Brownies promise to remember the Somme

A pack of Brownies from Wales have come together to remember soldiers who fought at the Somme 100 years ago

The 3rd Aberdare Brownies of Wales have joined in with the Legion’s Somme 100 commemorations by hosting a candlelit vigil in their local church hall on Wednesday 29 June.

The young Brownies and their leaders held a Two Minute Silence by candlelight after learning more about the historic battle using the Legion’s Somme 100 toolkit.

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The girls were encouraged to commemorate the Somme by their leader, Brown Owl Emma Davies, who has a personal connection to the battle: her great-grandfather fought there. He served with the Northamptonshire Regiment and survived the Battle of the Somme, but was sadly killed in action at Passchendaele the following year in 1917. The 34-year-old bricklayer from Aberdare left behind three children, and is remembered at the Tyne Cot memorial.

Their candlelit vigil is just one of the 3rd Aberdare Brownies’ many commemoration activities: they regularly participate in their local remembrance parade each November and wear poppies on their uniform all year round.

Remember the Battle of the Somme

For the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, the Legion is encouraging communities across the UK to take time out from their daily lives to honour those who fought and fell.

“Their collective sacrifice is as relevant today as ever, but in this centenary year we pay special tribute to their Service.” The Royal British Legion’s Head of Remembrance, The Right Reverend Nigel McCulloch KCVO

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