Acomb WW1 commemorative events building to Sunday climax

The York Civic Trust have confirmed that the restoration work on the Acomb War Memorial will be completed before the first local armistice commemorative event takes place tomorrow (Thursday). This will be a reading of names from the “Kings Book of Heroes” at the memorial at 11:00am

Acomb War Memorial opening in 1922

The centenary of the end of the First World War has also heightened interest in the background of the 12 servicemen whose remains were laid to rest in the St Stephens Churchyard. Amongst those was a member of the cycling corps – Edward Carlton

Volunteers will be helping to clean up and trim the grass round the 12 graves on Saturday starting at 10:00am

Carlton grave

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Acomb War Memorial on Sunday starting at 10:45am

 

AcombWW1 – 12 war graves clean up plan announced

Volunteers are being asked to help clean up the graves of 12 World War 1 soldiers whose remains lie in the St Stephens Churchyard in Acomb.

The grass around the graves is cut by the Commonwealth Ward Graves Commission but, to mark the special centenary of the end of WW1, it is hoped to give the headstones and surrounding area a major uplift.

The condition of the headstones and monuments varies. Some extra grass trimming will be necessary.

Helpers are asked to bring their own brushes and grass clippers.

Volunteers will meet at 10:00am on Saturday 10th November in the cemetery. Access will be available from the Rosedale Avenue entrance.    

It is anticipated that the work will be completed within two hours.

 

Work underway on Acomb War Memorial

Work has started on cleaning up the Acomb War Memorial on The Green. The project which, as well as cleaning and refurbishing the stonework, includes the provision of a new path, aimed at improving disabled access, is expected to be completed next week.

There will be a reading, by local Councillors, of names from the Kings Book of Heroes at the Memorial on Thursday 8th November 2018, at 11:00am .

The Kings Book of Heroes contains the names of nearly 1,450 men and 2 women from York who lost their lives because of the First World War. It was put together by prominent York citizens after the war as an act of remembrance. The names will be read publicly in chronological order of when they died.

On Saturday 10th November volunteers will be in the St Stephens Churchyard (just opposite the Memorial) from 10:00am cleaning the headstones of the 12 WW1 soldiers who  are buried there. Work starts at 10:00am and will be concluded by noon. Additional helpers are welcome.

On Sunday 11th November a Remembrance Service will take place at the War Memorial starting at 10:45am

St Stephens Churchyard