Residents invited to Battle of the Somme commemoration

Stockport residents to commemorate the Battle of the Somme at the War memorial
Stockport residents to commemorate the Battle of the Somme at the War memorial

Stockport residents are being invited to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of The Somme this week.

The centenary event will take place at the Stockport War Memorial on Friday, July 1, at 11am.

This is a chance to remember the sacrifices and contribution made by Stockport people in the First World War.

The Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Chris Gordon, and members of the British Legion will be in attendance.

The commemoration will start with a two-minute silence which will be marked by a bugler. At the end of the two-minute silence, the Mayor will make a speech of remembrance. He will then read out the names of those from Stockport who died in, or as a result of, the Battle of the Somme.

Corn Gordon said: “I would encourage the people of Stockport to attend this commemoration event.

“It is an opportunity to show due respect for the enormous courage and sacrifice shown by these young Stockport men during this terrible campaign and others throughout the Great War.”

Those attending are asked to be present in the Memorial Hall at Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery from 10.55am ready for the two minute silence at 11:00am.

The Battle of the Somme, also known as the Somme Offensive, was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire. It took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France.

It was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front; more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

The battle is notable for the importance of air power and the first use of the tank. Although debate continues over the necessity, significance and effect of the battle.