Remembrance

Marking the centenary of the end of WWI

Sunday 11 November 2018 will mark 100 years since the signing of the Armistice that led to the end of fighting in Europe in the First World War. Thame will be marking this significant occasion through community events and projects, co-ordinated by Thame Town Council and Thame Remembers. You can read more about these below. 

House Poppies

Between 1 and 12 November, almost 200 homes in Thame will be displaying a poppy, or poppies, in their front windows as a visual and poignant tribute to the men who lived there before going to fight in the War. Of the 600 men who left to fight, Thame Remembers were able to trace addresses for 320 of them, 65 of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice. The poppies, printed by Windles, have been coloured in and cut out by local schoolchildren, scouts, guides, the Youth Café and Day Centre. Poppies with a black centre represent those who did not return, and a white centre represents those who did. 

Service of Remembrance

Thame’s Service of Remembrance will take place on Sunday 11 November. The procession, which will include Town Councillors, members of the Royal British Legion and other community groups, will assemble outside the Town Hall at 10.30am ready to proceed to the War Memorial. Following the service everyone is warmly invited to Christchurch for refreshments.

Beacon Lighting

As part of the national Beacon Lighting event, a Beacon will be lit at the War Memorial at 7pm on Sunday 11 November. The event will begin with the Last Post at 6:55pm followed by the Church Bells ringing out for peace at 7:05pm, then music through the decades commencing with familiar songs from the First World War.

Commemorative Projects

A tree sapling, with a commemorative plaque, will be planted at Southern Road Recreation Ground as part of the Trees of Remembrance Project (a partnership between Oxfordshire County Council and The Woodlands Trust). 

Silhouettes will be placed in the churches of Thame and at the Memorial Gardens (at the Service of Remembrance) as part of the national ‘There but Not There’ project.

A life size ‘Tommy’ will be installed at the Memorial Gardens during the National Poppy Appeal as part of the Royal British Legion’s ‘Thank you’ project. The lifesize Tommy was purchased by RBL with the proceeds of the Vintage Tea event held in August.

A temporary art installation, titled ‘Living Monument’, will be created and will consist of 130 portraits of men currently living in Thame and the surrounding areas representing each of the individuals who went off to fight in WW1.

Thame Remembers Project

The Thame Remembers Project, launched in 2014, undertook to commemorate the centenary of World War One by researching all the names on the Thame War Memorials, for all conflicts, to discover more about their lives, and to challenge the people of Thame to place a ‘Thame Remembers’ cross on each resting place, wherever in the world that may be. The community took up the challenge and more than 300 people have collectively travelled more than 150,000 miles to visit cemeteries and battlefield memorials in 23 countries across four continents.

Find out more at thameremembers.org

Last Year’s Service

On Sunday 12 November, Thame held its Service of Remembrance to remember those who had lost their lives serving our country. There was a fantastic turnout and the weather stayed dry too. Large crowds gathered to process from the Town Hall to the Memorial Gardens, where the Act of Remembrance took place. Almost 50 wreaths were laid at the Memorial Gardens by a range of community groups and organisations. This year we were joined by the clergy with the service led by Dr Reverend Romilly Micklem of Christchurch and were fortunate to have the impressive fly past. Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the event this year, and to Paul Nelson for some fantastic photos of the event – you can view all his images on the Town Council’s Flickr.

  • Image credit: Paul Nelson