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Service marks Somme

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 29, 2014

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MEMBERS of the Leek Royal British Legion will hold a short service of commemoration at the Nicholson War Memorial, Leek, at 11am on Tuesday, July 1, to mark the 98th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Wreaths will be laid in memory of the seven Leek soldiers who were killed on the morning of July 1, 1916, during the ill-fated attack on German lines, and all the other men who died. Known as the 'Big Push', the fighting on the Somme raged on for over four more months and cost the lives of nearly 50 Leek servicemen after that fateful first day.

This ceremony will be particularly special as it coincides with a tour of the memorial by a party of schoolchildren who will also lay a wreath in memory of the Fallen of Leek. Members of the public are welcome to pay their respects at the brief ceremony.

The Union flag will again be flown from the Nicholson War Memorial to mark the occasion.

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