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
|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
|Wednesday 19 September 2018||Rayner Hoff – the Manx Sculptor that Britain forgot: Public Lecture by Deborah Beck||Manx Museum||One hundred years ago, Rayner Hoff was in France, serving in the British Army in the Great War. Manx-born, Hoff is best known for his moving sculptures on the Anzac War Memorial in Hyde Park, Sydney, Australia, but little is known about his formative years in the United Kingdom. Deborah Beck, author of, Rayner Hoff – The Life of a Sculptor, will explore his eventful life in the UK, his meteoric rise as a prominent star of the art world in Sydney and explain why this talented sculptor left the UK to move to Australia in 1923.
The event will include an opportunity to have your book signed by Deborah on the evening. A limited stock of books will be available from the Manx Museum Shop
|Tickets £10, available from Manx National Heritage|
|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.