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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:

Nadine Gordon

Secretary to the WW1 Commemoration Steering Group

Telephone:+44 1624 685741

Email:Send Email

Commemorative events

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

See the full list of dates 

Manx Radio show: Remembering Ramseys War Fallen

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
Jane Kelly
+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
Jane Kelly
+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 Members of the public wishing to attend are asked to be seated in the church no later than 2:45pm
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.
Douglas Borough Council is doing the following to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War:
  • A permanent poppy has been installed on Douglas Head and replaces the previous planted poppy. This has been achieved with the support of the Manx Lottery Trust
  • Five ‘poppy’ benches have been commissioned locally and installed; two at the war memorial on the Promenade, two at the Town Hall in Ridgeway Street and one opposite the permanent poppy on Douglas Head
  • A large poppy wreath containing 100 poppies was created in metal and installed for this year in the Marine Gardens together with three ‘there but not there’ Tommy silhouettes

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 Eventsactivities 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.

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