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Images from the First World War: Poignant Remembrance Day campaign launched

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The Royal Star & Garter Homes has launched its annual Remembrance campaign to mark the upcoming Armistice centenary.

 

RSGH Remembers features staff, volunteers and residents from the Charity holding photographs or medals of relatives who fought in the First World War.

 

The haunting black and white images, and accompanying videos, acts as a reminder of the sacrifices made by loved ones as we approach 100 years since the end of the First World War. It is being supported with the hashtag #RSGHremembers

Charity volunteer Rosemary holds a photo of her grandfather

It highlights how closely linked we still are to the four-year conflict, despite it ending a century ago.

 

The Royal Star & Garter Homes was founded in 1916 to care for the severely injured young men returning from the battlegrounds of the First World War. Over a century later it is still caring for the nation’s military family from its award-winning homes in Surbiton, South West London, and Solihull, West Midlands, with a new Home opening in High Wycombe in 2019.

 

Among those featured in the campaign is resident Ned, who served in the Army during the Second World War. His father James was badly injured and lost a leg during the First World War.

Community Coordinator Kevin Rudge

Also featured is Royal Star & Garter Homes volunteer Rosemary Lever. Her grandfather survived the First World War despite fighting in the Battles of Messines and Loos and being wounded by enemy gunfire.

 

And Cally Madden, who works at The Royal Star & Garter Homes, is seen holding a photo of her great grand uncle Frank, who died in Gallipoli.

The Charity's Chief Executive Andy Cole

The Charity’s Chief Executive, Andy Cole, also features in the campaign, holding a photo of his grandfather. He said: “As we approach 100 years since the end of the First World War, we remain indelibly linked to the conflict from which the Charity was founded. It was poignant that members of The Royal Star & Garter Homes family have been remembering their relatives who served between 1914 and 1918.”

 

Residents at the Homes have been taking part in a series of activities and events to mark the Armistice centenary. In Surbiton, some Second World War veterans will attend the Cenotaph Parade in Whitehall, London on 11 November. Remembrance services will also take place at the Homes, while representatives from the Charity will attend local services.

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