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1st July 2016 Lochnagar Crater

On the 1st July every year, at the very time that the Battle of the Somme began, a very moving service of remembrance is held at the Lochnagar Crater, La Boisselle. The service is ogganised by Richard Dunning and the Friends of Lochnagar and for the 100th anniversary, places will be restricted to 5000.

1st July 2016 - Lochnagar Crater
On the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, a series of offensive mines were blown along the front just a few minutes before the beginning of the major infantry attack. The Lochnagar mine was blown at 7.28am, forming “the largest crater every made by man in anger”. The scenes in its surroundings were of utter carnage where thousands of men fell on that day alone.

In 1978, this crater was purchased by Richard Dunning with the aim of preserving it for future generations. This gaping wound upon the battlefields is today an exceptional site of remembrance in the Somme.
At 7.28 am, on the 1st July each year, Richard Dunning and the Friends of Lochnagar organise a poignant ceremony at the Crater. For the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme – the 1st July 2016 - the numbers of places to this service must be restricted to 5000. This is due to the limited space available at the crater and for safety reasons. Because of certain road closures, park and ride facilities will also be provided.

Lochnagar Crater
Please visit the Lochnagar Crater website to apply for ticket application forms from October 2015.
 Richard apologises in advance to anyone unable to obtain a ticket.

 For information about other services held on 1st July 2016, please click here.