The Somme Battlefields: A New Start

ADANAC Cemetery, Courcelette

“… here above the Ancre lie many of the most gallant of my regiment, men who were my friends, men whose memory I shall revere to the end of time. Some of them were soldiers by profession; others had turned aside from their chosen avocations in obediences to a call which might not be denied… they have passed into silence. We hear their voices no more. Yet it must be that somewhere the music of those voices linger…”, Charles Douie, The Weary Road (1929)

I first visited the Somme battlefields more than thirty years ago. During a hot summer as a teenager I walked the ground with my father; somehow the old Somme battlefields enchanted me and the voices of men like Douie (above) took me on many more journeys over the years; sometimes with veterans of the battle, more often with friends and finally I found myself living on the Somme in the days when that was a rarity; living in an old French farm house, bringing up a young family and living through times now long past that will no doubt one day fill a book.

The Somme has changed over the years but I have never stopped visiting those battlefields and never stopped studying them and as we approach the centenary of the Great War this site will replace an older Somme battlefields website that I had online for some years.

The site will feature photos, stories, contemporary images and maps, and information about battlefield sites across the Somme area.

2 thoughts on “The Somme Battlefields: A New Start

  1. Please keep the posts coming. The personal anecdotes from the men are important to me and others no doubt. “Yet it must be that somewhere the music of those voices linger”

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