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Great War Centenary in Rushcliffe

In 2018, the UK marks the centenary of the end of First World War 1914-1918, a conflict which had an impact on millions of UK residents.

Nottinghamshire’s contribution to the British Armed Forces was considerable with thousands of young men sent off to war. Many never returned home, either killed in action or succumbing to disease, whilst others were seriously wounded.

The impact of this devastating loss was felt the length and breadth of Nottinghamshire, and today almost every village and town has its own memorial to those who died. The Rushcliffe village of Wysall is one of only four “thankful villages” in Nottinghamshire – a village which suffered no losses during the conflict.   

During 2018 Rushcliffe Borough Council will be supporting projects and events in the area that commemorate the sacrifice of those who endured this conflict and present opportunities to learn about and reflect upon its legacy.


Nottinghamshire Great War Roll of Honour

Visit the Nottinghamshire Roll of Honour to search by name and location, or select to view people who died in The Great War.


The Nottinghamshire Community Commemoration Fund 2014 - 2018

To mark the 100 year centenary of The Great War, Nottinghamshire County Council has established the Community Commemoration Fund. Financial grants of up to £300 are available to local communities to help reflect on what the war meant for their local area and how the lives of people were changed forever. Find out more on the Nottinghamshire Community Commemoration Fund webpages.


'A Poem to Remember' Poetry Competition

A national poetry competition has been launched to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Inspired by the war’s famous poets, poems are sought that honour those affected by service and pay tribute to humankind's capacity to cope with adversity. 

The best five entries will be chosen by a panel of judges, chaired by historian Dan Snow, and then go to a public vote, covered by national media. The winning entry will be read out by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at a ceremony this summer to mark the opening of the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre at Stanford Hall, Stanford on Soar. The poem will be displayed prominently in perpetuity at the Centre.

The competition is open to everyone aged 17 and over. The overall winner will receive a £2,000 cash prize, with four runners-up receiving £500. Only one entry is permitted per person. Entries are acceptable from any location.
Poems must be no longer than 25 lines. Closing dates for entries is 9 April 2018 


Armistice 2018

On Sunday 11 November 2018 a series of national public commemorations will take place across the UK to mark the end of WW1. The events are being co-ordinated by the Queen's Pageantmaster Bruno Peak and will include:

6am - Battle's O'er

The sound of bagpipes will fill the air as over 1000 individual pipers will play Battle’s O’er - a traditional air played by pipers after a battle. Heralding the start of the day’s commemorations, they will play the haunting tune outside churches and cathedrals, in market squares and muddy fields, on hilltops and high streets, in valleys and village greens across the whole of the UK. If you would like to register as a piper please email giving you name, address, telephone and location you will be playing.

6.55pm - The Last Post

In association with the Air Training Corps, Army Cadet Force, Sea Cadet Force, Boys’ Brigade and the Light Infantry Buglers Association, the Last Post will be played at many of the 1,000 WWI Beacon sites throughout the United Kingdom, involving young people and others paying their personal tribute to those that gave their lives during World War I.

7pm - Beacons of Light

Beacons will be lit across the UK in commemoration of the end of WWI and to symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the darkness of war. This is a 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.”

7.05pm - Ringing out for Peace

As beacons blaze around the country, bells in 1,000 churches and cathedrals will ring out in celebration of the end of the First World War. The stirring sound of church and cathedral bells will provide a fitting conclusion to a day of contemplation, commemoration as our country and other nations reflect on events a century ago on the battlefields of Europe.

For more details about these Armistice events and how you can get involved visit 


Other Commemorative events

Commemorative events will be taking place in Rushcliffe towns and villages throughout the whole of 2018. Dates and venues will be shared on this page when they are known, and also on the Rushcliffe Borough Council events listings page www.facebook/rushcliffewhatson

If you are planning an event that you would like us to include, or would like technical advice or assistance please email Rushcliffe Borough Council's events team at or call us on 0115 9148517


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