As part of Birmingham City Council’s contribution to the First World War commemorations, Bereavement Services are planning a number of projects across various cemeteries and crematoria which are designed to appropriately mark the war years and honour the sacrifices and contributions made by Brummies during the Great War. Listed below are outlines of some of the projects:
- Installation of Memorials and Development of Memorial Gardens
The 100th anniversary is to be marked at a number of cemeteries in which service men who died during the conflict are buried by the opening of new Gardens of Remembrance or by the unveiling of a stand alone memorial.
Lodge Hill Cemetery and Crematorium – Peace Meadow wild flower meadow with war memorial and information panel.
Sunday 16th November 2014 starting at 2:00pm
Reverend Jim Cox - St. Mary's Selly Oak
Quinton Royal British Legion
Trumpeter - Frank Stubbs
Organist - Darren Hogg
Piper - Andy King
The service will be followed by the opening of "Peace Meadow" Memorial Garden to mark the centenary of the Great War.
A representative from the Royal British Legion will be collection on the day. Refreshments of the period will be available after the service.
Free admission to this event - everyone is welcome.
Yardley Cemetery and Crematorium – feature garden and war memorial
Brandwood Cemetery – formal garden, war memorial and service of remembrance date to be confirmed.
Handsworth Cemetery – formal garden and war memorial
Possible Service of Remembrance at the War Cross Island
Sutton Rectory Road – Installation of standalone memorial
Key hill Cemetery – Installation of standalone memorial
Witton Cemetery – formal garden in front of the Chapel
- Commemoration Service
A Service of Commemoration will be held in the crematorium chapel at Lodge Hill Cemetery and Crematorium on Sunday 16th November 2014 at 2.00pm, the service is to be followed by the dedication of Peace Meadow and the unveiling of the war memorial where wreaths will be laid by representatives from the City Council, and the Armed Forces.
- Brummie Memorabilia Display
As part of a heritage weekend arranged to take place in September 2014 war medals, uniforms, and memorabilia from the Birmingham Pals Regiment – the Royal Warwickshire Regiment together with photographs recording contributions to the war effort by Birmingham people on the home front will be on display at Brandwood End Cemetery.
4) Information Panels
A number of reception areas will have information panels installed displaying a roll of honour of the fallen and a presentation documenting the contribution to the war effort made by Birmingham and a number of her citizens. Incorporated into the presentation will be details of war heroes honoured for their bravery.
5) Historic Walks
Lodge Hill and Brandwood End Cemeteries are developing historic walks and accompanying information leaflets highlighting the graves of notable people who made the ultimate sacrifice.