The Somme – Thiepval Memorial

The Thiepval Memorial commemorates 72,000 soldiers who went missing in the battles for the Somme, in addition to 300 British and 300 French graves at the foot of the memorial. The Thiepval Memorial dominates the skyline for miles around and is an imposing building. From a distance I’ve always found it a little bulky, but up close, especially when reading the names, it takes on a more nuanced presence. We must have spent 20 minutes at the monument, not counting our time at the visitor’s center. Again, like so often happened after the first few minutes the quiet of the place took on an all pervading sense of tranquility.

At many of the cemeteries on the trip we saw people looking for relatives. Thiepval was no exception and as you can see in the photos there are people sitting on the steeps looking through the registers.

Thiepval: The monument

Thiepval: The monument

Thiepval: The monument

Thiepval: The monument. note the inscription “The Missing of the Somme” at mid level

Thiepval: The Altar in the center of the monument

Thiepval: The Altar in the center of the monument

Thiepval: A family's remembrance for a missing uncle

Thiepval: A family’s remembrance for a missing uncle

Thiepval: Wreathes of remberance

Thiepval: Wreathes of remembrance

Thiepval: Some of the missing

Thiepval: Some of the missing

Thiepval: A family remembers a grandfather

Thiepval: A family remembers a grandfather

Thiepval: A French unknown soldier

Thiepval: A French unknown soldier

Thiepval: A British unknown soldier

Thiepval: A British unknown soldier

Thiepval: The cememtery

Thiepval: The cememtery

Thiepval: An unknown soldier

Thiepval: An unknown soldier

Thiepval: The monument from the cemetery side

Thiepval: The monument from the cemetery side

Thiepval: A rose

Thiepval: A rose

Thiepval: the cemetery

Thiepval: the cemetery

Thiepval: The registry

Thiepval: The registry

Thiepval: Guide to where the names of the missing are located. This is only half the names

Thiepval: Guide to where the names of the missing are located. This is only half the names

 

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