SOLIHULL REMEMBERS – the Council’s First World War exhibition was officially opened on Wednesday (August 6) by Solihull Mayor Kate Wild.
The opening ceremony of the Central Library exhibition is part of a number of recent events to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
On Monday (August 4) a century to the day since Great Britain declared war on Germany, an Inter-Faith service of commemoration was held in the Council’s Civic Chamber.
The ceremony was attended by Alexander Patrick CBE DL, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, alongside MPs Lorely Burt and Caroline Spelman and other civic dignitaries.
Representatives of the different religious communities in Solihull also offered up prayers in remembrance of the important milestone.
The ‘Solihull Remembers’ exhibition, will be open during normal library hours until September 13.
It includes the individual stories of people who served in the War with a connection to the borough – as well as how Solihull itself was affected by the conflict.
It also offers visitors a chance to remember anyone who served or was killed in the War, regardless of whether they were from Solihull, by filling in a remembrance card and adding it to a ‘wall of memory’.
Over the next four years the Council is aiming to remember by name all of those from places now in the borough who died during the First World War.
The aim is to compile a complete list of those who died so that any names that are missing from memorials can be added.
Using the hashtag #SolihullRemembers, Solihull Heritage and Local Studies Service will also be blogging and tweeting their names on the centenary of their deaths, together with as much information about their lives as can be found.
Anyone with information which could be of use to the Heritage and Local Studies team in their task should call 0121 704 6934 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The unveiling of the new Shirley WW1 Plaque.
The Solihull Remembers Exhibition Opening.