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Chorley soldier identified on iconic Somme picture

Pte Richard Wood from Chorley is 2nd from the right

One of the most iconic photographs of the Somme in 1916 features a Chorley soldier.

The British soldier with the bandaged knee is Pte. 20691 Richard George Wood of the 8th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment – he was was born in Chorley in 1897 and died in the town in 1974.

The shot was taken by one of the War Office official photographers, Lt. Brooks who captioned it: “On the way to the dressing station at Bernfay Wood, Battle of Bazentin Ridge 14th – 17th July 1916”.

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