'The Somme' by Heather Forster

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'The Somme' by Heather Forster

'The Somme' by Heather Forster
3 million men fought in the Battle of the Somme, July - November 1916. The British lost 420,000, the French nearly 200,000 and the Germans 500,000 making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

Lieutenant Thomas Forster, Robert Thomas Forster's grandfather, joined the 107 Field Company Royal Engineers and fought both at the Somme and at Ypres. Twice wounded, he received a very touching letter from his men.
An extract from the letter which is on the display:
'...We sincereley thank you for the way you have treated us has men and we feel it a grate pleasher to be under such a officer....'

The flowers in my display were designed to represent the rivers of blood and the trenches that were symbolic of this battle. The base of hessian and barbed wire represent the atrocious mud and the 18 wooden crosses the 18 men and boys from our parish who lost their lives in the First World war.
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