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CWGC Launches Remembrance Trail

23 September 2015

The Battle of Loos (September - October 1915) was the British Army's largest effort of the war so far, with 75,000 men involved on the first day alone.  It saw the first British use of poison gas and also the first major deployment of inexperienced wartime volunteers in an offensive on the Western Front. It became known at the time as 'The Big Push'.

The CWGC Loos Remembrance Trail takes the visitor on a journey of discovery across the battlefields of Loos, visiting some of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries where many of those killed in the battle lie buried and discovering more about the battle and the experiences of those who fought it.

The CWGC's Director of External Relations, Mr Colin Kerr, explained: "The casualties on the first day, 25 September, were the worst yet suffered in a single day by the British Army - including some 8,500 dead - and yet the Battle of Loos has largely been forgotten."

"We believe that is not right and that these men, and the cemeteries and memorials where they are commemorated, deserve to be better known and visited and that is why we have launched this fascinating and easy to follow remembrance trail."