View of the battlefield at La Boisselle in September 1916 showing the Cross erected to several members of the 34th Division, who were killed in action on 1st July, 1916. This Cross was 20 yard to the left of the roadway on the hill crest overlooking the giant mine crater, Becourt Wood, Sausage Valley and on to Fricourt, Mametz and Carnoy; since replaced by a permanent monument. © IWM (Q1055)

Reconciliation

At Lochnagar, with our unique Wreath of Reconciliation, laid during the annual 1st July Remembrance Ceremony, we remember all the men and women who were denied their future, never achieving their potential, with their hopes and dreams unrealised.

The Great War was truly global in its reach, the complex alliances of nations and their empires fell into place in 1914.

It was even predicted in 1906 that, “a war in Europe… must necessarily set the whole world ablaze”. This prophecy came true to many millions of men and women everywhere.

Men of every race, colour, creed and religion came from all the great cities and the smallest villages. They volunteered, were conscripted and sometimes, in the colonies even coerced, to join the great armies of Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas to serve, fight, suffer and die, often thousands of miles from home.

Women paid a heavy price too; the hardship brought by the loss of their menfolk, husbands, sons and brothers. Women served in their own right also; as nurses, factory workers and in jobs vacated everywhere by the men now gone to fight.

Armistice and peace in 1918 may have ended the fighting but it did not end the suffering – the loss and grief felt as a result of the many millions who had perished.

As it states on the Wreath:

LOCHNAGAR

In a spirit of
remembrance and reconciliation,
Let us now, in their honour

Go in Peace

Forthcoming – Major Reconciliation Project

To be announced on 1st July 2018 (the 40th anniversary of the purchase of Lochnagar) and launched on 11th November 2018 – the centenary of the Armistice.

Richard Dunning and The Lochnagar Crater

The Lochnagar Crater Memorial was purchased by Richard Dunning MBE on 1st July 1978. If you would like to know more about how Richard came to own the Crater.

Reconciliation and The Lochnagar Crater

This awesome wound on the battlefield of the western Front remains a stark testimony to ‘man’s inhumanity to man’ yet its now-peaceful atmosphere is the perfect setting to pause and reflect on the horrors of war.

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