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2014 Events and Activities Archive

DATEEVENTVENUEINFORMATIONCONTACT
01/01/2014 Service of Commemoration Castletown War Memorial Service of Commemoration at 4pm on 1 January 2014 Eddie Convery,
Clerk to Castletown Commissioners,
+44 1624 825005
08/02/2014 - 03/01/2015 WWI Centenary Exhibition: 'This Terrible Ordeal' Manx Museum An exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, which charts the momentous impact the Great War had upon the lives of men, women and children in the Isle of Man +44 1624 648000;
enquiries@mnh.gov.im
23/03/2014 Isle of Man Choral Society annual concert Villa Marina, Douglas Concert presenting 'The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace' by Karl Jenkins CBE as a centenary commemoration of the start of WWI. Tickets from the Villa Marina Box Office, adults £13, children and students £3. choral@manx.net;
www.choral.im
01/05/2014 - 03/05/2014 'Not About Heroes', a WWI drama about the real-life relationship between the poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon. Gaiety Theatre To be performed at the Gaiety Theatre for three nights – 1, 2 and 3 May. carlparker2000@gmail.com
19/05/2014 Western Front Association (Isle of Man Branch) inaugural meeting Manx Aviation and Military Museum, Ronaldsway Talks on the reformation of the Manx WFA and the Woman's Army Auxiliary Corp formed in WW1. Doors open at 17:00 for 17:30 start until 18:30. Western Front Association
21/05/2014 and 22/05/2014 WW1 "Pop-up" Museum Rushen Primary School During school hours, a showcase of the work of the pupils relating to WW1 will be on display for parents, governors and invited guests. Mr Tom Thomson
29/05/2014 Western Front Association (Isle of Man branch) foundation meeting Manx Aviation and Military Museum, Ronaldsway At 18:30 there will be the WFA Manx branch formation and from 19:00 to 20:00 there will be a talk on motorcycles and manufacturers prior to and during WW1. Free admission, all welcome. Alan Dawson,
adawson@lcb.ac.uk
29/06/2014 Archaeological session and tour Knockaloe archaeological excavation site The Centre for Manx Studies will be hosting a Manx Young Archaeologist Club session 10am to 12pm and the Isle of Man Natural History and Antiquarian Society will be visiting the site 2pm to 4pm for a tour. communityheritage@manx.net
02/07/2014 This Terrible Ordeal: The Isle of Man during the First World War Henry Bloom Noble Library A talk by Matthew Richardson, author and curator at Manx National Heritage, starting at 11am. Tickets are free and need to be collected from the library ground floor counter in advance Jan Macartney
jmacartney@douglas.gov.im
13/07/2014 Archaeological session and open day Knockaloe archaeological excavation site Manx Young Archaeologist Club session 10am to 12pm and an Open Day 2pm to 4pm (weather permitting) for anybody interested in visiting the site communityheritage@manx.net
03/08/2014 Service of commemoration of the outbreak of WW1 Port Erin Methodist Church, Station Road, Port Erin Interdenominational church service to commemorate the start of WW1. To include local authorities, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, and standard bearers from the Isle of Man county. Free admission, donations to the Royal British Legion Port Erin branch welcome sheilapillingrbl@manx.net
+44 7624 457891
14-18: The Island's Role in a Global Conflict Manx Aviation & Military Museum, Ronaldsway Airport Permanent exhibition on the part the Isle of Man and its people took in WW1. Free admission. airmuseum@manx.net
+44 7624 457891
Commemorative Service Michael Parish Church, Kirk Michael A Commemorative Service to reflect on World War One will commence at 10.15am. Over 60 men left Michael to service King and Country but 26 did not return. Michael Parish Churchwarden,
Stephen Hamer
+44 1624 877814
National Service of Commemoration St George's Church, Douglas A National Service of Commemoration is being held at 3pm at St George's Church in Douglas on 3 August to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1. clair.barks@gov.im
Church service in remembrance of centenary of start of WWI Trinity Methodist Church, Rosemount, Douglas Church service starting at 10.30am and unveiling of giant pom pom poppy in remembrance of those who died during WWI. To take part in pom pom poppy project, collect a pack from Trinity church hall any Friday in June or July from 12 noon to 1.30pm. Jean Faragher
+44 1624 628374
jeannsc@manx.net
Re-dedication of the Onchan War Memorial St Peter's Church, Onchan and the Onchan War Memoral A family service will be held at 11am where the winning entries of the children's WW1 Poetry Competition will be read out. At 12pm, a procession, led by the Onchan Silver Band, will leave St Peter's Church and head to the Onchan War Memorial where a short service of re-dedication will take place. Onchan District Commissioners,
+44 1624 675564
04/08/2014 World War 1 Parade and War Time Show Leaving from and returning to the Manx Legion Club, Market Hill The Manx Legion will form outside the Manx Legion Club at 7.15pm and march down Market Hill, turning left along the quay to the roundabout and then onwards to the pier. Facing the ship, Two Minutes Silence will be kept before the Last Post and reveille. Wreaths will be handed to the Captain of the ship to cast into the sea after departure, commemorating all who served in the Army, Navy, Merchant Navy and Air Force in WW1. Upon the ship's departure, the Manx Legion will march back to the Club for entertainment and sandwiches. The event is open to the public and there is no charge for admission to the show. Mr Colin Harwood:
c.harwood@manx.net
www.manxlegion.com

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Service of Commemoration War Memorial, Castletown Square Castletown Commissioners to host a service of commemoration, free for all to attend, 6pm to 6.30pm Eddie Convert
eddiectcomm@manx.net
Opening of WWI memorabilia exhibition Civic Centre, Castletown Following the service of commemoration in Castletown, a WWI exhibition will be opened at 6.30pm Eddie Convert
eddiectcomm@manx.net
Commemorative Candlelit Vigil St Stephen's Church, Sulby The Parish of the Northern Plain will hold a candlelit vigil between 7pm and 8pm to enable public of all ages to attend and allow people to watch the later Westminster service should they wish. Rev Cyril Rogers,
+44 1624 897873
Wreath laying, service and candlelit vigil Wreath laying at each parish war memorial and the Service and Candlelit vigil at the National War Memorial on the Fairfield at St Johns. World War II veteran Hector Duff and a group of local businesses and people are arranging for convoys of young volunteers to leave the TT Grandstand at 13:00 to lay wreaths at all of the Island's parish war memorials. At 19:00 there will be a service of commemoration at St Johns, followed by a candlelit vigil at 22:15 prior to "All Lights Out" at 23:00.

Further information and full schedule
Maxine Cannon,
thecannons@manx.net
Commemoration Service to Mark Centenary of Start of World War One Arbory Church A Church Service will commence at 7.30pm combining readings, music and projected images to commemorate the start of World War One. Admission is free. Local Minister,
Arbory Church of St Columba,
Colin Finney;
+44 7624 499154
Gathering for Lights Out – One Million Candles to Remember Onchan War Memorial The British Legion are organising a candlelit vigil to make the centenary as a national moment of reflection. There will be a gathering at Onchan War Memorial at 10pm when candles will be lit for people to participate in this symbolic act of reflection and hope. Onchan District Commissioners,
+44 1624 675564
Lighting of Candles in Commemoration of the Start of the First World War Douglas Head At 21:50 there will be prayers followed by lighting of candles, a pause for reflection and then a closing prayers. Douglas Borough Council,
+44 1624 696300
08/08/2014 - 09/08/2014 The Green Fields of France Peel Centenary Centre A two-hour docu-musical show with singing and poetry organised by Peel Heritage Trust Bill Quine
+44 1624 844938;
For ticket details contact:
Corrie Wooding
+44 1624 843502
10/08/2014 Commemoration of the start of WW1 Lakeside Centre, Mooragh Park, Ramsey The public are invited to place a cross for those who served and contributed to this period. Crosses will be available from 10:00 to 16:00 and a service will be held at 15:00. Dave Llewellyn,
Ramsey RBL,
ramseyrbl@wm.im
12/09/2014 Manx War Games Group WWI Commemoration Day Scout Hall, Port Erin A display of various war games depicting warfare during the Great War. Admission free, all ages welcome. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Mike Horton
+44 1624 817289, email mikehorton56@hahoo.co.uk
Manx War Games
12/09/2014 to 14/09/2014 Internment on the Isle of Man 1914-1919 iMuseum, Kingswood Grove, Douglas. Also Knockaloe camp A joint conference hosted by Manx National Heritage and De Montford University examining internment in the Isle of Man during WWI. This event will mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the first internees in the Isle of Man in September 1914. It is open to both an academic audience and members of the public with a general interest in the subject.

See MNH website http://www.gov.im/mnh for more information about the conference programme
Matthew Richardson
+44 1624 648053
05/10/2014 Carve their Names With Pride 2014 Peel Cemetery Chapel A conducted walk of notable graves in Peel, including WWI graves as detailed in the leaflet entitled "WW1 War Graves". Start time 2.30pm at cemetery chapel. Free of charge, organised by Peel Heritage Trust. Bill Quine
+44 1624 844938
10/10/2014
and
11/10/2014
IOM Heritage Open Days Douglas Town Hall,
Ridgeway Street,
Douglas
Douglas Town Hall is open to explore and speak to guides about the beautiful interior and learn more about Douglas Council's role during the First World War and the hardships faced by Manx people on the Island - with the original Council minute books and items of interest from 1914-1918 on display too.

Drop in times are Friday, 10th October, 12noon to 2pm and Saturday, 11th October, 11am to 3pm.
Admission free, all ages welcome
Douglas Borough Council
+44 1624 696300
24/10/2014 Army Benevolent Fund Biennial Dinner and Auction Mount Murray Hotel and Country Club The Army Benevolent Fund, Isle of Man charity are holding a biennial dinner in the presence of His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor Adam Wood and with former Lieutenant Governor Sir Ian MacFadyen as Guest Speaker. Kathryn Mitchell, local potter, has specially commissioned a commemorative plate and vase to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. These items will be auctioned at the dinner to help raise funds for the charity. James Mylchreest,
Secretary,
Army Benevolent Fund,
Isle of Man
The Real War Horses:
Horse Power, Logistics and Transport 1914-18
Manx Museum

Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start

Tickets £10. 10% discount for members and ACE cardholders.
Andrew Robertshaw's lecture examines the contribution made by horses, mules and donkeys to the British Armies' war effort on the Western Front. When war began in 1914 the British army possessed a mere 25,000 horses. The War Office was given the urgent task of sourcing half a million more to go into battle. Andrew's major project was as military consultant for the feature film 'War Horse' directed by Steven Spielberg. He was formerly the Curator and Manager of The Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut and Head of Education at The National Army Museum in London and is now Director of Battlefield Partnerships Ltd. who are currently preparing for two archaeological projects on the Western Front. He has regularly made TV appearances, most recently working on episodes of 'Who Do You Think You Are?', 'Find My Past' and 'Time Team'.

Mike Horton
+44 1624 817289,
mikehorton56@hahoo.co.uk
Manx War Games

08/11/2014 Remember Through Family History Research The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints, Woodbourne Road, Douglas Family history open house in conjunction with the Family History Society. Equipment and advice available to assist genealogical research. Free admission, 12 noon to 4pm lairdscott@manx.net
+44 1624 822143
Poppy Planting War Memorial at St Peter's Church, Onchan

Time 10am
Local school children will be planting poppies around the War Memorial at St Peter's Church in Onchan. Revd. Clive Burgess
+44 1624 675797
09/11/2014 Remembrance Service and March St Peter's Church and War Memorial, Onchan

Time 09:45am
A Service of Remembrance will take place at St Peter's Church followed by a march to the village War Memorial. Revd. Clive Burgess
+44 1624 675797
Remembrance Sunday Service and Wreath Laying St Thomas Church and Douglas War Memorial
Time 10am
Remembrance Sunday Service will be held at St Thomas' church with Wreath Laying at Douglas War Memorial at 11:00. This will be followed by refreshments at St Thomas' Church. Rev. Canon Ian Brady
+44 1624 611503
Remembrance Service and Act of Remembrance The Abbey Church and War Memorial, Ballasalla
Time 10:30am
A Remembrance Sunday Service will be held at The Abbey Church in Ballasalla at 10:00, concluding with a procession to the War Memorial for an Act of Remembrance at 10:50. Revd James McGowan
+44 1624 822469
Service of Remembrance War Memorial, Courthouse Grounds, Ramsey His Excellency, the Lieutenant Governor and crew members of HMS Ramsey will attend Ramsey's Service of Remembrance at the town's war memorial, which will be attended by many, including the Church on the Rock. Dave Llewellyn
ramseyrbl@wm.im
UNITE Worship Event including Act of Remembrance Royal Hall, Villa Marina, Douglas
Time 10:30am
Living Hope Community Church will be holding an Act of Remembrance during our UNITE worship event. Approximately 500-600 will be led in the Act of Remembrance at 11:00. Mr. Jonathan Stanfield
+44 7624 454280
info@livinghope.im
www.livinghope.im
Remembrance Service Kirk Michael Parish Church
Time 10:45am
There will be a Remembrance Service in Kirk Michael Parish Church. Rev. Canon Convery
+44 1624 878855
Remembrance Service Santan Memorial and St Sanctain Church
Time 10:50am
A Remembrance Sunday Service will commence at 10:50 at the Memorial and be followed by a church service. Revd James McGowan
+44 1624 822469
Act of Remembrance - Two Minute Silence Across the Island
Time 11:00am
A Two Minute Silence in remembrance of all those who have died in the Service of their Country will be observed in the Isle of Man at 11:00. Local Authorities are requested to make arrangements for giving warnings of the precise moment at which the Two Minute Silence will begin and end. The full co-operation of the public in the observance of the Silence is requested. The suspension of all vehicular traffic between 11:00 and 11:02 is also requested and it is especially hoped that drivers of motor vehicles will stop the engines of vehicles during the silence. Cabinet Office, Isle of Man Government
+44 1624 685711
Royal British Legion Parade and Service of Remembrance Market Place and St Germans Cathedral, Peel
Time 2:30pm
At 14:30 the Royal British Legion will parade from the Market Place prior to the Remembrance Day Service in the Cathedral at 15:00. All welcome. Peel Town Commissioners
+44 1624 842341
National Service of Remembrance Royal Chapel of St John's
Time 3pm
His Excellency the Lieutenant Governor and the Chief Minister will be present at the Isle of Man National Service of Remembrance. Members of the public wishing to attend are asked to be seated in the Church no later than 14:45. Cabinet Office,
Isle of Man Government
+44 1624 685711
Remembrance Service St Lupus Church, Kirk Malew
Time 5pm
A Service of Remembrance will take place at St Lupus Church in Malew. vd James McGowan
+44 1624 822469
11/11/2014 Service of Remembrance Peel Hill, Peel
Time 10:50am
A short Service of Remembrance will take place at the memorial tree planting site. All welcome. Peel Town Commissioners
+44 1624 842341
Act of Remembrance - Two Minute Silence Across the Island
Time 11am
A Two Minute Silence in remembrance of all those who have died in the Service of their Country will be observed in the Isle of Man at 11:00. Local Authorities are requested to make arrangements for giving warnings of the precise moment at which the Two Minute Silence will begin and end. The full co-operation of the public in the observance of the Silence is requested. The suspension of all vehicular traffic between 11:00 and 11:02 is also requested and it is especially hoped that drivers of motor vehicles will stop the engines of vehicles during the silence. Cabinet Office,
Isle of Man Government
+44 1624 685711
Armistice Day Service Douglas War Memorial
Time 11am
A Service of Remembrance will take place at Douglas War Memorial followed by refreshments at St Thomas' Church. Rev. Canon Ian Brady
+44 1624 611503
Act of Remembrance Onchan Village War Memorial
Time 11am
An Act of Remembrance will take place at the Onchan Village War Memorial. Revd. Clive Burgess
+44 1624 675797
15/11/2014 Battlefield Medicine Manx Museum
Time 2pm

Free - places are limited please collect a ticket in advance from Manx Museum Gallery Shop to secure your place. Donations welcome to the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.
A look at the reality and development of battlefield medicine during the First World War with Dr Andrew Kelsey.
The mechanisms and horror of modern warfare, the development of surgical techniques and the fate of disabled soldiers in post war Britain are explored.
Not recommended for children under 8, or those who might be upset by medical images.
Manx National Heritage
enquiries@mnh.gov.im
15/11/2014 - 16/11/2014 Labyrinth: The Great War Unlocked Manx Museum

15th November 6pm and 8pm

16th November 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm

Tickets: £12 Adult, £6 Child available from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop and www.manxheritageshop.com
An immersive journey through the passageways of the Manx Museum, experiencing the life of the Manx people during the First World War. Using personal accounts and theatre the stories of 'this terrible ordeal' will be brought to life. The Museum closes its doors to the public and becomes the stage for this exclusive theatre experience with the Labyrinth: History in Action players. Not suitable for children under the age of 8. Please buy a ticket in advance to secure your place. The Great War Unlocked is an active and fast-moving experience and will involve walking up and down staircases, confined spaces and low lighting levels. Please wear sensible footwear. Arrive promptly before your departure time at Manx Museum main entrance. Manx National Heritage
enquiries@mnh.gov.im
07/12/2014 The Christmas Truce Concert Manx Museum

Ticket £6 adults and £3 children available from the Manx Museum Gallery Shop and www.manxheritageshop.com
As part of our special Sunday opening at the Manx Museum and in the spirit of the WWI Christmas Truce in 1914 – hear music. carols and readings from the letters of Manx soldiers sent home from the front line at Christmas time during the First World War. Manx National Heritage
enquiries@mnh.gov.im

  

Activities in 2014
Research; Pupils in Years 4, 5 and 6 at Braddan Primary School are researching local men's role in WW1 the results of which are displayed online.
Wild Poppy Planting; Wild poppy planting in planters will take place in May in Castletown.
Castletown Memorial Garden; A flag pole has been placed in the Memorial Garden at Castletown and the monument has been renovated.
Guerrilla Poppy Planting; The Department of Health and Social Care will be joining forces with the third sector to carry out guerrilla poppy planting in all residential properties across the Island at the end of May.
Port St Mary Remembrance Garden; The remembrance garden on Bay View Road in Port St Mary is being renovated during October 2014. The new design will open up the garden and a three metre long bronze poppy railing will form the centrepiece. The pathway from the pavement will form a curved area centring on the flagpole with a backdrop of a new poppy themed bronze screen displaying the names of service personnel from Port St Mary who fell or went missing during the two World Wars. The existing bench will be re-positioned to face the flagpole. A dedication service will be held in the garden on 11 November 2014; details of this service can be found on the events calendar.
Contact: Port St Mary Commissioners email: commissioners@portstmary.gov.im tel: +44 1624 832101
Exhibition – "Jurby and World War One"; Jurby Commissioners, in association with the Friends of Jurby Church, are holding an exhibition to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One at Jurby Parish Church. The exhibition opens on Saturday 16 August, running until Sunday 16 November, and will be open from 10am to 4pm daily. Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be served between 16 August and 7 September. The exhibition focuses on the men from Jurby who died in the War (with details of their families and war records) and on life in the parish in the War years (including the school, the church and chapels, farming, the hardship suffered by some parishioners and how the War touched the everyday lives of the people of Jurby). As well as copies of War records and newspaper articles, there are private family photographs on show in the exhibition.
Contact: Sandra Kerrison +44 1624 898003 or Rev Cyril Rogers +44 1624 897873.
WW1 Memorabilia Exhibition; Castletown Commissioners have opened a WWI exhibition at Castletown's Civic Community Centre, allowing visitors to get an idea of what life was like in the trenches. The exhibition is open to visitors Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays between 9.00 and 16.30, Thursdays after 12.00 and Saturdays between 9.30 and 12.30. The exhibition is expected to continue until the end of 2014.
Contact: Eddie Convery +44 1624 825005 or eddiectcomm@manx.net
Exhibition - "This Terrible Ordeal"; A major exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WWI, charting the impact the war had on the lives of men, women and children in the Isle of Man through previously untold letters, diaries and memories. The exhibition runs at the Manx Museum in Douglas until 3 January 2015 and entry is free.
Contact: Matthew Richardson tel: +44 1624 648053 email matthew.richardson@mnh.gov.im
Poppy Shop; The Royal British Legion have a Poppy Shop in Ramsey Town Hall atrium where various poppy items are available and pre-ordered wreaths are being distributed. The stall is manned from 10:00 to 16:00 between 27 October and 08 November 2014
Contact: Dave Llewellyn, email: ramseyrbl@wm.im
Poppy Stalls; : Ramsey Shoprite and Co-op supermarkets are hosting Royal British Legion stalls from 10:00 to 17:00 until Saturday 08 November 2014. All money collected goes to the Poppy Appeal.
Contact: Dave Llewellyn, email: ramseyrbl@wm.im
Castletown Memorial Garden; A flag pole has been placed in the Memorial Garden at Castletown and the monument has been renovated.
Port St Mary Remembrance Garden; The remembrance garden on Bay View Road in Port St Mary is being renovated during October 2014. The new design will open up the garden and a three metre long bronze poppy railing will form the centrepiece. The pathway from the pavement will form a curved area centring on the flagpole with a backdrop of a new poppy themed bronze screen displaying the names of service personnel from Port St Mary who fell or went missing during the two World Wars. The existing bench will be re-positioned to face the flagpole. A dedication service will be held in the garden on 11 November 2014; details of this service can be found on the events calendar.
Contact: Port St Mary Commissioners email: commissioners@portstmary.gov.im tel: +44 1624 832101
Mapping of War Memorials on Street Atlas; The mapping team at the Isle of Man Government is currently working on the next edition of the Isle of Man Street Atlas. This will see the location of all external war memorials clearly marked on the maps. This new edition is due to be printed and published later this year.
Representation at off-Island events in 2014
20 October 2014 – British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly visit to Flanders; The Speaker of the House of Keys, the Hon Stephen Rodan BSc (Hons) MRPharm S SHK, and Mr Alex Downie MLC OBE will represent the Isle of Man and its parliament, Tynwald, at the 49th plenary session of the Assembly which is to include a day-long visit to various sites in Flanders, Belgium. Events planned include Mr Speaker laying a wreath during the Last post ceremony at the Menin Gate Memorial on behalf of the people of the Isle of Man to the memory of those who fell. As President of the Royal British Legion, Isle of Man County, Mr Speaker will also be playing a lament on his bagpipes at one or more of the wreath-laying ceremonies.
18 October 2014 –Manx Guard of Honour at Menin Gate, Ypres; A party of 21 from the Isle of Man Royal British Legion travelled to Ypres in Belgium on a 'Footsteps of the Fallen' Tour of Flanders Field. The main guard of honour at the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres was made up of Six Manx Legion Standards, the Standard from Ypres RBL and an RAF cadet flanked by a contingent from the Royal Scots Guards and the RAF Youth Band. The Manx Standards were photographed by thousands of visitors from all over the world attending the Last Post Ceremony, which takes place every evening. First day covers from Castletown were presented to the main dignitaries there and the local Fire Brigade, who provide the buglers, were presented with a Manx flag and cross for their Station. Four wreaths from the IOM were also laid at the Menin Gate to remember all those who fell in the Great War from the IOM. The party then visited a number of war cemeteries across Flanders, including Passendale, before returning to the Isle of Man.
Isle of Man RBL Standards Manx Standards on parade at the Menin Gate, Ypres.

Isle of Man RBL Standards Manx Standards on parade at the Menin Gate, Ypres

Left Image. Isle of Man RBL Standards forming the main guard of honour at the Menin Gate. (Royal Scots Guards behind)

Right Image. Manx Standards on parade at the Menin Gate, Ypres (Left to Right: Lyn Taggart of the Braddan & Marown Branch, Peter Blower of the Colby Branch, James Cherry of the Douglas Branch, Dawn Quinney of the IOM County Women's section, Alan Jones of the Peel Branch and Jim Cottier of the Castletown Branch).
Manx Poppy Cross06 to 11 October 2014 – St Ninian's High School History Department Trip to Belgium; 46 sixth formers studyingHistory travelled to Belgium where they visited numerous World War One battle-sites, museums, graveyards and memorials. A particular feature of the trip was to find as many graves and memorials to Manx servicemen as possible and leave a Manx Poppy Cross, provided to each student by the Royal British Legion. They visited fifty-four Manxmen on the Ypres Salient including George Mitchell (ex-SNHS pupil), TS Corlett (whose original cross is on display at the Manx Museum) and NC Bateman (a native of the Isle of Man from Thames New Zealand). It is hoped that a future trip will include a plaque dedicated to ex-SNHS boys and Manx Servicemen in general to be displayed in St George's Church in Ieper. Musician Peter Smith movingly played the Last Post at the Hooge Crater cemetery and the Ploegstreert Wood Memorial to the missing.

Image: Ex-SNHS Pupil George Mitchell's grave with a Manx Poppy Cross, provided by the RBL and laid by students of SNHS
04 August 2014 – Service at Westminster Abbey; The candle-lit vigil of prayer and reflection took place to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and was attended by the Chief Minister, Hon Allan Bell MHK.
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