THEY are a hundred years and worlds apart. One generation put their lives on the line to fight for their country, the other enjoys all the freedoms their victory secured. These three schoolgirls have been researching relatives who served in World War I and were among the winners in a “Thank You” creative competition run by The Royal British Legion and Never Such Innocence. Here, as the centenary of Armistice Day approaches, they talk about what they discovered and how their ancestors’ bravery has moved them. Molly Meleady-Hanley, 15, lives in Sheffield with her mum Christine, 55, an equalities officer, and her brother Jem, 25. Molly has been so struck by what she has learned about the War that she has created two stained glass windows, written a play and a poem and created a piece of art featuring poppies. “Right now, I’m studying for my GCSEs. When my great grandfather Christy McKeever was 14, he ran away from a children’s home in Dublin, lied about … [Read more...] about Three schoolgirls whose heroic relatives served in World War I and sacrificed their lives on what Remembrance Day means to them
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THE guns had been silent for two years as millions of Britons stood to honour their dead at the first ever Remembrance Day. Half way through the two-minute silence a widow, still raw with grief, began to sob. By the time the buglers at the newly-unveiled Cenotaph sounded the Last Post 60 seconds later, nearly 1,000 people were in tears. Tomorrow, exactly a century after the Great War ended, organisers are recreating the extraordinary scenes of the first national service of remembrance in London. The year before there had been a victory parade past a temporary war memorial made of plywood. But in the summer of 1920, the Cabinet decided that Whitehall would be at the heart of national mourning and remembrance throughout the British Empire. As well as a permanent Cenotaph to the Glorious Dead, the body of an unidentified British soldier would represent the 887,858 Tommies killed in the four-year war. His body would be buried in Westminster Abbey, the parish church of the Empire, for a … [Read more...] about First WW1 Remembrance Day saw the unknown warrior returned from France as 1.25m Brits filed past memorial in London 100 years ago
A fallen Wearside solider has been immortalised on a new development built on the site of his former home. Barratt Homes North East has named a new street in tribute to William Forster, who was born and lived on the site on which the firm's Teal Park Farm development now sits.William Forster, who was born in 1890, grew up in Washington to work alongside his father in the Chemical Works before joining the army in 1914.He joined the Yorkshire Regiment and went to France in August 1915, but died of wounds in Rouen just a year later. William and his brother John are named on the Washington Village memorial.An official ceremony was held at the site to unveil the naming of ‘William Forster Close’. In addition to the commemorative street name, Barratt Homes has also made a donation to SSAFA, who provide practical and emotional support for serving personnel, veterans and military families across the UK and worldwide, to mark the occasion.Deputy Mayor of The City of Sunderland David … [Read more...] about Fallen First World War solider is remembered with street named in his honour ahead of Remembrance Day
REMEMBRANCE Sunday is taking place this weekend on November 11. But what time will the services be taking place and how can you get involved? Here's everything you need to know about the Armistice Centenary. When is the Cenotaph service? The Cenotaph service will be held at the Cenotaph on Whitehall, London. It will begin straight after the two-minute silence is held at 11am and will commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth servicemen and women involved in the two World Wars and later conflicts. It will conclude at 11.25am. This year Remembrance Sunday falls on the Armistice Centenary, 100 years after the First World War ended, so huge crowds are expected. Wreaths may be laid at the Cenotaph on Sunday by members of the public. What time is the Remembrance Day parade? After the Cenotaph service at Whitehall, the Royal British Legion detachments will disperse past the Cenotaph. Then the Nation's Thank You procession will commence at 12.30pm. This will conclude at 1.30pm … [Read more...] about What time is the Remembrance Day parade and when is the Cenotaph service?
Durham is to be the only city across the UK to feature French sailors in what will be its biggest Remembrance Day event for years. The city will welcome the ship's company of the French Navy boat the Pluvier for Sunday's service and parade, which will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War.The French Consul for the North of England, Monsieur Eric Donjon, said: "I am delighted that our French Navy is being a part of this great occasion in Durham City."As our two nations marched to war together in 1914 and 1939, so we march again, to pay our respects to the fallen and mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War."The parade will also feature the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Dragoon Guards, troopers from the Household Cavalry, members of the Royal Gurkha Rifles and local regiment the Rifles.They will be joined by other units from the Army, servicemen and women from the RAF and others from the services community.The Band and Bugles of the Durham Army Cadet … [Read more...] about Armistice 100: City ready to host Remembrance Day parade as event continues to grow