To mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the Royal British Legion is calling on communities across the country to commemorate those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
As part of the nation’s Remembrance of the battle, the Legion’s Pinchbeck branch is inviting residents to take part in its commemoration event at the war memorial on July 1.
The event will run from 10.45am when a service of commemoration will take place.
Names of The Fallen will be read by local children and wreaths and crosses will be laid, followed by a short service.
The Battle of the Somme took place from July 1 to November 18, 1916, and has come to symbolise the enormous losses and dreadful conditions of the First World War.
As the nation’s custodian of Remembrance, the Royal British Legion is asking the country to commemorate the sacrifices of those who fell at the battle by holding their own Remembrance event.
Almost every community across the UK was deeply affected by the loss of men who had gone to fight at the battle, especially areas which saw heavy losses from the Pals battalions.
The Pals battalions were groups of friends, team mates in sports clubs and colleagues, who had joined together, fought together and often died together.
The Pinchbeck Remembrance event is one of many taking place across the country and will be a chance for people to acknowledge the sacrifice of those who died.
The service will be followed by light refreshments in the church hall.
The Right Rev Nigel McCulloch KCVO, head of Remembrance at the Royal British Legion, said: “This year we are asking communities to host or take part in events to commemorate those who fell at the Battle of the Somme, which has come to symbolise the tragic scale and futility of modern industrialised warfare.
“Their sacrifice, and that of communities across the country, is as relevant today as ever but in this centenary year we pay special tribute to their service.”
For information about the Somme commemoration event in Pinchbeck contact Jim Seymour of the Pinchbeck Royal British Legion on 01775 710837.