now often call ‘Poppy Day’ as its symbol is the red poppy, about the only plant that still grew on the…
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