At the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, nearly one million men in Britain volunteered to fight for their country. Most of them first saw action and suffered appalling casualties at the Battle of the Somme which began on 1 July 1916.
Orthopaedic Surgeon Tom Scotland will discuss why there were so many killed, wounded and missing on the Somme and will examine the battle through the writings of poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen. Breast Cancer Surgeon Professor Steve Heys, will examine in detail the fate of the 11th East Lancashires, better known as the “Accrington Pals” who volunteered for service and met their fate on 1 July 1916. Both Owen and Sassoon became patients at Craiglockhart War Hospital for “shell-shocked” officers, and Professor David Alexander will discuss the psychological aspects of warfare, then and in the present day.
Join them in this act of remembrance as we once again approach the anniversary of the day the guns fell silent on the Western Front.
Attendance at this event is free of charge, but booking here is recommended.