Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Deep in the bowels of the earth

Is the Somme museum at Albert.

Opened in 1994 in ancient tunnels converted for WWII bomb shelters, but now renovated and commemorating the fallen of WWI.

I'm in the region taking my Father to see the memorials for his 2 Great Uncles who died in the Somme on
* 1st July (day 1) 1916 - body not found/identified so commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial
* 3rd September - buried at Bernafay Wood.
Both memorials are about 10 minutes from Albert - along with what seems 100,000's of others. The region is packed with cemeteries, all wonderfully looked after.

And all a dreadful reminder of events nearlt 100 years ago

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