Somme Branch


The Royal British Legion is recognised as the national custodian of Remembrance.


View our News & Events calendar for details of local Remembrance events.


1st JULY

Every 1st July the RBL in conjunction with the British Embassy, Paris, hold a service of remembrance to commemorate the First day of the 1916 Battle of the Somme.

This event has now been taken over by the RBL NATIONAL EVENTS TEAM  to whom all enquiries regarding this event should be addressed. Please see the RBL main website for updates.



Every 11th November the Somme Branch hold a Remembrance Service at the Thiepval Memorial 

The ceremony is a non ticketed event to which all are welcome to attend.

The service normally starts at 10.45am.

Attendees are advised that their is no seating provided at this event and limited parking. Early arrival is suggested.


Photo: Steve Berridge

 The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme was built between 1928 and 1932. it bears the names of over 72,000 names of those soldiers of the United Kingdom and South Africa who were killed in action in the Somme area and who have no known grave before 20th March 1918.

The Memorial is the focal point of the Branch's remembrance services.

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