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remembers nine town soldiers who died at Battle of Somme
BURNHAM'S NINE WHO DIED
Alfred Herapath, 28, of Homebush, Burnham
18, of Victoria Street, Burnham;
19, of Eton Road, Burnham;
24, of The Grove, Burnham;
20, of Adam Street, Burnham;
18, of Edithmead
23, of Burnham
18, of Burnham
22, of Burnham
of people have attended a special church service in Burnham-On-Sea
where nine candles were lit in memory of local soldiers who died
in the Battle of the Somme exactly 100 years ago this week.
An emotional service was held at Burnham's St Andrew's Church
on Friday (July 1st) to mark the
centenary of the outbreak of the Battle of the Somme.
service included a roll-call of the nine local people who died
in the battle, named here, alongside stories from the survivors.
were lit for each of the nine along. Two further candles were
also lit in metal holders made from the remains of gun shells
that were brought back to Burnham from the Somme warfield.
Graham Witts, the Vicar of Burnham, who led the service, said:
"The Battle of the Somme began with whistles being blown
at 7.30am on the morning of 1st July 1916. By the end of the day
19,240 British soldiers had died."
these were nine from Burnham whose
names are recorded on our War Memorial boards in St Andrew's Church."
He added: "One may wonder why we recalled this event. There
are a number of reasons - not least to remember that ordinary,
often frightened, young men, gave their lives in the cause of
was waged by the politicians of the day and the peace was signed
by politicians - but, it was the ordinary soldier who daily pressed
the case to bring about that peace - and often at horrific cost."
"We did not know them, but they were the children of ordinary
families from Burnham like you and I. In a small and seemingly
wasteful way, they played their part that enables us to live as
we do in a freely democratic society. We should remember them."