Nation’s bells to ring out together to mark Armistice Centenary
On 11 November 2018, 100 years since Armistice, bells will ring out in unison from churches and cathedrals in villages, towns and cities across the country. Big Ben will also strike at 11:00am to mark the centenary.
The bells of St Bartholomew’s church will ring out marking Armistice on Sunday 11th November at 10:00am before the Service of Remembrance which starts at 10:15am. The bells will also ring out again at 7:05pm to 7:30pm to mark Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute.
Bell ringers in the First World War
Many bell ringers joined the war effort, and many lost their lives. Just after the war, the Central Council of Church Bell Ringers wrote to all bell towers to compile the Roll of Honour. At the time 1,100 men were reported as lost.
During the First World War Centenary the Central Council of Bell Ringers has been reviewing this list and has discovered a further 400 bell ringers who died in service. Two bell towers – Edington in Wiltshire and Bamburgh in Northumberland – lost 6 ringers each during the war. In total 1,400 bell ringers lost their lives.
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