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Month: July 2014

July News from No.fifty6

Posted on 31st July 2014 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

July News from No.fifty6 July on The Somme

The beginning of the month saw the commemorations for the 98 years since the start of the first Battle of The Somme on 1st July 1916. We attended the Lochnagar Crater service where David laid a wreath and Julie read a John Galsworthy Poem – “Youth’s Own”. The service was well attended with many nations represented. There is something especially poignant about standing on that scarred land and thinking back to the events of 98 years ago. Later in the day we went to Thiepval as well as Ovillers Cemetery where so many who lost their lives on 1st July are buried, whether known or unknown.

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Fellowship of the Ring 60th Anniversary: JRR Tolkien's WW1 Involvement

Posted on 30th July 2014 by Julie and David Thomson in General News.

Fellowship of the Ring 60th Anniversary:  JRR Tolkien's WW1 Involvement The author JRR Tolkien saw active service in the First World War as a Second Lieutenant in the Lancashire Fusiliers. He arrived in France in June 1916 and was involved in The Battle of The Somme in July and August in the hard fought area around La Boisselle. This year also marks the 60th anniversary of the publication of The Fellowship of the Ring.

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