Battle of the Somme soldiers from Shepway to be remembered in Folkestone

Contributed by editor on Jun 18, 2016 - 11:50 AM


On 1 July 2016 Shepway will remember the soldiers who took part in the Battle of the Somme 100 years before.



We will remember them

Cllr Jan Holben, Chairman of Shepway District Council, has organised a special ceremony at the Step Short Memorial Arch on The Leas in Folkestone to commemorate the first day on the Somme.

At 7.30 am a whistle will be blown at the same time as 100 years ago when it was the signal for the troops to go over the top.

There will then be a wreath laying ceremony to remember those men who died on that day, many of whom would have passed through Folkestone on their way to France.

Welcome relatives of those who fought at the Somme

1 July 1916 was the worst day in the history of the British army with more than 55,000 casualties. 19,240 of whom were killed.

A search of official records reveals that at least six soldiers from across the district paid the ultimate sacrifice on the first day of the battle. The battle raged for the next 141 days with the British and French armies advancing about 6 miles at a cost of 419,654 British and 202,567 French casualties, against 465,181 German casualties.

Cllr Holben: “The hard work that went into putting up the Step Short Memorial Arch provides a fitting setting to commemorate 100 years since the beginning of the Battle of the Somme. I would like to invite the people of Shepway to join me to remember those who died in such tragic circumstances – I would particularly welcome relatives of those who fought at the Somme.”

Help identify relatives who fought


The council would welcome your help in identifying relatives of soldiers who took part in the Battle of the Somme who are currently living in the district.


Please send names and details of their relatives and their names will be added to the wooden crosses that will be placed alongside the wreaths. If people wish to take part in the ceremony they would also be most welcome. Please email  with details.


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