With the 100th anniversary of the start of this battle happening tomorrow, I have heard that every family in Britain will have a relative who was killed there. I am not sure if it is strictly true but a sobering thought. I knew my dad had a cousin who perished there on 16th September (presumed) aged just 23. His second son was born in August 1916 and I do not think he ever saw the child. I have found his military record and in it was the following snippet, from a letter his wife wrote asking for his war medals (which she did get in 1921), and I found it so very sad.