Friday the 1st of July sees the Centenary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. Services of Remembrance are being held in this country and France.
In France the main service of Remembrance will be held at the Thiepval Memorial. This memorial holds the names of over 72,000 men who have no known grave, but fought on the Somme. Two of the names on the memorial are those of young men from Beachamwell, they are:-
Jacob Butters, aged 23 years, died on or since 27.07.1916
Albert Burrell aged 22 years, died on or since 12.10.1916.
Both were volunteers. They have no known grave, but are remembered on the Memorial. The dates are the last dates on which they were seen alive and this is the information given on the official Soldiers Effects documentation. Perhaps that was the date they went ‘over the top’, or were hit by a shell, we do not know. What we do know is that the Somme offensive went on into November, during which time well over a 1,000,000 men, British, French and German either died, were wounded or were Missing in Action.
We will remember them and the sacrifice they made for their fellow man.