Preparing for the centenary of the outbreak of World War I
At least 200 people attended the launch of Swindon in the Great War project at Radnor Street Cemetery Chapel, Swindon on Saturday 23 November – the first of a series of exhibitions over the next four years.
Swindon historian Mark Sutton displayed military artifacts and photographs of Swindon men who served and died in 1914 to 1918 campaigns across western Europe, Turkey, and at sea with the navy.
A fascinating and poignant board of names, that hung for many years in Sanford Street School listing the dozens of former pupils who never returned from the conflict, was unveiled and seen for the first time in many years. It had been stored by Swindon Council who restored and made it available for display.
The winter edition of Swindon Heritage magazine was published on the day. Existing and new subscribers who attended received a free copy of Mark’s book Tell Them of Us, his exhaustive record of the men who died during the 1914 to 1918 conflict.
On a very chilly day, hot drinks and mince pies were served inside the Chapel which does not have any form of heating. Visitors were able to visit some of 107 Commonwealth War Graves located in the Radnor Street nursery.
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