On July 1, 1916 at 7:28 A.M. the Allies launched the largest offensive of the war. What would soon be the bloodiest and most tragic single day in British Military history,

July 1, 1916 the opening day of Somme, 
By 12:30 P.M. over 50,000 of Britain's soldiers lay dead or wounded.
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
 Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
  In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
 If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
 In Flanders fields.🌺