Since 2014 the Kingsley Remembers project has sought to raise awareness of the sacrifice of ordinary men and women from the Parish during the First World War. A Heritage Lottery grant saw works completed around the War Memorial and a book published in 2017 called ‘All The Kingsley Men’ detailing research on some 160 plus men and a woman from the Parish who served in the war.
Sunday 11th November 2018 sees the culmination of a nation’s collective remembrance and in the Parish of Kingsley we seek to pause and reflect on the 29 men with links to the village who died during the war or after as a result of their service, as well as those who served and survived often with both physical and mental trauma affecting their lives.
As a result of funding from both the Parish and District Councils, there are a series of events planned on 11th November that we hope as many people as possible can attend and which are free. Listed are the events in time order starting at dawn and concluding at dusk.
The Kingsley Remembers project will be publishing an online version of the book ‘All the Kingsley Men’ in what will be in effect a second edition. Additional research brings the total covered in the book to 29 men who died and 154 who served, a total of 183.The book will be available to download for free from 11 am on 11th November. The web address is www.kingsleyremembers1914.org.uk
There will be displays of poppies at the War Memorial on Dovedale Road, at the old Wesleyan Chapel on High Street Kingsley and outside the Methodist Chapel at Kingsley holt.
At the War Memorial at 6am on 11th November there will be a Scottish Piper playing as part of the Battles Over, At 11am there will the traditional Act of Remembrance at the War Memorial followed by a service at St Werbrughs. At 6.55pm there will be the last post followed by the lighting of a beacon and then the bells of St Werburgh's will ring out for peace.
There will be free refreshments at each event. Please check out the notices attached to this entry.
STOP PRESS - There will be a limited edition second edition of the book All the Kingsley Men launched on 11th November to accompany the free download. Just £5 and self funded by the authors - 22 additional men researched plus more information and pictures.