WWI soldier 'too young to fight'
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North East soldiers were in the thick of the Battle of the Somme

On 1 July 1916, soldiers from the North East were in the thick of the attack on the Germans in Northern France - and suffered some of the heaviest losses.

One of the casualties was Herbert Needham from County Durham, who was 16 when he enlisted and so should not have been in the front line.

His body was found in No Man's Land nine months' after his death at the age of 17.

  • 30 Jun 2016