Landkey commemorates the Centenary

A WW1 Memorabilia Exhibition was displayed on Saturday 2nd August in Landkey Village Hall.

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An interesting and significant collection of WW1 artefacts, photographs and letters of a local man who was in the Devonshire Regiment and died in 1916 was available to view. The collection will be photographed and added to a digital Devon Remembers archive in due course.

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The photographs show Emma Waldron, Devon Remembers Project coordinator, with the exhibits and with the Revd John Ewington, talking about his grandfather Henry Haggar, who was killed during the First World War.

On 3rd August, a service of remembrance was held at St Paul’s Church in Landkey. This date fell on the closest Sunday to the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 which occurred on 4th August 1914. The service took the form of a vigil within the church and concluded with members of the congregation gathering in the garden below the church. There, beside a flowerbed of poppies in bloom, the names of the soldiers from Landkey who lost their lives in World War 1 were read aloud.

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The poppy seeds had been planted on 21st May by children from Landkey Primary School in the hope that they would flower in time for the centenary service. Despite the solemnity of the occasion, those who attended the service were delighted by the floral display which the poppies provided! The service on Sunday followed a coffee morning held in Landkey village hall on Saturday 2nd August at which visitors could look at an exhibition of World War 1 memorabilia. Several Landkey residents whose relations saw action in World War 1 generously lent artefacts to the exhibition and those who viewed them were engaged by the stories of suffering and bravery which they conveyed. For more information see www.landkeyparishchurch.org or contact emmakwaldron@btinternet.com