Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

This is the massive memorial to the missing that stands on 

Thiepval ridge just outside the village of Thiepval.

The Webmaster with Henry Allingham before the 90th memorial service at Thiepval. 

For 110 years old he was an inspiration and seemed to enjoy the service - even standing for the National Anthem!

 

One of the massive stone panels that has been inscribed with the names of the missing.

This is panel 9B and also contains the register for the location of the names of the fallen.

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The Thiepval Memorial stands on a ridge in the French countryside that was known as the Thiepval Spur and was built to commemorate the combined French British attack on the Somme.  The memorial has 16 numbered piers,  each with 4 stonework panels, that together hold the names of over 73,000 soldiers who have no known grave who had fought in that sector. The memorial is dedicated to the missing and when a soldier is found and identified that soldier is given a gravestone and his name removed  from the memorial and this is why gaps as in the list of men within their Regiment. Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens it was unveiled in 1932 and has been a place of pilgrimage for people ever since. The memorial is visible for many miles in all directions and is located off the D73, and the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929).  

Pte. Shorter & Pte. White.

The names of two HCB men very high up on the rear panel of the memorial.  Many more names of HCB men are recorded there but under the regiments in which they died.  These two men died in other regiments and the CWGC can't tell me why they were recorded as HCB and not under the regiment where they died.
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12/07/2017

. . Martyn Smith