Centenary of the Battle of the Somme

The UK will hold overnight public vigils across the country to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale announced today.

The national vigil will be held at Westminster Abbey on 30 June 2016 and there will be vigils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so as many people as possible can come together and remember those lost at the Somme.  Imperial War Museum London will also remain open overnight on 30 June.

A National Commemorative Service will take place at Manchester Cathedral on 1 July 2016 and will be followed by a people’s procession through Manchester to Heaton Park.

Keep up to date with upcoming First World War Centenary Events at 1914.org

 

  • Pay tribute on Lives of the First World War

Discover, remember and share your stories of those in your families and local communities who fought in the Battle of the Somme.  Many members have already added a wealth of images and information, such as the family of Corporal Richard Howard.

Our Great Grandfather Corporal Richard Howard 15522 was serving with 2 Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers when he was killed in action on 3 September 1916, along with 105 other men from his battalion.

Richard Howard and his wife Elizabeth. The caption on the back states it was taken 5 months before Richard was killed.

Richard Howard and his wife Elizabeth. The caption on the back states that it was taken 5 months before Richard was killed.

 

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