‘Over The Top’: 99 Years On… Calendar

4 July 2015 - 4 July 2015

On 1 July 1914, in one of the deadliest battles of World War One, Captain Nevill of the East Surrey Regiment kicked a football 'over the top', and sent his men after it, towards enemy gunfire...

His regiment achieved their objective, but Nevill was one of 20,000 British soldiers killed in the 5 month Battle Of The Somme. His ball was retrieved days later, from lines enemy barbed wire, and is now part of our The Greater Game exhibition.

To commemorate the anniversary, members of the Manchester 1914-18 Living History Regiment will be appearing at the National Football Museum, 1pm – 4pm, Saturday 4 July. In full First World uniform, with their weapons and kit, they will vividly recreate the experiences of the life in the trenches that awaited the thousands of ‘Pals’ on the terraces that day. They will dress, behave and demonstrate the life of the British soldier as accurately as possible. With lots of hands-on opportunities, visitors young and old can find out about who these soldiers where? What did they eat? How did they fight? How did they cope with such awful conditions?

Free. Suitable for ages 7 and over.

Members of the Manchester 1914-18 Living History Regiment will be in different areas of the musuem during the afternoon. Entrance to The Greater Game: Football & The First World War exhibition is £1 for adults, and free for under 16s.

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