Battle of the Somme remembered
The end of June sees the centenary commemorations of the Battle of the Somme. To mark the occasion, I will be travelling to France to take part in the memorial events at Thiepval, the memorial that bears the names of 72,194 men who fought in World War One but have no graves and is the largest memorial to the missing. During the day I have been given the opportunity to lay a wreath and I will be taking one to remember those that fought from the Church and the Town. In addition, I shall be visiting the graves and memorials of 10 other men in different cemeteries.
Article from Romsey Congregational Magazine - June 1916 Notes of the Month
Our Soldiers’ Recreation Committee has been very busy lately. Since the Troops have come to the Woodley Infantry Camp, the Abbey Hall has been well filled every evening. The more one sees of this work, the more one realizes its importance. The ladies who are giving so much of their time to this work have the satisfaction of knowing that their efforts are fully appreciated by the men from the Camps. A few days ago a number of R.A.M.C. men from the West Country told me that though they had been stationed at various places in different parts of England, they had never met with such real kindness as they had at the Abbey Hall, Romsey. And not only is the hall a place of rest and recreation and refreshment for the men; it is also a place where many of them are influenced for good. The temptations of camp life are many, and were it not for places like the Abbey Hall many young fellows would succumb to them. So I am glad that our Church has taken up this work with such enthusiasm; and I take this opportunity of congratulating the workers upon their splendid efforts on behalf of the Troops.