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.
The British war memorial at Thiepval dedicated to their fallen soldiers at the Battle of the Somme (WW1). The columns of the memorial are inscribed with the names of 73,367 British and South African soldiers whose remains were never found.
from Tenerife Blogs : It's all a matter of perspective
In Flanders Fields
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, May 1915 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.