On 1st July 1916, the Battle of the Somme began with thousands of young Yorkshiremen involved alongside their fellow countrymen in one of the darkest days of the First World War.
This group of friends and colleagues left Yorkshire for the front line to do their service for King and Country but were devastated on the opening day of the battle. The first day of the Battle of the Somme was the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and one of the most infamous days of World War One. On 1 July 1916, the British forces suffered 57,470 casualties, including 19,240 fatalities. They gained just three square miles of territory. Most of those who died perished on the same day in the same hour on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Amongst those who died that day, were seven members of the Headingley club, a rich part of our own club's history.
Please take a minute today to remember them and all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us all.