You are invited to attend a county-wide First World War Commemoration Event on Wednesday, 30 July at 10am at Tidworth Military Cemetery.
This event will be for communities across the county to come together to mark and commemorate the sacrifice made by 10,000 soldiers from Wiltshire during the First World War. Each fallen soldier will be represented on a named cross – the names researched, and the crosses produced by Wiltshire school children. Each cross will be placed on a wall of remembrance which will provide the focus for this special event.
This event is open to anyone who wishes to attend the service of remembrance and reflect on the huge sacrifice made by so many from Wiltshire. Please extend this invitation in your local community as there is the capacity to host up to 10,000 attendees at the cemetery and we recognise that many people will want to participate and show their personal respect for those who lost their lives.
Tidworth Military Cemetery, which contains burials of both wars, was directly connected with training grounds on, or near, Salisbury Plain. There are 417 First World War graves many of them Australian or New Zealand servicemen, 106 Second World War graves and 40 war graves of other nationalities.
Parking will be adjacent to the cemetery and refreshments will be served.
We look forward to seeing you on the 30 July, and to welcoming you to the commemoration event.
Jane Scott OBE, Leader Wiltshire Council and Brigadier Piers Hankinson, 43 Wessex Brigade
Where to park
Accessible free parking will be available from 8.30am in the field to the south of Tidworth Military Cemetery. If you are travelling from the North on the A338, Pennings Road, continue south past the cemetery where you will be signed posted to pass the car park entrance and continue to the next roundabout. At the roundabout take the third exit back towards the cemetery to approach the car park from the north along the A338. Please do not attempt to turn right into the car park from a northerly direction.
If travelling from the south please follow the signage into the parking area where marshals will be onsite to assist you. Please allow time to arrive and park.
To leave please be patient as it will take some time to get everyone offsite after the event.
Drivers with restricted mobility, who hold blue badges, will be invited to park in a specific car parking area in the field. Please make it known to the marshals in the field and they will direct you to the designated area. This is an exclusive facility and vehicles not displaying the Blue Badge will be directed away to other parking areas.
Toilets are available on site including disabled and baby changing facilities. Food cannot be consumed whilst in the cemetery, but please bring your own drinks. Seating is limited and will only be provided to those that are unable to stand during the service.
The event is free for all to attend.
St Johns Ambulance will be available on site to treat minor injuries. The nearest hospital is Salisbury District Hospital.
The event will go ahead whatever the weather so please bring umbrellas, suitable footwear and coats or sun cream, sun hats and plenty of water.