The Glosters remembered
RELATIVES of Gloucestershire soldiers who died in the bloodiest single day of the First World War are being offered a unique opportunity to visit the graves of their loved ones.
Thousands of Gloucestershire men were killed or wounded during the battle of the Somme, a name that has become a byword for the suffering of a generation.
On the first day of the battle – July 1, 1916 – more than 20,000 British soldiers lost their lives.
It went down in history as the blackest day of the British Army.
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Birmingham War Research Society organiser Alex Bulloch MBE said: "Many men of the Gloucestershire Regiment were heavily involved in the fighting at Ypres and on the Somme."
The 12th Battalion was known as Bristol's Own.
It was formed in September, 1914 after a rash of advertisements invited "mercantile and professional gentlemen" to join up.
"Many men flocked to the recruiting offices.
"They would soon find themselves as part of the 5th Division, in the thick of the fighting on the Somme" he adds
Mr Bulloch says: "Our organisation takes relatives to the cemeteries where their loved ones are buried.
This special service is included in the price."
The trip will run from July 12 to 15.
The coach will depart from Birmingham on the evening before the first advertised date.
For more information contact Alex Bulloch on 0121 459 9008 or Brian Long on 01629 650780.