This year marks the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which took place from 1st July to 18th November 1916.
When the offensive finally came to a halt on 18th November 1916, the Battle of the Somme had claimed a million casualties; 430,000 from Commonwealth countries, with a third of this number killed. The impact of the battle was felt very deeply by nearly every community in the UK, particularly as a result of the ‘Pals battalions’ which were raised in towns and villages, workplaces and sports clubs. The Pals joined together, trained together, went into battle together and, sadly, often died together.
As the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, The Royal British Legion is calling on all communities across the UK to take the time out from our daily lives to honour those who fell 100 years ago. Along with the Legion’s free downloadable toolkit and free Somme Remembered app, produced in partnership with TV historian Dan Snow, the Legion is also encouraging people to commemorate one of the million casualties by asking the public to dedicate a poppy in their memory through their Every Man Remembered campaign.
For more information on commemorating Somme 100 visit: www.britishlegion.org.uk/somme100
For more information on Every Man Remembered visit: www.everymanremembered.org