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Casualties of the Great War: Final images of loved ones lost

The ultimate cost of war.

EXACT FIGURES ARE still disputed but the Great War got its name as the fight in Europe became “unusually and comparatively large”, to use a dictionary reference of ‘great’.

About 9 million men died, up to 70,000 of them Irish.

This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the bloodshed, which dragged on for more than four years and involved countries across the globe.

These images, collected by Press Association Images to mark the centenary, highlight the terrible – and ultimate – cost of the war.

Casualties of the Great War: Final images of loved ones lost
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    Civilians and soldiers of the Royal Army Medical Corps distributing refreshments to British wounded in France.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    A British casualty being brought down the gangway from a steamer by Indian Army orderlies at Falariyeh, Mesopotamia. The Indian Expeditionary Force, consisting of both British and Indian units, advanced along the Tigris towards Baghdad in Summer 1915.Source: PA
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    Convalescent British soldiers and their nurses enjoy the gardens at Longleat, Wiltshire, the country seat of the Marquis of Bath, while it was being used as a Relief Hospital during the First World War.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    A Japanese soldier attempts in vain to rouse his dead comrade.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    Italian troops in a hospital during the First World War.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    Wagon loads of German dead being removed in Verdun, France.Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
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    First Battle of Passchendaele. Two guardsmen bringing in a wounded comrade on a stretcher, near Langemarck, October 1917.Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
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    A French Aid Station in 1914. An injured soldier is tended to by French Army medical orderlies. The motorcycle by the wall is a British-made 1914 Rudge Multi.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    Burial of Canadian nurses killed in German air raid in an undated photo. (AP Photo)Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    A trumpet player in a funeral for an American casualty in the Argonne in November 1918.Source: Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
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    Nurses saying goodbye to soldiers leaving a London hospital during the First World War.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    An American cemetery near Verdun, France.Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    Wounded German soldiers captured in a British attack. These men are Baden troops in Morlancourt, near Albert, France in July 1916. (AP Photo)Source: AP/Press Association Images
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    The Galleries Nationales, a large department store in Brussels, which was taken over as a Red Cross hospital.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    The grave of Major Willie Redmond in a convent garden at Locre, Belgium. Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    Convalescencing soldiers admire a waterfall in the grounds of Longleat House.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    Convalescencing soldiers in the grounds of Longleat House, the seat of the Marquis of Bath, which was used as a war relief hospital.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images
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    Sir Alfred Pierce Gould KCVO, in charge of the surgical division at the 3rd London General Hospital at Wandsworth on 1 January 1916.Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

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