On 31st July the local branch of The Royal British Legion held a short commemoration to those who fought in the Third Battle of Ypres which became known as Passchendaele. Wreaths were laid by the president of the branch and the chair of Bassetlaw District Council. Poppy crosses were also left for the two men named on the memorial who lost their lives on that first day of the battle 100 years earlier — Leonard Briggs and Harry Sutton.
Plans are already in place to commemorate the 1918 Armistice. The branch want to leave a lasting memorial to all those who fought in World War I. This will be in the form of a wall hanging created by the people of Retford. The wall hanging will be presented to Bassetlaw Museum in October 2018 by the Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
Invitations to contribute to the project are being sent to local clubs, societies, youth groups and churches. Instructions on the required format will be included and the subject matter should be First World War related. The branch are trying to include all groups who may be interested, but if you would like to contribute and don’t get an invitation please call Ann Hickman on 01777 818993.
The branch is aware that churches and surrounding villages may be organising their own commemoration events for 2018. If you are, and would like to flag this up, or would like some input from the Royal British Legion please call Ann on the above number.
If you would like to find out more about the local branch of the Royal British Legion, to either join, volunteer to help or to find out if you may qualify for some help yourself, call Ann Hickman on 01777 818993. Memberrs meet on the first Monday of the month at Babworth Road Sports and Social Club at 7.30pm, (no meeting in August or January), so, if you prefer, come and see members there.