Commemorating the “Great War”

The Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment
The Kings Own Royal Lancaster Regiment

Hundreds of events have been planned to commemorate the centenary of World War One in Lancaster this year.

Displays, talks, plays, church services, exhibitions, lectures and guided walks will provide a fascinating insight into what life was like 100 years ago in the district as the country prepared for, and then went to war.

Many events have already taken place, but anyone interested in the district’s connection to WW1 will find a wealth of knowledge at places like Lancaster Castle, the King’s Own Royal Regiment Museum, Priory Church, Adult College, the Storey Institute, Lancaster City Museum and many more of the city’s landmarks.

On June 28, between 10am and 4pm, Armed Forces Day will be celebrated at Lancaster Castle with displays from Army, HMS Lancaster, Cadet Units and veteran army vehicles. The event has been organised by Lancaster Military Heritage Group. Contact Colonel Peter Dew 01524 811396.

On the same day, at 7pm, there will be a lecture in the Storey Institute by the distinguished military historian Allan Mallinson with the title “That Lancaster on Lune may Stand Secure”.

He will explain why and how Britain went to war in 1914 and why it was not over by Christmas. The city museum will also host a “meet the First World War soldier character” on the centenary of the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand in Sarajevo which was the final spark resulting in the outbreak of the war.

On June 29 at 11.30am there will be a service in the Priory Church commemorating the last days of peace a century ago.

During July Men, Munitions and Morale - Lancaster’s First World War Trail, will start at Lancaster Castle and take a two hour tour around the city looking at the various wartime places of interest.

September 6, sees the centenary of the Church Parade of the Lancaster Pals of the 5th Battalion, King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment. There will be a Memorial Church Service at Lancaster Priory Church and Chapel.

To find out more about World War One commemorations here in the Lancaster district, visit our Nostalgia section here on the website.

With thanks to the Kings Own Royal Regiment Museum in Lancaster for helping with facts and images.