The Lochnager crater and Memorial site is located on the 1916 Somme battlefields, to the south of the village of La Boisselle.
Lochnager mine cater was made on the Somme war fields in France in WW1. It is the biggest man-made mine crater on the WW1 battlefields. The mine was laid by the British army’s Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers under a German stronghold called ‘Schwaben Hoeh”. On the morning of the 1st of July 1916 at 7:28, the mine exploded and it launched the British offensive against the German lines.
The attack started that morning with 12 British battalions with about 700 men involved in the attack. Ignoring the fact that the mine had been blown up that day, the German soldiers still managed to fire successfully at the British soldiers who were quickly advancing, withinn half an hour hundreds were either dead or injured.
Lochnager Mine Crater Memorial
An Englishman, Richard Dunning, purchased the land containing the crater from a farmer for an undisclosed sum, on the 1st of July 1978. Prior to Richard’s purchase the crater was used as a dumping ground for rubbish and only a few people a year visited. The land was purchased to preserve it and so people could visit and remember those who not only died on the 1st of July 1916 but all men and women from around the world that were affected by the Great War. Today around 200 000 people visit the site each year.
Lochnager Crater is the result of a mine explosion in 1916 at 7.28 am
The cross is made from wooden beams that were taken from a broken down church near Durham, in England and placed at the crater in 1986. Many of the British soldiers killed on the 1st of July attack came from areas near where the wood for the cross came from.
Visitor Information for Lochnager Mine Crater Memorial:
Opening Hours: It is open during the daylight hours
Cost: Free to enter
Official Website: http://www.lochnagarcrater.org/