In The Studio This Week: 100 years on – we salute you all. It’s exciting re-brands, website builds and creative campaigns, business as usual at Glow; but in between the whirl of deadlines we’re taking a little time out. For this week we’re remembering our ancestors, our friends and neighbours from the World War One, which ended 100 years ago, 11 November 1918.
World War One or the Great War – the bloodiest war the world had ever seen, claiming over 15 million lives – has its centenary remembrance this week and nationwide events and memorials are taking place. Here are just a few:
The Royal British Legion is asking the nation to say ‘Thank You’ to the entire First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. Personalities including Justine Roberts CBE, Mark Strong, Bear Grylls, Tina Hobley and Dr. Christian all say their personal thank yous to the WW1 generation. You can watch their moving and poignant tributes here:
Just along the South East, Worthing Museum & Art Gallery will be marking the centenary with displays and a talk on Worthing during the war. The displays will look at the training of soldiers at Shoreham Army Camp, the fighting conducted by the Royal Sussex Regiment, and of the Home Front and the effects of the war on the people of Worthing.
You can find out more about the exhibition on the Worthing Museum & Art Gallery website.
Closer to home, one of Glow’s shareholder and original founders & author, Debbie Barker has published her blog in memory of her grandfather, Victor Gordon Faulder. He served in the Royal Artillery (Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery) and rode a horse to pull the great guns. He did survive the war, though deafened from shell shock, and was able to vividly recall the Christmas Day truce in Ypres, in 1914, when soldiers on both sides, lay down their weapons in their trenches and sang Christmas carols while swapping beer and stories with the enemy in no man’s land. Debbie’s blog is a poignant recount and includes a recent visit to the beautiful village of Great Rissington, home to the Souls family, who lost five of their six sons in the great war.
Film-maker Danny Boyle is inviting people to head to beaches across the UK on November 11 to remember World War One heroes.
Portraits of those who died, such as Private Walter Bleakley, who lived in the street where Boyle went to school in Greater Manchester, will be drawn in the sand – then washed away by the tide.
Danny Boyle said: “This will be a unique moment to say goodbye and thank you, together, to the millions of men and women who l
eft their shores during the war, many never to return.”
You can find out which beaches will have the portraits here:
And finally, what we think we be just stunning, is Sir Peter Jackson (Lord of The Rings director) 90-minute documentary about World War One by taking old black and white footage, sharpening it up and converting it to full colour.
It goes beyond just our gratitude and so in the words from The Royal British Legion, ‘Thank you all who served, sacrificed and changed our world, and shaped it into the world we live today”, we salute you all”.