Events held to commemorate Britain joining World War One

This Is Wiltshire: Yesterday's parade along Grange Drive Yesterday's parade along Grange Drive

TODAY marks the centenary of Britain entering the First World War and across the weekend commemorative events were held.

In Stratton yesterday, more than 200 people turned out for the dedication of the new peace memorial, which cost £35,000, at the corner of Grange Drive and Ermin Street.

The service included readings from several ministers across the town as well as members of Stratton St Margaret Parish Council, which was responsible for the memorial’s installation.

John Foley, chairman of the parish council, said: “This is something we have been trying for for over 20 years.

“Cost has always been the barrier to this going forward, but after a sizeable donation from Barratt Homes, we were able to take it forward.

“This is a landmark day for the parish. We have been trying to bring something to the parish, some landmark monument for some time.

“It might be a controversial design, but it will go on to be a place of reflection for people and a centrepiece for the parish.

“A tremendous amount of work by the clergy, parish council staff and councillors has gone into this.”

The Royal British Legion and Swindon Sea Cadet Corps were in attendance at the event also.

Meanwhile on Saturday, a new exhibition on the Great War began at Purton Museum.

A range of artefacts connected with the village and the war are on show for the public to see, including a new display which lists the names and pictures of those soldiers from Purton who fought in the Great War.

Brian Freegard, collection administrator at the museum, said: “We put a note out to the people of the parish, seeking any artefacts they might have and didn’t get a great response initially. But, as the date grew nearer, more and more artefacts were being brought forward. We all thought we had to do something because it’s a big event, a game changer for the world.”

In Purton yesterday, there was also a commemoration service at St Mary’s Church.

At St Peter’s Church in Penhill this evening there will be a service to mark the centenary from 6.30pm.

Also, at Christ Church in Old Town, a service will begin tonight at 7.30pm.

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10:42am Mon 4 Aug 14

Robh says...

Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.
Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud. Robh
  • Score: -6

11:30am Mon 4 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Robh wrote:
Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.
Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events.

But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.[/p][/quote]Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events. But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles. house on the hill
  • Score: 10

11:59am Mon 4 Aug 14

Chrisg46 says...

house on the hill wrote:
Robh wrote:
Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.
Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events.

But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.
Not so sure - many lambasted the latest Playstation Generation, but they have shown they are capable of fighting like hell in Afghanistan and the rest of todays battlefields. I suspect that if the chips were down, you might get a pleasant* surprise...
* as pleasant as it could be, with downed chips...!!
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.[/p][/quote]Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events. But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.[/p][/quote]Not so sure - many lambasted the latest Playstation Generation, but they have shown they are capable of fighting like hell in Afghanistan and the rest of todays battlefields. I suspect that if the chips were down, you might get a pleasant* surprise... * as pleasant as it could be, with downed chips...!! Chrisg46
  • Score: 3

12:44pm Mon 4 Aug 14

LocalBob80 says...

I wonder if the judiciary service would enforce national service or deal with draft dodgers
I wonder if the judiciary service would enforce national service or deal with draft dodgers LocalBob80
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Mon 4 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Chrisg46 wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Robh wrote:
Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.
Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events.

But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.
Not so sure - many lambasted the latest Playstation Generation, but they have shown they are capable of fighting like hell in Afghanistan and the rest of todays battlefields. I suspect that if the chips were down, you might get a pleasant* surprise...
* as pleasant as it could be, with downed chips...!!
I do live in hope, but from what I see around me I don't hold my breath. And the number who do step up in today's world is considerably less. Contrary to what you might think I have a very positive outlook on life myself and enjoy mine immensely, I have just not found many who really share that view. The playstation/welfare state provides/why work if you don't have to/I want everything on a plate instead of having to work for it/wheres the next pizza and beer coming from and the NHS can pay for my gastric band brigade just dont inspire me with any confidence to step up if the situation arose. Lets just hope we never have to find out!
[quote][p][bold]Chrisg46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.[/p][/quote]Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events. But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.[/p][/quote]Not so sure - many lambasted the latest Playstation Generation, but they have shown they are capable of fighting like hell in Afghanistan and the rest of todays battlefields. I suspect that if the chips were down, you might get a pleasant* surprise... * as pleasant as it could be, with downed chips...!![/p][/quote]I do live in hope, but from what I see around me I don't hold my breath. And the number who do step up in today's world is considerably less. Contrary to what you might think I have a very positive outlook on life myself and enjoy mine immensely, I have just not found many who really share that view. The playstation/welfare state provides/why work if you don't have to/I want everything on a plate instead of having to work for it/wheres the next pizza and beer coming from and the NHS can pay for my gastric band brigade just dont inspire me with any confidence to step up if the situation arose. Lets just hope we never have to find out! house on the hill
  • Score: 4

1:23pm Mon 4 Aug 14

house on the hill says...

Chrisg46 wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Robh wrote:
Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.
Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events.

But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.
Not so sure - many lambasted the latest Playstation Generation, but they have shown they are capable of fighting like hell in Afghanistan and the rest of todays battlefields. I suspect that if the chips were down, you might get a pleasant* surprise...
* as pleasant as it could be, with downed chips...!!
And I really don't think you should be comparing World War 1 with Afganistan. World War 1 was defending our country against invaders, Iraq was about Oil and I am not sure anyone knows what Afganistan is all about or has any confidence that it wont return to the way it was the minute we all leave. I am guessing you are probably biased on the subject anyway.
[quote][p][bold]Chrisg46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.[/p][/quote]Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events. But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.[/p][/quote]Not so sure - many lambasted the latest Playstation Generation, but they have shown they are capable of fighting like hell in Afghanistan and the rest of todays battlefields. I suspect that if the chips were down, you might get a pleasant* surprise... * as pleasant as it could be, with downed chips...!![/p][/quote]And I really don't think you should be comparing World War 1 with Afganistan. World War 1 was defending our country against invaders, Iraq was about Oil and I am not sure anyone knows what Afganistan is all about or has any confidence that it wont return to the way it was the minute we all leave. I am guessing you are probably biased on the subject anyway. house on the hill
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1:58pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Chrisg46 says...

house on the hill wrote:
Chrisg46 wrote:
house on the hill wrote:
Robh wrote:
Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.
Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events.

But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.
Not so sure - many lambasted the latest Playstation Generation, but they have shown they are capable of fighting like hell in Afghanistan and the rest of todays battlefields. I suspect that if the chips were down, you might get a pleasant* surprise...
* as pleasant as it could be, with downed chips...!!
And I really don't think you should be comparing World War 1 with Afganistan. World War 1 was defending our country against invaders, Iraq was about Oil and I am not sure anyone knows what Afganistan is all about or has any confidence that it wont return to the way it was the minute we all leave. I am guessing you are probably biased on the subject anyway.
That is kind of my point - WW1 was a fight for national survival, and the youth of Britain responded accordingly.
The vast majority of Britains wars since then have been morally questionable or dubious but even so, we are still able to field men willing to fight, and fight well. Military recruitment always goes up when there is a war on, even when its a publicly unpopular one such as Iraq.
It is my belief (and it might be naive or optimistic) that if Britain faced a similar threat, we would respond accordingly.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Chrisg46[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.[/p][/quote]Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events. But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.[/p][/quote]Not so sure - many lambasted the latest Playstation Generation, but they have shown they are capable of fighting like hell in Afghanistan and the rest of todays battlefields. I suspect that if the chips were down, you might get a pleasant* surprise... * as pleasant as it could be, with downed chips...!![/p][/quote]And I really don't think you should be comparing World War 1 with Afganistan. World War 1 was defending our country against invaders, Iraq was about Oil and I am not sure anyone knows what Afganistan is all about or has any confidence that it wont return to the way it was the minute we all leave. I am guessing you are probably biased on the subject anyway.[/p][/quote]That is kind of my point - WW1 was a fight for national survival, and the youth of Britain responded accordingly. The vast majority of Britains wars since then have been morally questionable or dubious but even so, we are still able to field men willing to fight, and fight well. Military recruitment always goes up when there is a war on, even when its a publicly unpopular one such as Iraq. It is my belief (and it might be naive or optimistic) that if Britain faced a similar threat, we would respond accordingly. Chrisg46
  • Score: 7

4:57pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Robh says...

I cannot believe the number who want to celebrate the start of war. I agree with the lights out from 10 to 11pm tonight as it was one if the darkest days in history., and don't get the idea I am a pacifist but we did not get the job done hence WW2.
I cannot believe the number who want to celebrate the start of war. I agree with the lights out from 10 to 11pm tonight as it was one if the darkest days in history., and don't get the idea I am a pacifist but we did not get the job done hence WW2. Robh
  • Score: -1

5:22pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Robh says...

house on the hill wrote:
Robh wrote:
Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.
Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events.

But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.
Several of my relations did not return from the trenches. My granddad died with a bullet in his back from the first world war and he lost many of his friends. In retrospect they were hero's but at the time he said it was all gungho and they didn't know what they were facing That is why I don't celebrate the start of this war.

I agree there are many now who wouldn't blindly go into conflict but does that come from history or greater intelligence of what it involves. I don't think it is cowardice as you inferred.
[quote][p][bold]house on the hill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: Various groups are making it into a celebration which it should not be. It was a very dark day when we had to go to war and lose so many young men. Yes by all means mark the day but stop parading etc. as if it was a day to applaud.[/p][/quote]Interesting post and I guess true but this is about people and lives lost rather than events. But I do think they would all be spinning in their graves at how we have become such a selfish arrogant uncaring fat lazy society, quick to blame others for our self inflicted problems. Those men and women were real heroes, how many in today's soft society would be so quick to jump to the defence of their country and fellow man I wonder? Yes we should be remembering those who helped to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear today and yet waste with our selfish lifestyles.[/p][/quote]Several of my relations did not return from the trenches. My granddad died with a bullet in his back from the first world war and he lost many of his friends. In retrospect they were hero's but at the time he said it was all gungho and they didn't know what they were facing That is why I don't celebrate the start of this war. I agree there are many now who wouldn't blindly go into conflict but does that come from history or greater intelligence of what it involves. I don't think it is cowardice as you inferred. Robh
  • Score: 3

6:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

timt1964 says...

no cause for celebration at all.but im sure the media will milk it just like they do everything else.
no cause for celebration at all.but im sure the media will milk it just like they do everything else. timt1964
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Mon 4 Aug 14

twasadawf says...

Only politicians start wars ,then young men and women die fighting, the politicians sit round a table and work out a peace deal, such a waste of young life's . Still the west sends weapon's to are friends in Israel to carry out more killing what a sick merry go round it all is. Still my greatest respect for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice as sad as it is.
Only politicians start wars ,then young men and women die fighting, the politicians sit round a table and work out a peace deal, such a waste of young life's . Still the west sends weapon's to are friends in Israel to carry out more killing what a sick merry go round it all is. Still my greatest respect for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice as sad as it is. twasadawf
  • Score: 1

10:33pm Mon 4 Aug 14

timt1964 says...

im gobsmacked,just seen the ad on this site for the "great war street party" on saturday.what next the "hiroshima bomb fete".why the hell is everyone getting so worked up and "celebrating" the start of that hideous unneccessary conflict? the uk has become a joke,shame on all the sheep turning their lights out.it was 100 years ago does it need to be glamourised and shamefully used by the media as an excuse to fill our screens with hours of utter tripe.maybe in 100 years the people of gaza will turn their lights out.the politicians dont step in to stop wars they actively encourage them and cameron is letting the jews bomb schools but doing nothing about it.wheres the sanctions against israel you spineless twerp?
im gobsmacked,just seen the ad on this site for the "great war street party" on saturday.what next the "hiroshima bomb fete".why the hell is everyone getting so worked up and "celebrating" the start of that hideous unneccessary conflict? the uk has become a joke,shame on all the sheep turning their lights out.it was 100 years ago does it need to be glamourised and shamefully used by the media as an excuse to fill our screens with hours of utter tripe.maybe in 100 years the people of gaza will turn their lights out.the politicians dont step in to stop wars they actively encourage them and cameron is letting the jews bomb schools but doing nothing about it.wheres the sanctions against israel you spineless twerp? timt1964
  • Score: -2

11:25pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Davidsyrett says...

timt1964 wrote:
im gobsmacked,just seen the ad on this site for the "great war street party" on saturday.what next the "hiroshima bomb fete".why the hell is everyone getting so worked up and "celebrating" the start of that hideous unneccessary conflict? the uk has become a joke,shame on all the sheep turning their lights out.it was 100 years ago does it need to be glamourised and shamefully used by the media as an excuse to fill our screens with hours of utter tripe.maybe in 100 years the people of gaza will turn their lights out.the politicians dont step in to stop wars they actively encourage them and cameron is letting the jews bomb schools but doing nothing about it.wheres the sanctions against israel you spineless twerp?
This isn't about celebrating, it's about remembering all those who gave their lives so people like you can walk and talk freely. Sad you cant recognise that.
[quote][p][bold]timt1964[/bold] wrote: im gobsmacked,just seen the ad on this site for the "great war street party" on saturday.what next the "hiroshima bomb fete".why the hell is everyone getting so worked up and "celebrating" the start of that hideous unneccessary conflict? the uk has become a joke,shame on all the sheep turning their lights out.it was 100 years ago does it need to be glamourised and shamefully used by the media as an excuse to fill our screens with hours of utter tripe.maybe in 100 years the people of gaza will turn their lights out.the politicians dont step in to stop wars they actively encourage them and cameron is letting the jews bomb schools but doing nothing about it.wheres the sanctions against israel you spineless twerp?[/p][/quote]This isn't about celebrating, it's about remembering all those who gave their lives so people like you can walk and talk freely. Sad you cant recognise that. Davidsyrett
  • Score: 2

11:27pm Mon 4 Aug 14

1 2 Could B says...

Good grief councillor.
Why on earth are you using numerous logins to start an argument with YOURSELF?
Get some help
Good grief councillor. Why on earth are you using numerous logins to start an argument with YOURSELF? Get some help 1 2 Could B
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