Exmouth to mark 100th anniversary of Battle of the Somme

PUBLISHED: 06:30 30 June 2016

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH

A view of the Strand Gardens in Exmouth. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 5026-16-11SH

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A service is being held in Exmouth to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

The Exmouth branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) is staging the event tomorrow (Friday) at the war memorial in The Strand, marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle – one of the deadliest of World War One, and the largest battle fought on the Western Front.

Tomorrow’s event will be centred around an Act of Remembrance, which will take place at 11am.

Veterans and youth organisations from Exmouth will form up at 10.45am.

Wreath laying will be led by the town mayor, Councillor Brian Cole.

He will be followed by members of the RBL and service organisations.

The service will be conducted by the Reverend Jim Gosling.

Readings will be given by Eden Grainger of the Army Cadets, and also Tom Baker from Exmouth Community College.

Service sheets will be made available to those attending on the day.

After the service, residents are invited to go to the new RBL road trailer, in which there will be historical information available about the battle, which lasted for four-and-a-half months, killing one million people, including 430,000 from Commonwealth countries.

The first day of the battle alone saw nearly 20,000 British deaths.

The Exmouth war memorial includes the names of some of those who died.

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