On the 1st July 1916, the men leaving their positions for battle at 7:30am had no idea that they were going towards almost certain death. To destroy parts of the German front line and create huge craters, several mines were blown minutes before the infantry assault was launched. Lochnagar Crater, measuring 90 metres in diameter and 20 metres in depth, was bought by Richard Dunning in 1978 and is the only crater to have been made accessible to the public. The Friends of Lochnagar Association, chaired by Richard Dunning, maintains and cares for the crater and its memorials.
On the 1st July each year a moving commemorative service in remembrance of the all the men who fought and died in the area is held at Lochnagar Crater. This service is organised by Richard Dunning and the Friends of Lochnagar. Please click here for information about 2017's ceremony.