Silent soldiers West Bay

Written by Beth Bright

We will remember them

Sunday 11 November 2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One. At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month we remember the sacrifice made by so many –  over 700,000 were killed.

soldiers in WW1 trench

People across the country will stand silent as a mark of respect to those who never came home. Those who did survive were changed forever. Every family has an ancestor from those times, whether they fought in battle or worked to keep the home fires burning. The song Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag came to represent a generation. Find out more about its significance here from Dorset’s own choir master, Gareth Malone.

When the war ended, Big Ben chimed eleven times, a sound no-one had heard since 1914. Tomorrow, Big Ben, silenced by renovation, will strike again to mark the centenary.

Stone memorial to WW1 soldier and horse

If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field that is for ever England.

Rupert Brooke