Tribute to Battle of the Somme

Knaresborough Branch of the Royal British Legion will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, with a short ceremony at the town's war memorial.

On July 1, 1916 British, Commonwealth and French soldiers went over the top on the Western Front in a massive assault on German lines.

That one day became the bloodiest in the history of the British Army with 20,000 killed and another 37,000 wounded.

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The Battle of the Somme lasted over four months with 1,400,000 dead and wounded on all sides.

“At 7.30pm, the exact time when the assault started, a replica officer’s whistle will be blown as it would be been along the mils of trenches to send thousands to their deaths,” said spokesman Alan Pitchfork.

Members of the public are invited to attend this ceremony, especially if they had relatives who lost their lives in WW1.

“It is highly likely that some of the men commemorated on the war memorial took part in the battle,” added the spokesman.