Soham Commemorates the WW1 Centenary (1914 – 2014)
2014 marks the 100th year since the commencement of World War One. Many thousands of people will commemorate this event in their own ways, either personally or as a community, across many countries throughout the year.
Back in February 2013, a committed group of people from various local organisations decided to join together to bring a unique event to Soham and the surrounding area, to mark this important centenary for us all. The ‘Lest We Forget Committee’ consists of members from our Parish Council, the Soham Branch of The Royal British Legion, Soham Heritage and Tourism and Soham Town Forum.
The event took place on Sunday 3rd August 2014 with over 1,249 people attending. Apart from the event itself, an archive will be established to hold information, items, photographs and personal memories associated with World War One and how Soham and it’s people lived and worked through the war years. This is an important part of our commemoration for now and future generations. The official archive will be held by Soham Heritage and Tourism for and on behalf of the people of Soham from which we can all access and remember.
‘A Soham Man’s War’ – our own researchers have been beavering away gathering and collating all the information we can to compile and publish the most concise account of Soham men and women who went to war, never returned and came back to continue their lives within our town.
Sunday 3rd August 2014 – A day for remembrance, a day to remember.
Cambridgeshire Regiment members
Soham Town Councillors
Soham Heritage and Tourism Committee members
Soham Town Forum members
Soham Twinning and French contingent
St Andrew’s Church
Soham Rotary Club
The Black Knights Re enactment
Wicken Parish Council
Soham Allotment Society
Action 4 Youth
Scouts, Guides and Brownies
St Andrew’s Cof E primary School
The Weatheralls School
The Shade School
Individuals displaying collections:
Mr M (original artefacts), Mr B (wood working and tools), Mr R B (vintage vehicles), Mrs S T (family history) and Mr F (Somme memorabilia).
Caxton and Hilton
Knit and Natter
and the pub Tug of War teams.THANK YOU ALL
The winners of the writing and picture competition have been chosen and each one will receive a certificate from the Lest We Forget Committee and a box of wonderful varied art materials. Added to this, each winning entry will also be displayed at the event on Sunday 3rd August too.
We wish to thank everyone who entered the competition, which included all three of our primary schools, and for the huge amount of information sent back to us, from the children, on our data sheets which went out with the competition invites. Well done to you all and thank you.
Name Commemoration – 12th July 2014
On Saturday the Lest We Forget Committee commemorated the addition of six fallen WW1 heroes names to the Soham War Memorial. The names of the soldiers were found by committee members and with the Soham Town Council’s help and funding, added with their fallen colleagues for all the commemorate and remember for the future.
Event representatives attended: Soham Royal British Legion, East Cambs District Council, Soham Parish Council, Soham Heritage and Tourism, Soham Twinning, Soham Town Forum, Scouts and Cadets. The short service was conducted by the Curate of St Andrew’s Church.
All images taken by Elizabeth Johnston for and on behalf of the Lest We Forget 1914-2014 Commemoration Committee.