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Guernsey bells ring in tribute to WW1 dead

On 4th August the bells of Town Church, St Peter Port will ring to remember each of the Guernsey dead of the Great War
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An ecumenical service organised by the Bailiff of Guernsey to commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War will be held next week. The Service will be led by the Senior Vice Dean, Rev. Kevin Northover, and Chief Minister, Deputy Rev. Jonathan Le Tocq will be the preacher.
His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor, the Bailiff and Jurats of the Royal Court will all be in attendance. The Guernsey Concert Brass will be providing music for the service, which is open for all islanders to attend, and join in commemorating the centenary of the First World War. The service will take place on Monday 4th August, at St. Paul’s Sunken Garden at 11am. It is expected to last around 40 minutes.


Liz Walton gave the annual Mendham Memorial Lecture in the Island Hall, Alderney, on Thursday 24th July. About 120 people attended a presentation entitled "The Channel Islands and the Great War". It covered topics such as why war broke out on such a large scale, involvement of local Militias, French Reservists and British Garrison troops in the islands, volunteers and conscripts, the role of women and the home front. She took the audience through the major events of the war in chronological order, with examples of Channel Islanders' involvement at each stage. Emphasis was placed on how Alderney's experience was different from that of the other islands, and events specific to the island such as the murder at Fort Albert were mentioned. Each section finished with a summary of Alderney men lost in that year. The presentation concluded with the aftermath of the war- Spanish flu, effect of events on the population as a whole, and finally the fact that only 20 years later all the residents had to leave their island home which was taken over by the Germans for 5 years. Questions were taken at the end, and main topics of interest appeared to be the men who died who are not on the island memorial, and conscription in view of the fact that King John's charter said that this could only happen in exceptional circumstances


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All the remaining British, and some French, graves on the Western Front have now been visited and photographed following a visit in June 2014. More UK men also have had photographs added to our Rolls of Honour.

Spring 2013 has added some of the few remaining UK headstone photographs to be added to our Rolls of Honour