The First World War changed Britain forever. The conflict touched every family, affected every community and fundamentally altered the country’s place in the world. No community was left untouched by the conflict. Of more than 16,000 villages across the country in 1914, only 40 would reach 1918 without having lost one of their own in battle.
One hundred years on from the outbreak of war in 1914, we have a unique opportunity to mark this historic anniversary and to pay tribute to those who laid down their lives, and to reflect on the social changes that war brought about. We do so mindful of those who fought and died in the conflicts since 1918, and those who have served us more recently in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world.
A special service to commemorate the outbreak of WW1 has been organised for Sunday, 3rd August at 3pm in Gainsborough’s All Saints Parish Church. It will have a strong local flavour as we recall the many local people who died or were maimed or suffered in many other ways during that conflict. For 30 minutes before the Service the City of Lincoln Brass Band will play near the Church entrance as the congregation gathers.
Everyone is invited to come to the service and we do hope you will be able to join us. Please telephone 07766 744035 for further information.
The next meeting of the Royal British Legion’s Gainsborough Eight District branch will be held on Thursday 17th July.
The meeting will start at 1.30pm in the United Services Club on Gainsborough’s Bridge Street. All interested persons are invited to attend, whether or not they are serving or ex-serving members of the Armed Forces. Telephone 07766 744035 for more details