100 years ago nearly 20000 British soldiers died on the opening day of World War 1, as the Battle of the Somme began. It’s almost impossible to process in my head what the conditions were, the necessity to be there to fight for freedom. Among those who died on the first day of the Battle was James Miller, Pte No 2691 who now rests in Blighty Valley Cemetery.
Part of the 17th HLI (Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Battalion), he was killed in action on 1/7/1916 as he was part of the attack on Leipzig Redoubt.
If you’d like to support those who came back from the wars, who need that bit of a helping hand in return for what they did, check out Erskine Hospital’s website HERE