Cambs on the Somme - 100th Anniversary of the Start of the Battle of the Somme at Ely Museum, 2nd & 3rd July 2016

Free First World War Family History Event and Exhibition

Following on from our highly successful Family History Day at Ely Museum last November we are excited to announce that we will be holding a special event to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme. This free event will once again be in partnership with Ely Museum and will be held over two days (2nd and 3rd July 2016).

Saturday 2nd July, 11am - 4pm will be a First World War Family History Day with experts on hand to help you discover about your relatives service in the Great War as well as explain and identify any medals, pictures and items you may want to bring along to show us. There will also be an exhibition of a wide range of biographies, medals, photos and badges focusing on local men who fought on the Somme in 1916. There will also be a special section relating to three of Cambridgeshire Regiment’s wartime Commanding Officers, including several with important links to the city of Ely.

Sunday 3rd July 11am - 2pm will be a special event held at the Museum focusing on the Cambridgeshire Regiment’s involvement in the Battle of the Somme. This is being held in support of the annual regimental reunion and remembrance service being held at the Cathedral. There will be large exhibition of Somme connected Cambridgeshire Regiment medals, each with an accompanying fascinating biography of the recipient detailing their service and life.  Alongside this we will also be unveiling our new travelling exhibition titled “Cambridgeshires on the Somme”. This exhibition will explain the Regiments role in the battle including the famous capture of the Schwaben Redoubt and the not so well known but highly successful St Pierre Divion attack.

Further details will be added to this page over the coming weeks so do please check back for updates. If you have any questions then please do contact us at

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This site went live on the 14th February 2015 to mark  100 years since the 1/1st Cambs went off to war.


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