‘I just thought this photo of our horses in a Poppy field on Gressenhall Farm might be nice to commemorate the Centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme on July 1st, when the British suffered more than 57,000 casualties and, of course, many horses who were innocent victims of this horrific war.’
Assistant Farm Manager
Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse
PHOTO: MIKE CRISP
1 JULY 1916 – DAY ONE:
THE BATTLE OF THE SOMME
On 1 July, 1916, the battle of the Somme began, resulting in a serious defeat for the German army, forced out of its forward positions by the French 6th Army.
On that first day of the offensive on the Somme, few British troops reached the German positions, and it was to be the worst day in the British army’s history with over 57,000 casualties and 19,240 dead. It was to continue until November 1916, and epitomised the futility of trench warfare.
‘Going over the top’ was the first taste of battle for many young men, persuaded by Lord Kitchener’s ‘King and Country’ poster to show their patriotism.
The way the Battle of the Somme was fought was strongly criticised by many, due to the appalling casualties suffered by the British and French. By the end of the offensive in November 1916, the British army had suffered 420,000 casualties, the French 200,000 men and the Germans almost 500,000.
Their stories are told using original accounts, plus amazing collections, so that you can discover more about life in Gressenhall workhouse and the role it played for families who had fallen on hard times. Also you will find out what it was like when it became an old people's home in the 20th century. So, do come along and preview this exciting gallery.
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"We've also had a Norfolk Black turkey chick hatch out today in our incubator," Mike told us. Why not come along to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse and see them both – and bring the children too, they'll love to see all the animals and birds down on the farm!
Get into the swing with Rockin’ Roland the Rockabilly DJ spinning his records for our 1950’s tea dance. Live music from the B-Sides, a rock ’n’ roll band sure to get your pulse racing and your feet tapping. Classic cars, classic food, and much, much more.
Take Route 66 (or even the A47) to Gressenhall – don’t be square, see you there!
Why not come along to Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse this weekend to see the new-born lambs – and bring the children too, they'll love to see all the animals down on the farm!
I hope to be at Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse again on Bank Holiday Monday, 2 May, for 'A Day with a Difference' – The Story Festival, where there'll be a chance to meet our much-loved characters from our favourite childhood tales. Perhaps I'll see you there?