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Tigers join Somme commemorations

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Leicester Tigers today joined the thousands of people across the country marking the centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Volunteers dressed as World War I soldiers visited Welford Road as part of the nationwide commemorations.
Those commemorations have seen people wearing World War I uniforms silently handing our cards on which are the names of those who died at the Somme, their battalion, the date of their death and their age.
Users of social media have been using the hashtag #wearehere to share their pictures of the young ‘soldiers’.
The Battle of the Somme, one of World War One's bloodiest, was fought in northern France and lasted five months, with the British suffering almost 60,000 casualties on the first day alone.
More than a million men were killed and wounded on all sides in the WW1 battle.
Tigers remember the 19 players who were killed during World War I, including the two players who died at the Somme, 2nd Lieutenant Archibald Bowell of the Leicestershire Regiment who was killed on July 14, 1916 and Private Joseph Brewin of the Durham Infantry who was killed on September 25, 1916.