Tributes to First World War soldiers



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Our appeal for your pennies to buy fitting tributes to the dead of World War I continues.

From our archives, is this account of the sixth’s battalion’s stay in Ripley in August 1914, when they temporarily transformed the town centre into ‘an armed camp’:

“After a hasty meal the men were guests of the Empire Palace (which had been prettily decorated with flags and patriotic emblems), the Hippodrome (where Mr Skermer had carried out effective decorations), Jubilee Institute and Club, and Church Institute. A number of townspeople entertained the officers and portion of the men, and no doubt many more of the rank and file would have received hospitality had residents known it would have been allowed.


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