Stevenage to mark Battle of the Somme centenary

27 Jun 2016

Stevenage Mayor, Councillor John Lloyd CC, will be joined by fellow councillors, representatives of the Royal British Legion and Stephen McPartland MP on Friday 1 July to remember those service people who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

At 7.30am a whistle will be blown at Stevenage War Memorial to mark the exact moment 100 years ago that British and Allied soldiers climbed out of their trenches to attack the German forces. A short service of Remembrance will be followed by a two minute silence. Wreaths will then be laid and refreshments will be available at Springfield House afterwards.

On 1 July 1916 at 7.30am a whistle blew ordering British and Allied soldiers to attack the German forces. On that day the British suffered 57,000 casualties. The Somme remains one of the bloodiest battles ever fought in military history as more than1.5 million British and Allied service personnel lost their lives.

Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor John Lloyd CC, said: “This service is an opportunity for us to mourn and pay our respects to all service people who lost their lives at the Battle of the Somme. I hope people from all over Stevenage will come together to show the town’s strong sense of community and mark the centenary of such an important occasion.”