These remarkable photos capture the life of a young officer in the Battle of the Somme, which began 90 years ago. The incredible photos from Lieutenant Patrick King were some of the rare surviving pictures from the battlefield in northern France
The Battle of the Somme started in July 1st 1916. It lasted until November 1916. For many people, the Battle of the Somme was the battle that symbolised the horrors of warfare in World War One; this one battle had a marked effect on overall casualty figures and seemed to epitomise the futility of trench warfare.For many years those who led the British campaign have received a lot of criticism for the way the Battle of the Somme was fought – especially Douglas Haig.