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Jul 1, 2016

One hundred years ago, on 1st July 1916, the British army and allied forces launched a huge offensive on the Western Front which became known as the Battle of the Somme. It was to last five months and resulted in mass casualties.

The National Records of Scotland (NRS) hold many fascinating records relating to those who lost their lives on that first day. To mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, NRS have chosen to feature stories of some of the thousands of Scots soldiers who perished that day.

Click here to read about one of these, an Edinburgh man in his early twenties, Private Hew Edwards Browne (pictured), educated at George Heriot’s in the Old Town and whose family lived at Randolph Cliff in the New Town. His father was George Washington Browne, the well-known architect of the Central Library at George IV Bridge and many other fine buildings.

Click here to read some of the other stories researched by the NRS.

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