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Relatives of First World War soldiers urged to take part in Malvern's remembrance ceremony

Craig Gibbons 24th Sep, 2018

A FIELD of remembrance will be opened in the grounds of Great Malvern Library to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

And Malvern Town Council is urging relatives of those who fell in the conflict to take part in this year’s commemorations.

The field of remembrance will be officially opened at 10.30am on Thursday, November 8 with a short service and a two-minute silence.

It will remain open until Thursday, November 15.

During this period, members of the public have been invited to take part in remembering the fallen and to plant wooden crosses which will be available from the library on Graham Road.

Malvern Museum has produced a new Roll of Honour showing the names of more than 400 soldiers connected to the town who gave their lives.

During this ceremony, a cross will be planted for each soldier named on the Roll of Honour.

Schoolchildren have been asked to take in this but Malvern Town Council is keen to hear from relatives of those named who wish to lay a cross in memory of their relative.

The country’s first field of remembrance was opened in 1928 and was organised by George Arthur Howson, an army officer in the First World War and founder-chairman of the Royal British Legion poppy factory.

The British Legion now organises 120,000 tributes across six fields of remembrance in the UK, with the one at Westminster Abbey being the most well-known.

Anyone who wants to place a cross in memory of their loved ones should contact Malvern Town Council on 01684 566667 or email ldavies@malvern-tc.org.uk.

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