Church plans First World War centenary events

Church plans First World War centenary events

Church plans First World War centenary events

A series of events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War has been planned by Windsor's Holy Trinity Garrison Church.

The church in Claremont Road is the spiritual home of the Household Division in the town.

On Saturday, March 15, it will host a multimedia presentation for families called May The HM Forces Be With You, which will show how the Navy, the Air Force and the Army have all played their part in Windsor and East Berkshire over the last 100 years.

There will also be a chance for children and adults to don the dress uniform of a Life Guard, complete with helmet, breastplate and sword.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Garrison Church through the Windsor Spring Festival, and proceeds will go to charity.

Chairman of the Friends of The Garrison Church, Richard Cox, said: "We are absolutely delighted to host a series of events particularly in this historic year to mark the outbreak of 'The War to End All Wars'.

"There were only two WWI memorials to the Household Division. The one in the Guards' Chapel in London was completely destroyed in WWII so this makes the memorial in our Garrison Church very special."

The presentation is the first in a series of events that will culminate in the Coldstream Guards, resident at Victoria Barracks in Sheet Street, returning from Afghanistan in time for the Garrison's memorial concert, In Flanders Fields, with the Band of the Blues and Royals at Holy Trinity on September 28.

A Garrison Remembrance Day parade and service will take place on November 9.

Tickets for the presentation are available here or from 01753 743585.

The Express is still appealing for help to mark the centenary.

We are searching for stories of how the Great War of 1914-18 affected the Windsor and Slough areas.

We are looking for details of local soldiers, workers or businesses who contributed to the war effort, and any photos, letters, medals or artefacts which we could include in our coverage of the centenary.

Can you help? Or is your school, club or organisation planning its own events to commemorate the war?

If so, we would like to hear from you.

Contact news editor Nicola Hine at on 01628 678231.

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