Faces of the heroic 'boy soldiers' who fought and died for their country in World War One

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Pictured: Sidney Lewis (left) with his son Colin in the 1950s. Because of his late date of birth (April 1903) the family never believed his story of serving on the Somme until Sidney’s medals were found after his death in 1969.<br />
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These are the fresh faces of the heroic 'boy soldiers' who fought and died for their country in World War One.<br />
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Boys as young as 13 served overseas as a patriotic fervour swept over Britain in the war with Germany.<br />
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They participated in some of the war's bloodiest battles, including Ypres, the Somme and Gallipoli.<br />
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It is believed that over 400,000 underage soldiers signed up to 'do their duty', with quarter of a million entering battle and thousands dying.