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1914 - 2014 World War One anniversary

Hounslow Remembers

Nearly a million men from the armed forces of the British Empire died in the First World War 1914-1918.

It is 100 years in August since the start of what is also referred to as The Great War.  In remembrance of this there is a national programme of commemorative events and cultural and educational activities planned to honour the lives of those who served in, and were affected by, the war.

The First World War is an important part of Hounslow's history as it is for the nation. Every city, town and village was touched by it:  the soldiers who fought, the people who stayed behind and the businesses that helped with the war effort.

On the Hounslow Remembers pages, we will publish First World War stories with a Hounslow angle.  

A full programme of commemorative and remembrance events taking place in Hounslow will be updated regularly.

Hounslow will be taking full part in the centenary commemorations and we invite you to join us. We start with an Armed Forces Day event taking place 10.45am at the Civic Centre on Monday 23 June and you are welcome to attend.

Our full centenary programme is:

Events happening in Hounslow

Monday 23 June 2014 - Armed Forces Day Ceremony, 10.45am, Civic Centre, Lampton Road

The borough’s Mayor Cllr Corinna Smart will lead the Armed Forces Day ceremony.  War veterans, Chelsea Pensioners, councillors and council staff, and a detachment and bugler from The Welsh Guards, will watch local school children place 100 crosses with poppies by the Armed Forces Memorial Tree.

Saturday 5 July 2014 -  World War One Commemorative Event 11am - 4pm, Feltham Library Community Rooms

Feltham History Group and Hounslow Libraries Local Studies Services will be hosting this commemorative event, with a display of old photographs, poetry readings, children's choir, short talks and an opportunity to explore your family history.

Saturday 2 August 2014 - Unveiling of a new war memorial, Holy Trinity Church, Hounslow High Street, 3pm

A brand new war memorial will be officially unveiled as part of a Civic Ceremony being hosted by the Mayor Cllr Corinna Smart. The memorial has been designed and placed in Hounslow High Street and this will be formally unveiled by Johnson BeHarry VC at 3pm on 2 August as part of a Civic Ceremony being hosted by the mayor.

Monday 4 August 2014 - First World War exhibition (free entry), Civic Centre, Lampton Road

Hounslow war stories exhibition.

National Lights out day 10pm-11pm

Hounslow Council will be taking part in National Lights Out Day by turning off all but one of the lights in the Civic Centre to commemorate the start of the war 100 years ago.

Sunday 10 August - Royal British Legion and Parish of Brentford service

The Royal British Legion and the Parish of Brentford are holding a service to commemorate the start of World War One at 11am on Sunday 10 August in the grounds of Brentford Library. All are welcome to attend. Contact the vice chair of the Brentford Royal British Legion, Keith Thames either by email - keith875@sky.com - or on 07771896645 for further information.

Sunday 9 November 2014 - Laying of First World War Wreath, Holy Trinity Church, Hounslow High Street, 11am

Hounslow Mayor Cllr Corinna Smart will be laying a special World War One Wreath of Remembrance on behalf of borough residents at a Remembrance Day Service.

Tuesday 11 November 2014 - Laying of First World War Wreath, Civic Centre, Lampton Road , 11am

Hounslow Mayor Cllr Corinna Smart will be laying a special World War One Wreath of Remembrance on behalf of borough residents at a Remembrance Day Service.

Hounslow Remembers exhibition

An exhibition featuring stories and information about Hounslow and its residents both on active service and Home Front. The exhibition will stay at the Civic Centre until December and sections of it will go on tour in libraries in the borough.

The dates and places are:

Civic Centre – 30 July to 1 December; Gunnersbury Park Museum – 12 August to 22 September; Boston Manor House – 12 August to 7 November; Heston Library – 23 September to 7 November; Bedfont Library – 23 September – 20 October; Osterley Library – 23 September – 15 December.

We warmly welcome you to attend any of these events and join us in commemorating those who gave their lives for us.

A full programme of commemorative and remembrance events taking place in Hounslow will be updated regularly on the Hounslow Remembers pages. If you would like to see a First World War event listed here, please contact communications@hounslow.gov.uk

Every Man Remembered

To commemorate the First World War centenary, The Royal British Legion is providing an online ancestor tracing service, where the public can trace relatives who fought and died in the war to pay their own respects.