Wrexham Remembers Them
Gallery 1: Honouring the Fallen of the First World War & Commemorating the Centenary of the Armistice
At roughly 10.30 a.m. on 11th November 1918, the news reached Wrexham that the guns would fall silent at 11 o’clock – officially the fighting would finally draw to an end. In Wrexham a factory hooter alerted the local populace that important news was imminent. Soon lorries full of celebrating munitions workers were parading through the town and people gathered in the High Street to hear an official announcement by the mayor from the balcony of the Wynnstay Arms Hotel. It was a time of mixed and raw emotions: relief and joy at an end to the fighting; sadness and grief at the thought of those who had been killed.
Among a varied programme of events to commemorate the centenary of the signing of the Armistice between the Allies and Germany at Compiegne, northern France, on 11th November 1918 is the Wrexham Remembers Them display:
- At Wrexham Museum visitors will be able to view medals and memorials of local soldiers, sailors and airmen in the display in the main gallery. This display opened on November 3rd and is on show until July 20th 2019.
- A three-venue temporary pop-up display spread across Wrexham town centre at the Memorial Hall, the Parish Church and the Library focusing on the stories of local individuals who were killed while serving in the armed forces and the auxiliary forces during the First World War. This display is on show across the three sites from November 3rd.
- A free ‘Wrexham Remembers Them’ leaflet accompanies the two displays.
- Wrexham Remembers Them is based on the research carried out by the Friends of Wrexham Museums Roll of Honour Project, which was organized by well-respected local historian, Alister Williams.
- A souvenir leaflet ‘Wrexham and the First World War’ highlights the many locations in the town that are linked to the First World War.
- Both leaflets are available from Wrexham Museum, the Tourist Information Centre (Queen’s Square) and the Memorial Hall.
- The displays and leaflet have been supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust.