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Last Post sounded at national commemoration of Great War

A service is held to rededicate Onchan War Memorial. Below, the national flags and Royal British Legion standards at the national service of commemoration at St Georges Church, Douglas

A service is held to rededicate Onchan War Memorial. Below, the national flags and Royal British Legion standards at the national service of commemoration at St Georges Church, Douglas

  • by Jackie Turley
 

The Last Post was sounded at St George’s Church, Douglas, on Sunday as part of the national service of commemoration for the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Archdeacon of Man, The Venerable Andrew Brown told the congregation: ‘We remember those who were killed in action, or by disease, the bereaved, the lost, the families which were shattered, the wounded, maimed and injured, those who held in silence the unspeakable memories of warfare.’

Speaker of the House of Keys and president of the island branch of the Royal British Legion, Steve Rodan, read Wilfred Owen’s Anthem for Doomed Youth before a two-minute silence was held.

Chief Minister Allan Bell and Tynwald president Clare Christian both read from the Bible.

In Onchan, the War Memorial was rededicated as an act of remembrance.

It saw a parade led by Onchan Silver Band travel from St Peter’s Church to the War Memorial on Main Road where the was a short service.

Winning entries of a children’s war poem were unveiled on marble slabs. Winners were Lucy Skillicorn, aged 11, of Ashley Hill School, Onchan School pupil Ethan Stewart, eight, and Lisa McGhee, 14, of St Ninian’s Lower School.

As the Isle of Man Examiner went to press, events were due to be held across the island to mark the 100th anniversary of Britain entering the war.

 

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