WelcomeWarwick District Remembers, a community organisation
Set up by Adrian Barton to co-ordinate commemoration events in the form of Concerts and Drum Head Services marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1, 2014, through to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War 1, 2018.
Across 5 concerts taking in notable dates and events from both World Wars and subsequent Wars to mark the sacrifices made by people of the district.
Marie Leighton had been instrumental in encouraging her son Roland to volunteer for King and Country: ‘It would be better’ she exhorted him, that his name be etched on the School’s chapel walls than ‘to live a long smooth life at home.’
This was an idea I had over 2 years ago and it has grown to the event we put on in October 2014. I would like to thank the over 200 participants in October 2014 all of whom gave their time for free and our sponsors, especially Blythe Liggins Solicitors, Hawkesford Estate Agents, Building and Plumbing Supplies and Linleigh Electrical, without whom we wouldn’t have been able to put this event on. I would like you to take a moment to think of those who 100 years ago made the ultimate sacrifice. For these remarkable people we owe a debt and we pay tribute.
first half included music from CMS Community Band, Band of Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Warwickshire and The Royal Naval Association Male Voice Choir. Together with spectacular solo artists Amy Thomas and Abigail Rhodes the evening was lively but respectable to the honour of those passed. The second half started with a moving drama by Adam Schumacher entitled ‘Waste of War’ that set the scene for the Drum Head Service led by the Bishop of Warwick. Thought provoking and enjoyable at the same time.
We owe so much to the young men who gave their lives in the Great War, the young men from our district who signed up to go on a big adventure which they believed would be all over by Christmas in 1914. Sadly it went on until November 1918 with a huge loss of life and much suffering. Our own Royal Warwickshire Regiment raised 32 bat- talions, each of 1000 soldiers, a total of 32,000 men. It is hard to imagine the impact this must have had on our area, each street, each village; each town was affected by the carnage which ensued. Across our wonderful county 11,500 officers and men failed to come home.