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Cry to remember all who played part in war effort

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

Gloucester Town Crier Alan Myatt with Susannah Collier of the Gloucester Civic Trust

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A SERIES of events will be held in Gloucester to commemorate the First World War.

Town crier Alan Myatt is encouraging people to remember everyone who served during the war, including civilians.

Alan, who dressed in a military outfit this week, said: “It is so important to remember everyone during that era. I have been involved for a number of years in promoting such events in the community.

“We will be doing a number of activities and events over the next four years. We want as many people to get involved. On July 26, there will be a special 1914 to 1918 pageant, where people can dress in military and civilian costumes at Gloucester Carnival.”

The Gloucester Civic Trust will be holding a number of talks and films, starting with a film on August 2.

The film Ralph is based on the true story of a soldier from the Gloucestershire Regiment. It follows his journey from first signing up at Shire Hall to his death on the battlefields.

The Gloucester Brass Band will also be playing on the cross in Gloucester for families to enjoy.

On August 3, invites have been extended to all to see a display of artefacts and living history at Gloucester Civic Trust. For more information on events, visit gloucestercivictrust.org

Gloucester Folk Museum will also be holding an exhibition, including a day of Civil War-themed talks, such as The Battle of Highnam, 1643 and The Twelve Gloucester Portraits at 400 years, with Professor Robert Tittler from Canada.

People are being encouraged to send in their artefacts and memorabilia for the display at the folk museum, which will explore Gloucester during the Great War and examine the sacrifices, duties, jobs and social changed that war brought about those left behind.

David Rice, curator of the museum, said the exhibitions would explore the aspect of the homefront of the war.

Items will be added to the exhibition throughout the year which will be held until January next year.

Pupils from Walmore Hill Primary School, Minsterworth School, Churcham Primary School and Highnam Primary CofE School all planted poppy seeds, which was organised by the Minsterworth branch of the Royal British Legion.

Rachel Akers, teacher at Walmore Hill Primary School, said: “We have been learning about both wars and to plant the poppy seeds was a good way to link it with our topics.

“At first the children did not understand why planting poppy seeds was significant, until we explained it to them. They keep looking in the school garden to see if they have grown.”

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