1. Welcome to our new project, the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Battalion, who suffered tragic losses on 1st July 1916 in the Battle of the Somme.

 

Welcome to ‘The Sons of Cambridgeshire’, a Heritage Lottery funded project to research and commemorate the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment, the Cambridgeshire Volunteer Battalion, who suffered tragic losses on 1st July 1916 in the Battle of the Somme.

This project sought to raise awareness of the Cambridgeshire men who enlisted in the Suffolk Regiment and suffered tragic losses in the Battle of the Somme 1916, specifically those who fought on 1 July.

 We held a series of talks and workshops during the autumn of 2016 to help us learn more about the 11th Suffolks. This has resulted in the details and photographs of many of the 11th Suffolks who fought being uploaded to this website.

 If you have information on a particular soldier and would like to upload information about him to the Community Archive then please do so. If you have information about a soldier but would like us to upload it for you, or general information regarding the 11th Suffolks that you would like to share then please get in touch.

 This project is helped by £36,100 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

In the year of the 100th anniversary, the project sought to recognise the loss and the bravery of all those who gave their lives in this long-lasting and bloody battle. The 1st July 1916 was the first day of the Battle of the Somme, which lasted until 18th Nov 1916. The casualties sustained by the 11th Battalion Suffolk Regiment’ in just a few hours that morning of the 1st July were the largest in any single battalion in their Division, the role of the 11th Battalion, the Suffolk Regiment in the Battle is yet to be fully recognised and commemorated.

Gordon Phillips: ourworld.festivals@googlemail.com

Nicky Stockman: nicky.stockman@me.com