In addition to the WFA's Service of Commemoration of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior on the evening of 10 November, and the WFA's Ceremony of Remembrance at the Cenotaph on 11 November, there is a wide range of other remembering activities undertaken by WFA Branches and members. Here are some of them.
The WFA at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, 10 November 2013
Thomas Telford School, Shropshire has been chosen to represent the Western Front Association at the national commemoration at the Cenotaph in London on Remembrance Sunday. The School has been chosen for its education of the First World War and the emphasis it places on remembrance.
Two students accompanied by the WFA Education Officer Martyn Hale and other members of the WFA will join the procession led by the Queen to lay a wreath to remember those who gave their lives during the Great War and all wars since. The chosen students have studied the Great War in school and have both recently attended a pilgrimage to battlefields of France and Belgium with 65 other students as part of their studies.
The WFA in Dublin
On Remembrance Sunday (10 November) some organisations which highlight Ireland's participation in the Great War will set up stands in St Patrick's Cathedral. Visitors to the Cathedral (between Services) can talk to these organisations about tracing relatives from the war or perhaps just have a chat and share some stories. Participating organisations include; The Royal
British Legion, The Royal Dublin Fusiliers, The Western Front Association and The Gallipoli Association. These stands will operate from approximately 12.15 to 14.30.
The Branch is providing a local event on Monday, 11 November. This is a lecture entitled 'Lechlade and the Great War 1914-18' at 19.30 in St Lawrence Church, Lechlade, Glos (just over the border from where the Branch normally meets). It is well illustrated with photos and follows the passage of the war and the involvement of local people, particularly those listed on the war memorial. No entry fee is levied but a collection for Combat Stress will be held.n Cork we are holding an 'Evening of Remembrance in Music, Song and Story' on the night of Friday, 8 November. We are having our own Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Cork City on Saturday, 9 November, This service will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork, the Mayor of Cork County, members of the Diplomatic Corps, veterans organizations and regimental associations. We will also be represented at the Royal British Legion service in Cork on Remembrance Sunday and three of our members are travelling to London to attend the WFA service.
The Avon Branch will be holding a short remembrance ceremony at The Memorial at Greenbank Cemetary, Greenbank, Bristol at 10.45 am on Sunday, 10 November. There will be a prayer, the exhortation, and a reading. A Branch member will lay a wreath. The memorial is unusual in as much as it records those who died from the effects of the Wars who are buried in Municipal Cemetaries in Bristol. The major act of Remembrance in Bristol is held at the Cenotaph at the City Centre but we feel that in this forgotten place it is appropriate to hold our own little service. A small number of local people also attend and anyone and everyone is welcome.
The Menin Gate at Ypres
Andy Tonge, WFA Sussex Chairman, runs the Poppy Parade for the Ypres Town Hall. In addition, members of the WFA participate in the Parade.
08.45 hrs Short Ceremony at St-Charles de Potyze
09.30 hrs Celebration of Mass in St. Maarten's Cathedral (with St-Maartens Jeugdkoor) and Service of Remembrance in St. George's Memorial Church
10.25 hrs Falling in of the civic parade on the Vandepeereboomplein and departure (10.30 hours).
Order Of Departure
4. Official Belgian and Flemish flags and flags of the veterans associations
5. Civic dignitaries (break up into VAK1 and VAK2)
6. Ypres War veterans
7. Flags of the civil organisations
10.35 hours Ceremony at the Belgian Monument
- Call to Attention (Last Post Buglers)
- One minute silence
- Wreath-laying and hymn
- Te Velde (Last Post Buglers)
- Official anthems:
1. Anthem of the Flemish Community
2. Belgian National Anthem
11.00 hours Ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial
A. Call to Attention (Buglers)
B. short speech by the Chairman of the Last Post Assoc
C. Last Post (Buglers)
E. 1 minute silence
F. Lament by Piper Finnegan
G. Wreath-laying and hymn
H. Poppies fall from the vaults and Ypriana plays "O Valiant Hearts", accompanied by the St. Niklaas Male Voice Choir
J. Reveille (Buglers)
K. God Save the Queen
WFA Cork is are holding an 'Evening of Remembrance in Music, Song and Story' on the night of Friday, 8 November. We have our own Service of Remembrance at the War Memorial in Cork City on Saturday, 9 November, This service will be attended by the Lord Mayor of Cork, the Mayor of Cork County, members of the Diplomatic Corps, veterans organizations and regimental associations. We will also be represented at the Royal British Legion service in Cork on Remembrance Sunday and three of our members are travelling to London to attend the WFA service.
East Kent Branch
The Branch will attend and lay a wreath at the Dover Port Remembrance Service on Friday, 8 November. This takes place at the impressive railway men's memorial at the Cruise Terminal, which is inside the old Dover Harbour station buildings. Thousands of wounded passed through here on their way to hospitals at home. The service is at 10 am. Afterwards a small ceremony is held at the plaque commemorating the Unknown Soldier's arrival at the adjacent dock. All are welcome to attend. Gathering is from 9.30 am.
WFA Scotland (North)
WFA Scotland (North) Chairman Derek Bird will be on the Somme for Armistice Day and the anniversary of the capture of Beaumont Hamel on 13 November 1916. Back at home the branch wreath will be laid at the New Elgin War Memorial on Remembrance Sunday by branch member John Ross.
Last Updated ( Friday, 08 November 2013 14:39 )
We the Cumbria Branch would like to invite you to attend our annual Christmas Lunch Day, we hold this meeting in The Shap Wells Hotel situated off the A6 Kendal – Penrith or junction 39 of M6 and off the Orton Rd.
Arrival should be 11.00 - 11.30am for drinks and a chat then lunch around 12 noon which will be served carvery style with vegetarian options.
Following lunch we will adjourn to the meeting room for a short branch AGM around 20 mins and then we have as our guest speaker Rob Thompson whose subject is "The Church In The Bog" The battle of Poelcappelle October 1917 and knowing Rob this should be an entertaining talk.
The cost of the day including lunch is £25 and cheques should be made payable to Cumbria Branch WFA. Please book by 1 Dec 2013 using the form attached.
We look forward to seeing you on the day
The Association was once again represented by the Dublin branch at Ireland's premier genealogy show at the Royal Dublin Society. Over the three days, twelve volunteers, two of whom travelled down for the day from Armagh, listened to, talked to and answered questions from a very large number of visitors all eager to learn more about an ancestors involvement in the Great War, or just to talk about the war in general. Indeed, such were the numbers and amount of information sought that, in order to give each request the time and effort it deserved, over 40 queries were taken away at the end of the weekend. These will now be researched and as full a reply as possible will be either emailed or posted out as soon as possible.
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WFA Vice President, Prof Gary Sheffield, has announced that, to demonstrate the University of Wolverhampton's commitment to excellence in the field of First World War studies, there will be a Day School on 16 November 2013. The Day School will mark the launch of the University of Wolverhampton First World War Research Group, and the beginning of the programme of events to mark the Centenary of the First World War.
The theme for the Day School is: Aspects of the History of the First World War.
Please see the detailed calendar event item for more information on the programme and how to book.
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