War centenary ideas sought for big event

By Jon Moreno

Monday, May 13, 2013

 

NEXT year is the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War and Islanders are invited to join a brainstorming session about commemorative events.

The government plans to support nationwide events with £50m.

Through the First World War Centenary Programme, the First World War Centenary Partnership and a network of more than 800 local, national and international, cultural and educational, organisations, led by the Imperial War Museum, aims to connect generations with the lives, stories and impact of the war.

People on the Isle of Wight and local organisations are being encouraged to table their ideas on how the Island can get involved, at a meeting to be held at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on Tuesday, May 21.

The organiser, David Langford, a trustee of Carisbrooke Castle Museum, hopes a story of the Island’s social history during the First World War, the tales of Islanders who went to war and how the conflict affected the Island is told over the four-year project.

He said: "I am looking for 'faces of the Isle of Wight’ — those who served and those who laboured and worried at home. Wives, children and old folk — everyone had a story to tell.

"We should try to bring them to life with their stories.

"The commemoration will last four years and a rolling programme of events is envisaged. I hope many interested parties come to the meeting to share their ideas on how we can achieve this.

"This will not be a military event, as nationally there will be events to mark the anniversary of the start of the war, the first day of the Battle of the Somme and Armistice Day."

Some of the ideas already being discussed include the commissioning of history books, a travelling exhibition and a special Armed Forces Day featuring relatives on parade, wearing the medals of their relatives First World War veterans.

The meeting will start at 6pm.

For those unable to attend, ideas can be e-mailed to Mr Langford at ww1@carisbrookecastlemuseum.org.uk

Reporter: jonm@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Mr Elliott

13th May 2013, at 20:19:41

FTFY
People on the Isle of Wight and local organisations are being encouraged to table their ideas on how we can get some of that £50m, at a meeting to be held at the Riverside Centre, Newport, on Tuesday, May 21.

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by Mike Crowe

13th May 2013, at 16:54:49

Anthony I agree the subject is not 'Conscientious objectors', but the subject came up and before anybody ridiculed them I wanted to stand up for their bravery on two counts.

WW1 was horrific. WWII was too but there was a little more "comfort". I am in the final throes of arranging for a group to go back into H.M.S.Collingwood for a visit. The first time for some since 1940 when they volunteered as 17 year olds as 'HO's, some then went on to Arctic Convoys, which has been in the news lately.

Anybody who wants to 'feel' the stupidity of war, go to the National Arboretum and go to the 'Shot at Dawn' area and read the names and the ages.

Yes I get a lot of information "From the comfort of an arm chair", but get off my backside to deliver illustrated talks and arrange nostalgic reunions for ex Service people.

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by Antony Hickman

13th May 2013, at 16:35:58

I think that Mr Crowe and Mr Naylor are loosing site of what the subject is here . Its not about Conscientious objectors ( who were treated very poorly during the first world war many being classed as cowards and some being shot.) It is what would be the best way to pay respect to the many who gave their lives in the First World War. The reasons for this war was totally different from the Second World War . I totally agree with Mr Boormans and Mr Majors comments that we really should not be marking the start of any conflict and maybe the money should be spent on nursing the wounded of our modern conflicts.

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by David Blackford

13th May 2013, at 16:15:08

WW1 is part of history - but it is nothing to be commemorated. My dad lost a leg in WW1 as did many others - No Hedley Court in those days and he would never talk about the war, it had such terrible memories for him.
Yes,WW1 is part of history but like our present engagements it was not our war, no one won and millions of lives were wasted.
- Unlike WW2 when we were fighting to defend our own Country

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by alan naylor

13th May 2013, at 16:03:42

Such wonderful knoledge from the comfort of your arm chair

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by Mike Crowe

13th May 2013, at 14:48:58

"In World War II, following the National Service (Armed Forces) Act of 1939, there were nearly 60,000 registered Conscientious Objectors but only 3,000 were given complete exemption
18,000 were dismissed as false claimants
Of these, 7000 were allocated to the Non-Combatant Corps such as the Royal Army Medical Corps. Other acceptable occupations were farm work, mining, firefighting, ambulance service
In November 1940 it was decided to allow troops in the NCC to volunteer for work in bomb disposal. In total over 350 volunteered.
5500 objectors were imprisoned, charged with offences relating to their unrecognized objection
A further 1000 were court-martialled by the armed forces and sent to military detention barracks or civil prisons
Britain retained the rights of conscientious objection, in the National Service until 1960 "

Part of an illustrated talk I give.

You may take your foot out of your mouth now

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by Mike Crowe

13th May 2013, at 14:46:15

Mr Naylor. Read what I wrote, not what you think I wrote.

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by alan naylor

13th May 2013, at 14:28:45

I served with conscietious objectors they were stretcher bearers and medical people and some of the most caring and brave people on the line so d ont put your foot in your mouth again Mr Crow ps none got decorated

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by alan naylor

13th May 2013, at 14:18:35

The memories of world war 1 and our love ones are carried in the heart not in a 50 million pound peice of stone the families that were involed most have now passed on like my dad and my late wifes dad they died and served for us and our freedom I totaly agree with Mr Majors our loved ones did not stand on cerimony and I beleive they do not want one I suggest build a new gym and leisure center and put a placqe on it or a new school

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by Mike Crowe

13th May 2013, at 13:33:14

""who then require the armed forces to pick up the pieces""

A study into the thoughts of Conscientious Objectors makes interesting reading.

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