Small but significant reminders of the Somme

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Shrapnel balls from the Mrs History Collection

Placing a few small metal balls in a child’s hand generally raises very little interest to start with.  However, when we tell them they are 100 years old, discovered by a farmer in his field somewhere close to the River Somme in France, they become objects loaded with poignancy.  Shrapnel balls were responsible for destruction, injury and death on an unprecedented scale. Over 1.5 million shells were fired at the German lines in the week before the 1st July 2016 and 100 years on these small but significant objects act as powerful reminders of The Battle of the Somme.  Contact us for information about a World War 1 session for your school.

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Detail from Aston Parish Church War Memorial, Birmingham

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