church service to honour Battle of Somme war dead
St Andrew's Church will be holding a special service this Friday
morning (July 1st) to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak
of the Battle of the Somme.
service, starting at 11am, will last 15 minutes and will contain
a roll-call of all those local people who died in the battle,
alongside stories from the survivors of that tragic event.
Revd Graham Witts, the Vicar of Burnham, 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 Alfred Herapath of Homebush, Burnham-On-Sea, Leslie
Knight of Victoria Street, Burnham, and Ronald Young of Eton Road,
the Battle of the Somme ended in November 1916 they would be joined
in death by another six local soldiers whose names are recorded
on our War Memorial boards in St Andrew's Church."
He added: "One may wonder why we are recalling 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."
Friday's service will be open to all.