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Part 4 Bleeding profusely and in terrible agony, Aidan Liddell assessed the damage sustained by his RE5 plane during an attack by a German fighter. With the wheel control smashed in half and the throttle shot away, the plane would now be a nightmare to control. And there were his own injuries: his right thigh had been so badly hit that four inches of femur had been shot away and he was unable to move his leg. Peck insisted that Aidan should land, so that he could receive treatment, but that would mean that Peck would become a prisoner and Aidan would not countenance that. He would fly on, controlling the broken wheel with one hand and the rudder pedal with the other. The return flight would be, at best, precarious and, with a badly injured pilot, controls shot to pieces, heavy fire from the ground, and an aeroplane which was difficult to land even in the best of conditions, the odds suggested a calamitous conclusion. With 35 miles and a full half hour ahead of him, Aidan forged on and battled to keep his plane under control. They came under heavy fire crossing the lines, then, as the Belgian Flying Corps base at La Panne came into view, he now had to decide how to get his plane down without a throttle and with failing instruments. #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #mons #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Part 3 On 31st July, Aidan’s next operation was to end in a quite breathtaking act of heroism. As he and his observer, Lt Peck, were patrolling and photographing the German lines, a fighter swooped in to attack and raked the RE5 with bullets, smashing controls in the cockpit and seriously wounding Aidan, whose right thigh was almost severed. He passed out and the RE5 plunged earthwards. Peck was not strapped in and he managed to hold on and save his machine gun as all other loose items, such as ammo drums, cascaded out of his cockpit. Peck, who was highly experienced and had apparently had several difficult encounters, saw Aidan slumped in his seat and must have thought he was now done for as the ground rushed up to meet them. Yet, after a dive of 3000 ft, the increased slipstream brought Aidan round and, somehow, with the delicate touch the RE5 demanded, he managed to pull the plane out of the dive. (More to follow) This incredible photo turned out to be a remarkable hoax ... #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #mons #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Part 2 As the war grinded down to static positions, Aidan Liddell was wounded and sent home to recover, with the prospect that the seriousness of his injuries would prevent him from returning to active service. And indeed it did. Declared unfit for duty at the front, it seemed that for Aidan, the war was effectively over. But he still had an ace up his sleeve - he was a qualified pilot. Having trained before the outbreak of war at the Vickers School at Brooklands, Aidan was soon cleared for service with the Royal Flying Corps and he left for France to join No 7 Squadron on 24th July 1915. His aircraft would be the RE5, which required tremendous skill and judgement to handle, though he seems to have mastered the whims of his machine in a very short space of time. The RE5, with a top speed of 55 mph, was a tempting target for both ground fire and marauding fighters, which made every reconnaissance mission a test of mettle and courage for both pilot and observer. Aidan’s first sortie left him running on vapour with only 10 minutes of fuel left and the aircraft badly damaged by shrapnel and machine gun fire. (More to follow ...) #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #mons #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The story of Aidan Liddell’s war service is remarkable - a word, perhaps a tad overused, but read on and you can judge for yourself. It might seem odd that Aidan chose to join the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who were based such a long way from his home in Hampshire, but this he did and he was attached to their 2nd Battalion as Captain in command of the machine gun section when they were ordered to France on 30th August 1914. Once in action, he served for forty-three consecutive days without relief and won the accolade of his men for his selfless leadership and courage, prompting Pte Alexander McCallum to say of Aidan, “We have a splendid officer in charge of the guns, one of those men who would give the faint-hearted confidence.” Aidan also saved the life of his Company Sergeant Major, S. Conroy who recounted, “On 21st October 1914, I was lying seriously wounded at a place called Fremalles, when Captain Liddell observed me. He at once helped me to the road and directed me to crawl back to the nearest field-dressing station. Knowing the seriousness of my wound, I knew I would have died had Captain Liddell not given me timely assistance.” Mentioned in dispatches, Aidan was also one of the first to receive the Military Cross, a new award instituted by George V. More to follow ... #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #mons #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #incentivetravel #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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This is the Victoria Cross awarded to Lieutenant Maurice Dease, 4th Royal Fusiliers, brought under guard from the Tower of London to Stonyhurst College for the visit of The Princess Royal. I am honoured and delighted to have been asked to recount Maurice’s incredible story in the book “On Courage”. The book features inspirational tales of valour displayed by Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients – out 17 May 2018. Pre-order now bit.ly/OnCourageWaterstones @OnCourageBook. @WillGreenwood @CombatStress #OnCourage #VictoriaCross #GeorgeCross #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #mons #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Dochy Farm New British Cemetery sits on the side of the road between Langemark and Zonnebeke at the foot of the ridge which rises gently towards Passchendaele. Of the 1,500 or so burials here, two thirds are unidentified. #remembrance #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #canon_official #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The Cambrai Memorial - The Battle of Cambrai, which saw the first use of tanks in great numbers, began a century ago. Spectacular gains by the British were hailed back home by the ringing of church bells countrywide, but a salient had been created which would prove to be difficult to defend, especially as half of the 476 Mark IV tanks had been knocked out or had broken down. Skillful German counter-attacks would then reduce the British advance to virtually nothing. #cambrai100 #remembrance #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #canon_official #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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A panorama of Lone Tree Cemetery on Messines Ridge with the trees surrounding the Spanbroekmolen Crater on the horizon to the left. The mine, with 90,000 lbs of high explosive, was blown with 18 others on 7th June 1917 and some of the soldiers in this cemetery were caught by the falling debris. The crater has since filled with water and is now known as the Pool of Peace. #remembrance #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #canon_official #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Remembrance. Donald Bell, a teacher and professional footballer in civilian life, was awarded the Victoria Cross for taking on and overcoming a machine gun position which was causing havoc with his men. He was killed in the assault on Contalmaison only a few days later doing just the same thing. #remembrance #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Remembrance. A wreath for Uncle Frank, who lies in Lonsdale Cemetery at Thiepval on the Somme. His sister, Annie (Grandma to me and pictured alongside him) was 18 when he was killed and never forgot him, mourning him throughout her life. She would never talk about him, except on one occasion when I pressed her rather too clumsily, “He was the best big brother any girl could wish for.” Moved by her sorrow, I never asked her again. #remembrance #cwgc #royalbritishlegion #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Remembrance. And two very special poppies on the blazer this year. The red poppy came from the England Rugby World Cup team tour of the Somme 2007. The Passchendaele 100 pin was made to commemorate the centenary of the Third Battle of Ypres from the fuses of shells found on the battlefield, with the red enamel in the centre mixed with earth from various locations in the Ypres Salient. #cwgc #royalbritishlegion #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Off the beaten track again, looking towards the Thiepval plateau across Nab Valley. Many will come to the Somme to find relatives lost in the fighting and here I am conscious that Uncle Frank would have known this area well from frequent patrols and scrutiny of maps, though without the advantages I have of standing in the open with a camera and a cup of tea. #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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For over two years, the Germans resisted all attempts to wrestle Vimy Ridge from their grasp, so their artillery could rain havoc at will on Arras and the plain of Douai. Captured by Canadian forces on the first day of the Battle of Arras on 9th April 1917, it is a fitting place for the memorial to all missing Canadian soldiers of the Great War. #canada #canadaday #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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After the successful attack at Mametz on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, Siegfried Sassoon wrote of passing lines of soldiers, Devons, Gordon Highlanders, South Staffordshires, arranged for burial by the side of the road. On a recent tour, this Devons badge was found at that spot and I photographed it on the stone at the entrance to the Devonshire Cemetery where its owner is almost certainly buried. #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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We've been paying our respects to Captain Shirley Cuthbert Day MC for many years now. Those who have researched him over the years have all been impressed and warmed by his humanity and selflessness, and so finding his name on the Tyne Cot Memorial has always prompted a minute or two of quiet reflection. An honour to remember him today on the centenary of his death. #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Uniform jacket of a Royal Fusiliers lieutenant. The blue chevron denotes one year's service overseas after 31st December 1914. The strip of Russian gold braid on the other arm shows that he appeared in the Casualty Lists as 'wounded'. Torn and patched, this jacket (and its owner) clearly endured much service. It was rescued from a shop for hiring fancy dress outfits. #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #iPhone7+ #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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River Hodder ... no filters needed. #canonphotography #canon7d #ribblevalley #paulgarlington

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Guillemont, Somme. From the site of Arrow Head Copse. Near this spot, during the 48 hours of 8th and 9th August 1916, Captain Noel Chavasse and Lt. Gabriel Coury would be awarded the VC and two England rugby internationals, 2nd Lt Lancelot Slocock and Sgt Jack King would be killed in action. From the German perspective in a sunken land close by, Lt Ernst Junger of the 73rd Hanoverian Infantry Regiment commented that the ground was carpeted with bodies, British to the front of his position and Germans behind. It was a charnel house. #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The Battle of Mons, 23rd August 1914. Lieutenant Maurice Dease, 4th Bn Royal Fusiliers, placed his machine gun section on the railway bridge here and kept it going, in spite of being hit several times, until he eventually succumbed and died of his wounds. He was awarded the first Victoria Cross of the Great War. #stonyhurst #victoriacross #VC #passchendaele100 #ypres #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme100 #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The road to Ovillers. The driver of the Peugeot behind me was clearly irritated as I pulled over to take this photo of daybreak over Mash Valley this morning. I'm sure his gestures didn't wish me a fond "Au revoir", that's for sure. This stretch of No-Man's-Land, at 800 yards, was the longest on the Somme front and the scene of bitter fighting, although it is almost impossible to imagine a century later. #somme100 #somme #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #cwgc #cwgc100 #passchendaele100 #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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At Hooge, the Menin Road slopes gently towards Ypres and the German line stood here from 1915 until July 1917, with all tactical trump cards in their hands. The Germans knew that the spot at the end of the road, just visible in the photo, would be in constant use by the British as they brought men and materiel into the Salient, so they shelled it mercilessly. As one of the most dangerous places on the Western Front, it became known as Hellfire Corner. Today, it is a roundabout. #passchendaele100 #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #cwgc #cwgc100 #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The flat landscape of the Ypres Salient is all too clear here from the German position at Gravenstafel and it was from here on the afternoon of 22nd April 1915 that they unleashed the gas attack which allowed their infantry to punch a cavernous dent into Allied lines. The ground was not retaken until 4th October 1917, when the New Zealand Division overran the village of Gravenstafel during the Battle of Broodseinde (Third Battle of Ypres). It was a stellar success, opening up the left flank of the Passchendaele ridge, and a monument was erected in the village to commemorate the New Zealanders who fought here. #passchendaele100 #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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On the night before the Passchendaele 100 commemorations, I filmed this squad of Irish Guards marching through the Menin Gate, the memorial to 55,000 men who have no known grave and who marched out to the Ypres Salient with thousands of British and Commonwealth soldiers over the exact spot a century before. Of all British soldiers who were killed in action, one in four fell here in front of Ypres and, with that in mind, this short clip strikes a resonant chord. #passchendaele100 #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #englandrugby #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The Tyne Cot Memorial spans the eastern edge of the cemetery like the apse of a great cathedral. Its panels contain the names of 35,000 men who have no known grave and who fell after mid-August 1917. Those who fell before this date, whose bodies were never found, are commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres and number nearly 55,000. #passchendaele100 #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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If I'm really honest, I have struggled to photograph Tyne Cot Cemetery and, at the same time, reflect the scale, spirit and profound emotion of the place. I'll keep trying. This weekend sees the centenary of the opening of the Third Battle of Ypres, which culminated four months later in the fighting for the Passchendaele ridge upon which this cemetery now stands. "I died in Hell. They called it Passchendaele." (Sassoon) #passchendaele100 #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Behind the wayside crucifix lies Redan Ridge Cemetery No. 3, which is situated north of Beaumont Hamel on the old German front line. Striking in its quiet beauty, this tiny cemetery contains only 50 graves. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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When strolling by fields of waving corn, it's incredibly difficult to imagine the events which took place here a century ago. The cemetery on the horizon is the only give-away, perhaps. The 31st Division, made up of many Pals battalions, attacked over this ground on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. At the outset of the war in 1914, this was a grand idea: friends joining up together in search of glory, going through thick and thin with a 'tickled to death to go' attitude. In the currency of the time - Pals. Nobody ever thought at the outset of the war, what the effect would be on a community if their boys suffered terribly in battle, if these groups of tightly knit soldiers not only fought together, but died together, too. Later historians would agree that these Pals battalions, with their insuperable optimism and camaraderie, were 'two years in the making, and ten minutes in the destroying.' #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Caterpillar Valley Cemetery lies on the Bazentin to Longueval road and affords stunning views across the Somme battlefield, from High Wood to the north and Montauban to the south. It is also the site of the New Zealand memorial to their missing. From here, only recently, an unknown New Zealander was exhumed with all military honours and returned home. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Staff Nurse Nellie Spindler lies close to two England Rugby internationals, Lt Colonel George Dobbs and Lt John Raphael in Lijssenthoek Cemetery near Poperinghe, behind the Ypres Salient. George Dobbs and John Raphael died of their wounds in June 1917, within only a few days of each other. Nellie was stationed at 44th Casualty Clearing Station at Brandhoek and on the morning of 21st August 1917, after a long night in the operating theatre, she turned down the offer of a walk with her friends, preferring to spend some time resting on her bed. German artillery, searching for an ammunition dump nearby, hit the hospital and Nellie was badly wounded by shrapnel. She never regained consciousness and died twenty minutes later in the arms of Nurse Wood. Nellie now lies alongside 10,000 men in one of the largest British military cemeteries in the world. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Beaumont Hamel British Cemetery lies in the middle of the old No Man's Land and looks across the New Beaumont Rd towards Hawthorn Redoubt, where the British exploded a 40k mine to herald the opening of the Battle of the Somme. Film of the explosion remains one of the most enduring images of the Great War and the copse on the left horizon now marks the site of the crater. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Following the events of 1914 on the Somme will bring you to little villages like this one, which seem to nestle into the contours of the land and, strangely, they always seem deserted. Beautiful views. In open fighting, before the front line hardened into trenches, French and German soldiers were locked bayonet to bayonet here. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The view across the Ancre from Thiepval allows moments of quiet reflection after taking in the scale of the memorial and the number of missing it commemorates. It is difficult to imagine that German trenches ran through what is now the cemetery and that this plateau was captured at enormous cost to both attacker and defender. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Cresting the rise into Albert, I was met by this stunning aspect. As the tower of the basilica eclipsed the rising sun, I had only moments to scramble out of the driving seat and grab the camera before it reappeared once more and then I would kick myself at the lost opportunity. I rested on the bonnet of the Discovery and the Canon 7d did the rest. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The market town of Albert stood only a couple of miles behind the lines and the tower of the basilica of Notre Dame de Brebières provided a perfect vantage point for French soldiers spotting the fall of artillery fire on the German lines. The Germans recognised the importance of this and in 1915, in their attempts to destroy the tower, winged the statue of the Virgin and Child, leaving it hanging precariously over the square below. Rumours spread that, should she fall the war would end and, with the German army in possession of most of Belgium and a significant slice of NE France, the French in particular were keen to press on and drive the invader out. So engineers secured the statue to the spot, where it became a landmark to British troops especially, after they took over the area in late 1915. It would be a British shell which would eventually bring down the tower and the statue as they recaptured Albert from the Germans in August 1918. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Bois Francais opposite Fricourt is a peaceful spot, which I visit frequently with small connoisseur groups. Lt Bernard Adams was stationed here with the 1st Royal Welsh Fusiliers in the months preceding the Battle of the Somme and he wrote in great detail about all aspects of army and trench life. He said that from this position, it was possible to observe the length of both front line trenches as they snaked northwards towards Albert and beyond. The landscape directly behind the Land Rover Discovery would have fallen under his gaze as he scrutinised everything through his binoculars. And of Bois Francais, (just out of shot to the right) he noted that even the tree stumps had been swept away by the shelling. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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A century ago today, 7th June, the Battle of Messines Ridge began. The ridge commanded the south part of the Ypres Salient and had been in German hands since the savage fighting here in 1914. In 1916, while great battles raged to the south, British tunnelling companies began to undermine the German defences opposite in an extensive and ambitious operation which would see the creation of 24 mines. The geology was complex and a layer of blue clay made the work hazardous, although initiatives by expert miners made sure progress was rapid and extensive. At 3.10 am on 7th June, 19 mines were blown and the subsequent attack was a stellar success, achieving all objectives. The largest of the mines was this one at Spanbroekmolen, a position which German commanders had ordered to be held at all costs. The mine consisted of 41,000 kg of ammonal (high explosive) and left a crater 74 metres in diameter and 12 metres deep. Local geological conditions meant that the crater would soon fill with water and it is now known as the Pool of Peace, standing as a memorial to those of all nations who fought and fell here. And the remaining mines? Three were abandoned and filled with water to prevent discovery by the Germans. One exploded during a thunderstorm in 1957 (terrifying a herd of cattle) and the other remains undetected beneath the Flanders clay. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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After a day exploring the battlefields around Le Cateau, I knew there had to be a final visit before heading for the hotel and a well-earned beer or two. The village of Ors lies close to the Sambre à l'Oise Canal and the communal cemetery is easy to miss with only the small green CWGC sign by the gate to tell me I had eventually arrived. Up the steps and through the entrance, the small plot of white headstones halfway down on the right stood in contrast to the surrounding village graves, yet I was left with the strong feeling they are welcome here and a source of local pride. This is a remarkable place. Of the 59 men here, most are from the 2nd Bn Manchester Regiment and the 16th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers, with two VC winners amongst them, who all fell in the intense fighting to cross the canal and capture the village in early November 1918. But I had come to see one grave in particular, that of Wilfred Owen, whose iconic poetry resonates from the face of battle and rings down the ages. The setting sun cast long shadows and added a special ambience to a few moments which will live long in the memory. “Strange friend,” I said, “here is no cause to mourn.” “None,” said that other, “save the undone years, The hopelessness." Strange Meeting, by Wilfred Owen (Lieutenant, 5th Bn Manchester Regt, MC, Aged 25) #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #wilfredowen #warpoetry #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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I find that those places off the beaten track, which take a little more determination to get to, never disappoint and always seem to offer reward for the effort. Here, I remember a peace and tranquility difficult to describe, prompting a few moments of reflection before the onset of a very busy day. #nothinglikestandingonthespot #beingthere #theinstaretreat #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #corporateevents #corporate #teambuilding #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme in July last year, just after the centenary commemoration; dozens of wreaths from the world over surround the Stone of Remembrance. Flanked by 72244 names of men who were never found, I often wonder, if they were all together once more just chatting and passing the time of day, the collective sound they would all make. #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #landrover #discovery #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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A short distance behind the old front line lies Martinsart British Cemetery, which differs from other CWGC cemeteries, because the graves are marked with red Corsehill rather than the usual white Portland stone. As a consequence, the Cross of Sacrifice stands out in stark contrast to the graves around it. The headstone was intended to be a personal memorial for each dead soldier and Portland stone was chosen in preference to others, because it adorned many of the important buildings in London and so was considered essentially British. Once the new stones were in place, the original wooden grave markers were then offered to bereaved families. #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #youtube #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Gravestones of unidentified British and Commonwealth troops carried as much detail as possible about the soldier buried there: 'A Serjeant of the Manchester Regiment' for example. For the majority however, only the simple inscription seen in the photo would be possible. 'Known Unto God' would then be engraved at the base of the stone. These two phrases were coined by Rudyard Kipling, who at the time was the most famous author in the English-speaking world, and they would have a particular poignance for him and his American wife, because their 18 year old son, John, had been reported missing on 27th September 1915 at Loos. His body was never identified, though his parents spent the rest of their lives trying to find his grave. It is very possible that Lt John Kipling now lies in a grave marked by a stone with his father's striking words upon it and it is surely the case that Rudyard must have written them with his son John in mind. #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #youtube #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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This twisted chunk of rusty metal was once a gas shell, British or German, fired over one of the most hotly contested parts of the Somme battlefield. I found it quite by chance at the side of the field in front of Guillemont Road Cemetery in line with Arrow Head Copse, which has now disappeared, but is clearly visible on the old trench maps. This was a place of savage fighting, where the German defences held firm against repeated attacks over several weeks. Here, 2nd Lt Gabriel Coury, old Stonyhurst, rescued his wounded CO in No-Man's-Land and was awarded the Victoria Cross. A few days later, on 9th August 1916, 2nd Lt Lancelot Slocock and Lance Corporal Jack King, who both played together in the same England Rugby team, both died together in the same attack. They are commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and their stories are told in greater detail in the RFU's "Rose and Poppy" films which can be seen on YouTube. #ww1 #rugbyremembers #lewismoody7 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #youtube #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The Caribou looks out across the battlefield where the Newfoundlanders it commemorates made their fateful attack on the first day of the Somme. The only figures moving in the landscape and silhouetted against the bright morning sky, they made perfect targets for machine gunners a quarter of a mile away. As they made their way forward in impossible conditions, they tucked their chins into their chests as they would have done in the teeth of a Newfoundland blizzard. #ww1 #cwgc #cwgc100 #somme #ypres #arras #rugbyremembers #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The somnolent beauty of the Somme battlefield belies the true nature of events here a century ago and it is almost impossible to imagine that these fields of swaying corn once resembled the surface of the moon. And yet they did. The copse on the left of the picture formed part of the Leipzig Salient, one of several strongholds built by the Germans to defend the Thiepval plateau. This view, from in front of the British line, may have observed by Frank Anderton (gt-uncle) who attacked from here with his unit, the 6th Borders, in late September 1916, when Thiepval finally fell. The photo is taken from the edge of Lonsdale Cemetery where he now lies. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #arras #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Lochnagar Crater, La Boisselle. It is often difficult to gauge the magnitude of this enormous explosion, even when we consider the plain facts: 60,000 lbs of high explosive, the greatest man-made sound to that date, spoil thrown 4,000 feet into the air. Perhaps if you zoom in to find the people standing to the right of the cross you will get an idea of the scale of this enormous hole in the ground, which causes first-time visitors to take a sharp in-take of breath. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #arras #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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A glimpse through the gateway of the Deutscher Soldatenfriedhof (German Military Cemetery) at Fricourt. With the centenary of the Somme last year, the cemetery has enjoyed more attention, with the crosses and plaques restored, the grass cut and flowers in abundance. This has not always been the case, but it was always encouraging to see that poppy wreaths were laid here frequently. There are over 17,000 soldiers here, of whom only 5,057 are marked with a cross. The remaining 11,970 lie in four communal graves at the top of the cemetery. Manfred von Richthofen, the Red Baron, was buried here after being exhumed from his grave at Bertrangles, only to be moved again in 1925, this time to Berlin as a celebrated war hero. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #arras #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Whilst taking the scenic route eastwards from the southern area of the Somme in search of the flash points of the Retreat from Mons, I totally lost my bearings - even the sat nav threw in the towel. Then again, I find the nature of a recce is to take time and even run the risk of getting lost. The day was still young and I was in no particular rush. Quite by chance, I came across this isolated cemetery containing the graves of men who fell during the last few weeks of the war, many during the heavy fighting here in mid-October 1918. As I wandered between the rows, I was struck by the proximity of the Armistice (so close) and more so by the irony which rests ponderously on the ambiguous name of the cemetery. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #arras #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The impressive memorial at Vimy Ridge commemorates the success of the Canadian divisions who fought here together during the opening of the Battle of Arras a century ago. Looking out over the Douai Plain, the statue of a young woman, often described as Mother Canada, mourns her lost sons. Clearly seen in the background is the shell torn ground, so heavily fought over and on the horizon are the two spoil heaps - the Double Crassier - which mark the 1915 battlefield of Loos. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #arras #canada #canon_official #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The fighting man shall from the sun Take warmth, and life from the glowing earth; Speed with the light-foot winds to run, And with the trees to newer birth; And find, when fighting shall be done, Great rest and fullness after dearth. "Into Battle" by Julian Grenfell Captain, Royal Dragoons Died of wounds 26th May 1915 #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #warpoetry #lewismoody7 #formidablefilms #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Following the footsteps of Albert Collingwood brought us to this spot, where he and his pals of the "Newcastle Commercials" scrambled up the bank at the side of the road to attack the German fortress at Thiepval. When the village eventually fell nearly three months later, Albert was never found and his name is on the Thiepval Memorial (right of photo) which stands on the plateau which was the objective of the attack during which he died. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Walking across the old No-Man's-Land, whilst recording the "Rose and Poppy" film trilogy for the RFU. Incredible experience. #ww1 #lewismoody7 #formidable #cwgc #somme #ypres #canonphotography #canon7d #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The tiny cemetery on Mesnil Ridge is always worth a visit, especially when the shadows are long on a summer's early morning or late evening. Not a soul in sight. A peaceful five minute walk from the track will get you there, unless you have a vehicle to cope with the terrain. #ww1 #canonphotography #canon7d #cwgc #somme #ypres #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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A little patience brought its reward. Half an hour's wait as the mist shrouded the entire Ancre valley, until it fell away to reveal the Thiepval plateau and Lutyens' mighty memorial. #breathtaking #canonphotography #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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A gusty, grey afternoon at Prowse Point Cemetery near Ploegsteert Wood, the only cemetery in the Ypres Salient to be named after someone - Major Charles Prowse. He had fought with great distinction here in October 1914. Promoted to Brigadier General, he was to fall leading his men on the first day of the Somme. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #ypres #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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High Wood. "Ghastly by day, ghostly by night, the rottenest place on the Somme" #ww1 #cwgc #somme #jaguarlandrover #landroverdiscovery #rovergroup #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Battlefields aside, there are times in this part of France when you are glad you have your camera with you to record the stunning countryside. #ww1 #thiepval #beaumonthamel #cwgc #somme #landrover #landroverdiscovery #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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With lunch set out in the boot of the Discovery, we were ready for a few moments rest after a hectic morning. And then this storm arrived ... #ww1 #cwgc #somme #landrover #landroverdiscovery #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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The road across the Bouzincourt Ridge down to Aveluy would have rung to the sounds of soldiers' boots as units made their way to the front line on the horizon. From this point, the Somme battlefield, between Thiepval on the left and La Boisselle on the right, is clearly visible. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #landrover #landroverdiscovery #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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Lealvillers and many of its neighbouring villages, would have been familiar to British soldiers as they made their way to their billets or back to the front line. We passed by the church when following the footsteps of Uncle Frank (21713 Pte F Anderton) with the 6th Borders and the old photo shows the same spot as he would have seen it. Note the machine gun post by the church. #ww1 #cwgc #somme #thenandnow #landrover #landroverdiscovery #connoisseur #paulgarlingtonbattlefieldhistorian #paulgarlington

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