Centenary of the Somme in Brighton

The orange lilies websiteA sad day today commemorating the heavy losses of life sustained on both sides at the start of the Battle of the Somme on 1st July 1916.

The first day of the battle is known as the worst day in the history of the British Army as nearly 60,000 British men, all volunteers, were killed, wounded or listed as missing. The Somme ended on 19 November 1916; by then there had been over 400,000 British casualties for a maximum advance of only 8 miles.

LIA_58_1_11.jpgWe remember local boys from Brighton and Hove including Private Frederick George Stoner, a pupil of Stanford Road Infants School, Brighton who was killed on 28th October 1916.

Frederick Stoner send postcards home from France to his sisters (Kathleen Mary Langridge, née Stoner, and Ellen Simmonds, née Stoner) and to his mother Clara Stoner. His name is inscribed on a memorial in Thiepval in France.

Below is an image of the memorial to all Stanford Road school pupils who were killed during the Great War.

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In The Tale of a Boy Soldier, a QueenSpark Book, read all about a local Brighton lad, George Parker who joined up age 15 and served at the Somme, survived and made it back alive to Sussex in 1918.

Somme memorials listed here.

Thanks to the Letter in the Attic Project from QueenSpark Books which gave permission to use these images and text.

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