100 Years On - 11 November 2018Click to Open WW1 Remembrance Booklet

Along with the rest of the country, this year of 2018 concludes four years of special events and commemorations. This has been delivered by a partnership of Burbage Parish Council and Burbage Heritage Group with an enthusiastic level of support from local schools.

A key theme to the events has been the engagement of school children, as an excellent way of passing on the knowledge of sacrifices made by earlier generations, in thanks, recognition and the hope of lessons carried forward.

These events commenced with a concert by school children at the Millennium Hall in November 2014. Over the past four years 56 candles have been lit at the Burbage War Memorial, acknowledging the 100-year anniversary of each soldier’s death. At these simple ceremonies, children from the three Burbage primary schools have attended, continuing the engagement. At Hastings High School, a poppy trail was designed and implemented and is a lasting legacy of this commemorative period. During this period a School Remembrance Service has been introduced, held in Pughe’s Paddock. The service was held this year on Friday 9th November 2018.

All of the fallen have been researched by Burbage Heritage Group and biographies produced, which allow all ages to reflect on the family heartache and sacrifices made.

Remembrance Service - 11 November 2018

Link to Remembrance Service Video

War Memorial Missing Names

The names of four First World War heroes have been added to Burbage War Memorial thanks to investigations made by Burbage Heritage Group and the support of Burbage Co-operative Funeralcare who have generously covered the cost of this work, skilfully added by Burbage born letter carver David Heppingstall. The names have been added to the east face of the War Memorial.

The idea of laying out the green as a garden was initiated by Major C. C. Hurst, who generously provided rose trees whereby relatives each planted a tree of their own selection bearing a tab on which was recorded the name of the fallen soldier.  The garden was maintained by Major Hurst during his lifetime.

War Memorials & Fallen Commemorating the Fallen

In special recognition of the sacrifice our soldiers made during the Great War in this centenary commemoration, 30 plaques have been installed on the homes of the fallen around the village where these homes still stand. Over the coming months, we hope people will take the opportunity to walk around the village and reflect upon the families who would have received the sad news of their loved ones on each home around the village. Over the years some road names have changed and housing numbers updated as the village has grown.

Ball’s Lane is now known as Britannia Road
Three Pots Road is now known as Coventry Road

A leaflet is available for download with details of Memorials of the Great War (1914 - 1918) - [Download PDF leaflet]

 

Beacon Lighting

At 7.00p.m. as darkness fell, more than 1,000 Beacons of Light were lit throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories, together with our beacon in Burbage.

This commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey. He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked to a friend, “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”

Our country was about to be plunged into the darkness of the First World War, and it would be four long years before Britain and Europe would again experience the light of peace.

 

Images from the days events

 

With special thanks to Barry Walker for use of his photographs taken during the service