Today marks the start of the battle of the Somme 100 years ago. This day is particularly poignant to me as both my grandfathers were there at some point during the battle. One in the royal horse artillery and the other in the infantry. Both survived and after the war came home, I never met them as they had both passed away before I was born. So many did not survive the slaughter that was the Somme however so today please spare a thought for those who did not come back.