Borough of Poole WW1 Commemoration Events

In the centenary year of the ending of WW1, Poole Council is honouring those who have lost their lives during all periods of conflict with a series of public commemoration events in the run up to and including Remembrance Day.

Key events include the unveiling of the restored Poole Park War Memorial, the Annual Service of Remembrance and parade and joining the many other towns and cities across the UK in having a lone piper play before dawn and evening beacon lighting ceremony.

Cllr Sean Gabriel, Mayor of Poole, said: “We are proud to remember and honour the Poole men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for us and for their country. On this special occasion this year, we hope to be joined by many of our residents to reflect on those who we have lost in conflict.”

The full list of commemorations includes:

Wall of Remembrance

Monday 5 – Sunday 11 November, Poole Museum

Available during museum opening hours (10am-4pm)

Supported sessions with craft volunteer, 12 – 2pm daily

Free. Donations to the British Legion welcome.

Take a moment to remember those in past and present conflict with this creative paper craft activity. Add your paper poppy with a dedication to build our Remembrance Wall.

Saturday 10 November
10.00am – 1.00pm

Poole Park War Memorial Official Opening Event

Following the re-landscaping and restoration of the War Memorial we are holding a public re-opening event.  The War Memorial will be officially re-opened by the Mayor of Poole at 11am and during the event we will be remembering the 711 from Poole who fell during World War I.  Members of the public attending the event can enjoy a theatre arts piece delivered by Valise Noire Storytelling Theatre, background music from WW1 and take part in activities including painting pebbles with poppies to place around trees.  Artwork from the event will remain in place for the following days Annual Service of Remembrance and Parade in Poole Park.  For more information please visit

A Silent Soldier statue will also be on display.

Saturday 10 November 

Festival of Remembrance Concert St James’ Church, Old Town Poole

Featuring the Luminos Choir and other soloists

Sunday 11 November
6am War Memorial, Poole Park

Sleep in Peace Now the Battle is O’er

The sound of more than 1000 bagpipes will fill the air before dawn has broken on the 11 November 2018.  In cities and towns throughout the land lone pipers will play Battle’s O’er – a traditional air played by pipers after a battle.

Sunday 11 November
10.30am Annual Service of Remembrance and Parade, Poole Park

The Parade will set off from the Cricket Pavilion at 10.30am to the War Memorial for the service to start at 10.50am.  Following the Service, the Parade will reform and march back to the Cricket Pavilion where it will be dismissed.

Sunday 11 November
6.45pm Battle’s Over – WW1 Beacons of Light, Baiter Park

After darkness has fallen, more than 1000 Beacons of Light will be lit throughout the UK and UK Overseas Territories.  This is a commemoration inspired by a comment made on 3rd August 1914 by Britain’s Foreign Minister, Sir Edward Grey.  He was looking out of his office window at dusk as gas lights were being lit along London’s Mall when he remarked “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime”.  In remembrance of the end of the war and the millions who were killed or came home dreadfully wounded, Beacons of Light will be lit at 7pm.

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