Wiltshire Council joined with representatives from across many branches of the military at Tidworth Cemetery yesterday to hold a commemorative event in anticipation of the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. With the nation building up to the 4th of August 2014 and the anniversary of the hour of the commencement of the war it was a fitting moment for the county to pause and pay its respects to those who were to fall between 1914 and 1918.
Councillor Jane Scott welcomed many hundreds of people from across the county to join with veterans and serving personnel to remember the individuals who gave their lives. A schools project has been underway across the county with thousands of children making commemorative crosses to recognise these individuals from within their own communities. Brigadier Piers Hankinson described the bond that Wiltshire has with the military and the on-going relationship which supports the personnel and their families within the county before inviting school children to place the last few crosses on the wall of remembrance.
The wall of remembrance, which bears the names of all those from Wiltshire who died in the war will now tour the county. The first venue is the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre in Chippenham, from where it will go to Marlborough, Salisbury, Devizes and Melksham. The dates for the exhibition of the wall and the hours when the venues will be open will be announced soon.
The Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre will host the wall from the 31st of July to the 18th of August. The Centre is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:30am until 5:30pm.
St. Peter’s Church, Marlborough will host the wall from the 18th of August to the 13th of September. The Church is open from 10am until 4:30pm Monday to Saturday.
St. Mary’s Church, Devizes will host the wall from the 15th of September to the 7th of September. The Church is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 2pm.
Melksham Assembly Hall will host the wall from the 13th of October to the 27th of October. The Hall is open to the public 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.
Salisbury Cathedral will host the wall from the 27th of October to the 21st of November. The Cathedral Cloister is free to enter and open from 9:30am until 5pm.