1st July 2016 – 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme

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At 7.15 am the Rev. Dr. Martin Gilpin conducted a short service at Newdigate church to commemorate the start of the Battle of the Somme one hundred years ago. John Callcut described the effect upon the village and the six young Newdigate men who lost their lives in the great battle. At 7.30 a whistle was blown which signified the time when the troops emerged from their trenches.

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