Service to commemorate First World War

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A national service of commemoration will be held in the island to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The service will take place at St George’s Church in Douglas during the afternoon on Sunday, August 3.

It will be attended by invited guests, including representatives from organisations with a specific interest in Great War events, as well as being open to members of the pubic.

Chief Minister Allan Bell said: ‘It will be an honour for me to lead this national service of commemoration on behalf of the government and people of the Isle of Man.

‘The Great War had a dramatic impact on the island, not just in the considerable number of lives of Manxmen lost, but also in the profound economic, social and political upheaval experienced.’

Records show that 8,261 men enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3 per cent of the island’s male population of military age. Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded.

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