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Great War events held in memory of fallen soldiers

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 06, 2014

Uttoxeter War memorial being rededicated/Parade

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A SPATE of events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War are taking place in and around Uttoxeter.

The anniversary of the Great War on August 4 marked the start of Britain's involvement, and Uttoxeter people are getting involved with a selection of historical events to remember those who lost their lives during the conflict.

Redfern's Cottage: Museum of Uttoxeter Life, in Carter Street, is holding an exhibition about fallen Uttoxeter soldiers, which includes artefacts and stories about the months leading up to the war and what happened to four Uttoxeter men when war broke out.

A family day War Is Announced will be held on August 30 from 11am until 5pm relating to the days following the start of the First World War on August 4, 1914. Children will get the opportunity to meet costumed officers of the British Army and receive a taste of army discipline.

Doveridge Women's Institute group joined in the centenary weekend by holding a themed afternoon tea in Doveridge Village Hall.

The WI ladies took visitors back to 1914 in order to raise money for Help for Heroes.

Entertainment included the Something Good singers, dressing up, competitions and games.

Organiser Annita Mobbs, said: "It was a stunning success. I tried to tell a story from the women's point of view as they stepped up to the plate when they took on the men's jobs."

Poppy Appeal bosses in Uttoxeter will be hosting a fund-raising lunch from 12.30pm this Sunday, August 10, at Kingstone Village Hall, in Church Lane.

Wartime history expert Paul Barrass will give a talk about conditions at home and abroad during the First World War.

The village of Rocester will also be commemorating the start of the First World War with a remembrance weekend at St Michael's Church on Saturday and Sunday.

Displays and activities will focus on Rocester between 1914 and 1918 and on the men from the village who died in the conflict.

Anyone with any relevant local information or artefacts from the period, which they would be willing to share or loan for the weekend, can get in touch with the organisers on 01889 590379.

The new Alton war memorial was unveiled last week to mark the centenary of the war.

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