80 Men Remembered

By 19th August 2018 September 21st, 2018 Local Events

The 11 November 2018 marks the Centenary of the First World War Armistice and the Oadby Community Stakeholders, as part of the Oadby Remembers 1914-1918 project, would like to invite individuals, families, schools, and community organisations to engage in a ‘whole community activity’ to honour Oadby’s Fallen.

One hundred years ago over 400 Oadby men and women enlisted to serve their country. 80 of them did not return.
Our proposal is to create a community artwork that demonstrates the scale of the village’s sacrifice. It will comprise 80 decorated silhouettes standing 5ft 5ins tall, the average height of the First World War soldier.

Each silhouette can be decorated differently to reflect something of the individual or group creating it. It is hoped that the variety of decoration will demonstrate the diversity of the present community but moreover remember the ‘Old Oadby families’ and the history of our town.

The project also presents an educational opportunity for the 2018 Oadby community to learn about the history of our town, the families and citizens who contributed to Oadby’s development and the part they played during the War. Each silhouette will bear the name of one of the Fallen. The Oadby Remembers 1914-1918 project can provide a biography of the soldier so that he becomes a real personality rather than just a name on the war memorial. It is hoped that the families of certain soldiers may wish to create their own ancestor’s figure.

During Remembrance weekend all 80 figures will come together in St Peter’s Centre opposite the War Memorial. An Oadby Remembers 1914-1918 exhibition, including the stories of all 80 men and the stories of the Oadby Home Front, will also be available to view.

St Peter’s Centre stands on what was the Oadby village green and where, a 100 years ago, families gathered to remember their dead. This year the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance will be held at St Peter’s Parish Church at 10am and we will join rest of the nation in the Silence at 11am. A reception for the Oadby community will be held in St Peter’s Centre after the laying of wreaths.

All individuals, families and community groups are invited to take part in this commemorative project. If you would like to contribute a silhouette please contact:
Jan Bryars at info@oadbyremembers.org.uk or on 07512 237344,
Cllr Anne Bond at a.a.r.bond@btinternet.com or on 07866 920989
Or via a message on the Oadby-Remembering the Past facebook page.

Silhouettes will be available for distribution from the end of August and must be returned fully decorated by 20 October 2018. Further details will be given on distribution of the plain silhouette.

The example below shows the basic silhouette and one completed in tribute to Oadby soldier Sergeant Edgar Clarence Matthews.