At 7.30am on the morning of July 1st 1916 the initial attacks were launched in what would become known as “The Battle of the Somme”. The battle would last until 18th November 1916 and in those 131 days there were nearly 600,00 Commonwealth and 540,000 German casualties. The Snape memorial remembers 30 local men who gave their lives for our freedom in the First World War. Of those 30, 9 died in the Battle of the Somme. Their names, and the dates they fell, are recorded below.
To commemorate the anniversary of the start of the Battle members of the Snape and Farnham Branch of the Royal British Legion will sound a series of whistle signals through the village at 07.30am on Friday 1st July, the time the whistles sounded for the men to go ‘over the top’.
When you hear the signal, please take a moment to consider the thoughts and feelings of those who heard it in their trenches 100 years ago, and remember their sacrifice for our freedom.
|Bone||Fredrick||Private||20211||7th Battalion||Suffolk Regiment||03 July 1916|
|Ridgeon||Nelson||Private||3/10008||8th Battalion||Suffolk Regiment||18 July 1916|
|Gant||Daniel||Private||3297||4th Battalion||Suffolk Regiment||20 July 1916|
|Haile||William Robert||Private||3324||4th Battalion||Suffolk Regiment||28 July 1916|
|Smith||John||Private||18702||4th Battalion||Suffolk Regiment||18 August 1916|
|Smith||Alfred||Private||13367||9th Battalion||Suffolk Regiment||13 September 1916|
|Last||Harry James||Rifleman||302072||1st/5th Battalion||London Regiment||09 October 1916|
|Hudson||Herbert||Private||14492||8th Battalion||Suffolk Regiment||04 November 1916|
|Berry||William Charles Russell||Corporal||14225||2nd Battalion||Suffolk Regiment||13 November 1916|