Listen to Philip Simm talk about his grandfather, George Ashurst and the Battle of the Somme.
Listen to Dick Robinson talk about his great aunt, Sister Edie Appleton and the Battle of the Somme.
Listen to Lt General Sir Hew Pike talk about his grandfather, Major Reggie Tompson and the Battle of the Somme.
Listen to Polly Haas talk about her grandfather, Lieutenant Cecil Lewis MC and the Battle of the Somme.
Listen to James Birkin talk about his great-grandfather, Major William Orpen and the Battle of the Somme.
Lieutenant General Sir Henry Rawlinson was born in London in 1864. His father was a diplomat. Rawlinson was educated at Eton and Oxford before going on to the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. In 1916, he was appointed to command the Fourth Army, reporting to General Haig, who held supreme British command at the Somme. After the Offensive, in December 1916, Rawlinson wrote to Lord Derby and you can hear his letter below...
One year on.
On the march.
Chaos on the battlefield.
The weather turns.