Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War

In local libraries:

  • Remembering Wilfred Owen – Northolt Library, Wednesday 14 November 10.30-12noon.  Admission is free, no booking required. Gillian Spragg will talk about Wilfred Owen and show how Benjamin Britten incorporated his poems in ‘The War Requiem’, adding it to the normal Latin text to highlight the purpose of the Requiem: a plea to end all wars.
  • Remembrance Day Poppy Crafts – Ages 5-8 year-old.  Admission free.
    • Southall Library Saturday 3 November 2–3pm
    • West Ealing Library Saturday 3 November 2–3pm
    • Northolt Leisure Library Tuesday 6 November 4–5pm
    • Greenford Library Saturday 10 November 11am–12noon
    • Northolt Leisure Library Saturday 10 November 10.30–11.30am
    • Wood End Library Saturday 10 November 2–3pm.
  • Remembering the First World War – Gunnersbury Park Museum, Wednesday 14 November 7-8.30pm.  Tickets for both talks are £10. Booking is required through the Gunnersbury Park museum website.
    • Commemorating the End of the First World War, a talk by Dr Jonathan Oates, Ealing Archivist
    • Collecting Under Fire: Solider-Scholars and the First World War, a talk by Julia Tubman, Curator at Gunnersbury Park museum.
  • The Ealing World War One Servicemen’s database – West Ealing Library, Thursday 29 November 6pm. A talk by Dr Jonathan Oates, Ealing Archivist.  Tickets are £3/£5 (members/non-members) and advance booking is required.

Visit the history section on Ealing News Extra to read the recent series of articles on the First World War.

Remembrance services will be taking place across the borough.  Ealing will also be joining others across the country in lighting a flame of remembrance in the evening of 11 November.

  • Acton Hospital Remembrance service at Acton Care Centre, 3pm on Sunday 4 November.  Attended by The Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Tejinder Singh Dhami, the leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell, Representative Deputy Lieutenant, Richard Kornicki and Greater London Assembly Member Dr Onkar Sahota.  Injured servicemen were cared for at Acton Hospital in Gunnersbury Lane following the First World War and it later became a living war memorial.
  • Ealing War Memorial, Ealing Green in front of Pitzhanger Manor.  Attended by the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Tejinder Singh Dhami, Deputy Lieutenant Richard Kornicki, deputy leader of the council, Councillor Yvonne Johnson and  Ealing Council chief executive, Paul Najsarek.
    • 10:30am Remembrance Parade will commence from outside Ealing Town Hall to Ealing Green where a service will be held and the laying of wreaths at the memorial wall.
    • 11:00am Two minute silence followed by Remembrance Service
  • Greenford War Memorial, Greenford Broadway.  A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am. Attended by deputy mayor of Ealing, Councillor Abdullah Gulaid and leader of the council, Councillor Julian Bell. 
    • 10:30 – 10:35 am Parade from the local branch Royal British Legion, Oldfield Lane, Greenford
    • 11:00am  Remembrance Sunday Service, Greenford War Memorial, Greenford Broadway
    • 7pm  Service by Salvation Army, Royal British Legion, Oldfield Lane, Greenford.
  • The Green, Southall.  A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am.  Those attending will then be invited to parade through King Street into St Johns Church in Church Road to a service.  Attended by immediate past mayor, Councillor Simon Woodroofe and Southall councillors.
  • Ealing Green in front of Pitzhanger Manor.  Beacon of Light will be lit at 7pm by the Mayor of Ealing, Councillor Tejinder Singh Dhami and Deputy Lieutenant Richard Kornicki.  Flames of remembrance are being lit across the country in commemoration and remembrance of the end of the war and the many millions killed or wounded.  They will also commemorate the men and women on the home front who underpinned the war effort.  The beacons symbolise the ‘light of hope’ that emerged from the darkness of war.

There but not there. Three wire framed statues will be placed to commemorate and remember those killed.  They are part of the ‘There but not there’ art installation across the UK and are a representative figure of a First World War Tommie.  These transparent silhouettes will be installed where the men and women came from across the country, back in the communities they left behind.  They will be placed at the locations below and will remain in place for the centenary year:

  • Ealing Town Hall
  • Southall Town Hall
  • Acton Library

Find out more information on ‘There but not there’

Councillor Julian Bell said: “When you look at the many, many names carved into the borough’s war memorials it brings home to you what a sacrifice they made on behalf of their country. Every year Remembrance Day is a chance to honour and respect that sacrifice, both then and now.  But with this being the centenary year of the end of the First World War I feel the sacrifice made is even more poignant.”