Ely First World War Commemoration Event and Cambridgeshire Regiment Reunion Service 2018

On July 15th, 2018, Ely Cathedral will host the annual reunion service for the Cambridgeshire Regiment and its descendants, D (Cambridgeshire) Company, VI (Vol) Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment. This year’s event is an important one from a First World War perspective as the King’s Colour of the wartime 11th (Service) Battalion, Suffolk Regiment – “The Cambs Suffolks”, will be on display and will feature in a ceremonial hand over to the Mayor of Ely (local historian and author Mike Rouse) on behalf of Ely Museum. The Colour, which recently was removed from display at Ely Cathedral due to its rapidly deteriorating condition, has now been stabilised and conserved. It will now go on to become a central part of Ely Museum’s First World War gallery once the Museum’s refurbishment is completed.

Alongside this year’s service, the Ely Branch of the Royal British Legion have organised an event on Palace Green, in front of the Cathedral. This free event will include stalls and displays from branches of various local organisations, such as the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Force Association and the Army Cadets. We are pleased to be able to support this event and, alongside some of our friends, will be putting on a display relating to the Cambridgeshire Regiment and Suffolk Regiment in the First World War. These displays will include items of equipment and uniform as well as photographs and information. We will also be unveiling our 1918 pop up exhibition, which tells the story of the 1/1st Battalion, Cambridgeshire Regiment during the final year of the War.

This event is free and will run from 10.30am to 3.30pm with the Reunion Service and parade taking place on Cross Green from 2.30pm. The Cambs Regt website team and our friends will be on hand all day at the display and are happy to help anybody with any First World War questions. We will also be there to assist any visitors who are looking to find out more about the wartime service of their relatives, or if they have any First World War related pictures, medals or items that they would like to learn more about.

Over the years our free First World War Family History Events in Ely have always proved popular and we have been able to help a large number of people looking to find out more about the Cambridgeshire Regiment or their relatives. So if you are interested in the events of 1914-1918 or want advice on researching your relatives we hope to see you on 15th July on Palace Green!

If you have any questions about the event please contact us at cambsregt@gmail.com or by filling in the Contact FormAlternatively the event organiser can be contacted directly at cityofely.chairman@rbl.community

Press release from Cambs Regt 1914-18

 

 

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