1st July 2017 – Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
The 1st July marks the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, one of the most deadly battles of the First World War. The losses incurred on just this day were terrible: some 57,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were made casualty including 19,000 killed; the French suffered 20,000 losses. Never had Great Britain and its allies from the Commonwealth been involved in such a conflict and never had they experienced such high losses. When the battle came to an end in November 1916, more than one million French, German, British and Commonwealth soldiers had been killed, wounded, reporting missing or captured.
In commemoration of the men who served during the Battle of the Somme, The Royal British Legion will be holding a ceremony on 1st July 2016, at 11am at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.
Visitors arriving by coach will be dropped off at the Memorial. Coach drivers will then park in the designated coach park. Visitors arriving by car will be directed to the designated car park (on the D151 road - see map below) where a shuttle bus service will take them to the Memorial. For safety reasons, visitors will not be allowed to walk to the Memorial from the car park.