Remembrance Weekend Living Memory Battle of the Somme Commemorative Display



Exhibition

12th-13th November 2016 10am-3pm

Restored Anglican Chapel at Nunhead Cemetery

curated by Jolanta Jagiello



The Remmbrance Weekend Living Memory Exhibition commemorates the Battle of the Somme which started on the 1st July 1916 and continued until 18th November 1916. On 1st July 1916, after a week-long artillery bombardment of German positions by the British Army, the infantry assault began. The bombardment was supposed to have neutralised German machine guns for the British and Allied troops, but the well-fortified German army withstood the bombardment. Across large sections of the frontline, British and Commonwealth forces made little progress and suffered heavy losses. By the end of the first day alone, the British Army had suffered some 57,000 casualties - including more than 19,000 killed. Operations continued for 141 days. The Somme can be described as a series of hard-fought battles remembered for the courage and sacrifice of the battalions and regiments involved. When the offensive was halted in November, more than one million British Empire, French and German servicemen had been wounded, captured, or killed. The battle had significant military, political, industrial and domestic consequences for all the countries involved. The officially figure for causalities for the armies of the British Empire on the Somme is 420,000 killed, wounded and missing. The casualties that died are commemorated in 150 specially constructed CWGC cemeteries with other burials at 250 communal burial sites in the Somme region. The Thiepval Memorial, the Memorial to the Missing of the Somme, bears the names of more than 72,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in the Somme region before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave. Over 90% of those commemorated died between July and November 1916. The memorial also serves as an Anglo-French Battle Memorial in recognition of the joint nature of the 1916 offensive and a small cemetery containing equal numbers of Commonwealth and French graves lies at the foot of the memorial.



Remembrance2017/Somme - July casualities Nunhead.jpgBattle of the Somme - July causalities
by Battle of the Somme Phase One 1-20 July 1916 Display Boards by Jolanta Jagiello
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Sommescape2017/Sommescape - plans.jpgField Marshal Douglas Haig Plans
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Remembrance2017/Somme - August Casulties Nunhead.jpgBattle of the Somme - August causalities
by Battle of the Somme Phase Two 15 July - 3 September1916 Display Boards by Jolanta Jagiello
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Sommescape2017/Sommescape - plans.jpgHowitzer Gun Preparation
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Remembrance2017/Somme - Sep Causalities Nunhead.jpgBattle of the Somme - September causalities
by Battle of the Somme Phase Three 1916 Display Boards by Jolanta Jagiello
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Sommescape2017/Sommescape - battlefields.jpgSomme Battlefields
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Remembrance2017/Somme - Oct_Nov Causalties Nunhead.jpgBattle of the Somme - October/November causalities
by Battle of the Somme Phase Three 1916 Display Boards by Jolanta Jagiello
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Sommescape2017/Sommescape - Aftermath.jpgSomme Aftermath
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