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ARMISTICE 1918: Marlborough area's home front begins to get back to a sort of normality - very slowly

Celebrating: an American themed dance in Marlborough Town Hall (Photo courtesy Marlborough History Society - with thanks) Celebrating: an American themed dance in Marlborough Town Hall (Photo courtesy Marlborough History Society - with thanks) In the days after the Armistice, there were celebrations in Marlborough.  On Wednesday, 13 November 1918 a committee of ladies, headed by Mrs W. E. Free, held a dance with an American theme in the Town Hall - pictured above. The music was provided by ‘Jazz’ Thomas and his American Band. 

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Pewsey remembers the 33 fallen with trees, plaques, and poppies

A moment's silence after the unveiling of the plaque, Rt Hon Claire Perry MP in foregroundA moment's silence after the unveiling of the plaque, Rt Hon Claire Perry MP in foregroundThirty three Pewsey men died in World War 1. Their sacrifice has been honoured and remembered today, November 9, by an event organised by Pewsey Parish Council.  High on the hill just beyond the Pewsey White Horse, thirty three, children from Pewsey Primary School planted thirty three beech trees accompanied by thirty three hand crafted poppies.

 

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New Great War engravings: Rabley Gallery commemorates centenaries of Wilfred Owen's death & the Armistice

Neil Bousfield "With Whom Their Love is Done (Spring Offensive)"  Engraving (2018)Neil Bousfield "With Whom Their Love is Done (Spring Offensive)" Engraving (2018)To mark the centenary of Wilfred Owen's death (4 November 1918) and the centenary of the war's end - Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 - Neil Bousfield was commissioned by the Folio Society to make a series of prints to accompany a new edition of Wilfred Owen’s poetry.

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The 'Battle's Over' beacons of Marlborough and Rockley, marking the end of the Armistice Centenary

Ken Carter, Jilly Carter and Sid Vincent in front of the Rockley BeaconKen Carter, Jilly Carter and Sid Vincent in front of the Rockley BeaconAs the Armistice Centenary draws to a close at 7pm on November 11 more than 1,300 Beacons of Light will be lit across the UK, Channel Isles, Isle of Man and the UK overseas territories.  The beacons and their accompanying ceremonies will commemorate and remember the millions who were killed and wounded in World War One as well as all of those who worked on the home front.

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Celebrating and Remembering - The Memorial Hall Festival 2018

A festival of celebration and remembrance will be held in Marlborough College’s newly renovated Memorial Hall from November 1 to Sunday November 11.  With a backdrop of the 749 names of Marlburians who died in World War I newly engraved and illuminated, the festival offers many events that are open free to the public if a ticket is reserved in advance.

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1918 - the last year of the 'Great War' - with bleak Marlborough footnotes

In September 1918, the Allied offensive was making it very 'hot' for the Kaiser & his armies [Marlborough Times, 25 September 1918]In September 1918, the Allied offensive was making it very 'hot' for the Kaiser & his armies [Marlborough Times, 25 September 1918]A timely event at Marlborough LitFest 2018 was Peter Hart's talk about his book book The Last Battle - Endgame on the Western Front, 1918.  This tells the story of the First World War's last ten months mainly through the words of those who fought through them. 

Marlborough historian David Du Croz kindly wrote an introduction to Peter Hart's talk for marlborough.news - emphasising the cost of 1918's fighting to men from Marlborough College and from the Parish of St Peter. 

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Kennet Valley War Memorials - Fyfield, West Overton and East Kennett

 

Researching the erection of our local Great War memorials after one hundred years is not easy: sources are limited and local knowledge almost gone.  Unfortunately the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre confirm that they hold no detailed Parish Council minutes of the period, and there are no early photos in their collections.  However newspaper reports of the time can be consulted; also there are a few references in church records, and later Parish minutes.

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Remembrance Sunday: Marlborough remembers

The Last Post rings out as Colours are lowered during the Remembrance Parade at the Barn Street War MemorialThe Last Post rings out as Colours are lowered during the Remembrance Parade at the Barn Street War MemorialThe sun shone for Marlborough's Armistice Centenary Remembrance Parade.  Mayor Lisa Farrell led today's wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial adjacent to the Barn Street roundabout.

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Remembrance Commemoration at 7th Wilts War Memorial in Salisbury Road and at Marlborough's Cemeteries

Mayor Lisa Farrell, the Town Council and Officers from 4MI Battalion lay wreaths of remembrance at the 7th Wilts MemorialMayor Lisa Farrell, the Town Council and Officers from 4MI Battalion lay wreaths of remembrance at the 7th Wilts Memorial

Earlier today (Friday 9 November) the Town Council and members of 4MI Batallion based in Bullford layed wreaths of commemoration at the 7th Wilts Memorial at the junction of Salisbury Road and London Road.

 

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Kennet Valley community to honour the fallen at the Kennet Valley Hall on Armistice Sunday

Lychgate at Fyfield Church, a memorial to the fallen of WW1 now to be joined by a dedicated copse of trees adjacent to the Kennet Valley HallLychgate at Fyfield Church, a memorial to the fallen of WW1 now to be joined by a dedicated copse of trees adjacent to the Kennet Valley HallOn Remembrance Sunday, 11 November, residents of four Kennet Valley villages - Fyfield, Lockeridge, West Overton and East Kennett will meet at the Kennet Valley Hall in Lockeridge to honour those who fell in the Great War.   The fallen will be remembered by the dedication of a copse of trees planted in their memory and marked by the unveiling of a plaque.

 

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'Roll of Honour Event': a tribute to the people of Marlborough and the roll they played in the Great War

The cover of the programme for Saturday's 'Roll of Honour' to be held at the Town HallThe cover of the programme for Saturday's 'Roll of Honour' to be held at the Town HallOn the eve of the Armistice Centenary, on the evening of Saturday 10 November between 7:00 and 9:30 pm the Town Council will be hosting a special commemmorative event, a 'Roll of Honour', which will be a tribute to the people of Marlborough and the part they played in the Great War.

 

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11 NOVEMBER 1918 - ARMISTICE DAY: how the 'glad tidings' came early to Marlborough - and how the town reacted

The official announcement.  In this poor quality image Town Hall columns, mace and the Mayor's attendants can be made out - in the foreground are men wearing service caps - some intent on the photographer rather than the Mayor. [SEE FOOTNOTE]The official announcement. In this poor quality image Town Hall columns, mace and the Mayor's attendants can be made out - in the foreground are men wearing service caps - some intent on the photographer rather than the Mayor. [SEE FOOTNOTE]There is no better way to tell the story of Marlborough's Monday, 11 November 1918 than in the words of its local newspaper - the Marlborough Times - whose journalists claimed a part in bringing the news of the end of the war to the town so swiftly and, most importantly, before it had reached many other towns.

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ARMISTICE 1918: a special reading of Wilfred Owen's poems & letters exactly one hundred years since he was killed in battle

On Monday, 4 November 1918 Second Lieutenant Wilfred Owen was killed in action during the crossing of the Sambre-Oise Canal.  On Sunday, 4 November 2018 Marlborough Town Hall will host War, And The  Pity Of War - a programme of Owen's poetry and letters read by distinguished actors Dame Janet Suzman and Alex Waldmann.

 

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