The Lochnagar Crater was created by a large mine detonated beneath the German front line by the British Army’s 179th Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers, at 7:28am on July 1st, 1916. The explosion marked the beginning of the Battle of the Somme and was the largest of 19 mines, placed beneath the German front line to assist the British infantry advance. It is the largest man-made mine crater from the First World War on the Western Front.
1st July Remembrance Ceremonies, 2022, 2021 & 2020
On July 1st every year, for over four decades now, people have joined together for a unique ceremony to remember the events of that fateful Saturday in 1916. We have created a Facebook Livestream broadcast and in 2020 we prepared a short film which encapsulates the Foundation’s commitment to Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation.
Peace and Reconciliation
We remember all the men and women who were denied their future, never achieving their potential, with their hopes and dreams unrealised.
There are two annual remembrance ceremonies, in July and November. We always seek to involve the local community as well as welcoming visitors from around the world.
Friends’ Working Weekend 2022
With the easing of many of the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic we are optimistic that we will be... read more →Wednesday December 8th, 2021
Lochnagar Commemorative Plaques
We are pleased to announce we are once again able to take applications to sponsor our emotive faux-brass Commemorative Plaques.... read more →Wednesday December 8th, 2021
‘Thank You’ So Far, In Our Ongoing Walkway Crisis Appeal
‘The Lochnagar Crater Foundation would like to extend its gratitude to our very many supporters who have so kindly given... read more →Monday November 15th, 2021
Karl Orsinger’s Grave Marker Returns Home
One of the most satisfying moments of the year has been helping with the return of a large 1916 German... read more →Sunday October 10th, 2021
1st July with the ‘FORGET NEVER’ Project
Thank you to our Friends at Basildon Twinning and The Forget Never Project for the wonderful video available here. So... read more →Friday October 8th, 2021
The sad loss of friend, RÉAL DELPLANQUE
It was with enormous shock and sadness that on the 4th October we heard of the sudden death of Réal... read more →Tuesday October 5th, 2021