Wiveliscombe hosts Commemoration Rugby Match

Pupils from Kingsmead School, Wiveliscombe, will be playing a special rugby match on Wednesday 17 December.

Following a morning of First World War themed activities at the school, a rugby match will be played on the memorial recreation ground from 2.00–3.00 pm by pupils from Years 10 and 11.

Shortly before the match at 1.45pm the Last Post will be played followed by the carol Silent Night.

The match commemorates the presentation of the recreation ground to the people of Wiveliscombe in honour of those lost during the war.

The ‘Rec’, as it is known locally, was opened on 6th June 1920, and also features a stone obelisk memorial to those who died. One of these men was the sportsman Lieutenant Ralph E.Hancock.

Wiveliscombe soldier, Lieut. R.E. Hancock, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment.  Killed in Action 29 October 1914.

Lieut. R.E. Hancock, 2nd Battalion, Devonshire Regiment. Killed in Action 29 October 1914.

The event is also inspired by the Christmas Truce of 1914 and recognises the power of sport to bring people together.

The Somerset Remembers touring exhibition will be on display at the Rugby Club during the afternoon and members of the public will have the opportunity to discuss the First World War with experts.

Refreshments will also be available at the Rugby Club for spectators.

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2 thoughts on “Wiveliscombe hosts Commemoration Rugby Match

  1. I have two (I think) great uncles remembered on the War Memorial in the churchyard. Their surname is Lewis and they were part of a big family which included my grandma, Margaret. She married my granddad in 1915 who she met, I believe, while playing the harmonium at a chaplaincy service at an army camp near Taunton. He survived the Somme and various other battles, ending up in Palestine where he bought a lovely book of pressed wild flowers bound in olive wood as a souvenir which I have. They never talked about the war. Thankyou for paying respect to those young men who died.

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