Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Battle of the Somme & Captain England's Watch

The Battle of the Somme began on 1 July 1916.

It was thought that the Battle of the Somme would be a decisive breakthrough in the First World War, however the German soldiers were ready for the attack and on 1 July 1916 and the British suffered 60,000 casualties of which 20,000 were killed; 60% of all the officers involved on the first day were killed.

At the conclusion of the battle in mid November the Allies had advanced by only 5 miles.

Captain R. Ede England’s watch

This watch is from Wakefield Museums collection.  It was worn by Captain R. Ede England Officer commanding D Company, 12th Battalion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry , Miners Pioneers, on 1 July 1916. 

D Company were timed to ‘go over the top’ at 7.48 am on the 1 July at the Battle of the Somme, this is the watch that timed that event in the battle.

1 comment:

  1. War is a fascinating subject. Despite the dubious morality of using violence to achieve personal or political aims. It remains that conflict has been used to do just that throughout recorded history.

    Your article is very well done, a good read.


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