LiveWe Will Remember Them: coverage of the centenary of World War One

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11:37pm

Those who gathered in Bournemouth Gardens heard extracts from novel Birdsong, a poem by the town's poet laureate, James Manlow, a rendition of The Lark Ascending by Hannah Gobbett on the clarinet and a reading from the Quran by Majid Yasin, Imam and Director of the Bournemouth Islamic Centre.

Poem Strange Meeting by Wilfred Owen was also read, Roseanna Bowen sang Amazing Grace and Councillor John Adams performed The Skye Boat Song on the bagpipes.

11:34pm

Tonight, hundreds of people have gathered at war memorials across Dorset to remember those who fought in the conflict.

In Bournemouth, a crowd heard poetry, readings and music from 10pm until 11pm.

The memorial in Poole Park was illuminated for 45 minutes as part of an art installation, while in Christchurch, visitors gathered for a two-hour programme of music, poetry and art.

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As though we had returned, flowers
were strewn beneath our marching feet.
It seemed the trees had bent their boughs
to rain their adulation on the street.
Red roses all the way through France,
the heart-red roses of last chance.

Did you know Bournemouth had a Poet Laureate, James Manlow? Here's his poem written specially for the civic service this morning. Read it in full here

2:20pm

But in stark contrast, one Poole family lost four sons.

The Brackstone brothers, from Parkstone, joined different regiments and were killed amid the carnage of the Western Front and the bloody Mesopotamian campaign.

Read their story here

2:18pm

The Still family from Bournemouth had seven sons, aged from 17 to 27, serving in the forces in 1915. All seven would survive the war.

Read about them here

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1:58pm Mon 4 Aug 14

hamworthygirl says

I for one will be doing the lights out at 10pm with a picture of my grandfather alongside the light. He came back from WW1 but his health suffered always, my sister and I learnt the old songs from the war from him.

1:21pm

1:14pm

Bournemouth Echo:

Jon Beal is at Bovington where they've just fired poppies from a cannon as part of their commemorations. More pics and video to follow.

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Bournemouth Echo:

Here's an image from yesterday's parade in Poole. There will be a full gallery online shortly. You can see the story and video here

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10:28am

Ever heard of Mabel Stobart? She went from Dorset to head up an all-female medical team in Serbia and had to flee across the Albanian mountains on a 250-mile trek. Serbian school children are still taught about her efforts. Read more here.

10:18am

"THOSE men of Dorset and Hampshire who marched off to fight the Kaiser and his army could barely have comprehended that seven years before, the Hun-in-chief had been holding tea parties for their own children when he took up residence in Highcliffe."

Read the full story here

10:13am

And here's one of our favourites from Faith's gallery of Echo war stories:

Bournemouth Echo: As part of her research into the anniversary of World War One, Faith Eckersall delved into the Echo archives and tweeted pictures of some of the more interesting stories. We've collected them all in one place.

10:08am

We've got a list of WW1 related events here

10:06am

Did you know the real-life Lassie was a Dorset dog and a war hero? Read her story here

7:18am

In the meantime, have a look at some of these stories Faith Eckersall dug out of the archives while doing her research.

They include a Swiss barber from Boscombe who took an advert out to tell people he was not a German, and some amazing reporting of what was happening on the front line.

7:11am

If you have stories about relatives you'd like to share with us, we'd love to hear them in the comments. 

7:10am

Bournemouth Echo: Here is today's commemorative cover: 

 

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We'll also be doing live coverage from tonight's Lights Out events in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

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Through the day we'll be highlighting some of amazing and heartbreaking stories we've uncovered from Dorset during the war, as well as covering what's happening locally and nationally.

7:07am

Welcome to the Echo's Great War centenary coverage.

Comments (7)

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1:35pm Mon 4 Aug 14

pete woodley says...

Well done the ECHO for an excellent front and back page tribute to those who served and those who died in WW1.
Well done the ECHO for an excellent front and back page tribute to those who served and those who died in WW1. pete woodley
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Mon 4 Aug 14

hamworthygirl says...

I for one will be doing the lights out at 10pm with a picture of my grandfather alongside the light. He came back from WW1 but his health suffered always, my sister and I learnt the old songs from the war from him.
I for one will be doing the lights out at 10pm with a picture of my grandfather alongside the light. He came back from WW1 but his health suffered always, my sister and I learnt the old songs from the war from him. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 3

4:06pm Mon 4 Aug 14

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH says...

Let us remember all the fallen and casualties of both European wars, civilians included. Yes civilians also: http://www.TheGreate
stStoryNeverTold.tv
Let us remember all the fallen and casualties of both European wars, civilians included. Yes civilians also: http://www.TheGreate stStoryNeverTold.tv ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH
  • Score: 1

8:32pm Mon 4 Aug 14

pete woodley says...

Can anyone tell me why there are thumbs down to all the comments on this thread. How evil can some readers get.
Can anyone tell me why there are thumbs down to all the comments on this thread. How evil can some readers get. pete woodley
  • Score: 6

12:45pm Tue 5 Aug 14

keith milton says...

wars are blood sacrifices and money making ventures for royalty and elites,

just a shame so many brainwashed cannon fodder sheeple fell,and gave their lives for it and continue to do so.

roll on WW3.
wars are blood sacrifices and money making ventures for royalty and elites, just a shame so many brainwashed cannon fodder sheeple fell,and gave their lives for it and continue to do so. roll on WW3. keith milton
  • Score: -11

12:51pm Tue 5 Aug 14

keith milton says...

I find it offensive that they are 'commemorating' the start of the war. Surely you would do that to remember the END of such an horrific event.
Totally blatant worship of death and blood sacrifice. Thought some of them looked shame faced on TV, maybe they know we're onto them.
I mean is there anyone left who can't see how blatant they're being in their Satanic symbolism?!Blood poppies spilling from their tower (a symbol of torture in itself) in the form of "art". Truly sick.

It's just the Elite celebrating death and misery, as per usual.
I find it offensive that they are 'commemorating' the start of the war. Surely you would do that to remember the END of such an horrific event. Totally blatant worship of death and blood sacrifice. Thought some of them looked shame faced on TV, maybe they know we're onto them. I mean is there anyone left who can't see how blatant they're being in their Satanic symbolism?!Blood poppies spilling from their tower (a symbol of torture in itself) in the form of "art". Truly sick. It's just the Elite celebrating death and misery, as per usual. keith milton
  • Score: -9

6:02pm Tue 5 Aug 14

pete woodley says...

keith milton wrote:
I find it offensive that they are 'commemorating' the start of the war. Surely you would do that to remember the END of such an horrific event.
Totally blatant worship of death and blood sacrifice. Thought some of them looked shame faced on TV, maybe they know we're onto them.
I mean is there anyone left who can't see how blatant they're being in their Satanic symbolism?!Blood poppies spilling from their tower (a symbol of torture in itself) in the form of "art". Truly sick.

It's just the Elite celebrating death and misery, as per usual.
Its a shame that many lost their lives so that people like you survived.
[quote][p][bold]keith milton[/bold] wrote: I find it offensive that they are 'commemorating' the start of the war. Surely you would do that to remember the END of such an horrific event. Totally blatant worship of death and blood sacrifice. Thought some of them looked shame faced on TV, maybe they know we're onto them. I mean is there anyone left who can't see how blatant they're being in their Satanic symbolism?!Blood poppies spilling from their tower (a symbol of torture in itself) in the form of "art". Truly sick. It's just the Elite celebrating death and misery, as per usual.[/p][/quote]Its a shame that many lost their lives so that people like you survived. pete woodley
  • Score: 11

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