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2016 Events and Activities Archive

30/06/16 - 01/07/16

Time: 21.00 -07.30
The Island honours those who fell at the Somme The Royal Chapel of St. John and at the National War Memorial To Mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. The event will run from 21.00 on 30th June until 07.30 on 1st July 'Sunset' will be played at 22.00. All names of the Manx WW1 fallen will be read throughout the night. Reveille will be called at 07.00. Whistles will sound 'over the top' at 07.30. Our thoughts will rest with the sacrifices of the fallen whilst The Ellan Vannin Pipes and Drums play us from the field with 'The Tunes of Glory'.

Hon Colonel Charles Wilson Vice-Chairman TRBL IOM

Tel: +44 1624 629589

Time: 18.00
Opening of Hope in the Great War House of Manannan, Peel An exhibition celebrating the timeless courage of RNLI crews during the First World War, including a fascinating insight into how the people of the Isle of Man maintained six lifeboat stations, and crewed the rescue vessels, in the midst of the Irish Sea.

Sandra Rockwell, Manx National Heritage

Tel: +44 1624 648015

Isle of Man launch of 'Never Such Innocence' Manx Museum Manx National Heritage (MNH) has become partners/hosts with the ‘Never Such Innocence’ charity, , and will host the Island’s launch for ‘Never Such Innocence’.  

Entrants into the poetry competition include children from Victoria Road Primary School and Year 6 of Onchan Primary School.

Julie Whittaker, Manx National Heritage

Tel: +44 1624 648008

IOM Today News page IOM today website has launched an area on its website dedicted to World War One.  

Hope in the Great War Exhibition at the House of Manannan, Peel An exhibition celebrating the timeless courage of RNLI crews during the First World War, including a fascinating insight into how the people of the Isle of Man maintained six lifeboat stations, and crewed the rescue vessels, in the midst of the Irish Sea. 
Contact: Sandra Rockwell email:

Memorial cross for fallen Manxmen As a mark of respect to those from the community of Ramsey who gave their lives during the First World War, Ramsey Town Commissioners have pledged to place a simple wooden cross for each individual on the 100th anniversary of their loss.
Contact: Peter Whiteway 
Manx History App – St Ninian’s High School Year 8 students have been involved in the launch of the Manx History App at  There is a great deal of elements linked to World War One. 
Contact: Gail Faragher 

Facebook page – King Williams College & the Buchan Remember A Facebook page - – has been created where the stories of each of the 139 casualties from the school are being shared on the centenary of their death. The page also contains archive material from the school during the war years, including letters and diaries from the school magazine at that time, The Barrovian, and will detail commemorative events as they take place.

#100yearsagotoday Twitter feed To commemorate the War, Tynwald launched its #100yearsagotoday Twitter feed on Thursday 18th September 2014. This was the date when Tynwald sat for the first time since the outbreak of the War. The feed hopes to give an insight to the problems, debates and decisions of Tynwald Parliament throughout World War One. Further information is available from the Tynwald website.

Publication of 'Isle of Man in the Great War' Written by Onchan author Caroline Smith, this book tells the story of the important role played by the Isle of Man in the First World War and the effect that the conflict had on the Island and its people. The publication is illustrated with period photographs and contains personal accounts of events from letters and newspapers. 'Isle of Man in the Great War' is published by Pen & Sword Books.

Commemorative area Arbory Commissioners are planning to create an area within the grounds of Arbory Parish Hall in Ballabeg to commemorate the centenary of World War One and to ensure that the sacrifice, bravery and hardship of all affected by the First and Second World Wars is never forgotten.  The area will include a stone feature, the design of which will include a Celtic cross and the names of the young men of the Parish who were killed during the First and Second World Wars.  

Commemorative poppy  A huge poppy has been created by Douglas Borough Council’s Parks section on Douglas Head, planted with 4,000 red geraniums and poppy seed. Laurence Binyon’s poem ‘For the Fallen’ has been placed at the top and bottom of the poppy in both Manx and English. 
Contact: David Hewes 

Commemorative Flag and Flagpole A special flag is being commissioned by Lezayre Commissioners depicting the Lezayre cross and the wording ‘To commemorate the Great War 1914 – 1918’. It will be flown on a new flag pole to be erected at the Lezayre War Memorial. The flag will be flown at half-mast on dates of significant battles.

Commemorative Signs Four signs depicting WW1 have designed and painted by pupils from Castletown’s four schools and placed at the main entrances to the town.

Stamp Collection To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of WW1, Isle of Man Post Office is promoting special collections of stamps and specially-minted coins, remembering the people who lived through 'the war to end all wars' and commemorating significant events. The collections include a six stamp set featuring black and white archive photos depicting the troops' lives in the trenches, a WW1 trench art miniature sheet showcasing artworks formed from battlefield detritus, a set of stamps and a specially-minted coin to mark the centenary of the Christmas Day truce (produced in collaboration with the German Post Office) and a miniature sheet to mark the link between the Island and the rescue of RMS Lusitania passengers 
For further information visit:
Contact: or tel: +44 1624 698430

Peel Cemetery War Graves Leaflet Peel Heritage Trust has created a leaflet entitled ‘WW1 War Graves located in Peel New Cemetery’. The leaflets provide a map of grave locations and are available from Peel Town Hall, the Isle of Man Family History Society, the Welcome Centre and the Manx Museum Library free of charge. The graves can be viewed at Peel New Cemetery during daylight hours. 
Contact Bill Quine on: +44 1624 844938

Knockaloe Exhibition and Patrick Community Centre Limited the community of Patrick Village has set up this charity to create a web-based archive and use the old Patrick School Hall as an on-site Visitors Centre to bring the village's history as a World War One internment camp to life. The website ( launched on 17 November 2014, marking the centenary of when internees moved into Knockaloe, with the aim to collate stories from descendants around the globe of lives leading to and after internment and to help other descendants find out more. The charity is also keen to hear from anyone who went to Patrick School or lived in the village that may have any photographs or stories of that time. The exhibition will open at a later date to be advised. 
Further information is provided on this leaflet

Representation at off-Island events in 2016
July 2016 – QEII High School History Students Battlefield Trip to Belgium 
Contact: Jo Callister email:

May 2016 – The Lieutenant Governor His Excellency Sir Richard Gozney representing the Isle of Man at major commemoration in Orkney to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland
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