Battle of the Somme anniversary commemorated at Burnham war memorial

James Hockaday

Around 40 people paid respects to fallen soldiers at the Burnham War memorial on Friday to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

At 7.30am there were three short blasts of a whistle before Burnham Parish Cllr Jackie Slater laid a wreath by the memorial tin front of Burnham Park Hall by Windsor Lane.

The whistles represent the signals made during the First World War for soldiers in trenches to go over the top and into battle.

A commemorative card made by students of E-Act Burnham was also presented at the ceremony.

Cllr Slater said: “It was so moving and holding the ceremony was so worth it.”

President of Burnham Royal British Legion, Bob Slater, thanked those who attended.

He said: “Over 19,000 of our soldiers died on July 1, 1916. Burnham Village once again came together in order to remember our fallen heroes.”

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