Through machine-gun fire at ankle, waist and chest height they moved forward into the prepared killing grounds of mud and barbed wire. the casualties were incalculable.
Their memorial is where they fought and where they fell; at La Boiselle.
Tyneside would never be the same.
Today, as we do every year we salute the men of the Tyneside Scottish and Tyneside Irish who gave up their lives on July 1st 1916.
They will never be forgotten.