On 1 July 1916 at 0728hrs the order was sent to advance along a 15 mile front in Northern France near the River Somme. The Battle of the Somme was one of the bloodiest of World War One. For five months the British and French armies fought the Germans in a brutal battle of attrition.
The aims of the battle were to relieve the French Army fighting at Verdun and to weaken the German Army. However, the Allies were unable to break through German lines. In total, there were over one million dead and wounded on all sides.
This morning to commemorate the 100th anniversary, Henham residents gathered around the village war memorial.
Three Henham residents were killed during the Battle of the Somme.
Frank Camp aged 24 died on the morning of 1 July.
Basil Heard died on the 24 October 1916 from wounds inflicted.
Walter White aged 23 died on the 20 July 1916
Introduction to our Village
Henham remains a rural community although now perhaps better described as a 'community in a rural setting.' As with most other villages in the area, there are few whose income is dependant on the land and the majority of working residents travel away from the area to seek a living. However on the positive side we retain our own church, primary school, village shop with a post office, public house, village hall, church hall and community centre. Our population is approximately 1250.
The history of Henham now has its own website.
Below are scenes from the village through the seasons, each photo will link you to more images of the seasons in Henham.
The picture 'Night Owl' is by David Cutts taken when Henham observed a perigee moon, the full moon being at its closest to Earth.