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Hundreds attend the funeral of the young man murdered in Borneo. He

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really cared about people. Plus in urgent need for a kidney. I Matthew

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has set up the social networking site two is a weariness. Also

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tonight, I will be reporting from the largest memorial to the fallen

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of the great War. We will hdar a recording of a soldier's harrowing

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account of the conflict. It was awful, those of us who survhve are

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very lucky. And the family xearling, a wooden cross kept my ment`l by a

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grieving mother. The funeral

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of a Derbyshire student described as popular, caring and an insphration

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took place earlier today. 22`year`old Neil Dalton,

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from Ambergate, was stabbed to death He'd been on a work placement

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at a hospital as part Today, hundreds attended

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his funeral in Belper. As many as 500 people arrivdd at the

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church to say goodbye. The 22`year`old student from just up the

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road was killed in Borneo e`rlier this month. He had been working in a

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hospital as part of his degree in medicine at Newcastle University.

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His cricket team wore the whites. He was very popular, he made pdople

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laugh and was fun to be with. He really cared about people. His

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family saw him as an inspir`tion to them and we hope that is thd message

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we got out today. Two of his best friends spoke and some of hhs

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favourite songs where plead. There may still be questions about who

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ended his life and exactly why they did it right today was about

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remembering the life he did leave `` did lead. On the member of service

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it said do not be unhappy ehther a is gone, be happy he left. Of all

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his life ended so suddenly that does not make it a waste.

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Next this evening, the nine`year`old boy who's been waiting for

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Matthew Pietryx from Glenfidld has a rare genetic disease.

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His family hoped a social ndtworking campaign would help ` but they're

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Enjoying the end of the sumler holidays with his brothers.

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Football mad Matthew is likd any other nine`year`old boy but his

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Matthew has to undergo 12 hours of kidney dialysis every night

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because he has a rare genetic disease which has led

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He has injections and dialysis, restricted fluid, restricted diet.

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I do not want him to wait any longer and lose any more of his

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The family set up this Facebook campaign page to raise awardness

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According to a charity 6000 people are on the waiting lhst.

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At Kidney Research UK we ard encouraging people to talk to the

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families about what should happen after their death, we all nded to

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Matthew would love to do the things his friends do

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I would like to sleep over at my friends but I cannot because I

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The family have been told they have a three in 10,000 chance

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of finding a match for Matthew but they refused to give up the hope

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We'll be joining my usual sofa companion Dom who's in France for us

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tonight where I think the wdather is pretty much the same as it hs here.

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That is right. Not quite continental weather for any of us at thd moment

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but temperatures are not too bad. A man from Leicester says hd feels

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lucky to be alive after being Abdi Rashid Adan says he has no idea

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why he was attacked on Geddhng Road As well as knife wounds,

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Mr Adan also had his arm broken and is now terrified that

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the attackers will come back. A book of condolence has bedn opened

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at the University of Leicester The 90`year`old actor

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and director died at the wedkend. He grew up in the city

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and was raised with his brothers on the campus of the University

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of Leicester. Officials are considering how best

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to mark his life and the The Lord Mayor of Nottinghal says

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he'll be disappointed if the city's delayed tram dxtension

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isn't ready by the time the A45 He made his comments

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after opening a gateway to give residents a direct link onto

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the tram at a retirement village. The red carpet treatment for what is

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described as the first gateway into Nottingham for centuries. Rdsidents

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will now be able to walk through to reach the tram stop. It is

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wonderful. I am disabled so it will be very helpful for me. I al very

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excited about it, it will bd much easier to get into Nottingh`m and

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the station. It was originally going to be ready for December thhs year

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but it has now the first part of 2015. It will be certainly ready for

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the road is widened, definitely Why can't you see? We are never 100

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sure with such projects. We would be very disappointed if it was not

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ready for the evil 453 in whdened. For the residents here, the tram

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network cannot come soon enough Time now for day two

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of our special coverage of the start Tonight, Dominic has crossed

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from Belgium into France Good evening

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from the imposing Thiepval Lemorial in the heart of the former Great War

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battlefields of France. Tonight we'll be looking

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at the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Comlission

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who are charged with the upkeep of this and many other monulents

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and cemeteries dotted across this This is the largest of the four

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memorials to missing soldiers ` As you dry across the battldfield

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you will pass broadside cemdteries. The are 200 headstones of British

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soldiers. We were filming at one of them today and we were struck by the

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number of freshly laid Brithsh breeds left there by familids. One

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in particular caught my attdntion. `` reads. It said we have found you

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at last, we love you, we miss you. Our reporter has been taking a

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closer look at the work the war commission does. With skill and

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patience the new headstone hs prepared. There are hundreds of

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thousands to maintain and it is the responsibility of the Commonwealth

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War Graves commission. Many people are discovering what happendd and

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what they are family members have done. To come here is a special

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experience. Something peopld have not seen before. Like all the

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Memorial Gardens this one is neat and tidy but it is special because

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falling German soldiers lie next to British. When you see it here laid

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out in front of you it just brings it home. I am surprised at how well

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they have been kept. It is `n opportunity to pay our respdcts and

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see what happened, an opportunity to appreciate gave their lives. The

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lives of these two men were ended four years apart but now thd line

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together. For many visitors, the number of visitors are almost too

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much to take in. My father was with the fifth dragoons guards, she would

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never talk about the war, hd would say you do not want to know anything

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about that. To come to another country and pay my respects, I know

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they have been looked after. My grandfather, I found his dog tag a

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couple of weeks ago and one or two mementos. She survived but he was

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gassed at the second Battle of May. It is the really important legacy.

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The men and women that gave the lives to still be here todax. The

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families are really moved bx the tear and attention your work has put

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into this. That is what mothvates us most of all, to strive for standards

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of excellence in horticulture, it is for the families we do that. What is

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the scale of the operation? We have 400 gardeners. There are 540,00

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headstones in France alone. It is an enormous operation. Speaking to you

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with your horticultural hat on, a a lot of families appreciate the

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planting, they are the sort of plants you might find in an English

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garden. That is right, it is to create the effects of an English

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country garden. Often in thd smaller plots we can replay that effect

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There is a sequence of plants, low herbaceous plants to not obscure the

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headstones. They are now growing? That is very thoughtful. And we have

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a rose with a long period of flowering and medium`sized plans for

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aviation in texture and scale. I am sure everyone will applaud xou that

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so much thought has gone into how these cemeteries are planted. Of

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course, in the immediate aftermath of the war the cemeteries where in

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Norway as elegant as they are now. The beautiful lime stones used to

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mark the graves replaced telporary crosses made out of anything troops

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had to hand, old ammunition boxes, In the years

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after the war the improvised markers were replaced with these faliliar

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whitish headstones. On a visit to

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a rededication ceremony in the 920s the mother of one soldier khlled

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in the war took the cross home to Growing up in Nottingham his

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remembrance was more than a sepia picture. This cross once hung above

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his bed. It is 40 years since I last saw this cross. It disappeared from

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my life because it has been in VDS museums. It has also been in

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storage. I have never set exes on it since the day it went so it is quite

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touching to lay my hands on it again. It marked the grave of his

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great, great`grandfather. Hhs mother research the story. Your gr`ndad

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always wanted to find out where his father was buried. George 's mother

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went back to France, the salvation army to card there about 1920 we

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think. She brought the wooddn cross back with her. Healers Wear it stood

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almost 100 years ago. The gravestone says he died on the 25th of March

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1918. The inscription, God knew best, duty nobly done. Here is an

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extract from a dive York th`t day. `` diary. They finally passdd out by

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the sight of men with duty `nd self`sacrifice, getting up there own

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lives that others may live hn freedom. Another great War soldier

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who did not return home. Given the scale of these, the names written on

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the panel there, it would bd easy to imagine most soldiers did not return

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but the opposite was the case. One soldier is Mr Glendenning who has

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now passed away but his account of the war was recorded by the BBC At

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the time it was considered too harrowing to broadcast but note

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sections of it are online. Our reporter has been listening. The

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enemy fire was not too bad for the first 200 yards but all of the

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sudden there was horrific m`chine gun fire. He has been speakhng to

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the BBC 50 years after about his own wartime experiences. There `re some

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parts of this street in Derby that he would still recognise. Ntmber 62,

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will he was born in 1896 and number 76 where he was living when he

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enlisted as a private the ydar before war broke out. By 1905 he was

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serving in northern France. His interviewer recalls the tragedy of

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war mixed with occasional moments of farce like when they left they left

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the trenches to be inspected by the King himself. They were orddred to

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cheer him. We cheered and the King's horse reared, he fell off.

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You should have seen the confusion. The officers tried to quickly

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dismounted to go to the King's assistance. Although he started life

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as far from the sea as you can get the spent his later years hdre in

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Southampton. He remembered xoung Sherwood Foresters waiting for the

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attack in northern France in September 1915. It was a long

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miserable night. Somewhere crying, some being. Really we were `ll

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optimists and hoped to come through. After the first troops had

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gone over the top is Battalhon were told to advance. Wounded men tried

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to crawl into shell holes to get protection. They reached virtually

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empty German trenches. We h`d to assemble in groups. As we whthdrew

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over the ground that had bedn captured that they get was

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incredible. It was just likd a flock of sheep lying to sleep in ` field.

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The injured were in no man's land crying out for water and help as

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they passed. As I was going to take the court out of my water bottle to

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give him a drink I was immediately told from someone behind to get on.

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He was 86 when he died but one imagines he never forgot thd horrors

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he witnessed at the 19`year`old It haunted me. It was a dreadftl

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experience, there is no doubt about that. Those of us who survived are

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very lucky. The horrors of the great War are never far from this colossal

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monument. I was speaking to a Frenchman earlier who came to speak

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to us when he saw the BBC v`n. He himself was an agricultural worker

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until recently. He said there were soldiers who had been unabld to be

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identified by tags because they had corroded but there was a gl`ss vial

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of disinfectant in one pockdt which had English writing. Tomorrow

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another commemoration, 100 xears to the day that the 12th Lancers from

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Leicester conducted the verx last cavalry charge. Now back to the

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studio. An imposing place. Shocking really.

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Time for sport, Nat, and a bit of a shock last night in Leagud Cup.

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Yes, Leicester City are thrde`times winners of the League Cup,

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but they are out of this ye`r's competition at the first hurdle

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They lost 1`0 at home to Le`gue Two side Shrewsbury.

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But Forest and Derby are both through to the third round.

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The Rams are close too, to signing Liverpool winger

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Jeremy Nicholas has our goals round up.

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It should have been the tamhng of the shoes but the foxes werd on the

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run. The only goal was a frde kick from this man. The league two side

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were deserved winners and could have increased the lead. Nigel Pdarson

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insists he does take cup colpetition seriously and he was annoyed by the

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fashion of the exit. We need to strengthen our squad before the end

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the window. There was littld colour in this apart from the Charlton

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keeper. The crowd were basing themselves for a long night when he

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knew you emerged. Evander C`lero got the winning goal on his debtt. He

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has a knack of scoring goals and he has proven that he is going to be a

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good player. Steuart Peers was completing a few signings l`st night

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as his team travelled to Huddersfield. Henry Lansburx

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returned to the side with a man of the match performance. Here's one of

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the best opening goals of the season. Any attacker would be proud.

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With eight minutes left Lansbury sealed the win for Forest.

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Nottingham Forest are steepdd in history, we have a strong spuad

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sought a good opportunity. They will find out on Friday what thex are

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semifinal opponents will be. The semifinal draw will be made after

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the Kent/Gloucs quarterfinal. The Nottingham captain hit 146 not out,

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a man of the match performance. He hit balls to all corners of the

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ground as he hit his best ever score in one day cricket. This man stepped

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up with a half centuries as they built an impressive portal of 3 3`5.

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Derbyshire where always up `gainst it racing more than six and over.

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The wickets began to tumble and in the end Derbyshire Phil well short,

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bald out for 228. The guys `re in a great place so hopefully thhs will

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continue. There was one cle`r today, James Taylor, is 140 overs really

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saw us out of the game. At Cardiff today England's batting

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has collapsed against India Alex Hales was the only man

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who put up any resistance. The Nottinghamshire batsman hit

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a few boundaries and looked comfortable for ` while,

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before he was caught for 40. And surely that batting collapse

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means James Taylor deserves a call up. With a name like James Taylor he

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is bound to be really. Not a bad day today. It shotld be

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similar tomorrow but there could be a few showers. We had a settled

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start today with plenty of sunshine during the morning then the crowd

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started to feed in as the wdnt through this afternoon. Clotd

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continues to increase heading through this evening. Into the early

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hours of Thursday morning wd will have some light outbreaks of patchy

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rain starting to push through. The cloud and rain all helping to hold

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temperatures up. Not a cold night tonight. Tomorrow will start cloudy

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and damp but things quickly start to improve. Plenty sunshine through the

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morning and it will look decent into the afternoon when we start to see a

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few showers pushing in from the West. 20 or 21 the maximum

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temperature. Into Friday thdre is low`pressure sitting towards the

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North West of Scotland. This will give quite a DVD on Friday but a

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story of sunshine and showers. Into the weekend still a few showers

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around back high pressure whll build and as we head into Sunday lore in

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the way of sunshine, a more settle be. That set the theme to hdad into

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next week with settled weather and temperatures around where they

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should be for this time of xear That is all from us for now. Some

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pictures of the memorial in France now. Good night.

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You asked for it. You got it. SHRILL WHISTLE

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I promise not to take off all my clothes.

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