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WWI, 1916; Wounded British and German soldiers waiting to be evacuated, Battle of the Somme, circa September 1916

WWI; Sappers builing a mine gallery at the front in Flanders. -Getty

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The donkey born in a First World War trench which became a mascot for British troops

Jimmy the war donkey. He was born in a trench at the Somme in 1916 and served British troops on the frontline for two years.

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Dramatic photographs from WW1 that show the carnage... and courage

Doomed? One of the most iconic images of the war shows soldiers of the Royal Irish Rifles waiting to join the offensive on the Somme on 1 July, 1916. There were 60,000 British casualties that day - almost 20,000 died. The battle continued until mid-November, but no other day produced such appalling losses

Thiepval Memorial – The Somme, France Strange today watching the Remembrance Ceremony at the Cenotaph, London that Commonwealth Countries which did not take part in World War I or II lay wreaths but the sacrifice of Irish soldiers is not represented. In World War I it is estimated of the 700,000 British military deaths 50,000 were Irish. Unlike in Britain, there was never conscription in Ireland so every Irish soldier was a volunteer.