Known Unto God – The Battle at High and Delville Wood

Known Unto GodOne of the most sobering parts of my visit to the Somme battlefields today was the overwhelming number of gravestones to soldiers whose identification was not possible. There were many reasons for this, but the most common was the degree of trauma and injury on the body. Sometimes regiment identity was possible, but often too little was left for this to be possible. This photograph was taken in the Delville Wood cemetery, to the East (British Right) of the main Somme offensive on 14 July 1916. Here lie thousands of buried and in the woods, thousands more without burial. There is an eerie calm, despite the bustle of lawnmowers and preparations for the summer season.

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