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Villages uncover their First World War tales

Soldiers recuperating from frontline services at Blenheim Palace. NNL-140714-131240001

Soldiers recuperating from frontline services at Blenheim Palace. NNL-140714-131240001

Many of Banburyshire’s villages have been uncovering the secrets of their wartime pasts and preparing special events to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain’s entry into The First World War on August 4, 1918.

The Banbury Guardian will be bringing you some of these fascinating stories in the coming weeks to chart the impact the Great War had on the region’s village communities.

Among the special events taking place on the weekend of August 2-3 is a special trench reconstruction staged by Hornton History Group, complete with wartime songs and weapons and a war kitchen where visistors can sample dishes the troops would have eaten at the Western Front.

The group has been working with friends across the country to research the lives and backgrounds of the ten village men who died at the Front. Families have donated treasured heirlooms, memories and anecdotes. Opening with a live bugle call on both days the event takes place at Hornton Pavilion in Bell Street from 11am to 5pm.

In Tadmarton on August 4, St Nicholas Parish Church will be open for parishioners to pray and remember those who gave their lives. From 10pm-11pm candles will be lit at the village war memorial as part of the nationwide Lights Out symbolic period of reflection.

Please send details of how your village is planning to mark the centenary to editorial@banburyguardian.co.uk

 

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