William Hume – the first Goldhanger man to lose his life in the Great War

William Hume

William Hume was the first Goldhanger man to lose his life in the Great War and the 15th October 2014 was the 100 year anniversary of William’s death. To mark the occasion the bells of St. Peters were rung at 11am for a short duration and a selection of the following music was played using the Ellacombe Chimes.

  • Keep the Home Fires Burning
  • For the Fallen – They shall not grow old
  • The Last Post

You can hear a recording of this music played on the Ellacombe Chimes here:


WW1 Remembrance Weekend

Remembrance Weekend Events

poppiesGoldhanger will be commemorating the centenary of World War 1 with three events.

Concert in St Peters Church

7.30 pm on Friday 7th November

The Jubilee Choir will perform a selection of well known Great War songs.

Presentation in the Village Hall

7.30 pm on Saturday 8th November

Members of the History Group will present the story of Goldhanger’s involvement in the Great War as recorded in the Parish Magazines of the day and elsewhere, with special emphasis on the nineteen local men who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Remembrance Day Service & Dedication of the new War Memorial plaque

9.30 am service, dedication 10:30-10:45 am on Sunday 9th November

Following the morning service, the usual short ceremony will take place around the memorial and the wreaths will be laid. However, on this special anniversary the new plaque will be unveiled.

You can see the full timetable of events here.

War Memorial WWI Commemoration

Goldhanger War MemorialWWI Commemoration 2014

Members of the History Group report that work on the war memorial is continuing and a stone plaque with names of the fallen will now be obtained and screwed to the side of the memorial.

It is planned to unveil the plaque and have some events around the weekend closest to Armistice day in November.

The group continues to raise funds and has received a number of donations for this work. While all money needed has now been raised, any further donations will be put to good use should anyone be kind enough to do so.

 Read more about the work to the War Memorial →