Silhouettes to form centrepiece of villages’ First World War commemorations

The Friends of St Peters Offord DArcy

The Friends of St Peters Offord DArcy - Credit: Archant

A group of three commemorative silhouettes funded by the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund have been secured by the Friends of St Peter’s Church in Offord D’Arcy.

The silhouettes will be on display in front of the Offord D’Arcy war memorial, the stained glass window and brass plaques in the church, during this weekend.

They will represent the fallen from both villages, Offord D’Arcy and Offord Cluny, during the What Happened Next exhibition presented by the group.

The award was made under the Armistice and Armed Forces Communities programme, which offers grants to bring communities together to remember and to think about the armed forces today.

As part of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, there will be an exhibition in St Peter’s Church, commemorating the fallen of both villages but also with the major feature of What happened Next looking at the combatants who returned at the end of the war.

According to local researchers, the majority of the Offord men who served in the conflict did return home. The research indicates that most of them went on to lead normal lives, influenced, no doubt, by what they had been through.

On display will be personal stories and photos of some of the survivors from at least eight local families who the Friends have been able to trace. Many of the relatives will be joining the exhibition on November 11.

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There will also be displays, relevant to the conflict, from other village organisations; the history of RAF 35 Squadron, which was based in Graveley during the Second World War but which achieved battle honours during the Great War, the evolution of aircraft during the period of the war, a display of Great War memorabilia and more.

The exhibition will be open in St Peter’s Church, in Offord D’Arcy, on Saturday and Sunday, from 1-4pm. Free parking will be available on the adjacent field and entry is free.