Tyneside Pipers: First Day of the Somme

| July 1, 2019

La Boiselle this day so many years ago… This Day – 1 July 2019 When I can…I walk this ground, towards La Boiselle… We are in this place, peaceful now, but where the hearts of men once beat with adrenaline as they advanced. Their rhythms interrupted by the stuttering power of the seemingly endless machine […]

Canadian in a British Regiment: 1 July 1916

| July 3, 2016

IN THE GREAT ADVANCE Canadian Officer’s Graphic Letter. The following is a letter from a young Canadian serving with an English regiment – an officer in the first line on the first day of the big offensive: – July 1.      I am writing this in a dug-out about 200 yards from German lines. […]