Go to Homepage Skip to main menu Skip to main content Skip to page bottom

101st Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme - Commemorations

101st Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme - Commemorations

Saturday 1 July 2017 - From 07h30 to 18h00

The 1st July marks the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, one of the most deadly battles of the First World War. On this first day alone, the British Army suffered 60,000 casualties, including nearly 20,000 killed. This was the worst day in British military history. Each year, in remembrance of the men who fought and died during this battle, moving commemorations are held at various sites of remembrance in the Somme.

Programme of commemorations - 1st July 2017

All are welcome to attend the ceremonies of the 1st July 2017. No invitation or prior registration is required.

7.28am: Lochnagar Crater in La Boisselle (guests must arrive for 7.10am at the very latest)

9.15am: McCrae's Battalion Memorial in front of the church of Contalmaison

11am: Thiepval Memorial to the Missing (please note that for security reasons, guests must arrive between 8.30am and 9.30am)

2.30pm: Ulster Tower in Thiepval

4pm: Newfoundland Memorial Park in Beaumont- Hamel (guests are requested to arrive before 3.30pm)

5.30pm: German Cemetery and village war memorial of Fricourt

6.45pm: beginning at the Town Hall of Albert, followed by services at the cemetery to the soldiers of Britanny, the British cemetery, and the town's war memorial

7.30pm: The Leaning Virgin’s Pipers in front of Notre Dame de Brebières Basilica in Albert

Office de Tourisme Pays du Coquelicot
00 33 (0)3 22 75 16 42
Venue of event: 
80300 Somme Battlefields

Latest news

101st Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme - Commemorations

Inspired by the national flowers of remembrance - the poppy for the British and Commonwealth countries, the cornflower for the French and the forget-me-not for the Germans - the 'Association Picarde des Parcs et Jardins' created the "Rose Somme 2016" for the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. In celebration of its first anniversary, the Rose Somme 2016 is now in full bloom at the Elysée Palace.

Read more

On Monday 25th April 2016, the 101st anniversary of ANZAC Day was commemorated at the Australian National Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux. Take a look at  some of the photos of this very moving event.

Read more