Sound of the Somme

Sound of the Somme: Shortfilm to tell the Story of Piper Richardson

Producers of the upcoming World War I Shortfilm Sound of the Somme are looking for supporters who would like to sponsor Sound of the Somme on Kickstarter and pledge a donation amount of their choice. Currently they have gathered $9,708 of their $16,780 goal with only still 8 days to go.

World War I Shortfilm, Sound of the Somme, will tell the true story of the last day in the journal of James C. Richardson, a 20-year-old bagpiper, who joined the 16th Canadian Scottish Regiment during the First World War. James C. Richardson, originally born in Bellshill, Scotland and later a resident of Chilliwack in Canada. He was a bagpiper in the 72nd Seaforth Highlanders of Canada before ending up in the Seaforth contingent of the 16th (Canadian Scottish) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, during the First World War. After being active as a piper in the Battles of Ypres, he was detailed for duty at the Regina Trench, Somme in France.

James C. Richardson
James C. Richardson

“On 8 October 1916 at Regina Trench at the Somme in France, his company was was held up by very strong wire and came under intense fire. When all morale was lost, Piper Richardson obtained permission to play the troops over the top in no man’s land. As he marched up and down outside the wire playing his pipes, he and the universal sound of his instrument inspired many soldiers to go into an attack that first seemed to be doomed.

During the Battle of the Somme, men dropped like flies and morale was lost, but Piper Richardson, who had written a letter to his mother about the impossible task of a piper playing in no man’s land, obtained permission to play the company “over the top” and marched up and down outside the wire playing his pipes. The sound of the instrument and the courage to pipe in open sight and firing line of the Germans, inspired his comrades to go into an attack that first seemed to be doomed. A full 10 minutes later, James took a German prisoner and his badly wounded commanding officer back to safety, only to realize he forgot his bagpipes that he wished to send home to his parents as a gift and returned to no man’s land to find them. Sadly, the young man never returned and was never seen alive again.”

Alexander Menu, writer and producer of Sound of the Somme, has launched this Kickstarter campaign to achieve several goals, such as flying in a young Scottish actor whom has a true Scottish accent, as this is from the essence in this story. Another goal they have is building a unique set of muddy trenches in Ypres, to represent not only the German Empire but also how nature formed a resistance against the allied troops.

Go to the Kickstart campaign if you would like to help out.