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For information about another way in which Exning will remember all those from Exning who enlisted (taking place on November 8, 2014) see Exning Enlistment Re-enactment

Newmarket Town Band played many musical items

The “male singers” sang  songs from the trenches….

At the end, a wreath was laid on the cross

………and the Union Flag was removed to reveal…………

80 Poppy Crosses – each bearing the name of a man who made the ultimate sacrifice

The church was full of villagers who were inspired by the presentations and music

On the War Memorial in Exning are the names of 80 servicemen who lost their lives in the First World War. The 100th anniversary of the declaration of war was marked by the Exning Branch of the Royal British Legion in conjunction with St Martin’s Church.  An evening of words and music was held, during which the names of those villagers who paid the ultimate sacrifice were remembered. A narrative took the audience on a journey through the years 1914 until 1918 with poems by the famous war poets, Siegfried Sassoon, Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen, Isaac Rosenberg and Laurence Binyon with appropriate music played by the Newmarket Town Band and songs of the war sung by a group of singers.

Prior to the event, 6 bellringers rang a quarter peel of 1260 Plain Bob Doubles, half muffled.

On display were the illuminated Rolls of Honour which show all those from Exning who enlisted in the conflict, detailing where they lived and the service or regiment in which they served and a display of the research into these men which will be the basis of the Exning Enlistment Re-enactment which was later held on November 8th, 2014

In response to villager’s requests the slide show and narration are made available for download here.

Slide show (54Mb)               Narrative  (86Kb)

The photographs below give show some of the event but, given its nature, they were taken before or after the commemoration

The “Welcome Slide”

Each of those who died was remembered

The Western Front was depicted with sandbags, barbed wire, a cross and the Union Flag

On display were the illuminated Rolls of Honour which show all those from Exning who enlisted in the conflict, detailing where they lived and the service or regiment in which they served and a display of the research into these men which will be the basis of the Exning Enlistment Re-enactment later held on November 8th, 2014

We were researching into exactly where each man who enlisted lived so that people (relatives, residents, neighbours) could represent them by walking from those homes to Exning School where they signed a book re-enacting the process of “signing on” to serve in WWI

Exning Remembers World War One – August 3rd, 2014