100 Years Commemoration - A Remembrance

A Thanksgiving and Dedication Service took take place at 10.45am on Sunday 11 November at the War Memorial in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

The sun came out behind the clouds just as the service started and the rain managed mainly to stay away.

During the service which was conducted by Canon Peter Stodart, wreaths were laid and after the service the March Past took place; the civic party then return to the steps of the Town Hall from where the Mayor took the salute.

Some 65 million men were mobilised across Europe during World War 1. Nearly a third of them – some 21 million – were wounded. Another 8.5 million were killed and some 7.7 million were taken prisoners of war. All of them had family and friends whose lives were changed forever by the events of 1914-1918. 

It was a privilege to represent The West Kent Chamber of Commerce and Industry on this very special and poignant day and to lay a wreath at the War Memorial on behalf of the Chamber.

This year gives us all the chance to remember and reflect on the past, but also to pray and work for peace, looking forward with hope for the future of our children and our children’s children.

Gillian Forsyth

President WKCCI