Beer exhibition marks Battle of the Somme

Richard Scott and Mervyn Tims at the Somme exhibition in Beer Congregation Church. Ref shb 27-16TI 3

Richard Scott and Mervyn Tims at the Somme exhibition in Beer Congregation Church. Ref shb 27-16TI 3457. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

The lives of Beer soldiers lost in the Battle of the Somme have been remembered in a special exhibition.

The Beer 2014 group marked 100 years since the battle with a five-day exhibition in the Congregational Church.

Among the exhibitors was Mervyn Tims, who took part in the event to talk about his grandfather, Sergeant George Chick, who survived the battle.

Sgt Chick served in the 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry from 1914 - 1918.

He moved to Beer after working in Ireland, before taking a job on Couchill Farm. Mr Tims said: “He was promoted twice that day.”


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The exhibition also received permission from the Imperial War Museum to show the Battle of the Somme, a silent film shot by the British army in preparation for the assault, which claimed the lives of 19,000 British soldiers on its first day alone.

The Beer 2014 group also paid tribute to four Beer soldiers who died during the Battle of Jutland.

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