EXACTLY 100 years after the conflict officially began the British Legion held a short ceremony outside Weaverham Church in remembrance of the First World War dead. It seemed a small but nonetheless important recognition of their sacrifice.

One hundred years is a short time in human history. We put a small wooden cross with a poppy on each of the 10 graves that we knew of.

One young man had been only 18 years old.

A famous American philosopher said that if we do not remember the past, we are condemned to re-live it.

We need to especially remember the cost to the families of the dead, and those who survived but would never be the same again.

Peter Andrewartha Weaverham