Documentary tells Story of Cumbrians who Died at the Somme

Documentary tells Story of Cumbrians who Died at the Somme

Postby kerchi » Mon Jul 16, 2012 11:15 pm

The following transcript is from the Cumbrian newspaper, The News & Star; the editor has given special permission to be shown here.

CUMBRIANS who fought and died in one of the greatest battles of WWI will be remembered in a TV documentary this week. A half-hour special, The Somme, will be screened on Tuesday at 7.30pm on ITV Border to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the battle.

The programme tells the story of four battalions who fought on the opening day of battle and those who gave their lives for their country. They were the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the Border Regiment and the 1st Battalion of the Kings Own Scottish Border Regiment. The programme also features the battalion of new army volunteers raised by Lord Lonsdale – The Lonsdales.

The Lonsdales were perhaps Carlisle’s most famous battalion – made up of volunteers from Cumberland and Westmorland. The regiment was unique in the history of the British Army as it was entirely composed of men from the region.

The Somme was filmed on location on the battlefield at Authuille Wood, where the men sheltered the night before they went ‘over the top’. On the day of the great battle the men were the first out of the trenches and suffered more than a 50 per cent casualty rate.

With dramatic first-hand accounts by soldiers, taken from the Carlisle Journal of the time, the programme brings to life the moving story of The Somme.

Producer Ed Skelding said: ‘The battlefield of the Somme, where the Lonsdales went into action – remains unchanged since the day the men went over the top and it’s a harrowing feeling to walk in the footsteps of those dead heroes'.

Published 6th November, 2006, The News & Star
In memory of John Bardgett (15309 L/Cpl.), 11th Border Regiment who died 1st July 1916.

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