It is hard to imagine the impact that the Somme had on families back home. 20,000 men had died on one day and telegrams had begun to arrive at family homes all over the U.K. The 8th July 1916 proved to be a catastrophic day for Mrs. Hobbs in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. For the remainder of their lives, her neighbours remembered the telegram boy cycling up to her door with not one but THREE telegrams. On the opening day of the battle, David, Andrew and Robert Hobbs were all killed when they went over the top with the Ulster Division close to Thiepval. To add to her misery she was also informed that her fourth son was missing in action. The bodies of her beloved sons were never found / identified and so they are commemorated with 73,364 other missing British soldiers on the Thiepval memorial. In a story, not unlike that told in ‘Saving Private Ryan’, her fourth son, Herbert was traced by the army and sent home in August 1916.