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Overnight vigil to be held at CWGC Thiepval Memorial

30 June 2016

On the eve of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a vigil will be held at the CWGC Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in France.

The Vigil will be maintained overnight from 10pm until 7.30 am, to mark the moment troops first went into battle on 1 July.

It will begin with a short service, attended by members of the Royal Family, senior politicians and a small number of descendants. 

The service will feature music, letters and recollections written by soldiers before the battle in 1916.

The CWGC will also mark the moment by lighting the Thiepval Memorial for the first time.