Ancre Somme Association





Ancre Somme Association Patron


Lt Col Ant Maher


As your Patron I take up the baton and will rise to the challenge.  I fully support The Ancre Somme Association's Mission, 'To Actively Commemorate, Educate & Raise Awareness on the Events Preceding, Surrounding and Following the Battle of the Somme Including Subsequent Conflicts, Battles & Wars.'


I believe that we as an Association can march forward, or as the Royal Irish Fusiliers war cry stated we can Clear the Way (Faugh a Ballagh).  It is an honour to be the Patron of The Ancre Somme Association.


Lt Col Maher has had a varied career in the Army serving on operations in Bosnia, Northern Ireland and Afghanistan.  


His service has seen operational deployment in every rank from Second Lieutenant to Lieutenant Colonel. He is is a married man with children and Chairman of the London Irish Rifles Assoc, Northern Ireland Branch.





Ancre Somme Association Scotland Patron


Lt Col Jules McElhinney


“I am extremely honoured to become a Patron of the Association in this monumental year in history”


“I attended last year’s event in Uphall and can honestly say, it was a magnificent tribute to Cpl Robert Beveridge MM and to all those that gave their lives at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917”


“The Association’s very successful educational work and community events, have been recognised each year; this is testament to the work and commitment of the Association’s volunteers”


“We are now planning with our trusted partners further events to mark the “RAF 100” on Saturday 26th May at Grangemouth and on Saturday 20th October we will deliver a “Great War Commemoration” event, being held in the Kirk Of Canongate, Edinburgh”


“I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Lt Col Ant Maher and Lt Col Gary Tait MBE for their splendid work to date in assisting and supporting the Association, I look forward to working with them and our members to take the Association forward”