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Ulster Memorial Tower, Thiepval

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The Ulster Tower is Northern Ireland's national war memorial. It was one of the first Memorials to be erected on the Western Front and commemorates the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division and all those from Ulster who served in the First World War. The memorial was officially opened on 19 November 1921 and is a very close copy of Helen's Tower which stands in the grounds of the Clandeboye Estate, near Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland. Many of the men of the Ulster Division trained in the estate before moving to England and then France early in 1916.
The Tower (plus a small cafe nearby) is staffed by members of the Somme Association, which is based in Belfast.
The Division attacked the Schwaben Redoubt, which is near the Ulster Tower, on 1 July 1916. The Schwaben Redoubt was a little to the north-east of where the tower stands, and was a triangle of trenches with a frontage of 300 yards, a fearsome strongpoint with commanding views. It is also located close to the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.
The front lines were at the edge of Thiepval Wood which lies to the south-west of the road between the Thiepval Memorial and the Ulster Tower. Troops of the 109th Brigade crossed about 400 yards of no man's land, and kept on going. They entered the Schwaben Redoubt, and advanced on towards Stuff Redoubt, gaining in all around a mile, though not without losses. To their left, the 108th Brigade were successful in advancing near Thiepval, but less so nearer the River Ancre.
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  • Nigel was a gem. Full of a cold he still "soldiered on" (pun intended) and brought the horrors of WW1 alive for us. I think, out of all the museums and sites we visited, his stories and insights... 
    Nigel was a gem. Full of a cold he still "soldiered on" (pun intended) and brought the horrors of WW1 alive for us. I think, out of all the museums and sites we visited, his stories and insights...  more »
  • I visited the Ulster Tower as part of a European War sites road trip. The Warden (if that's the correct term) was wonderfully informed and entertaining. We had a great chat about many of the... 
    I visited the Ulster Tower as part of a European War sites road trip. The Warden (if that's the correct term) was wonderfully informed and entertaining. We had a great chat about many of the...  more »
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  • Visited Ulster Tower and Thiepval Wood last week on our tour of the Somme Battlefields. We had a tour of the wood with guide Nigel Davies which was informative, entertaining and wonderfully presented. Can’t praise it enough. Followed by lovely coffee and cakes in the cafe. Highly recommended to enhance Battlefield trip experience. Book in advance through Ulster Tower
  • Wonderful monument and well worth a visit, to pay your respects to the fallen in WW1and WW2. Inside there are flags pictures of the men, wreaths and other interesting artefacts to view. There is also a lovely cafe immediately next to the memorial with plenty of seating, mainly outside, so can also take a break and enjoy the lovely views of the valley

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