1914 -1918 Great War Centenary Commemoration
At Hardwicke and District Branch, in preparation for 2014-2018 we decided to review our Branch Roll of Honour & Book of Remembrance. During this review it became apparent that we as a Branch didn’t really know a lot about the men whose names are contained within our Roll of Honour and grace the four war memorials spread throughout our Branch area.
We stand and hold silence following the Exaltation at our meetings and at our war memorials and in church. We know why we are remembering but when we asked ourselves the question, “Who are we remembering?” we realised that our knowledge of the lives of the men we had lost was to say the least, a little threadbare!
Hardwicke and District Branch are currently researching every name engraved upon our war memorials to try and ensure that we not only remember the names of our fallen but who they were, where they served, where they fell and are buried or remembered.
Anyone in our Branch area of Hardwicke, Elemore, Haresfield and Quedgeley with any knowledge of our fallen is asked to contract the Branch so that we can ensure that those who gave the ultimate sacrifice are more than just a name.
Hardwicke & District Branch
Hardwicke & District Branch of The Royal British Legion will ensure that we continue to honour those who have served and to remember those who died.
In the build up to 2014 we will be deciding on how we will be commemorating the numerous historical events that occurred between 2014 and 2018. We would welcome ideas from members of our branch and community in how to best commemorate events, such as 4th August 1914, 1st July 1916 & 11th November 1918, as well as any dates that may be significant to our locality here in Gloucestershire.
Please feel free to attend any of our monthly meetings or contact us by email at the address published upon our branch information page. You will be made very welcome at an active, exciting and energetic branch with members and activities for all ages.
"First World War centenary to bring nation together," says Legion
11 October 2012
The Royal British Legion welcomes Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement of support for First World War centenary observations, saying the anniversary "will bring the nation together as one in Remembrance."
Chris Simpkins, the Legion's Director General, said: "The tragic events of 1914-1918 have left a deep imprint on the fabric of the nation. As the Custodian of Remembrance, the Legion will ensure that the centenary will be observed across the UK - the costs of sacrifice and the lessons learned in this dreadful conflict must not be forgotten."
Mr Simpkins said it was fitting that central government would provide support for national and international commemorations, while leaving it up to voluntary membership organisations such as The Royal British Legion to decide on local observances.
"The losses of the First World War were felt in every town and village across the UK, as demonstrated by the monuments found in nearly every village green or churchyard," he said. "It is right and proper that the centenary has a strong local flavour."
The Royal British Legion has been working in partnership alongside organisations such as the Imperial War Museum and the Prime Minister's special envoy for centenary observances, Dr Andrew Murrison MP.
"Founded in the aftermath of the First World War, the Legion has faithfully kept Remembrance and reminded the nation of its collective debt to those who serve, which the Legion expresses through its on-going support and campaigning on behalf of our Armed Forces family," said Mr Simpkins.
"We will be working alongside partner organisations to ensure that the events of a century ago, and their enduring relevance for today, are not forgotten."
The Royal British Legion was founded in 1921 when ex-Service organisations arising from the First World War joined together to provide relief and to campaign for jobs and housing. "Today, nearly a century later, the Legion continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with all who serve," added Mr Simpkins.
"The principles on which the Legion was founded remain as relevant today as they were in the aftermath of WW1 - in fact, they are to be found in the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant which the Legion recently helped pass into law."
As Custodian of Remembrance, the Legion raises public awareness of the sacrifice and service of the British Armed Forces, facilitates Remembrance events to allow the nation to pay its respects and ensures people of all ages can learn of the debt we owe to those who have served and those still serving.
It organises events such as the Two Minute Silence, the Festival of Remembrance and the Cenotaph march past; it maintains the National Memorial Arboretum as the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance and it reaches 2.5 million young people each year with Remembrance learning resources provided freely to schools and youth organisations. It also organises the annual Poppy Appeal to encourage Remembrance while raising much-needed funds for the support of the Armed Forces community.
"Remembrance connects what has gone before with what lies ahead - if we learn by remembering, we can shape a better future," said Mr Simpkins.
"We saw the UK come together in the unforgettable summer of 2012 through the joyous national celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Olympic Games," he added. "We believe that November 2014 will bring the nation together once again, perhaps to a more solemn purpose, but one no less unifying."