It has been 100 years since Britain were fighting in the First World War, 100 years since the deaths of all those brave men and women who gave their lives to such a cause.

On Remembrance Sunday, as they do every year, the citizens of Wimbledon hosted a parade in the village in order to honour the fallen men and women of Wimbledon. This year, on the anniversary of the memorable ‘Great War’, a special service was given by Reverend Mary Biles at the Wimbledon Village memorial. Everyone stood in silence to pay their respects to the unnamed heroes of our country. Guides, Scouts, Explorers and Cadets were united in marching down the High Street, splendid in their uniforms. The awed two minutes silence was broken only by the Wimbledon Choral Society, accompanied by the local orchestra, rousing everyone to join in on a patriotic rendition of the National Anthem.

Across the town everyone has been showing their respect in memory of WW1. Wimbledon High School organised a special assembly on Tuesday 11th November, followed by an opportunity to hang their poppies onto a fence on Edge Hill outside the school. Each poppy has a different name written onto the bright red petals, representative of a story of a soldier, waiting to be told.

Everyone deserves a chance to be remembered for their contribution to the protection of our country and ceremonies such as parades or even school assemblies are a wonderful way to address this.

“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them.”

- For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon.


Daisy Hall.