at Lancaster City Museum daily until 20th November
A major new exhibition telling the story of the local King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment in the infamous battle which tore across the Somme river valley in France a century ago.
More than 10,000 soldiers served with the King’s Own in the Battle of the Somme, most were from Lancashire, many from Lancaster and the surrounding area. 950 of these men lost their lives in the battle, and many more were injured. The exhibition tells the story of the actions, but it’s not all bombs and bullets, as there is a look at the life of the soldier as they were not always fighting, but did have "time off" behind the line.
The exhibition includes the Victoria Cross, the highest gallantry medal, awarded to Private James Miller of Withnell, who carried an important message and returned, although fatally wounded, with the reply and fell dead at the foot of his officer. Miller’s heroic deed is recorded in a poem written in 1916 by former Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant Ellis Williams, "The Story of the Message", original copies of which can been seen in the exhibition.
Please note the Museum is closed on a Monday