|B) Ulster Tower
Patterned on a tower near Belfast, Northern Ireland, an area familiar to some of the men of the 36th as they had trained there in 1914. Ulster Tower sits along what was the German front line on July 1st attacked by the 108th Brigade. The is a small museum and collection of battlefield relics. Climbing to the top of the tower, however, is not possible.
|E) Thiepval Memorial
Because of the nature of the fighting, many of the British missing were never found or never identified. In 1932 on the high ground near the town of Thiepval, the British government completed an enormous memorial to the missing with the names of each of the missing men from the Somme battles. A total of over 72,000 names are now on the memorial, which can be seen over much of the battlefield. Recently, a visitors' center has been added to help interpret the battle for tourists.
| Sadly, Thomas Hardy's sentiment is not always correct.
can see where we parked the car by the monument, the one shown in
picture at right. (The car is facing the direction that we came.)
From the car we walked over to Lonsdale Cemetery, where many men
the 11th Border Regiment are buried. Attacking the Leipzig
the unit lost 26 officers and 490 men. The 32nd Division lost
3,949 casualties attacking the heights at Thiepval.
|This intersection was called Crucifix Corner during the war.
In the woods here are traces of trenches and a modern version of
the crucifix that stood here during the battle. Many British
troops marched by Jesus on their way to the front.
If we drive toward Authuille from here we will come upon Blighty Valley.