Irish Lives Lost in the Battle of the Somme

1st July 1916
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The Battle of the Somme began on the 1st of July 1916. 

The Battle took place on both sides of the RIver Somme in France during the First World War. 

It lasted until November of 1916. 

The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles in human history. 

An estimated 3,500 Irish soldiers lost their lives during this dark time.

Many Irish soldiers distinguished themselves during the Battle of the Somme, with many of them even being awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross for bravery.