As this post is scheduled at 7.30am, it marks the occasion of EXACTLY one hundred years ago on 1st July 1916 when the Battle of the Somme in France started.
Over one million British Soldiers were to die at the Somme, and on the first day alone over 50,000 men died. Can you imagine that for a second. Thats THREE times the population of Blantyre, going over the top and being mown down in ONE day!
It formed one of the deadliest battles not just of WW1, but in the entire human history.
This incredible photo below was taken that very first day. It was a photo filled of hope as soldiers sat in their trenches listening to the barrage of artillery pounding German defensives. It was even suggested the British wouldn’t need their guns after such heavy advance shelling. However, the artillery missed many of the German machine gun positions, a devastating new war machine which was to kill at a rate previously unseen in combat.
Today, we stop for a moment to remember not just the Blantyre men who died fighting for us, but to remember all who suffered in that most terrible conflict. Lest we forget.
On social media:
Mary Sitters My grandpa John Lyden fought in the first world war. Served in France but I have been unable to trace exactly where. He also served in the Territorial army well into WWII . Bless all who were involved in these hideous wars.
Jane Johnstone Mary, do you know which regiment, my grand father was a Cameronian, many from Blantyre were in the Cameronians as that was the local regiment.
Mary Sitters He was in the 6th Scottish rifles in the Cameronians. He was a Company Sergeant Major and went to France in March 1915. We live in Adelaide South Australia ( came here in 1958) but were in France last September. Wish I had known where he had been fighting would have loved to visit the area. Went to the Somme area and Amien.
Ann Crossar Hi Mary, The Cameronian Museum is in Hamilton and South Lanarkshire Council have written up a good article on how to trace relatives who fought in the wars – http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s…
Ann Crossar Also you could search for war diaries for the company in which he served – I did this for a relative who fought with the 10th highlanders and although there are some gaps in the diaries, it makes for interesting reading – from when the recruitments took place and their training, to them embarking for France and daily reports on fighting/casulaties etc. Hope this helps.
Mary Sitters Thank you. Will give it a try. Wish I had this information when we were in Hamilton last year.
Helen Allan My grandad Andrew Gebbie fought in the ww1and ww11 he was in the Cameronians my dad fought in ww11 .my grans brother was killed not sure but think it was the Somme
Ann Crossar Mary Sitters Hi Mary – I love doing my own family research and have been given great advice off some fellow researchers who tell me to “pass it on”” so – if you want to give me info about your grandfather, I will do my best to find out information at …See more
Mary Sitters Ann Crossar , Thank you Ann for your kind offer. Always feel it is so hard sometimes to get information from here (Adelaide, South Australia) As stated John Lyden served in the 6th Scottish Rifles. He appears to have served 14 years in the Territorial Army as well. I have a record from the British Army WWI Medal Records for a decoration earned in France 20th March, 1915 but it does not say exactly where. Grandpa Lyden died in December 1964 so we never saw him again after we left Burnbank in May, 1958. Do not know even where he is buried.
Jane Johnstone My Papa…Michael Dalton xx
Gary Doonin My great Uncle William Doonin (my grandfather Francis younger brother) died on first day of Battle of Somme 1st July of 1916. His name is on the Thiepval monument wall, where the centenary is remembered today.
Elsie Chalmers Remember and Respect.
Janis Orr Brave men who died for us , we should always remember them.
Ewan Watt Never forget.
Peter Kelly Does anyone remember an old man who would always ask you to shake his hand? I always remember him outside the St Joseph’s school gates. Someone once told me that he was a WW1 veteran, and was suffering from, what was then known as ‘shell shock’. I was at St Joseph’s through the 70s, so we are talking over 40 years ago now.
Claire Clinton ‘Harry’ was an old boxer. Can’t remember his surname. His “shakes” were caused by boxing – ‘punch drunk’ as they used to say. He was from Blantyre village. X
Margaret Elma Griffin My Great Uncle Tommy Naismith was killed at the Somme he was only 18 always remembered
Colin Wotherspoon Our Granda Michael Milligan fought in WW 1 was wounded at the Dardanells fighting the Turks was one of the lucky ones returned to work in the pits over a million killed at the Somme God rest them all
Graham Hanks My grandfather William Edgar Ellis killed in action a brave man.
Betty McLean A sad reminder of lives lost for our freedom. Praying for peace in our world that Love will overcome hate.
Billy Neil I have visited the Somme and surrounding sites we should all make an effort and thank those who gave every thing for us..ps take a lot of hankies…we found my wives grandfathers grave which was kept in pristine condition in a graveyard of numerous white gravestones,the graveyard was named Adanac which is Canada spelt backwards and is where Candian forces were buried alongside Gordon Highlanders.
Joy McLennan Heart goes to Wm. Watson. Grandpa…
John McArdle my irish great uncle fought there earl haig was responsible for most of the deaths sending them into slaughter lions being lead by donkeys
Andrew Field Poor men enduring hell on earth ……god bless!
Phyllis Lowry Kilroy MANY of those were also Irish including my GREAT UNCLE GOD BLESS THEM ALL
Michael Mcghee All sacrificed to satisfy imperialism ,working class fodder , God bless
Andy Callaghan My grandfather, Pat Callaghan fought at the Somme with the Irish Guards and was wounded. He later fought at Passchendale and was again badly wounded and invalided out. He was lucky enough to survive the war but was never the same man again.