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World War 1 Centenary 2014

The First World War shaped the twentieth century.  The war is remembered largely because it caused such massive loss of life.  More than 9 million of those who fought were killed, along with millions of civilians who died from the fighting, disease and starvation.  The death toll changed society's attitude to war.

2014 to 2018 marks the centenary of the First World War - a conflict that helped shape all our lives. You can find a summary of how the First World War started, how it was fought, and how it ended here

Local events and activities

The REME Museum of Technology is holding various events - for information please see
the Museum website:

The Parish Council has donated Flanders Poppy Seeds to local schools, in support of the British Legion Centenary Poppy Campaign. See below for further details about the campaign.

Wokingham Remembers - the site has fascinating information about Wokingham and the First World War.

The town and parish councils across Wokingham Borough have worked together to create a heritage trail of the local war memorials and related features.   Each town and parish council has banners giving information on its Memorial, and a booklet is also available.  For information on the Finchampstead banners please contact the Parish Council on 0118 9088164.

National events and activities

The First World War Centenary Partnership is an initiative led by the Imperial War Museum, providing support for all organisations across the world that are marking the anniversary of the First World War.  For more information see

The Royal British Legion is promoting a Centenary Poppy Campaign which aims to cover the UK in poppies during the centenary period in commemmoration of all those who lost their lives in the First World War. The Legion is asking the public and organisations to purchase Flanders poppy seeds to plant on their own land.  Poppy seeds are available nationwide from outlets of B&Q with a donation of £1 going towards the work of the Legion. Click here to find your nearest B&Q store.

The Last Post is a mass participation music project for 300 communities in each year of the Centenary, from 2014 to 2018.  For two weeks either side of Remembrance Sunday, 300 communities across the country will research their own local First World War heritage and will hold musical recitals in schools, libraries, places of workship and community centres.  For more information see

Remember WWI is a campaign which encourages members of the public to do some volunteering, and give a little of their own time as a tribute to those who have gone before us.  For more information see