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Harpenden Remembers: Tributes across the town in honour of Remembrance Sunday

PUBLISHED: 15:53 13 November 2018

The Remembrance Parade in Harpenden. Picture: Steve Collins

The Remembrance Parade in Harpenden. Picture: Steve Collins

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Commemorative events took place throughout Harpenden over the weekend to mark 100 years since World War I.

The Remembrance Parade in Harpenden. Picture: Harpenden History SocietyThe Remembrance Parade in Harpenden. Picture: Harpenden History Society

In honour of Remembrance Sunday, a ceremonial beacon-lighting was held in the evening outside Harpenden Public Halls.

Town mayor David Heritage quoted from two historical memoirs from the time of the First World War, written by local authors Theodora Wilson and Edwin Grey and published by the Harpenden Local History society. The books include references to German prisoners-of-war working in the fields of Rothamsted Experimental Station (now Rothamsted Research) in 1918.

St Nicholas Parish Church in Church Green mounted a floral display with a roll of honour bearing the names of Harpenden soldiers from World War I who were buried in the churchyard.

Special services were also held at St John’s Church, which was attended by descendants of three of the men named on its memorial, and at All Saints Church in Station Road.

The Remembrance Parade in Harpenden. Picture: Harpenden History SocietyThe Remembrance Parade in Harpenden. Picture: Harpenden History Society

Ahead of the centenary of the Armistice the local history society compiled information from the 1915 Harpenden Roll of Honour, which lists local men who enlisted at the beginning of the war, and the National Roll of Honour which was published after the war.

The society is also holding an exhibition from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on Saturday, December 1 in the town’s Park Hall.

The exhibition will feature local First World War-related memorabilia, with a particular focus on the more than 4,000 men of the Sherwood Foresters regiment who were billeted and trained in Harpenden in 1914 and 1915.

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