Very successful fundraising dinner at Sandy Park, home of Exeter Chiefs. Impressive ‘Beating the Retreat’ on the pitch from the band of the Royal Marines and later a drums spectacular. Great turn out and a very special night.

Maj Rob Gallimore talked about the Somme – the bravery of the inexperienced young lads who went over the top even when confronted with the scale of horror in front of them.

Exeter Chiefs & England rugby star Jack Nowell discovered on the night that his great great uncle Frank is one of the 19240 – his name on the boards just behind where he was sat at dinner – quite a moment. (A later photo shoot with Jack – he was great)

Auction by BBC’s Paul Martin raised well over £10,000

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