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Dudmaston commemorates WWI outbreak with National Art Project (24th July 2014)

The National Trust's Dudmaston Estate will be holding a silent walk of remembrance on 30 July 2014 to mark the centenary of the outbreak of WWI. The walk is part of a national project with artist Alec Finlay.

Twenty-three walks are being held at NT properties across England and Wales in remembrance of those affected by the conflict. The walk from Dudmaston Hall will lead visitors to the plaque for Lieutenant William Orde Wilkinson, who was posthumously awarded the VC for ‘most conspicuous bravery’, after losing his life while rescuing wounded soldiers in La Boiselle, France on 5 July, 1916.

House Steward, Kellie Channing said “although a small village, Quatt was affected by great loss during WWI losing 10 men from the Parish as a direct result of the war. One of them, Private Frank Christie, was a bell ringer at the church who died in action on 21 September 1916 aged just 19; as the memorial to Lieutenant Wilkinson, who was born at Lodge Farm on the estate, is also located at St. Andrews Church in the Village we thought this would be an appropriate route for remembrance.”

Once at the churchyard a pair of specially written poems will be read by their author, Ken Cockburn and poppies scattered. On returning to the hall a book will be left alongside the art installation of sandbags in the Spanish Gallery, as a memorial of the event.”

Although the walk is free there will be a restriction on numbers and people who would like to join poet Ken Cockburn and Area Ranger Mike Annis on the walk are asked to book in advance by calling the property on (01746) 780866.

For more press information call Nikki Hook on 01746 780838 or email nicola.hook@nationaltrust.org.uk