Buriton and the First World War - news about the Somme, 100 years ago

The latest instalment of this community project reveals the roles played by Buriton men during the Battle of the Somme as well as describing what life was like at home in the parish in the months of July, August and September 1916.

The project is gradually finding out more and more about the impacts of the conflict on life at home - and about each of the men who left the parish to take part in the war.

The latest information (the ninth instalment of the research) appears in the autumn edition of the Parish Magazine - and is attached as a pdf document at the bottom of this page.

This instalment describes the roles played by a number of Buriton men once the whistles had blown on 1st July 1916 and the Battle of the Somme had commenced.

As well as going 'over the top' in infantry units, some Buriton men were responsible for some of the big artillery guns and at least one was providing assistance overhead as part of the Royal Flying Corps. A number of these men will have witnessed the first ever use of tanks in battlefield warfare.

At home, news about 'the great push' was received but details of local casualties was also filtering through and more local women were involved in the Red Cross and as VAD nurses in local hospitals.

Each edition of the Parish Magazine (from Autumn 2014 to November 2018) will be summarising activities and events of 100 years ago, season by season, as seen through local eyes.

Research coordinated by the Buriton Village Association will be looking at as many sources as possible.

Almost inevitably, we cannot be absolutely certain about the exact location of any of the men from the parish on the battlefields at any specific time, but our research is based on as many sources of data as possible. If we have made any errors we apologise and we are always grateful to receive amendments.

If you know of anyone who might be able to help in any way, please let us know via heritage@buriton.org.uk