The Battle of the Somme began on the morning of the 1st July 1916. More than 3 million men fought in this battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.
The first day on the Somme was the worst day in the history of the British army, which suffered 57,470 casualties. These occurred mainly on the front between the Albert–Bapaume road and Gommecourt, where the attack was defeated and few British troops reached the German front line.
Only the 36th (Ulster) Division achieved all their objectives that bloody day, although English, Scottish, Irish and Empire soldiers also fought with unbelievable heroism.
This all-too-little-known song remembers the men from both sides of the sectarian divide in the island of Ireland. Rest In Peace! No More Brothers’ Wars!