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Take part in the commemorations

  • 25 000 visitors
  • 1stJuly: first day of the battle
  • 6ceremonies

The ceremonies

1st July

  • 7.28am : Lochnagar Crater, La Boisselle
  • 9.15am : Contalmaison
  • 12pm : Thiepval Memorial to the Missing
  • 2.30pm : Ulster Tower
  • 4pm : Newfoundland Park Memorial, Beaumont-Hamel
  • 5.30pm : German Cemetery, Fricourt

The 1st July marks the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, one of the deadliest battles of the First World War. It is now a poignant date for commemoration in the Somme. Every year, thousands of visitors gather here in remembrance of the men who fought and died during the battle of 1916. Come and be a part of this memorable day charged with emotion.

Remembrance is Everyday!

More information

Thiepval-1er juillet©Philippe Sergeant
Villers-Bretonneux-Anzac Day©ADRT80-Céline François
Beaumont-Hamel-1er juillet©Philippe Sergeant
Longueval-Anzac day©New Zealand Embassy
Lanternes, 1er juillet©DR
La Boisselle-1er juillet©ADRT80

Over twenty different nations fought in the Somme during the five years of war. One hundred years later, we remember these men at many international ceremonies held throughout the year. From the ANZAC Day ceremonies held on and around the 25th April at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux and the New Zealand memorials in Longueval, to the services of remembrance held at the local war memorials of every village of the Somme on 11th November, visitors are encouraged to join the local residents and help keep the memory alive.

Intense emotion during the commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme...
Thiepval-1er juillet©Philippe Sergeant
La Boisselle-1er juillet©Peter Edwards
Croix du Souvenir
La Boisselle-1er juillet©Philippe Sergeant
Thiepval-1er juillet©Philippe Sergeant

141 Days

of commemorations

The Battle of the Somme began on 1st July and ended on 18th November 1916. In commemoration of each day of the battle, a short service of remembrance is being held daily at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, at 11.50am.

To close the centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme,  a ceremony will also be held at the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing on 18th November.


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