9 Old Bristolians
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.
Thomas, David Cuthbert
Served as a Rifleman in the Rifle Brigade 1st Bn.
"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
Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Gloucestershire Regiment 10th Bn. attd. 3rd Bn. Previously, Worcestershire Regiment.,
Cooke, Reginald Charles
Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Welsh Regiment 9th Bn, Army.
Awarded the MC.
Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Queen’s Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) 7th Bn., Army.
Humphris, John Harold
Served as a Private, in the Gloucestershire Regiment 1st/6th Bn., Army.
Naish, Edwin Athelstan
Served as a 2nd Lieutenant , in the Gloucestershire Regiment 10th Bn., Army.
Died 22/07/1916 - 23/07/1916
Spring, Harold Albert Arden
Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 10th Bn. Previously, Kings Royal Rifle Corps., Army.
Turner, Crosby Russell Swanson
Served as a 2nd Lieutenant, in the Dorsetshire Regiment 3rd Bn. attd. Kings Royal Rifle Corps, Army.