Commemorations

My new book ‘Wootton Bassett 100 Years Ago’ is in preparation. It will include all the content from my book ‘Wootton Bassett in the Great War’ fully revised and extended.

On the anniversary of the death of each of the fallen from the Wootton Bassett area in WW1, a wreath is laid by the War Memorial before 11am and this remains in place until after 6pm. A poster is displayed nearby providing information about the man commemorated. Click here for the full Roll of Honour.

Next Commemorations

  • Private Sydney Fisher Foster, d. 04 November 1918
  • Private Reginald Buckland, d. 08 November 1918

Field of Remembrance at Lydiard Park
The official opening of the Royal Wootton Bassett Field of Remembrance takes place on Friday 9 November at 11am. If you are joining the official opening service, please arrive before 10.45am. There is also a daily service at 11am while the field is open.

The Last Day
Click here to see the nine men of the Wiltshire Regiment who died on the last day (none were from Wootton Bassett).
This year – being the centenary of the end of WW1 – the format for Royal Wootton Bassett’s Sunday Remembrance Parade will be slightly different than in previous years. The Parade is scheduled for the morning – assembling at 10.am in Iceland Car Park ready to march off at 10.20am. The Parade will halt at the War Memorial in order to lay wreaths. After all wreaths have been laid the Chairman will say the Exhortation. This will then be followed by the sounding of the Last Post and a Two Minute Silence. At the end of the Two Minutes Silence the Standards will be raised and the President will say the Kohima. The Parade will then continue to the Church for the Church Service. The Salute will be taken by the Dignitaries as the Parade marches back through the town to Iceland Car Park for dismissal. After the dismissal – all Officers and Group Leaders are invited to join British Legion Members for refreshments which will be available in the Conservative Club. The British Legion say that this is only a brief outline of what is being planned at the moment and fuller details will follow later, nearer to the date, after finalization.

After the Last Day
These men died after the Last Day of wounds or illness sustained during active service.

  • Private William John Parrott, d. 22nd Feb 1919
  • Air Mech 2nd Class William A Westmacott, d. 09 March 1919
  • Captain Ernest Hodgson Leslie, d. 16 March 1919
  • Private Walter Thomas Edward Harris, d. 13 November 1920

We will remember them.

This act of remembrance was instigated and is carried out by local historian Sheridan Parsons and was initially supported by a grant from the Area Board.