As time progressed the men of the Ards within the 36th Ulster Division, made their way to France - it was time for the big push.
On the eve of the attack, their Commanding Officer General Nugent, prepared all of Ulster for the imminent attack on the German lines - 'The Battle of the Somme' was about to begin for the Ulstermen.
This article appeared in the Newtownards Chronicle during the week leading up to the 1st July 1916. Again to keep the article authentic I have photographed the item and posted it, rather than retype the entry.
This was the beginning of much suffering about 'The Ards'