Video: Lincoln pauses to remember 100th anniversary of Battle of Loos

People in Lincoln and across the county joined in remembrance on Tuesday, October 13 as the 100th anniversary of one of Lincolnshire’s darkest days dawned.

Hundreds of the county’s citizens were killed or wounded in the Battle of Loos Hohenzollern Redoubt, fought on October 13, 1915.

An estimated 21,000 British soldiers died in the battle during the Great War. Of those, 357 were from Lincolnshire.

People in Lincoln gathered for a memorial service on High Street.

People in Lincoln gathered for a memorial service on High Street.

At midday, hundreds gathered on Lincoln High Street wearing Lincolnshire Remembers yellow ribbons for a special service.

Crowds joined together at the war memorial on Lincoln High Street before observing a minute’s silence and a series of whistles was blown to signify the moment the soldiers left the trenches.

Photos: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Photos: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Reverend Jeremy Cullimore, Priest in Charge of the High Street Parishes, was joined by civic representatives and organisers in giving fitting addresses.

The Reverend said: “The territorial army battalions were made up of men who live in the same houses we now live in, that walked to work down the same streets we now walk down.

“In the 100 years that have passed much has changed, but they would still recognise this county and be glad, for as territorials they had joined for self defence, but they were among the first to volunteer for overseas service.

“They saw it as the best way to protect the people they love.”

The act of remembrance in Lincoln was coordinated by Lincolnshire Echo and BBC Radio Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Co-op, the City of Lincoln Council, Lincoln High Street Parishes and Royal British Legion.