Thiepval is a small village in northeastern France where Britain established a magnificent monument for about 70,000 unidentified and missing British and South african soldiers who died during the Battle of Somme between July and november 1916. It was built between 1928 and 1932 and is the largest of all British war monuments in the world. As the remains of fallen soldiers were (and are) found and identified, their names were (are) removed from the monument and given a military honorary burial in their home town. Therefore, there are several gaps among all the names that still remain.

Current status: Cemetery (2008).

Location: 50°03'01.9"N 2°41'08.4"E

Get there: Car.

My comment:

World War I monuments in western Europe tend to be extremely majestic, surpassing by far the monuments of the Second World War. They are characterized by a striking heroism and patriotism like monuments in the former Soviet Union. Both give the impression that dying for their country is among the finest and noblest thing a citizen can do. The ultimate sacriface.

Follow up in books: Clark, Christopher: The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 (2013).