Somme 100

Marking each day of the Somme

National commemorative events take place on 1 July and 18 November to mark the 100th anniversary of the start and end of the Battle of the Somme, which lasted 141 days in total. In addition to these major events, The Royal British Legion is hosting a daily service at the Thiepval Memorial in France to commemorate each day of the battle and invites interested groups and individuals to attend.

Fighting at the Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916 and lasted four and a half months. In total, 60 nations from across the British Empire and Europe were involved in the fighting across a 25 kilometre front. When the offensive finally came to a halt on 18 November 1916, the Battle of the Somme had claimed a million casualties; 430,000 from Commonwealth countries, with a third of this number killed.

An international Service of Remembrance, hosted by the French & UK Governments, took place at the Thiepval Monument on 1 July 2016.

From 2 July 2016, The Royal British Legion in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, will host a short, daily commemorative service at the Thiepval Memorial to remember the sacrifice of individuals and communities over the subsequent 139 days of the battle. A more formal Service of thanksgiving will mark the centenary of the final day of the battle on 18 November 2016.

Each daily service hosted by the Legion will take place at 11.50am (in France) and will provide the opportunity for Regimental Associations, communities and descendants linked to County or Pals' battalions from across the Commonwealth to participate in a short commemorative service.

Individual and tour operator groups visiting Thiepval are of course welcome to attend. Concurrent services are planned within the respective UK communities to allow those unable to travel to share in this very personal Act of Remembrance. UK communities will be linked to Thiepval by both representative groups and via digital streaming.  

To register your interest in participating, please complete the form below.

Saturday, 2 July 2016

  • Liam Victor Young
  • J & C Whittaker - In memory of Sapper Shem Morris 182nd Tunnelling Coy, RE
  • Clive & Maureen Hain
  • Alison & Gordon York
  • Crabb Family
  • South Belfast Friends of the Somme Associated
  • Battlefield Memorial Tours
  • Widervision Battlefield Tours Group
  • Mr & Mrs Williamson
  • Tipping Northampton
  • Royal Irish Fusiliers, Old Comrades Association, Portadown Branch
  • Samuel Wilson & Family, Carrickfergus UDR/ RIR
  • In memory of Lance Corporal Bertie Radley
  • Mr Ronald Jackson
  • Watson & Green
  • Guided Battlefield Tours Group
  • John North
  • Pudsey & Farsley Branch, Royal British Legion
  • Garrison Sergeant Major Vern Stokes
  • Kimberley Family
  • Janet Noles & Chris Moss
  • Mrs J Horner
  • Clive Richards
  • Matt Kemp
  • Sally & Stuart Mullins - Brimington Memorial
  • Richard Timms
  • Joseph Farrimond - 21 July 1916
  • R Greaves Family
  • Jan P
  • East End Great War Society / Pride of the Raven Flute Band / Ancre Somme Association
  • City of Belfast Fifes & Drums flute band
  • East Belfast Somme Association
  • Cosy Somme Association
  • 1st South Belfast Somme Society
  • Derek Fulton
  • S Stocker
  • Malcolm Sperring-Toy - John Henry Travel, Stafford
  • Durham to The Somme Walk
  • Mr & Mrs D J Tomkins
  • Friends of the 36th (Ulster) Division, Cairncastle
  • Lagan Village Somme Society
  • UDR / RIR friends
  • Friends of the 36th Carrickfergus
  • Stephen & Barbara McCracken, Ballyclare
  • J. Cordens
  • J. Thielens
  • Dutch Battlefielders
  • Ian & Lesley - In memory of Herbert Arthur Taylor
  • Adrian Gallagher
  • St Peter's Catholic College
  • Timothy Blackwell
  • Mr M Harley
  • Galina International Battle Tours
  • Edward Healy & Noel Slocock
  • Mr. K. A .Rowley, Wolverhampton
  • Disbrey Family
  • Peter Kitchen, Leyton / Clapton Orient
  • Dan Bushell
  • RBLR Berkshire Squadron
  • 1st Shankill Friends of the Somme Association
  • Alan & Vera Lenord
  • Bristol Pals
  • David Megrath
  • J Dummett
  • Willoughby Family
  • In Memory of William Henry Pinkstone, 4th Battalion Manchester Regiment & Royal Flying Corps
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Sunday, 3 July 2016

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  • Michael Sumsion
  • David Hair & Faye Riley
  • Mr & Mrs L Devaney
  • Stobbs
  • Mr & Mrs Adams
  • Sgt Albert Slack 19 July 1916
  • Malcolm Doolin & Eve Wilson - In memory of The Boys of Blackhorse Road School
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Monday, 4 July 2016

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  • Ernest Swindells
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Tuesday, 5 July 2016

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  • Paul & Stuart Parker
  • Andrew & Jane Turner
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016

  • David Woods
  • ACE Travel
  • Mike Swan & co.
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  • Eugenie Brooks
  • In memory of Lionel Duncan Stanbury
  • The Centre School, Cottenham
  • Kate Pegler

Friday, 8 July 2016

  • Malcolm Peel
  • Mr P Bryans
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  • Mr Paul Friday
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  • Triumph on the Western Somme 2016 Battlefield Tour

Friday, 22 July 2016

  • Descendents of Private R G Allen
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  • Mr A Donothey (Fusiliers Association)
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Friday, 23 September 2016

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Sunday, 25 September 2016

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Monday, 26 September 2016

  • J & C Charlton, in memory of Thomas William Charlton, Lowther, Cumbria
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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

  • Sally & Stuart Mullins - BRIMINGTON MEMORIAL
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About thiepval

The Thiepval Memorial is the largest monument built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and commemorates 72,085 Commonwealth soldiers who died on the Somme and have no known grave. Standing in grounds of 40 acres on a ridge overlooking the battlefield, beneath the dedication to the French and British Armies are inscribed the simple words: ‘The Missing of the Somme’.

The Thiepval Memorial is located on the D73, next to the village of Thiepval, off the main Bapaume to Albert road (D929) - Google map link.

 

visiting the somme

Throughout the centenary of the battle, there will be a number of events taking place across the battlefields at CWGC cemeteries and memorials. If you are planning to organise an event, if you are interested in attending an event, or for more information about visiting the Somme during the 141 Days, visit the CWGC Somme page

The Legions' travel arm Remembrance Travel is running a tour to the Somme in November and can also arrange bespoke group tours. Visit www.remembrancetravel.org.uk, call 01473 660 800 or email info@remembrancetravel.org.uk for details.

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