On 1st November 2014 an event was held in the Cemetery to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War and also to mark the restitution of the gravestones of the 5 soldiers who died during the first and Second World Wars and are buried in the cemetery.

The event was well attended by relatives of the war dead and by the Mayor of Erewash. Around 70 people attended in total. The event was opened with a poem from the First World War read by Nick Bacon. Each war grave was then visited in turn with a short speech regarding the deceased given by John Hickman followed by the laying of a wreathe by either a member of the soldier's family or by one of the Ilkeston Army Cadets. When all the war graves had been visited The Last Post was sounded and two minutes silence was observed.

The event was supported by the Derby Serenaders who played tunes from the war-time periods throughout the event and which helped to create the wonderful atmosphere that characterised the event.


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