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WATCH: How Suffolk will mark 100 years since the end of the First World War

PUBLISHED: 11:59 09 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:59 09 August 2018

Pupils from St Mary's Primary School in Hadleigh visit Hadleigh Cemetery and research the war graves.


PICTURE: Andy Abbott

Pupils from St Mary's Primary School in Hadleigh visit Hadleigh Cemetery and research the war graves. PICTURE: Andy Abbott

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Suffolk will pass on the story of the Great War to the next generation – and this video shows how it will be done.

Pupils from St Mary's Primary School in Hadleigh visit Hadleigh Cemetery and research the war graves.
Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, President of the Suffolk County Royal British Legion with pupils Brooke Twyman, 10, Vahan Rickards, 11, Liam Gaskell, 11, and Kira Cronly-Dillon, 11, by the grave of Cecil Claude Leeks

  PICTURE: Andy AbbottPupils from St Mary's Primary School in Hadleigh visit Hadleigh Cemetery and research the war graves. Major Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, President of the Suffolk County Royal British Legion with pupils Brooke Twyman, 10, Vahan Rickards, 11, Liam Gaskell, 11, and Kira Cronly-Dillon, 11, by the grave of Cecil Claude Leeks PICTURE: Andy Abbott

There are less than 100 days to go until Suffolk commemorates the centenary of the First World War ending.

Many events have been organised by both the Royal British Legion and a small team set up by the Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare, Countess of Euston.

The Suffolk War Graves Project, in particular, is trying to ensure the story of the Great War is passed down to the next generation.

On November 8, Suffolk school children will lay poppies on 1,332 war graves in 248 cemeteries throughout the county. More than 10,000 Suffolk people died in the First World War.

The RBL aims to find people in each parish which includes a war grave or graves, to help organise research into local people and to find a story about them.

This week, a video was released highlighting the project, featuring project organiser Mark Brennan and Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, president of the Suffolk County Royal British Legion.

If you would like to get involved in the project click here

Pupils from St Mary's Primary School in Hadleigh visit Hadleigh Cemetery and research the war graves.


PICTURE: Andy AbbottPupils from St Mary's Primary School in Hadleigh visit Hadleigh Cemetery and research the war graves. PICTURE: Andy Abbott

What other events are happening in Suffolk to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War?

There are five main events around the county, including the war graves project, and they get under way in October.

Maritime Commemoration

On October 7 between 1pm and 4pm, there will be a Maritime Commemoration at Belle View Park, Lowestoft. The parade and dedication of maritime organisations and societies marks the vast maritime effort by the men and women of Suffolk during the First World War. For more details visit here

Crimson Glory

This takes places on November 4 at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and will showcase the talent from school children, including both a full orchestra and cathedral organ and a cathedral choir.

The performance will tell the story of a young Suffolk soldier in the Great War. An inter-schools First World War art exhibition will also be on display in the cathedral cloisters.

Eve of Peace

Another pertinent part of the centenary will be an “Eve of Peace” service happening at St Edmundsbury Cathedral on November 7. This multi-faith evening service will be a mixture of ceremonial, commemoration and thanksgiving. For more details click here

Remembrance Sunday

On November 11 and Remembrance Sunday, there will be numerous ceremonies across the county, with soldiers, civic dignitaries and veterans on parade.

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