Commemoration Event Calendar
World War One Commemorations
The Isle of Man Government will play a central role in efforts to commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War One.
The World War One Commemoration Steering Group, Chaired by Edmund Southworth, Director of Manx National Heritage, supports community organisations and public authorities in marking significant milestones taking place between 2014 and 2018.
This web page features a local events calendar for forthcoming/current events and activities in order to raise awareness and so that Island organisations can plan their activities and avoid any potential clashes. Details of the various commemoration events and activities that have already taken place across the Island can be viewed here.
Mr Southworth said:
‘Many nations will mark the anniversaries of key events during the period from 2014 to 2018, reflecting on the experiences of ordinary men and women and how the war has shaped the last 100 years. We want to gain an overview of how the Isle of Man as a whole is planning to commemorate WWI, so that we can help to coordinate and publicise activities and act as a central point of contact for information.’
Any individuals or organisations planning to stage an event between 2014 and 2018 are asked to notify:
Secretary to the WW1 Commemoration Steering Group
+44 1624 685741
|July 2017 to September 2019||Honouring Ramsey's Fallen||Ramsey War Memorial||Ramsey Town Commissioners will place a small wooden cross at the Ramsey War Memorial and observe a minute's silence observed to honour those who lost their lives during the Great War||Ramsey Town Commissioners
+44 1624 810100
Ramsey Branch Royal British Legion – Mr D Llewellyn
+44 7624 453817
|November 2017||Honouring Soldier Advocates||TBC||There are plans for a plaque to be unveiled which honours the Manx advocates and students of law who served their country in the First World War.
Manx radio show: WW1 soldier advocates to be honoured
|Friday 10 November, 2017||Church service and parade before the unveiling of a plaque||Courts of Justice||Like many areas of the Island, The Isle of Man Legal Profession was greatly affected by the First World War. On Friday 10th November, 2017 the Law Society have arranged for a Church service and parade before the unveiling of a plaque at the Courts of justice. This is to commemorate Legal Professionals who served in the First World War and those who gave their lives so we can have the life we have today.
The parade will take a route from St Georges Church, along Hill Street, up Bucks Road and into Deemsters Walk. It will only take a few minutes but during that time the roads will be closed, although if you are already parked on those streets you are welcome to remain. he parade will take a route from St Georges Church, along Hill Street, up Bucks Road and into Deemsters Walk. It will only take a few minutes but during that time the roads will be closed, although if you are already parked on those streets you are welcome to remain.
The parade will take place shortly after 2.15pm, the roads will close immediately before the parade and open immediately after it has passed.
|Event Management Solutions, if you have any questions please contact Peter on +44 7624 482577.|
|Saturday 17 April 2018||RAF100 Ball||Empress Hotel, Douglas||RAF Association (IOM Branch) are holding a Ball to Commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the RAF
7pm - Tickets £50 All welcome
|24 – 28 April||Play 'For The Fallen' focusing on life in the Isle of Man during World War One||Ballakermeen Studio Theatre||The play has been rated as 16+ and will be performed in a style that will give audiences an opportunity to see a production in a more intimate setting. Tickets priced £10.|
|2 – 28 July 2018||Textile Artwork Exhibition||Henry Bloom Noble Library, Douglas||The Isle of Man Remembers ... World War One
A Community Created Commemorative Textile Artwork and Exhibition
World War One ended on 11 November 1918. Official records show that 8,261 local people enlisted in the armed forces, which was 82.3% of the Isle of Man's male population of military age. Of these, 1,165 gave their lives and 987 were wounded.
Across the World, red poppies signify Remembrance, particularly for the Great War, during which the "In Flanders Fields" poem was written, and the symbolism was born.
We sought the public contribution of 2,152 poppies, one for each person fallen or injured from the Island. We have received over 5,000... each one handcrafted by willing people of all ages and abilities.
A huge textile panel depicting the Manx Flag, in commemoration of the sacrifices made by our local people during World War One, is now under construction!
With thanks for the support by the Isle of Man Arts Council, the panels filled with poppies will be displayed in the windows of the Henry Bloom Noble Library during July 2018.
Gill on +44 1624 830332
|Friday 14 September 2018||Battle of Britain Concert||St George's Church, Douglas||RAF Association (IOM Branch) are holding a concert to Commemorate the Battle of Britain
7pm - All welcome
RAFA IOM Branch
+44 1624 499291
|Sunday 16 September 2018||Battle of Britain Parade and Church Service||St George's Church, Douglas||Battle of Britain
Parade to commence 10.30am
Church Service to commence 11am - All welcome
RAFA IOM Branch
+44 1624 499291
|Sunday 4 November 2018||MNH Gallery of Military History||Manx Museum|
|Saturday 10 November 2018||Festival of Remembrance||Villa Marina||7pm|
|Sunday 11 November 2018||Battle's O'er||War Memorial||War Memorial, then leave and the Dean will read a short message, 10.30am Eucharist of Remembrance with silence at 11am, 3.00pm Royal British Legion Service followed by placing of poppies at War Memorial|
|Sunday 11 November 2018||National Service||St Johns Church||Invited guests only|
|Sunday 11 November 2018||Ringing out of Peace||St George's Church, Douglas||6:30pm church service to commemorate the end of the Great War|
|Sunday 11 November||Battle's Over - Ringing out for peace||The Cathedral bells will ring out|
|A Community Created Commemorative Textile Artwork and Exhibition – a huge textile panel depicting the Manx Flag made from 2,152 poppies each one handcrafted by people of all ages and abilities.|
Additional events and resources
Please submit the online form or use the relevant PDF form to notify us of any up and coming World War One Commemoration Events, activities or representation at off-Island events so that we may add them to our calendar. Individuals or organisations planning an event may wish to consider applying for financial assistance from the Manx Lottery Trust, Culture Vannin and/or the Isle of Man Arts Council. Further information is available.
You may also wish to read the World War One Isle of Man Milestones a Manx Chronology of the Great War.
You may also be interested in the World War One timeline of events.