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Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme
Commemoration of the Centenary of the First day of the Battle of the Somme
On Friday 1st July 2016 at 7.00 am
the War Memorial at St Michael and All Angels Church
Poem. "The Soldier" by Rupert Brooke.
Hymn: 'O God, our help in ages past'.
Verses 2 & 3 sung by School only.
The Last Post will sound
Laying of Wreaths and Crosses:
Names of our 'Fallen' to be read out as appropriate Wreaths are laid.
The Whistle Sounds.
At 7:30 am on 1st July, one hundred years ago, the Battle of the Somme began. It was one of the bloodiest military battles in history. On this first day alone, the British suffered more than 57,000 casualties (for comparison, the population of Newbury in 2011 was 31,330).
One hundred years later, on Friday 1st July 2016 at 7:00am (Please note: morning not evening), there will be a short vigil (around 30 minutes) to be held at the War Memorial in the grounds of St Michael and All Angels Church.
The vigil will be along the lines of the 'Lights Out' event that was held in 2014 and will commemorate the start of the Battle of the Somme and the involvement of soldiers from Lambourn who were killed in the battle. There will be another, larger event to be held mid-September to commemorate the entire battle, to remember the fallen and also to recognise that the battle tank made its first appearance on a battlefield in mid-September 1916.
O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Our shelter from the stormy blast, And our eternal home.
Beneath the shadow of Thy throne Thy saints have dwelt secure; Sufficient is Thine arm alone, And our defence is sure.
Before the hills in order stood, Or earth received her frame, From everlasting Thou art God, To endless years the same.
A thousand ages in Thy sight Are like an evening gone; Short as the watch that ends the night Before the rising sun.
Time, like an ever-rolling stream, Bears all our years away; They fly forgotten, as a dream Dies at the opening day.
O God, our help in ages past, Our hope for years to come, Be Thou our guard while troubles last, And our eternal home.
A SHORT HISTORY OF WORLD WAR ONE
World War I (WWI) was sparked by the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in 1914 and ended with the Treaty of Versailles in 1919. Find out what happened in between these momentous events in this WWI timeline.