I have been to the battle fields of Northern France where so many lost their lives 100 years ago. It is a very sobering visit. I will be part of the national commemorations of the worst battle of WW1. Many locals in Tynedale lost their lives 100 years ago. The Courant did this excellent piece on those lost from Haydon Bridge and Hexham.
A wider piece on the Somme itself with amazing pictures is here: