The Hedon Armistice Memorial

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To mark the centenary of the end of World War 1, Hedon unveiled its own striking and poignant memorial to the fallen, situated on the mound alongside Jubilee Gardens at the corner of Farrand Road and New Road.

The memorial was created by Hedon Town Councillor Terry West, and represents the soldier giving thanks for the end of war. It is shaped from 15mm Corten steel which gives the memorial a natural weatherproofing and rusted look.

Hedon Armistice Centenary War Memorial group, comprising Hedon Town Council, and Hedon & District churches raised the £5,400 needed to build the memorial, helped by a grant from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Together with the Royal British Legion, Hedon Women’s Institute, Hedon Museum, Hedon Mixed Voice Choir and both Hedon and Inmans Primary schools, the centenary was marked not only by the unveiling of the memorial but also a series of events on Sunday 11th November.

Hedon Museum also marked the occasion with a special exhibition entitled “When the Guns Fell Silent”, which followed the tragic events of the war, but also concentrated on the contribution and sacrifices made by the people of Hedon and Holderness. Special emphasis was placed on keeping alive the memory of the brave locals who contributed and fell in Holderness and other areas of the conflict.

These pages were created to complement the memorial, and to tell some of the extraordinary stories of ordinary people during the war. We hope you enjoy reading them.

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we shall remember them”

World War I Stories

The Soldiers Arrive

 

Inspecting the volunteers
Alderman Park and Colonel White inspect the Hedon Volunteers

 

Hedon became the garrison town for the East Yorkshire Regiment. Life for the people of Hedon changed drastically, and not always for the better!

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Home Front Hedon in WWI

 

Requisitioned horses being sent to the front from Hedon Railway Station

 

The newspapers of the day paint a striking picture of how the war affected people's daily lives. Blackouts, rationing and an increase in crime were just some of the problems the people of Hedon had to deal with.

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Hedon's Heroes

 

The Distinguished Service Order
The Distinguished Service Order Medal

 

There were many gallant deeds during the war, some of those were carried out by Hedon's own heroes. These ordinary men, when faced with the horror of war, carried out extraordinary acts of heroism!

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National Egg Collection for the Wounded

 

Poster for the National Egg Collection Scheme

Poster for the National Egg Collection Scheme

 

Despite rationing, people still gave whatever they could to aid the war effort. The National Egg Collection scheme was set up to provide nutritious food for those who had made such sacrifices for their country.

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Zeppelin Attack!

 

Zeppelin L.41 returning to Ahlhorn on the morning of 22 August 1917

Zeppelin L.41 returning to Ahlhorn on the morning of 22 August 1917

 

At 1am on 22nd August 1917, Hedon experienced a Zeppelin attack! This wasn't the first attack on the UK mainland by the German war machines, but Hedon had not expected to be a target!

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The First Remembrance Parades

 

Hedon Peace day Parade July 19th 1919

Hedon Peace Day Parade July 19th 1919

 

On Sunday 4th August 1918 Remembrance Services were held all over the country. Hedon had its own parade to remember the fallen.

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