Somme Commemoration Events

Ceremonial event in the Sunken Lane, Beaumont Hamel, Somme 7.15am (local time) 1 July

Andy will, once again, be running his annual commemorative event in the Sunken Lane at Beaumont Hamel on the Somme on 1st July. The Sunken Lane was a lane running in a north-south direction and situated in No Mans Land, roughly halfway between the opposing Front Lines west of Beaumont Hamel village until the fighting moved beyond the village in November 1916. From September 1914 the French Army occupied the Allied Front Line here.

No need to book – just turn up for your rum ration and the story of the Lancashire Fusiliers

For more information contact:

andy@andyrobertshaw.com

In the footsteps of the cameramen of the Somme – Battlefield tours 28-29 June or 2-3 July

A unique two-day, self-drive, guided tour of the Somme battlefield of 1916 with Andy Robertshaw as your guide. Andy has been studying the film “The Somme” for more than 30 years in his work for television, various publications and the Imperial War Museum.

The tour will start at the guest house of Avril Williams in the village of Auchonvillers. Guests are welcome to book accommodation with Avril directly or to join the tour having arranged their own accommodation. Contact Avril for an inclusive Battlefield Study Tour accommodation price.

Avril Williams Guest House – 10 rue Delattre, 80560 Auchonvillers  +33 322 76 19 93

Day One – This will start with a fully narrated showing of the film “The Somme” which was first released in August 1916. The group will then head off to Pas en Artois and Acheux to see where Geoffrey Malins filmed and Ernest Brooks photographed units of the 29th and 31st Divisions in the days preceding the Battle of the Somme.  This will be followed by lunch which will be either a picnic or lunch back at Auchonvillers (tbc)

In the afternoon the group will head to the ‘front line’ at Beaumont Hamel to see the locations at which the events immediately before the battle and on the 1st of July were recorded. We will be using a replica of Malins’ Moy and Bastie camera to get a sense of the framing and to experience the viewpoints of eye witnesses. These will include the Sunken Lane, King’s Street and the site of the mine explosion under Hawthorn Ridge.

The group will then return to Auchonvilllers for a final discussion and a well-earned drink.

Day Two – There will be an in-depth look at the relevant sections of the film “The Somme” and then the group will set off to the road from Albert to La Boisselle to see where Geoffrey Malins filmed casualty evacuations and a German counterattack. The group will then move on to Lochnagar Crater to examine where Malins was able to film the site about the time of its capture.

After lunch, the group will focus on events filmed by J B McDowell, south of Albert, examining in more detail events at Minden Post, the shelling of Mametz and the German counterattack. We will explore casualty evacuations and triage, plus areas where German prisoners of war were held. The tour will finish in the centre of Fricourt to try to identify from where exactly the panning shot of the village was taken after it had been captured.

The group will then return to Auchonvillers for a final discussion about the day’s events and a drink.

It may be possible to visit appropriate war cemeteries along the way.

Price: – 30 Euros per day per person.

To book, contact Andy at andy@andyrobertshaw.com

Watch our Life in the trenches trailer: