A very humbling pilgrimage: Bel Mooney"s moving account of how she retraced her grandfather"s footsteps on the Somme

A very humbling pilgrimage: BEL MOONEY”S moving account of how she retraced her grandfather”s footsteps on the Somme

Poignant: Bel Mooney holds a photograph of her grandfather and his collection of medals at the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme

Poignant: Bel Mooney holds a photograph of her grandfather and his collection of medals at the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme

Loving relationship: Although Bel was very close to her grandfather, she never got to speak to him about his war experiences

Loving relationship: Although Bel was very close to her grandfather, she never got to speak to him about his war experiences

“He was a handsome young man, with dark hair and a long, sensitive face. I imagine him wearing his khaki with pride, shining his buttons, shouldering his 80lb pack, and obeying orders without complaint. He was that kind of man.”

Over the top: British troops in action at the start of the Battle of the Somme - one of the bloodiest days in military history

Over the top: British troops in action at the start of the Battle of the Somme – one of the bloodiest days in military history

Touching: One of the cemetery at Delville Wood on the Somme

Touching: One of the cemetery at Delville Wood on the Somme