July 1, 2016 marks 100 years since The Somme, one of the bloodiest battles in military history. On the first day over 19,000 British soldiers lost their lives. To commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in battle, a series of events have been organised by Surrey Heath Museum, Camberley Theatre and Collingwood College.
Wednesday 29 June
Monuments and Memorials Walk of RMA Sandhurst (£25, please book in advance via Surrey Heath Museum), 9.30am to 12.30.
Launch of Surrey Heath Remembers the Somme – 7 to 7.30pm at Camberley Theatre.
‘Meet Tommy Atkins’, WWI soldier’s memories, 7.30pm, Camberley Theatre (£12.50/£9 – please book in advance via the Theatre).
Thursday 30 June
Murray Rowlands will talk about his two books Innocents into War and Aldershot and The Great War in the context of 1916 - the crucial year of the War. 6pm at Waterstones, The Mall, Camberley.
Friday 1 July
Candlelight Commemoration with students of Collingwood, plus Circles for the Somme project, 7.30am, (all welcome - Kingston Rd, Camberley, GU15 4AE, 01276 457600).
Saturday 2 July
Wreath Laying Ceremony at London Road Memorial, outside RMA Sandhurst Gates, service led by Bruce Nicole with speeches by the Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr John Winterton and Dr.Mathias Strohn, Lecturer in War Studies RMA Sandhurst, 9.30am to 10am. The memorial service will begin with single whistle, signifying the ‘over the top’ signal and finish with the last post, with school children from Collingwood College.
Somme Study Day, 10.15am to 4pm, Camberley Theatre (£15, please book in advance via Camberley Theatre).
2 July to 3 September
Surrey Heath Museum exhibition on ‘The Local Legacy of Warfare’ – revealing the effects of the First World War locally, in particular the battles and the impact of the loss of lives. Six local men who lost their lives in the Somme feature in the exhibition and the family they left behind. A joint project with Surrey Heritage and part of their Surrey in the Great War: A County Remembers.