| images by john ecker, pantheon photography

Thiepval British Cemetery, France, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography

THIEPVAL MEMORIAL GRAVESTONES:  The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Battle of the Somme bears the names of more than 72,000 men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme  and  have no known grave. Over 90% of those named on the memorial died between July and November 1916.  Standing in front of the giant Thiepval Memorial is an Anglo-French tribute that consists of 300 British Commonwealth and 300 French graves. The British Commonwealth graves are marked with rectangular headstones in white stone.  On the British headstones is the inscription “A Soldier of the Great War / Known unto God.” The French graves have grey stone crosses. The French crosses bear the single word “Inconnu” (‘unknown’). The cemetery’s Cross of Sacrifice bears the following inscription:  “That the world may remember the common sacrifice of two and a half million dead, here have been laid side by side Soldiers of France and of the British Empire in eternal comradeship.”

Shot handheld with a Nikon D40X,  Nikkor 18-2oo lens at f14, 1/250 sec., ISO 1600. Photo by John Ecker     |     pantheon photography

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