Remember the First World War

Picture to illustrate RBL WW1 event in Ackworth
Picture to illustrate RBL WW1 event in Ackworth

People from across Pontefract and Castleford are expected to come together to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on August 4, 1914, and there will be a number of events to commemorate the occasion.

St Giles’ Church, Pontefract, has organised a day of events from 10am on Monday, August 4. The church bells will toll at 11am while there will be a pop-up museum from 10am to 4pm. People are encouraged to take along family memorabilia such as photographs and home front items. The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry Museum will be displaying various items from its collection. There will also be a display of the town’s Roll of Honour. Colonel Gerald Delany will give a short talk at 2pm and members of the Royal British Legion will be wearing their 1914 uniforms.

St Michael’s Church, Carleton, will be open for private prayers on Monday, August 4, from 7pm to 9pm to remember those who died in conflicts all over the world.

The Royal British Legion will be holding a slideshow of pictures at Knottingley Club, Hill Top, from 7.30pm on Thursday, July 31. In Badsworth, St Mary’s Church will hold a short ceremony at 6pm on Monday. There will also be a display featuring people from the parish and the school who are named on the war memorial.

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