Reflections on the Battle of the Somme in 1926

Ten years after the opening day of the Battle of the Somme, the Manchester Guardian reported the Most Perfect Episode of the Day with the the 17th Manchester liberating and holding the village of Montauban. The article provides proud recognition of the contribution of all the Pals Battalions, from Fricourt, to Mametz and Montauban. There were calls for a more permanent Memorial to the 21st and 22nd Battalions at Mametz. The spirit of this request was fulfilled many years later by the late Graham Maddocks with the Memorial to the Pals in Montaban.

3 thoughts on “Reflections on the Battle of the Somme in 1926

  1. Nancy Ramsden Owen

    Thank you so very much for sharing this article with all of us. It is my hope to visit Prestwich and its First World War museum, and to visit the site at Montauban where my great Uncle Norman Wood Ramsden, gunner, perished on 1 July 1916. May we keep the memory of these gallant men alive, our beloved Manchester Pals.

    Nancy Ramsden Owen
    Bloomington, Indiana USA

    1. 8055bell Post author

      Hi Nancy, Thanks for dropping in again. I had a fresh look at the post we shared on your family. The Regimental Museum is closed at the moment and the timescale for re-opening seems indistinct. Montauban is well worth a visit. It’s the first time in 11 years that I’ve missed at least one visit there. It’s a very special place. You could also visit Percy’s grave near Arras. It’s very different countryside up there. Message me if you’re visiting and I’ll try to join you. Here’s the previous post

      1. Nancy Ramsden Owen

        Thank you! When Americans are welcome again in the UK & Europe, I’ll be one of the first in line. Thank you for your kind invitation. I’d be delighted to accept when that great day arrives, at last.

        Warm regards,


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