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.


Get Started

Making a memory square is simple to do, and even if you can’t think of someone from your family or area who was affected back in 1916, we can help you with our research section. For for a simple step-by-step guide, watch this short video.

Click on these featured memory squares

Dan Hill for Private Ernest Edward (Ted)
Paul Williams for Francis Lalor
Sara Coates for Rifleman James Lennox
Kieran Feeney for To all the soldiers sadly lost
Isabelle Webster for everyone affected by war
Jean Lord for The Queen Mary’s Military Hospital
John Summers for Frank Tipping
Louisa Burke for Michael Burke
Cemahl Tamumo-Mullin for Walter Tull
Professor Christine Hallett for Alice Fitzgerald
Lauren Sullivan-Green Aged 11 for Dorothy Laurence
Solenne Boyce for The generations affected by war
Theo aged 6 for Thomas William Bales
Lisa Robinson for Sister Edith Appleton