Eleven days in a shell-hole: an Openshaw Sergeant’s experience a the Somme. | GM 1914

The Battle of the Somme ended 100 years ago today. Here is another soldier’s tale to commemorate all those who took part … lest we forget.

Born in 1888, by July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, Sergeant Huddart of Openshaw was a fresh-faced twenty-eight-year-old member of the Manchester Regiment. During the battle, he would suffer seri…

Source: Eleven days in a shell-hole: an Openshaw Sergeant’s experience a the Somme. | GM 1914

“My darling, au revoir.” – War diaries of Captain Charles May | GM 1914

Captain Charles May

The 1st of July 2016 marks the centenary of the start of one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War, one which has come to symbolise the conflict: The Somme offensive of 1916. The numbers …

Source: “My darling, au revoir.” – War diaries of Captain Charles May | GM 1914

The Somme | GM 1914


From July to November 1916, one of the bloodiest battles, not just in the First World War, but in human history took place. For many, the Battle of the Somme truly symbolised the horrors of the Great War. The terrifying and brutal nature of trench warfare, the stalemate and tactics of attrition and death rates far beyond our comprehension today are all associated with the Somme. Over the course of the five months, over 400,000 men would be wounded or killed in the wet, muddy and disease ridden trenches of the Western Front.

The British were led by the now infamous and controversial figure of General Sir Douglas Haig who had previous military experience in Africa where he rose to prominence in the Sudan in 1898. Alongside him was…

Source: The Somme | GM 1914