Somme 100- Honouring the sacrifice of
a generation

On the 1st July 2016 we will mark the 100th anniversary of the start and end of the Battle of the Somme. A battle of the First World War, fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. Lasting 141 days between the 1st July 1916 to the 18th November 1916 on both sides of the River Somme in France. The Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest World War 1 battle and sadly claimed over a million causalities; 430,000 of these were from Commonwealth countries, with a third of this number killed.

Many of the soldiers who had signed up were everyday young men from close-knit communities across the UK who subsequently suffered horrible losses. They were good friends, neighbors and colleagues who signed up together on the promise that they would serve alongside each other. It sounded easy. These patriotic volunteers were sold on the romance of war, “Your Country Needs You”, and became known as the ‘Pals’ battalions.

On the 100th anniversary we have the opportunity to commemorate the Service and sacrifice of the brave soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice to safeguard our future. A seminal moment in the Nation’s history that changed lives forever, we can never underestimate the importance of what these brave heroes did.

Thos. Furber and Co. Ltd hope that you do whatever you can to help the memory of those who died live on, now and into the future.


How can you remember them? There are lots of ways that you can help to show your support and many events you can participate in, including;


1. National Parade through Manchester- The Royal British Legion
Click here to register.

2. Commemorate a fallen soldier by visiting Every Man Remembered- The Royal British Legion
Click here to visit Every Man Remembered.

3. Add a personal message to a poppy field in Thiepval- The Royal British Legion
Click here to donate to plant a poppy.

4. Order a special Somme wreath or an enamel pin badge- The Royal British Legion
Call 01622 717 712 to place an order.

5. Take part in a short, daily commemorative service at the Thiepval
Memorial- The Royal British legion