world war one
Three days including rain, Putin and a topless protestor.
Conditions are perfectly normal for this time of year.
British Prime Minister Theresa May and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel attended a service at the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium, to lay wreaths at the graves of John Parr and George Ellison, the first and last British soldiers killed in World War One.
In the 100 years since the savagery of the Somme, the world has changed in innumerable ways. Many of the technological advancements that caused this change have also served to make the mechanics of war more efficient and even more brutal. I hope that by bringing war's horrors home, these advancements also serve to make its possibility much more distant.
'From that moment all my religion died.'
A collection of more than 500 first-hand accounts, some of which have never been seen before, have revealed graphic details
Young men handed out cards detailing names and ages of soldiers who died in the bloody battle.
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Reflecting back on that one day of senseless slaughter helps us to look forward. This weekend people around the country will pause and think about the First World War. It is a measure of our common decency that despite WW1 being a war of history, not memory, we commemorate it. Every part of our country has its own story. Of the 16,000 towns and villages across Britain in 1914, only 40 thankful parishes would see the return by 1918 of all who had left for the conflict. The horror of that appalling loss will live on for future generations as we learn the lessons of our past.
An amazing window into life on the Somme.