Thiepval Memorial

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Thiepval Memorial (CWGC, 2016)

The memorial commemorates more than 72,000 men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 and have no known grave, the majority of whom died during the Somme offensive of 1916.

On the high ground overlooking the Ancre River in France, where some of the heaviest fighting of the First World War took place, stands the Thiepval Memorial. Towering over 45 metres in height, it dominates the landscape for miles around. It is the largest Commonwealth memorial to the missing in the world.

  • Thiepval Memorial is the largest Commonwealth Memorial to the missing in the world

  • The memorial commemorates British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector before 20 March 1918 who have no known grave

  • It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and comprises a series of intersecting arches which increase in height and proportionate width

  • Construction began in 1928 following lengthy negotiations about the site with foundations dug to a depth of 30 feet

  • Wartime tunnels and unexploded ordnance were discovered during construction

  • It was unveiled on 1 August 1932 by Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. The ceremony was in English and French

  • Each year on 1 July, a ceremony is held at the memorial to mark the first day of the Battle of the Somme

The memorial commemorates men of British and South African forces who died in the Somme sector. The dead of other Commonwealth countries, who died on the Somme and have no known graves, are commemorated on national memorials elsewhere.

Casualties

Thomas, David Cuthbert

 

Born    15/07/1892

School 1903-1911

Served as a Rifleman in the Rifle Brigade 1st Bn.

Died    19/10/1916

 

"left the School about 1910 with a scholarship at Oxford. He enlisted in the ranks of the Rifle Brigade, and was reported first missing and finally killed in action October 19th of last year. Many will remember his brilliant rendering of the part of Bob Acres in 'The Rivals' in his last year at the School." - December 1917

Alford, Allan Charles George 

Born    17/02/1894

School 1909-1913

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Gloucestershire Regiment 10th Bn. attd. 3rd Bn. Previously, Worcestershire Regiment., 

Army.

Died    03/09/1916

 

Cooke, Reginald Charles

Born    17/06/1886

School 1901-1903

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Welsh Regiment 9th Bn, Army.

Awarded the MC.

Died    07/07/1916

 

Forsyth, James

Born    22/06/1896

School 1907-1912 

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 7th Bn., Army.

Died    13/07/1916

 

Humphris, John Harold

Born    22/11/1892

School 1904-1907

Served as a Private, in the Gloucestershire Regiment 1st/6th Bn., Army.

Died    23/07/1916

 

Naish, Edwin Athelstan

Born    11/08/1892

School 1906-1911

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant , in the Gloucestershire Regiment 10th Bn., Army.

Died    22/07/1916 - 23/07/1916

 

Spring, Harold Albert Arden

Born    04/04/1897

School 1908-1910

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 10th Bn. Previously, Kings Royal Rifle Corps., Army.

Died    15/09/1916

Turner, Crosby Russell Swanson

Born    22/11/1896

School 1908-1909

Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Dorsetshire Regiment 3rd Bn. attd. Kings Royal Rifle Corps, Army.

Died    27/07/1916

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