Battle of the Somme Centenary

The Battle of the Somme was fought at such terrible cost that it has come to symbolise the tragic futility of the First World War. Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home.

The Battle of the Somme

Many of the soldiers who had signed up were everyday young men from close-knit communities across the UK who subsequently suffered horrible losses. They were good friends, neighbours and colleagues who signed up together on the promise they would serve alongside each other. It sounded easy. These patriotic volunteers were sold on the romance of war, “Your Country Needs You”, and became known as the ‘Pals’ battalions.

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme provides an opportunity to commemorate the Service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in the battle, to reflect upon the human cost of conflict and to have hope for a more peaceful world. 

Sport Remembers the Somme

Athletes and players from sports at all levels volunteered to enlist for the First World War and fought in the Battle of the Somme.

Join us in remembering the sportsmen who served and sacrificed at the Battle of Somme.

Download our Somme 100 app

We’re pleased to showcase our new Somme 100 app with historian Dan Snow, which provides a rich, interactive timeline of the Battle of the Somme, first hand audio accounts from the time and animated battle maps.  

Available free for both iOS and Android.

  

More information about our app

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  • Somme 100 at Poppy Shop

    Our online Poppy Shop has a very special collection of commemorative products to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Visit www.poppyshop.org.uk/somme100 to view the complete range. 

    Somme 1916 poppy lapel pin

    A limited edition brass poppy pin, hand crafted from the brass of melted down bullet shells found on the Somme battlefields.

    Featuring both British and French flowers of Remembrance, this collection includes coffee mugs, coasters and lens/screen cloths.

  • Wreaths and pins

    Special Somme 100 commemorative items including wreaths are available from our Poppy Appeal headquarters by mail order, offered in exchange for a suggested donation

    Somme Bluet/Poppy pin badge

    A simple and attractive enamel pin badge featuring 'le bluet' (cornflower) representing France and the poppy for the UK.

    A round enamel pin badge featuring a poppy and the words Battle of the Somme 1916-2016

    Type L and type C wreaths have been adapted to feature cornflowers amongst the poppies.

    A small Remembrance cross with the words 1916 - 2016 Somme 100.