At 7.28am on the 1st July every year, a moving service of remembrance is held at Lochnagar Crater, La Boisselle. The service is organised by Richard Dunning and the Friends of Lochnagar.
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 major infantry attack was launched. The Lochnagar mine was blown at 7.28am forming “the largest crater ever made by man in anger”. Upon the land surrounding this mine, the scene was of utter carnage; thousands of men were killed and wounded on this tragic day.
In 1978, the crater was purchased by Richard Dunning with the aim of preserving it for future generations. This "gaping wound upon the battlefields" is today one of the most exceptional sites of remembrance of the Somme Battlefields.
1st July Lochnagar Crater Ceremony
Each year, Richard Dunning and the Friends of Lochnagar organise a poignant ceremony at the Crater. This year, the ceremony will commence as normal at 7.28am and will last approximately one hour. Guests are requested to arrive by 7.10am at the latest. Guests can park in La Boisselle and walk to the crater, but a minibus shuttle will be provided for those with mobility issues. Coaches can drop guests off at the junction of Rue da la 34eme Division & Route de Becourt but must park at Le Poppy restaurant.
Please visit the Lochnagar Crater website for more information.