The centenary of the start of the First World War will be marked in Stone with a day of commemoration on Sunday 3rd August.
From 10.30am there will be an exhibition of items from the First World War associated with Stone at St Dominic’s Social Centre in Station Road, including items from the extensive collection of Stephen Edwards. The social centre building served as a Red Cross hospital during the First World War.
A commemoration service will be held in Stonefield Park at 3pm, when the names of all 148 men from Stone who lost their lives in the Great War will be read out. Local people who still have the medals of relatives who served in the First World War are asked to wear them at the service.
Following the service, Stone mayor Cathy Collier will unveil a commemorative plaque in Granville Square. The plaque is being paid for by donations.
If you would like to donate, please send a cheque to Steve Booth, 18 Larchfields, Stone ST15 0DD, payable to Stone Historical Society and with ‘Memorial Appeal’ written on the back. Refreshments will then be served at St Dominic’s Social Centre.
Steve Booth and Helen Holmes, members of Stone Historical and Civic Society, together with Stephen Edwards, have carried out extensive research on Stone’s involvement in the Great War. Due to the amount of material available, the research will be published in two volumes, covering the years 1914-16 and 1916-1918. The first of these volumes will be on sale from 3rd August at St Dominic’s Social Centre. Thanks to everyone who contributed to this after appeals on A Little Bit of Stone.
Please let us know if there are other commemoration events in and around Stone to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War. Email email@example.com