ARMISTICE 1918: Marlborough area's home front begins to get back to a sort of normality - very slowly
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.
Last night on Armistice Sunday (11 November) at exactly 7pm two beacons erupted into controlled infernos to commemmorate the 'Battle's Over' for the people of Marlborough and of Rockley.
Thirty 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.
A poet who knew war considers the lasting hold of the First World War - the Great War - on our minds
Vernon Scannell (1922-2007) was a much admired and well-loved poet and a writer of landmark books. His poetry and prose about war is especially notable.
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.
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.
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.
The 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.
Remembrance Commemoration at 7th Wilts War Memorial in Salisbury Road and at Marlborough's Cemeteries
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.
dedication of a copse of trees planted in their memory and marked by the unveiling of a plaque.On 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
St Francis School armistice centenary commemoration day – poppies, posters, role play, and much moreOn November 9 pupils at St Francis School, Pewsey will experience a whole day of World War 1 themed activities to help them understand the consequences and outcomes of the Great War.
'Roll of Honour Event': a tribute to the people of Marlborough and the roll they played in the Great War
On 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.
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.