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Worcestershire Libraries commemorate the Battle of the Somme centenary

Posted  1 July 2016 in News  
By Kate Clements
Troops of the 4th Battalion, Worcestershire Regiment marching to the trenches, 27 June 1916. Q 717

Part of the Worcestershire World War One Hundred programme The Somme Project is a county-wide initiative for Worcestershire Libraries to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. Lasting 141 days, from 1 July to the 18 November 1916, the battle affected most local families, not only in Worcestershire, but across the country.

Each library has worked with local schools, Guide/Scout/Cadet groups or local history and family history groups to research one or more local men who lost their lives in the Battle of the Somme.

Men such as Private Frank Coker of Droitwich Spa, 12th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps, a stretcher bearer.  He was wounded on the first day of the battle carrying a wounded comrade to safety down a communication trench near the hamlet of Serre, and died of those wounds the following day, aged 25 years. He is buried in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery on the old Somme battlefields in France and commemorated on the War Memorial in Victoria Square, Droitwich.

The research will be exhibited at each library to the public from 1 July alongside family activities including ‘Flo of the Somme’ Chatterbooks sessions for children aged 7 – 12years to explore animals and poetry in World War One, and screenings of the UNESCO listed film Battle of the Somme.

Find out more on the Worcestershire World War One Hundred website.

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