NOVEMBER 9th, 10th, and 11th, 2018
An exhibition of remembrance for Launceston through WW1, including stories of the fallen, was opened on Friday 9th November at Central Methodist Church by the Reverend Malcolm Jones. Those attending could view the 94 stories of the Launceston Fallen and that of the fallen stories for the eighteen surrounding parishes. The exhibition was based around the information Roger Pyke and Jim Edwards researched and collated in a book called, Commemorating Launceston and District and the Great War presented on the night.
The event itself ran from Friday to the centenary Remembrance Sunday 11th November and was organised by the Launceston WW1 100 Group, Sue Vernon and Peter Vernon, Andrew Fuge, Roger Pyke, and Cherry Pyke and Phil Parsons.
The event was well attended and for many, it was a provoking and stimulating exhibition commenting, “Very emotional, thought-provoking, sad but interesting. An excellent exhibition highlighting the horror of WW1.”
For others, they discover new facts about a member of their family, ”Thank you for this exhibition and what you found out about my great uncle bill”.
Event organiser Phil Parsons wishes to express his thanks to the Central Methodist Church volunteers for their assistance in making the event so successful and the support of the South Petherwin Parish Magazine and the Papillon Fund.
“ when we set up the group we had two key aims. Firstly commemorate the centenary of the ending of WW1 and remember the fallen of Launceston and district as well as those affected by the war. Secondly to collect and record memories from that period of history for future generations. As a group, we are proud to say we fulfilled all our aims. And now through the book, which is registered with the British Library, we have secured that lasting legacy for generations to come.”
Above Roger Pyke and Jim Edwards show off the ‘Commemorating Launceston and District and the Great War’ book at the event, the proceeds of which go to helping fund the exhibition. The first print run of 50 sold out very quickly, so another print run is being made. Anyone interested can contact Phil Parsons at email@example.com or leave a message on the Facebook Group page. Other options are being explored of where a copy can be purchased and once we have details they will be posted here.