The Battle of the Somme

The series of Allied offensives known collectively as the Battle of the Somme began at 7.20am on 1 July 1916, a glorious summer day, [Click here for a list of Lewisham residents who died on the first day] and ended among snow storms on 18 November.
The strategic objectives of the battle changed during the planning stages when it was found necessary for the British to make a greater contribution because of the pressure on the French caused by the German attack on the fortress of Verdun.

Britain had the necessary manpower in the form of the volunteers who had answered Kitchener’s call to arms but they were mostly inexperienced and untried in battle. Over the course of the battle losses were heavy on both sides but it is the British casualties on the first day, which are always remembered – 19,000 killed or died of wounds and 35,000 wounded. [Click here for a list of Lewisham residents who are known to of served at the battle of the Somme]

For Details of the screening of the Battle of the Somme Film with a Live Orchestra 30th September 2016 at The Broadway Theatre, Catford. Click here

Wikipedia entry for The Battle of the Somme

The names of Lewisham residents who died at the Battle of the Somme:

The names of Lewisham residents who died on the 1st July 1916 the first day of the Battle of the Somme:

The names of Lewisham residents who served at the Battle of the Somme:

Do you have more information on people named in this Battle and who are remembered on Lewisham War Memorials? If so click here to contribute information.

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