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The Battle of the Somme left a deep mark on millions of families across the Commonwealth. It is important that we never forget what happened on the battlefields, and honour the memory and bravery of those who served and those who fell, for generations to come.

Fought between July and November 1916, the Battle of the Somme was one of the defining events of the First World War.

It is often remembered for the huge losses on the first day (1 July 1916) but the Somme offensive continued over the following months - a total of 141 days - and men from every part of Britain and across the Empire took part. When it  was halted in November, more than 1,000,000 Commonwealth, French and German soldiers had been wounded, captured, or killed.

Some 150,000 Commonwealth servicemen lie buried in 250 military and 150 civilian cemeteries on the Somme. Six memorials to the missing commemorate by name more than 100,000 whose graves are not known.

The cemeteries and memorials built and cared for by the CWGC across the Somme, stand as a lasting reminder of the human cost of the fighting in this region throughout the First World War.

We urge you to keep the promise to remember - not just the numbers but the names, and not just on 1 July but throughout the 141 days of the Somme offensive.