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15 September 2016
S/10977 Private David Miller Dearness of Stronsay

Today is the centenary of the third major British attack in the 1916 Battle of the Somme.  In the Battle of Flers-Courcelette, 49 tanks were attached (in their first use) to the eleven British divisions that tried to capture a significant part of the German 3rd Position.  Six Orcadians were killed on the first day of the relatively successful offensive.  A biography of one of those six, David Dearness of Stronsay, has been added tonight as a Word document to the Stronsay section of the website, or can be downloaded direct as a pdf using the link below.

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