BATTLE OF THE SOMME ANNIVERSARY
The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest battles in British history.
The first day of the battle, on the 1st of July 1916, has always had a special place in the hearts of many Ulstermen and women, largely because of the role of the 36th (Ulster) Division. It is also important to remember that many other Orangemen fought throughout the British forces, especially those from Canada, Newfoundland, Scotland and England.
There are traditionally many memorial parades across the Province, however, this year all have been cancelled due to the current battle against Coronavirus. Even with the current restrictions, it is important that we continue to remember and commemorate the service and sacrifice of those who fought.
This web page seeks to support socially distanced Acts of Remembrance at local memorials and to encourage individuals and families to mark the occasion in their homes as we remember our heroes, both then and now.
Accounts of the Battle included stories of men going 'over the top' and charging the German trenches wearing their Orange sashes. Learn more about local heroes and explore the contribution of world Orangeism to the Battle.
It is important we pass the torch of remembrance through successive generations.
Please educate your children and grandchildren through these fun activities.
Due to the exceptionally high number of casualties, the Battle of the Somme, has always been a focal point for local community remembrance.
Explore the context of the Battle and how ‘Carson’s Army’ responded to the call to arms.
Your images from local commemorations