The Story of the Somme 1916

Remembering the Somme

On the following pages you can find out more about each of the individuals who was remembered as part of the Somme 100 vigil at Westminster Abbey.

This event formed part of the national commemorations of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. These stories and the resources which accompany them have been developed by DCMS in partnership with the First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme - the national education programme for the WW1 Centenary, and Chrome Radio. (Full acknowledgements)

You can download or listen to each of their stories, read transcripts of their words and also find out more about them on the IWMs Lives of the First World War site. 

 

Somme Vigil
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The Story of the Somme - omnibus edition

Listen or download the omnibus edition of the Story of the Somme, told in the words of those who were there.

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Somme Vigil

The Story of the Somme 1916 - an introduction

Listen to the introduction and then follow the individudal stories as they describe the Battle of the Somme in their own words.

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Ted Ambrose

Private Ted Ambrose

LEAVING FOR WAR – A FATHER WRITES TO HIS SON

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Munitions Workers

Mrs Adela Hall

WORKING IN A MUNITIONS FACTORY

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Don Murray Training

Private Donald Murray

TRAINING

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Patterson

Sergeant Alexander Paterson

KEEPING AN EYE ON THE GERMANS

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Roland Philipps

Captain Rowland Philipps

PLANNING FOR LIFE AFTER THE WAR

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RA

Second Lieutenant Stewart Montagu Cleeve

PREPARING FOR THE ARTILLERY BOMBARDMENT

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Bickersteth

Julian Bickersteth, Chaplain to the Forces

THE ARMY CHAPLAIN

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George Coward

Sapper George H Coward

A LONG NIGHT

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Cecil Lewis MC

Lieutenant Cecil Lewis

A BIRD’S EYE VIEW

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Will Marshall Accrington Pals

Private Will Marshall

THE PALS GO OVER THE TOP

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Sidney Thomas Richards

Lance Corporal Sidney Richards

GOMMECOURT

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Charles Saunders

Lieutenant Charles Saunders

LAST LETTER HOME

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Jack Cousins

Private Jack Cousins

INTO THE GERMAN TRENCHES

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Edie Appleton

Sister Edie Appleton

NURSING ON THE SOMME

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Reggie Tompson

Major Reggie Tompson

'MY DARLING MOTHER'

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Schafer

Hanns Schaefer

A GERMAN SOLDIER WRITES HOME

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Evan Jack Lloyd

Second Lieutenant Evan Jack Lloyd

FIGHTING ON THE SOMME PUSHED MEN TO THE EDGE OF HUMAN ENDURANCE

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Osman Flowers

Corporal Osman Flowers

SUPPLYING THE TROOPS

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Herman Kohl

Reserve Leutnant Hermann Kohl

TANKS!

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Mcadam

Private Lionel McAdam

CRÈME DE MENTHE GOES INTO ACTION

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John Jackson

Private John Jackson

THE WEATHER TURNS

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Joseph Murray

Able Seaman Joe Murray

CHAOS ON THE BATTLEFIELD

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G S Gregory

Company Sergeant Major George Gregory

ON THE MARCH

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William Orpen

Major William Orpen

ONE YEAR ON

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Rawlinson

Lieutenant General Sir Henry Rawlinson

LESSONS LEARNED

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The Story of the Somme - descendants stories

A series of interviews with the relatives of those whose words were used to tell the Story of the Somme

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