Battle anniversary service

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The centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which took place during the First World War, will be marked in Morpeth with an ecumenical service of remembrance tomorrow.

On July 1, 1916, thousands of British Empire troops scrambled out into no-man’s land with French Empire soldiers for the start of the battle against German Empire troops.

On this first day alone, the British Army suffered 57,470 casualties – 19,240 of them were killed or died of wounds – and 11 men from Morpeth died.

The service will be held in St James’ Church from 6pm.