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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:

Becky McCann

Secretary to the WW1 Commemoration Steering Group

Telephone:+44 1624 685741

Email:Send Email

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.

DateEventVenueInformationContact
10 July 2017 Minute's silence in memory of Private John Edward Corlett Ramsey war memorial A minute's silence will be observed at Ramsey war memorial at 6.30pm Monday 10 July 2017, in memory of Private John Edward Corlett who lost his life during World War One, while serving as a member of the 11th Battalion, Border Regiment. Ramsey Commissioners and the Ramsey branch of the Royal British Legion are continuing to mark the 100th anniversary of the loss of every town resident during the Great War. Ramsey Town Commissioners (01624) 810100

Ramsey Branch Royal British Legion – Mr D Llewellyn
(07624) 453817

November 2017 WW1 soldier advocates to be honoured 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. Advocate and Isle of Man Law Society Council Member Terence McDonald has been researching their history. He thinks around 25% of the forty or so advocates who practiced here at the time went and fought. Two, and one student of law, didn't survive the war. Mr McDonald says the ceremony will take place later this year. TBC
Activities
A minutes silence will be observed at Ramsey war memorial at 6.30pm Monday 10 July 2017, in memory of Private John Edward Corlett who lost his life during World War One, while serving as a member of the 11th Battalion, Border Regiment: Manx Radio Remebering Ramseys War Fallen.
WW1 soldier advocates to be honoured; 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. The ceremony will take place later this year; further details are to be confirmed. 
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