Tag: Somme

Somme Anniversary

On the Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, this Somme Extra looks at some of the background to 1st July 1916, we take a walk from outside Albert to La Boisselle and Mash Valley, visiting Ovillers Military Cemetery. The podcast includes a recording… Continue Reading “Somme Anniversary”

Walking The Somme: Pals At Serre

This week we are once again back on the Somme, this time to visit the battlefield at Serre where the men from the Northern Pals battalions had their baptism of fire on 1st July 1916 – the First Day of the Battle of the… Continue Reading “Walking The Somme: Pals At Serre”

Walking The Somme: Mametz Wood

We return to the Somme this week and walk the ground from Dantzig Alley Cemetery to Mametz Wood, looking at the Manchester Pals, Generals killed on front line and the Welsh Volunteers who fought and died at Mametz Wood in July 1916. Our object… Continue Reading “Walking The Somme: Mametz Wood”

Walking The Somme: Guillemont

In this episode we walk the Somme battlefields between TrĂ´nes Wood and the village of Guillemont. We follow the story of Noel Chavasse VC & Bar, the son of a Royal Academy artist, Raymond Asquith whose father was Prime Minister, and discover how the… Continue Reading “Walking The Somme: Guillemont”

Walking The Somme: A Tale of Two Dugouts

TeIn this episode we walk the battlefields of the Somme between the villages of Hebuterne and Gommecourt where men of the 56th (London) Division fought on 1st July 1916. We look at the stories of two veterans who were in two separate dugouts here… Continue Reading “Walking The Somme: A Tale of Two Dugouts”

Walking the Somme: Hawthorn Ridge

In this episode we walk the battlefields of the Somme, taking a journey from Auchonvillers up onto the Hawthorn Ridge near Beaumont-Hamel, where the fighting raged on 1st July 1916, the First Day of the Somme. We learn about a young officer, Eric Heaton,… Continue Reading “Walking the Somme: Hawthorn Ridge”