Bill Wiggin MP for North Herefordshire is encouraging his constituents to remember the centenary of the First World War next year. 

Bill Wiggin MP said: “I have written to every school and parish council in North Herefordshire advising them of available funding for projects to coincide with the anniversary.

“Funding is available from the Heritage Lottery Fund’s special ‘Understanding The First World War’ grant programme – more details of which are available at www.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/whatwefund/FirstWorldWar/.” 

The First World War lasted from 1914 to 1918, with battles fought across Europe, Africa and Asia that left approximately 10 million dead. 

On 4 August 2014 Britain will mark the 100th year anniversary of the day we entered the First World War with a candle-lit vigil at Westminster Abbey, a service at Glasgow Cathedral and an event at a cemetery in Mons, Belgium that has an equal number of British and German graves. 

Those events will mark the beginning of a four-year nationwide cultural programme.

 Bill Wiggin MP said: “The First World War was a significant event in the life of my family as it was with the lives of all in the United Kingdom, this is why I am keen for everybody within my constituency to do what they can to mark the centenary next year. 

“My grandfather, after whom I am named, fought in the First World War. Colonel Sir William Wiggin DSO was wounded in the Charge at Huj, fought at Gallipoli and was the only officer in the Worcestershire and Warwickshire Yeomanry who survived the Turkish attack at Qatia, also managing to withdraw with almost half his troops.” 

More details about the Government’s programme to commemorate the First World War can be found at http://www.gov.uk/ww1centenary.

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