Welcome to The Path of the Remembered,

A crowd-sourced tribute to thousands of people connected to the Battle of the Somme

The making of the Path – our short film

Watch this two-minute film to find out more about how the path came about.

As part of the National Commemoration of the Battle of the Somme held in Manchester on the 1st July 2016, thousands of people contributed individual ‘memory squares’ in tribute to those affected by the Battle a century ago. Some uploaded images to this website, others sculpted clay squares at workshops. They were all laid into a temporary, eighty-metre long Path of the Remembered at Heaton Park, as part of the Evening Commemorative concert.

Our thanks to all who contributed.

The National Commemoration - our full film

The Path of the Remembered was one part of whole day of commemoration. It included a national service at Manchester Cathedral, a city centre parade, a heritage learning ‘Experience Field’ event for schools and families, and an evening concert.

36,000 people took part. Watch our 24 minute film here to find out more.

Whilst the commemoration has finished, the memory squares and their fascinating tributes will remain here online as a ‘crowd-sourced’ resource for people to search, read and share. Do take a look at our gallery, each memory square tells a personal story.


Click on these featured memory squares

Paul Williams for Francis Lalor
Brian Cook for George William Cook
Billie Robinson for Sister Edie Appleton
Sara Coates for Rifleman James Lennox
John Fairhurst for My dad, Albert Edward (Ted) Fairhurst and the Kings (Liverpool) Regiment
Rob Booker and Phil Barber for Geoffrey Malin
Louisa Burke for Michael Burke
Theo aged 6 for Thomas William Bales
Jean Lord for The Queen Mary’s Military Hospital
Professor Christine Hallett for Alice Fitzgerald
Isabelle Webster for everyone affected by war
Lee O’Brien for The wives and mothers
Cemahl Tamumo-Mullin for Walter Tull
Lauren Sullivan-Green Aged 11 for Dorothy Laurence