Islington’s 750 Battle of the Somme dead to be honoured in Holloway

PUBLISHED: 11:12 04 November 2016

Islington Soldier Sgt Victor Hember in the Hebuterne Trench

Islington Soldier Sgt Victor Hember in the Hebuterne Trench


A Battle of the Somme memorial leads Islington’s Remembrance events this month.

This year marks 100 years since the deadly conflict, in which more than 750 men with Islington and Finsbury connections were killed.

The council and Islington Veterans Association will hold a special memorial and plaque unveiling in Manor Gardens, Holloway on November 18 (10.30am).

Descendants of Sgt Hugh Victor Hember, an Islington soldier who died at the Somme, will attend.

Meanwhile, Islington’s annual Remembrance parade takes place on November 13. It starts at 10am at Highbury Corner and moves towards Islington Green, where a two-minute silence will take place at 11am.

Two other services will run later that day: at the Spa Green war memorial in Rosebery Avenue, Finsbury; and by the war memorial arch in Royal Northern Gardens, Holloway at 1.30pm.

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