The Battle of the Somme was one of the most significant battles in British military history.
It was fought from July 1st to November 13th, 1916 on a 38-mile front near the River Somme in France, also called “the Great Offensive” or “one of humanity’s greatest tragedies.”
This battle resulted in over one million casualties and estimated to have cost 60,000 British lives on just the first day alone, remaining one of the bloodiest battles ever recorded.
July 1, 2021, marks the 105th anniversary of the beginning of the Battle of the Somme, fought by men from both the 36th Ulster and 16th Irish divisions.
This year also marks the centenary of the formation of Northern Ireland.