The Battle of the Somme is remembered as one of the principal engagements of the First World War. One hundred years ago, on July 1 1916, the infamous First Day still remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army, involving almost sixty thousand casualties, of whom 19,240 were killed – in one day.
The Somme offensive lasted until 18 November 1916, claimed over one million casualties, including many local men. It was a German officer who said, “Somme, the whole history of the world cannot contain a more ghastly word”.
Our freedoms are bought with a frightful price. We should not forget.
Some personal histories can be found on Duxford war memorial 1914-18. More will be added as information becomes available.