Battle of the Somme

Historian Philip Orr will deliver a talk on the experience of Ulster soliders at the Somme on June 23 at the Tower Museum.

As the centenary of the battle approaches, the author of The Road to the Somme, the classic study of the 36th (Ulster) Division, will discuss the traumatic experience of the Ulster men who went ‘over the top on that fateful day. 

During the winter of 1915 and 1916 Brigades of men were attached to lines in the Somme area and by mid-March were preparing for the ‘Big Push’ in the summer of 1916.

The advance in July saw thousands of men trying to take back control of the area around Thiepval but over 5,500 of the Ulster Division were killed, wounded or taken prisoner in the opening days of the attack.

In this engaging talk, Philip will discuss the personal stories of men of the Ulster Division on the Somme and the continued legacy of the battle in society today. The talk takes place at the Tower Museum on Thursday 23 June at 7pm and admission is free.

Event Details


Tower Museum
Union Hall Place
BT48 6LU


Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 19:00

Centenary Event

Tickets and further information

Free entry