Huddersfield is to honour its heroes of The Somme.

A special memorial event will be held on July 1 to remember those who lost their lives in most devastating conflict of World War I.

It will be held on July 1 - exactly 100 years since the start of the epic battle which cost so many lives.

More than 1,000 soldiers from Yorkshire - many of them from the Huddersfield area - lost their lives on the Somme.

And the service at the Army Reserve Centre in St Paul’s Street, Huddersfield, is intended as an official commemoration to mark the centenary.

Regular soldiers, Reservists and former military men will gather for a drum head service which will also include a rifle volley salute.

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The Band of The Yorkshire Regiment will play during the service, which will be hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “Yorkshire will be commemorating its significant contribution to the Battle of the Somme in a Drumhead Service and gun salute, marking the thousands of Yorkshiremen killed in the battle.

“In total the battle saw over 90,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers die, with 20,000 on the first day alone.

“Hosted by the Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, and attended by families from across Yorkshire of those who lost their lives in what became the largest and bloodiest battle of the war, the commemoration will also be attended by military representatives of all the Yorkshire regiments who took part in the battle, in addition to other dignitaries, mayors and the Lord Lieutenants of all four counties of Yorkshire.

A wounded German prisoner of war assisting wounded British soldiers on the Somme front
A wounded German prisoner of war assisting wounded British soldiers on the Somme front

“The service will be held under the Drill Hall’s memorial with the names of more than 1,000 Yorkshire soldiers who left the county between 1914 and 1918 but who never returned.”

The Battle of the Somme was a battle of the First World War fought by the armies of the British and French empires against the German Empire.

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It took place between July 1 and November 18, 1916 on both sides of upper reaches of the River Somme in France.

It was the largest battle of World War I on the Western Front. Tragically, more than one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.