Remembrance ceremonies mark 100 years since end of First World War
More than 16million people died during The Great War, including more than 2,500 active-duty soldiers from Croydon, and more than 60million people died in the Second World War.
Among the soldiers with a connection to Croydon were Flora Sandes, the only British woman who was officially recognised as serving in World War One, and Dr Macormack Charles Farrell Easmon, thought to be the only black African to serve as an officer during The Great War.
Sunday, 11 November marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and Croydon will host a special service, parade and memorial wreath laying to commemorate those who died in the two world wars and other conflicts.
Councillor Bernadette Khan, Mayor of Croydon, said: “November is a very important time of year as we pay tribute to those who died in wars and conflicts across the globe. This year is even more significant as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War.
“Millions of people, both soldiers and civilians, from the UK and the Commonwealth, Europe and across the globe died and we come together as a community to mark their sacrifice.”
A special Service of Remembrance begins in Croydon Minster at 10.55am on Sunday 11 November followed by The Remembrance Parade along North End towards Katharine Street departing from outside Marks and Spencer at 12.20pm.
A wreath-laying will then take place at the War Memorial outside the Town Hall at 12.30pm.
Croydon libraries are hosting a wide range of events over November to mark the centenary.
Clocktower Late at the Museum of Croydon begins at 6pm on Friday 9 November, exploring the impact of the war in music, art, film and much more. The event includes poetry readings, live music, museum exhibits, film and a special opportunity to contribute to the Croydon Roll of Honour by recording the name of a soldier who died in The Great War in a specially created sound installation.
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “Clocktower Late is set to be an important event where we can commemorate and remember all those who served and sacrificed during The Great War.
“There are further events in our libraries throughout November that will commemorate the lives of those who died in conflicts with a range of talks and other events.”
You can visit the museum in person or at www.museumofcroydon.com <http://track.vuelio.uk.com/z.z?l=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tdXNldW1vZmNyb3lkb24uY29tLw%3d%3d&r=11723490475&d=7330836&p=1&t=h&h=af970f0e1eac8fd01eca6c60203184da> to find out more about the soldiers from Croydon who served during the wars.
Other events will be hosted at libraries across the borough throughout November. You can find out more about the events online <http://track.vuelio.uk.com/z.z?l=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuY3JveWRvbi5nb3YudWsvY29tbXVuaXR5L2ZpcnN0LXdvcmxkLXdhci1jZW50ZW5hcnk%3d&r=11723490475&d=7330836&p=1&t=h&h=cb8a6b2af8f122af3da4aca587445132> .