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Thiepval Memorial – The Somme, France Strange today watching the Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph, London that Commonwealth Countries which did not take part in World War I or II lay wreaths but the sacrifice of Irish soldiers is not represented. In World War I it is estimated of the 700,000 British military deaths 50,000 were Irish. Unlike in Britain, there was never conscription in Ireland so every Irish soldier was a volunteer.

Thiepval Memorial – The Somme, France C I it is estimated of the British military deaths were Irish. Unlike in Britain, there was never conscription in Ireland so every Irish soldier was a volunteer.

In Flanders Fields

"In Flanders Fields" a poem by Canadian Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, was inspired by the death of a friend during the Second Battle of Ypres. The reason Veteran's Day is assocated with poppies.

Thiepval Memorial. Davud Bowie's grandfather Robert Haywood Jones died on the 18th Nov 1916 in France. He was 33050 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 2nd Bn and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial (pictured). David's middle name is Robert Haywood and so it is likely he was named after this man.

Thiepval Memorial by SIr Edwin Lutyens (Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

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