July 15 1916

Sunday Times - - Puzzles -

The Bat­tle of the Somme be­tween Ger­man and Bri­tish forces be­gins at Delville Wood near Longueal in France. The 1st South African In­fantry Bri­gade holds the wood un­til July 20, when they are re­lieved. Only 750 re­main of the bri­gade’s 3 433 sol­diers, with the rest ei­ther killed or wounded. The Bat­tle of Delville Wood (un­til Septem­ber 3), de­scribed as an ex­am­ple of supreme sac­ri­fice and hero­ism, is the blood­i­est fought by South Africans yet. A memo­rial site in re­mem­brance of South Africans who died in World War 1 is erected at Delville Wood and un­veiled by the widow of Gen­eral Louis Botha, Annie, on Oc­to­ber 10 1926

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