World War 1 Facts About the Battle of the Somme

During the battle of the Somme the Lochnagar Crater was created by the 179th tunneling company royal engineers. They put 1000 dynamite in the tunnel and blew the tunnel up which formed the crater that we can see today! It exploded at 0728. When it exploded it was the loudest bang at the time in history and was known to be heard from London! 0 people died from the explosion but some people died tunneling to it! The digging of the tunnel for the Lochnagar mine started on 11 November 1915 by 185 Tunnelling Company, but was completed by 179 Tunnelling Company who took over in March 1916…. This link gives you extra information.


The body of George Nugent, a World War 1 soldier, was discovered on 31st October 1998 by Mr Drage. He was walking around the crater and saw the remains of a body within the chalk on the floor. The remains consisted of a human skeleton, the skulll of which was broken. Various items of army kit were found with the remains including a rifle, bullets and water bottle, as well as personal items, including a pipe mouthpiece, a silver pen holder and a folding cut throat razor. It was the razor that held the key to identifying the remains.


The Somme:

The battle of the Somme was the first time a tank was used. This tank only moved at 3km per hour and it couldn’t move very well.

The battle was fought around the River Somme, hence the name. The battle lasted from July 1st 1916 and ended in November 18th 1916 on the banks of the Somme. Bodies are still being found from the war, even after 96 years! Some military dead have found undiscovered.

It was one of the bloodiest battles of the war and of all time. An estimated 1,000,000 troops were killed or injured. Including about 485,000 British and French troops. Therefore, it was one of the most well known battles of the World War 1.  For five days before the battle the British army had shot relentlessly at the German trenches to remove the barbed wire and to cave the trenches in.

To be continued…