Redcliffe and the Great War


The First World War was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had a huge impact on those who experienced it.


It was the first real instance of total war. Whole nations were pitted against each other; millions of men fought on land, at sea and in the air; modern weaponry caused mass casualties and civilian populations suffered hardships and came under threat of enemy attack.


The war and its consequences shaped much of the twentieth century, and the impact of it can still be felt today.


On August 4 2014, one hundred years after it began, St Mary Redcliffe commemorated the start of the Great War with a special Redcliffe Remembers service and concert that included a performance of Karl Jenkins' The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. Photos of the event can be seen here.


The church continues to ensure that those who lived, fought and served during the years 1914‑18 are remembered, through its annual Remembrance service, the south churchyard war memorial and its poppy displays - designed and created by local school children - which can be seen in St John's Chapel a recently renovated area at the west end of the church.

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