Students remember Somme100 at Westminster Abbey


Somme Vigil

One hundred years after the start of the Battle of the Somme, students will be amongest those who will keep vigil at Westminster Abbey to remember those who fought in the Somme Offensive. As they keep watch, we will hear their story, listen to their voices and the voices of their families; the voices of those who worked behind the lines and in the war effort at home; and to German voices.

This evening and overnight, students from 17 schools will join with other organisiations in forming vigils at the grave of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey. This event forms part of the national commemoration of the Battle of the Somme and will be attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

On a dedicated webpage - - you can find out more about each of the individuals who the students will remember as part of the Somme 100 vigil at Westminster Abbey.

You can download or listen to each of their stories, read transcripts of their words and also find out more about them on the IWMs Lives of the First World War site -

Each story will become available as the vigil progresses throughout the night in the lead up to 07:30am on 1st July 2016.

Many other events, often the culmination of Legacy110 projects, are taking place in schools across the country. Schools are also being encouraged to show the following video on 1st July 2016 -

Institure of Education [Logo] First World War Centeneary [Logo] Best Educational Product [Logo] Education Award

Department for Education [Logo] Department for Communities and Local Government

Commonwealth Wargraves Commission [Logo] Guild of Battlefield Guides [Logo] Lives of the First World War [Logo] BBC News School Report [Logo] NSI [Logo]