Development and regeneration in Barking and Dagenham

Battle of the Somme marked in borough

By Marco Cillario - Thu 7 July 2016, 6:02 pm

British, German and French flags were raised at the Civic Centre in Dagenham and at Barking Town Hall and two minutes of silence observed this month, in honour of the victims of the Battle of the Somme.

On 1 July 2016, the council marked the 100th anniversary of the first world war’s bloodiest battle. 

At the beginning of July 1916, British, Commonwealth and French soldiers started advancing towards the German lines by the River Somme in France.

By the end of the day, British and Commonwealth troops had suffered 57,470 casualties, 19,240 of whom had died. It was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army.

The battle lasted for five months, during which British and French troops penetrated six miles into the German-occupied territory and more than one million men were killed or wounded – making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

To pay tribute to the victims, a two-minute national silence was held at 7.28am, marking the moment the battle began.

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