On Saturday 13th October, fifty people took part in our ‘Warwick WWI Walk’ in aid of St. Mary’s Church and the Fusilier Museum. The walk used material unearthed by Unlocking Warwick’s research team about the personal stories of the victims of the Great War commemorated on the war memorial, to reflect on the impact of the conflict on Warwick families as the centenary of the Armistice approaches.
The WWI Walk started in Pageant Gardens behind the Court House, where the Mayor, Richard Eddy, read the official proclamation of war as his predecessor had done in 1914. The guests heard how The Court House and Pageant House had been the administrative centre for the 350,000 troops who joined the war from Warwickshire.
At the War Memorial, the moving stories of three of those named on the bronze plaques were read out. Then after hearing about why the poppy has become the symbol of remembrance around the world, the group went into St. Mary’s Church to see the spectacular display of hand-made poppies commemorating the men of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment who lost their lives in WWI. Here is a gallery of more pictures. Click to see them full size.
Afterwards there was time for the guests, many of who had come from outside Warwick, to look around the impressive display. Many said how moving it was to hear the stories of just a few of those who died, and to understand the enormous impact the war had on families in Warwick.
You can find out more on our special website www.warwickwarmemorial.org.uk