More than 2,000 men from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland died in Battle of the Somme. The Mercury is producing a roll of honour where the names of the casualties will be added to this online article, as well as being printed in the paper, on the anniversary of their death. The men are listed by … Continue reading Leicestershire & the Somme (part 6)
Leicestershire Somme Deaths in October 1916
Attended a great talk at Hinckley Methodist Church yesterday. “Lest we Forget” Greg Drozdz told us the story of the annual Poppy Appeal and how it started. He also spoke on some of the names on the War Memorials in the Church.
Highlighted names from Hinckley.
Hinckley soldiers Highlighted.
July 1, 1916 —The Battle of the Somme began on the Western Front. The opening day of the battle saw the British Army suffer the worst single—day death toll in its history: of the nearly 60,000 British casualties that day, 18,800 soldiers were killed. Nine Victoria Crosses (six posthumously) were awarded on the first day of the battle.
W H Waring, Father of Betty Ball of Earl Shilton. A dispatch rider for the Leicestershire artillery. Hinckley updates in RED