Somme Heritage Centre (Newtownards, Co.Down) Reviews
Newest Review: ... men. The Somme Heritage Centre was built in 1994 and focuses primarily on the roles of the 36th Ulster division and the 10th and 16th Irish Divisions. It attempts to preserve the history of these brave men, but also focuses on the cross community involvement in both wars. The tour guide on the day I visited speculated on whether men like John Redmond and Edward Carson, having shared the horrors of the battlefields in France, might have come to terms without bloodshed, had they been given a bit more time. Of course that is only speculation now, but the Somme Heritage Centre makes a special effort to focus on shared history and inclu... more
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by - written on 15/06/11, updated on 13/08/11 (Very useful, 117 readings)
--- title quotation from Winston Churchill. 1, July 1916 - The Somme - over 60,000 British Casualties in one day would set the scene for 18 days of conflict in a battle that would eventually see over 1,000,000 men dead or wounded. The 36th Ulster Division and the 16th Irish would be among those units suffering the heaviest losses. The 36th would lose over 5,000 men on the first day alone, and over 32,000 nearly half of their total number would be lost or wounded in total . Because of the enlistment practice of the day, men could enlist together and remain together in what was known as "Buddy Regiments". The unfortunate result of this was that when ... Read the complete review
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