War service will remember those in and out of uniform

Rev David Sceats

Rev David Sceats

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A family service will be held in Selkirk tomorrow to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

The commemoration takes place at St John’s Church, beginning at 10.30am.

The Reverend David Sceats said: “As well as remembering those who served in the armed forces, there will be an opportunity to mark the contribution made by all those not in uniform. It will include readings from a war diary and poetry written at the time. People will be invited to bring forward the names of anyone who played any part in the war, in uniform or not.

“The war to end war, as it ironically came to be known, would last for four years and see the death of millions – 292 men from Selkirk lost their lives, 1,004 served and survived.

“Countless civilians, many of them women, nursed the wounded, worked in mills and factories, manufactured munitions, grew food to sustain the war effort, and struggled to feed their children, while anxiously waiting for the War Office telegram they hoped would never come.

“Sunday’s service is an opportunity to remember them and to pray for peace in a world still torn by war.”

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