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Watch reading of In Flanders Fields at military museum

Get Hampshire gathered together local figures with a connection to the Great War to read John McCrae's In Flanders Fields


Poetry is synonymous with the First World War, and so it proved the ideal way to mark a century since the global conflict began.

Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago on Monday August 4, seven days after the war had officially started when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia.

With the minds of a nation on the emotional and often horrific events that spanned the following four years, Get Hampshire gathered together figures with a connection to the Great War to read one of the most poignant poems, John McCrae's In Flanders Fields.

Reading the poem at Aldershot Military Museum were Rushmoor Borough Council members Frank Rust, who was in the Royal Air Force and whose three great uncles served in the war, and Mark Staplehurst, who served for 15 years in the army in the Royal Hampshire Regiment.

Joining them were Keith Bean, who set up the Historic Aldershot Military Town group on Facebook that has attracted nearly 7,000 members in less than a year, David Picken, chairman of the Friends of the Aldershot Military Museum, his wife Gill and Jose Vizcaino, visitor services assistant at the museum.

The News & Mail is featuring a special World War One supplement in this week's edition, out on Thursday July 31, including stories and archive photographs related to the area.

The unique gadget below allows you to search the full records of more than one million casualties of World War One.

The data comes from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, who kindly allowed us to share the astonishingly rich data that they have painstakingly put together over the years.

World War One - Remembered


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