Private John Bailey, Battle of the Somme, 1916.
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Private John Bailey, Battle of the Somme, 1916. Photograph taken hours before Bailey, of the Sheffield Battalion, died at the Somme. During the first morning of the battle, 1 July 1916, 60,000 people were injured, 20,000 of which were killed, making it the bloodiest day in battle ever. Private Bailey's face was used as an 'unknown' soldier from the Somme in the BBC's Great War series. However, 'Mrs Elsie Shepherd recognised the photograph of the 'unknown' soldier as her father.'