The public ballot for tickets

To commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, the UK Government is hosting an event at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Thiepval Memorial to the Missing in France. Given the level of interest in attending, this will be a ticketed event.

The ballot for tickets is now closed, and no further applications will be accepted online or by post. All those who entered the ballot have now been informed of the outcome, and have been asked to submit some further information.

Tickets are free, and will be distributed in pairs to successful applicants in 2016. Facilities will be in place for attendees with disabilities.


28 September 2015 – ballot opened
18 November 2015 – ballot closed
23 – 30 November 2015 – all applicants notified of ballot results, successful Applicants asked to provide further information
31 January 2016 – deadline for successful Applicants to provide requested information
Please note, if information is not provided by this date, tickets will be forfeited and reallocated to the next person on the waiting list
February – June 2016 – reallocation of any returned tickets
1 June 2016 – all tickets issued to attendees
1 July 2016 – the Event