Friday 1 July 2016, 2:00pm
The 1st July 1916 is a momentous day in the history of Salford. It was the first day of the battle of the Somme and almost 1,000 men from three battalions of the Salford Pals were killed, on this day alone, trying to storm the German trenches in the Thiepval and Authille sectors.
Since then 1st July was remembered within Salford as Thiepval Day. This commemoration continued for many years with a special service in Sacred Trinity Church, until the number of veterans declined and it ended in the 1950s. To mark the centenary a number of events have been planned to, once again, commemorate the Salford men who made the supreme sacrifice.
Paul Hassall will be hosting a talk to give some background to the conflict, including the recruitment of the Salford Pals and the background they came form. We will discuss the disastrous battle for Thiepval on 1st July 1916 and the way information of the losses arrived in Salford. Many men were killed, wounded or captured, but many were missing. We will look at individual stories of the battle and the men involved.
It was soon decided to commemorate the losses by the erection of memorials. A special service was held each year at Sacred Trinity Church, Salford and a Thiepval memorial was unveiled.
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