4 in 10 Brits do not know when the Battle of the Somme happened

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1st July 2016 12:15 - Museums, Libraries and Archives

4 in 10 Brits do not know when the Battle of the Somme happened: A recent survey to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme has revealed that more than 4 in 10 (40 per cent) of British people do not know which conflict the World War 1 battle took place in.4 in 10 Brits do not know when the Battle of the Somme happened

Of the respondents who took part in the survey by the National Army Museum, 43 per cent said that they were not aware that the Battle – which has been hailed as the bloodiest battle in the history of the British Army - took place during the 1914 – 1918 war.

A further 46 per cent of the respondents said that they were not aware that the Battle took place in 1916 or that the battlefield was in France.

When looking at which demographic knew the least about the battle, the researchers found that the ‘baby boomers’ knew the least, with a massive 88 per cent of the generation admitting that they knew little or even nothing about the Battle.

Historians have said that as the country is commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, it is important that Brits remember those who lost their lives.

The National Army Museum surveyed more than 2,000 people as it unveiled its online Battle of the Somme centenary learning package, which included videos, maps and stories from soldiers through photos and diary entries.

About the Battle of the Somme

The Battle of the Somme claimed approximately 20,000 British lives on the first day of the battle alone. On both sides of the battle there were more than one million casualties by the time the Battle ended on the 18th November 1916 after 141 days.

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