I have always been interested in understanding our military history and how all our communities helped mould the country that we live and prosper in today.  I passionately believe that we must remember those that have served our country and those that have given their all for our country and the life we lead.

I believe that it is noble of you, the members of the Ancre Somme Association, to perpetuate the memory of those that have gone before us both in the locally raised Battalions during the Great War of 1914-1918 and onto further wars and conflicts around the world and Empire.

Service men and Volunteers have shaped our Ulster and British traditions and our way of life. It is only fitting that we remember these men and their service.

The Ancre Somme Association's trip to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of the Somme was both solemn and fitting remembering the great sacrifices that were made by the volunteer battalions on The Somme in 1916.  From a personal point of view it was tremendously pleasurable being in the company of so many people who shared my interest and belief in the strategic aims of the Ancre Somme Association.

As the Associations 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.  

Ant Maher

Lt Col Ant Maher


Ancre Somme Association


It is important that our communities, in particular our young people, have an understanding of the past.

Our Association is currently engaging with community organisations and schools across the United Kingdom.


Our Association has been the lead partner in various events, and legacy projects, across the United Kingdom.

These events are not about the glorification of war. Our aim is remember those who served.


Armed Forces Charities

While our focus is education it is also important that we do not forget about today's military personnel.

Our Association has helped raise much needed funds for various military charities across the UK.

Ribbon of Poppies

UK & Commonwealth

The Ribbon of Poppies UK & Commonwealth is an annual campaign that encourages the sowing of poppy seeds, particulary by the younger generation, in memory of those members of the British and Commonwealth Forces who gave their lives in various wars and confilcts.

In past years various groups have pledged their support to our campaign including various youth organisations, schools and councils from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For more information on the campaign and how you can get involved click the button below.

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We are always looking for people from a variety of backgrounds who feel they have something to give to the Ancre Somme Association. Our Volunteers are of all ages and backgrounds. There is no specific experience required to becoming a Volunteer. All you need is a passion to support our Charity.

As a small charity, Volunteers are vital to us to help raise our profile - and awareness - throughout the UK.  If you would like to become a member why not send us a message today.


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Ancre Somme Association

Brownlow House

Windsor Avenue



BT67 9BJ



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