Thanks to Sue Carter (granddaughter of Charles Alcock), Mike Briggs and Robin Preedy for the research and contribution
One of the most famous incidents to occur during the carnage of the first day of the battle of the Somme was the 8th Battalion East Surrey Regiment’s famous ‘football’ charge towards the German trenches at Montauban.
Widely reported in the press within days of the attack, the story of how Captain W. P. Nevill provided footballs for his platoons to kick across No Man’s Land as they advanced had soon captured the imagination of the British public. Click here to find out about Charles Alcock, friend to Captain Nevill, who was one of those Surrey men who kicked the footballs across the Somme battlefield.
Here is the letter Alcock wrote to Captain Nevill’s sister, following her brother’s death on the 1 July 1916:
Read more about Captain Billie Neville and the East Surrey Regiment’s famous ‘football’ charge towards the German trenches at Montauban on the Exploring Surrey’s Past website.