To mark the Centenary of the end of the 1st World War I visited the 1st World War battlefields of Ypres, Somme and Passchendale.
In part it was also a family pilgrimage to visit the grave of my Great Uncle Arthur Huckstep who was killed in action at the age of 17 and the memorial to my Great Uncle William (aged 22) in Tyne Cot cemetery. As far as I am aware I am the first member of the family to visit these graves in 102 years.
Memorial at Tyne Cot Cemetery
To mark the 100th Anniversary please use the resources below, and check out earlier posting on the blog for “Remembrance”
On 4 August 1918 King George V called a National Day of Prayer. One hundred days later the war ended. Remembrance 100 launches on 4 August 2018 with 100 Days of Peace and Hope –prayers, Bible readings, reflections and peace-making activities
To download 100 years, Prayer booklet click: HERE
100 DAYS is a literary project inspired by the incredible personal stories and experiences of those who lived through the First World War.
Supported by one hundred centenary partnership members, including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life and Kent Libraries and Archives, IWM will share one story a day for one hundred days from 5 August until Armistice to coincide with the anniversary of the One Hundred Days Offensive.
One hundred volunteer writers have each created a one hundred word piece (a centena) inspired by and based on the life of a real individual who experienced the First World War as part of 100 DAYS. From Mahatma Ghandi and Elsie Inglis, founder of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, to Karl Kraus, a Jewish satirist and Jeanne De-Neve, a Belgian refugee needle worker, the diverse stories of these individuals reflect experiences of this conflict from all over the world.
The broad range of volunteer writers have been brought together by 26 Characters Ltd, a not-for-profit organisation representing people who share a love of words. Writers include a bestselling author, a screenwriter, a communications consultant and several journalists, as well as performance poets, creative writers and copywriters.
One centena a day will be shared here from today and until 12 November, covering the period of the centenary of the start of the One Hundred Days Offensive and leading up to the centenary of Armistice Day.
Discover more about the centenas, the writers and the lives they were inspired by here.
The Church of England have produced several resources for services:
To Download an outline for a memorial service click: HERE
To Download an oder to remember the battle of the Somme click: Here
A Prayer of Remembrance
Almighty and eternal God,
from whose love in Christ we cannot be parted,
either by death or life:
hear our prayers and thanksgivings for all who we remember this day
fulfil in them the purpose of your love;
and bring us all with them, to your eternal joy;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Check out these video clips from Christian Vision for Men Click: HERE
German Front Line 19 – 20th July 1916 – photo taken 23rd July 2018 -La Bataille de Fromelles