It’s been 100 years since the first day of the Battle of the Somme. To remember all of those young men and women who died for their country, a #WeAreHere ‘walking ghost’ tribute was held.
Around 1,400 men aged 16 – 52 took part in the event. Each man was assigned a card with the name, battalion and the date and age the soldier died at the Somme.
Liam Capper, a kitchen assistant at Four Seasons Woodcot Lodge Care Home in Gosport was selected to take part in the tribute. He travelled to Southampton Train Station, dressed as a soldier. Liam’s tribute was to Private John Thomas Gibbons, 1st Battalion Hampshire Regiment, who died at the Somme on 1st July 1916, aged 20 years old.
Vickie Wylde, Home Manager, said: “We are all very proud of Liam. He’s only a young man himself at the tender age of 17. His tribute to Private Gibbons was something that will go down in history. I think the overall event and visual tributes were very moving and were a stark reminder of all the young men who went to war and never came home again.
“Some of our residents were very young children when the Battle of the Somme occurred, and they were extremely pleased that Liam was selected for this honour.”
Liam’s mum, Tiffany Myhill, who is the Head of Housekeeping at Woodcot Lodge said: “I’m one extremely proud mum. I watched the coverage of the event on the news and on social media, and it was a fantastic moving tribute.”
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Date published: 15 September 2017
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