Relatives will be invited to special events to mark centenary of war

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WAS a relative of yours a Basing-stoke serviceman who died in the First World War?

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is looking for people whose grandfathers, great uncles and other blood relatives were named on the town’s war memorial and other parish memorials throughout the borough.

Relatives of servicemen are being encouraged to get in touch with the council so that they can be invited to events the borough council has planned to mark the centenary of the First World War, including special services and a Mayoral reception.

A commemorative service will be held at St Michael’s Church in August to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

The borough council will also be holding special Armed Forces Day and Remembrance Day ceremonies this year to recognise the significance of the centenary.

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Councillor Dan Putty said: “This is a very important centenary to remember, as the war changed the course of history and affected every household, whether here in Basingstoke or far away.

“These commemorative events aim to bring the stories of the First World War closer to today’s generations, and to ensure that we don’t forget the sacrifices made.”

A list of those named on the war memorials around the borough can be downloaded from the council website at basingstoke.gov.uk/go/ WW1.

Although this list is comprehensive, the council is keen to note any extra names ahead of the commemorations for the start of the First World War centenary.

For all First World War-related enquiries, contact the borough council on 01256 844844 or email them at WWI100@basingstoke.gov. uk.

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