2014 marked 100 years since the start of the First World War.
Events and activities will take place nationally from 2014 to 2018 to commemorate this historic event and pay respect to those who lost their lives.
Broxbourne Borough Council has organised a programme of events and activities aimed at people of all age-groups. This is overseen by the Council’s World War One Commemoration Panel.
World War One Centenary Event
WW1 Commemorative Poppies
Hoddesdon Town Poppy Project Workshop
WW1 Commemorative BenchesWorld War One commemorative benches were installed in December 2017 at Cheshunt Park and Old Highway, and in January 2018 at Goffs Oak, to complement those previously installed at Barclay Park and Cedars Park.
The Stephen Warner Diaries
WW1 Memorial Services
On Sunday 4 November at 3pm, a memorial service will be held at St James’ Parish Church, Goffs Oak to remember Private William Uglow, the youngest soldier from the Borough to die in combat in World War One. He was just 17 when he was killed on 1 January 1915. The service will include reading, ballet, dance, poetry and song. On Sunday 11 November at 3pm, following the traditional Remembrance Day services, a Borough-wide Memorial Service will be held at Hoddesdon Parish Church to mark the centenary of the Armistice and the end of the Borough’s World War One commemorative programme.
Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them
Lowewood Museum has received £16,140 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for Broxbourne: We Will Remember Them, a project to record, share and commemorate the lives of First World War soldiers from Broxbourne. Volunteers will be recruited to research stories of those who fought, using the Borough’s war memorials, archives and personal collections. Local sewing groups will come together to create commemorative embroidered postcards, and a number of community sharing days will take place at the Museum for people to share their own stories of ancestors and friends who fought in the First World War. Through online information, digital records and a touring exhibition, the project will bring local people together to preserve the stories of those who served in the First World War, ensuring their legacy lives on.
Broxbourne War Memorials Companion
Biographical details of all the servicemen commemorated on the Borough's war memorials have been compiled into a War Memorials Companion.
Admiral Meux commemorative plaque
Battle of the Somme film
War hero honoured
- Lloyd Close
- Canton Close
Freedom of Entry
At the Council meeting on 4 November 2014, the following motion was passed:
“The Council resolves to grant Freedom of Entry to the Borough to the Royal Anglian Regiment, the county regiment for Hertfordshire and invites the Regiment to receive this honour in the future. The Freedom of Entry citation should confer on the Regiment the privilege, honour and distinction of marching through the streets of the Borough on all ceremonial occasions with colours flying, bands playing, drums beating and bayonets fixed.”
Visit the Imperial War Museum’s First World War Centenary website for details of all events and activities taking place in the Borough of Broxbourne, and across the country.Visit the Herts at War website, a community led project to commemorate the diverse experiences of Hertfordshire during the First World War.