77 service personnel from Bramley, Stanningley and Rodley died at the Battle of the Somme, 26 of them on the first day, July 1st 1916.
There will be two events at Bramley War Memorial (Bramley Park, LS13 3JZ). on Friday 1st July to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the battle. Bramley Elderly Action is offering free transport to any BEA member who would like to take part in either of these events and who needs transport to get there.
7.25 am – Act of Remembrance and bugler
A bugler will sound the Reveille, followed by a two minute silence and then the Last Post. Please note that there will be no seating for this event.
10.45 am – Service of Remembrance and bugler
There will be a Service of Remembrance, with the creation of a Field of Remembrance with individually named crosses for each of the local service personnel who fell in The Somme and the laying of a wreath. A bugler will sound the Last Post before an Act of Remembrance at 11.00, followed by Reveille. We expect the service to finish by 11.15. Anyone who had a relative who fell at the Somme may come forward to lay a wreath or cross. There will be limited seating available for those who need it.
In total over a million people were killed or wounded at the Battle of the Somme from July-November 1916. The British Legion has launched a special Golden Poppy Appeal for The Somme.