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British casualties for 1 July 1916:
Officers killed: 993
Other Ranks killed: 18,247
Total killed: 19,240
Total casualties (killed, wounded and missing): 57,470

In popular imagination the title 'Battle of the Somme' has become a byword for military disaster which in part stems from the cultural impact of its calamitous opening 24 hours in which the British Army suffered its highest number of casualties in a single day. The loss of great numbers of men from the same communities had a profound social impact on the home front.

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