World War 1 Commemoration

Poppy Appeal Guildford CathedralAugust 4th 2014 marked 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The acts of commemoration are expected to continue for the next four years marking various events as their centenary is reached. The Diocesan Education Team will support schools and parishes with resources and ideas to use in their community.


Significant Dates for Commemoration

2015-2017 The Battles

4th August 2014

25th April 2015

31st May/1st June 2016

1st July 2016 - mid Nov 2016

July - early Nov 2017

Start of First World War

Gallipoli Campaign

Battle of Jutland and war at sea

Battle of the Somme

3rd Battle of Ypres (Paschendaele)

2018-2019 Victory, Thanksgiving and Peace

11th November 2018

Armistice Day


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

This website commemorates the 1,700,000 men and women of the commonwealth forces who died in the two world wars and includes resources for schools...
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Remembrance Prayer Card

A Prayer for Remembrance from SGM Lifewords
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WW1 Reflective Prayer Ideas

Details of Prayer Stations and activities
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Bible Society Book - 'Hear My Cry

Words for when there are no words

As individuals and communites across the country reflect on the First World War during its centenary, the Bible Society is marking this anniversary with an illustrated collection of psalms, poems and personal stories to aid reflection about the Great War. Adaptable to different circumstances, Hear My Cry also contains hymns and prayers and will be suitable for religious and civic ceremonies, as well as for individual, personal use.

The majority of the personal stories are drawn from original research among families whose ancestors fought or died in the War. Many of the soldiers' Bibles have survived, some with dramatic evidence of the part they played.

George Vinall - How one man dodged three bullets

Bible Society Resources

Christian Vision for Men (CVM)

Greater Love DVD and Resource Pack 

The DVD resource features several short films and interviews with military personnel, focussing on the sacrifice that was made 100 years ago, and is still being made by military families today. There is also a short gospel film by Carl Beech featuring 'Woodbine Willie' and filmed on location at The Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

Church Army - Stories from the trenches - evangelists during World War 1

As people across the world join together to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War 1, Church Army is also remembering its evangelists and volunteers, who in 1914 stepped up to the challenge of sharing the gospel with those facing great adversity in the trenches and on the home front.

Whether through recreation huts and tents, hostels and rest homes, mobile canteens and hospital visiting, thousands of men and women found hope in their darkest hours thanks to the work of the Church Army.

Stories from the work of the Church Army during World War 1

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