Corsham Key Dates
10th April: 'Corsham and the Great War', a talk by Steve Williams.
10th May: Performance of 'The Armed Man' at Bath Abbey.
23rd - 26th May: Cadet trip to see the battlefields in France.
6th June: 'How the Great War was Fought and Won', a talk by Saul David at the Pound Arts Centre, Corsham.
5th July: Corsham Summer Fete.
25th July: 'Corsham and the First World War', a talk by Richard Broadhead.
30th July: Commemoration Event, Tidworth Military Cemetery.
1st - 31st August: WW1 Exhbition, Corsham Heritage Centre.
3rd August: Corsham Remembers: A Commemorative Service,
St Bartholomew's Church.
4th August: Lights Out project.
19th August: Recruitment Day.
5th - 21st September: The Great War In and Around Lacock.
27th September: World War One Commemoration Walk.
5th/6th October: Trenches at the Batters.
16th October - 8th November: 'Cicatrix' arts exhibition at the
Pound Arts Centre
18th October: WW1 Concert Evening, Corsham School.
19th October: Metta Theatre 'Alice' at the Pound Arts Centre.
24th October: 'A November Day' at the Pound Arts Centre.
25th October: 'Smile! Smile! Smile!' at the Pound Arts Centre.
11th November: '12.10.15' at the Pound Arts Centre.
1st August: Germany declares war on Russia.
3rd August: Germany declares war on France and invades Belgium.
4th August: Britain declares war on Germany.
6th August: The sinking of HMS Amphion.
6th September: Battle of the Marne begins.
18th October: First Battle of Ypres.
26th October: Corsham Town Hall opens as a Red Cross Hospital.
29th October: Turkey enters the war on Germany's side. Trench warfare starts to dominate the Western Front.
19th January: First Zeppelin raid on Britain.
22nd April: Second Battle of Ypres begins.
25th April: Allied troops land in Gallipoli.
7th May: The Lusitania is sunk by a German U-Boat.
23rd May: Italy declares war on Germany and Austria.
5th August: The Germans capture Warsaw from the Russians.
25th September: Battle of Loos begins.
19th December: The Allies begin the evacuation of Gallipoli.
27th January: Conscription is introduced in Britain.
21st February: Battle of Verdun begins.
31st May: Battle of Jutland.
1st July: Battle of the Somme begins.
15th September: Tanks are used en masse for the first time at the Somme.
7th December: Lloyd George becomes British Prime Minister.
6th April: USA declares war on Germany.
16th April: France launches an unsuccessful offensive on the Western Front.
31st July: Third Battle at Ypres begins.
6th November: Britain launches a major offensive on the Western Front.
20th November: British tanks win a victory at Cambrai.
5th December: Signing of the Armistice of Erzincan (between Germany and Russia).
21st March: Germany break through on the Somme.
9th April: Germany begins an offensive in Flanders.
15th July: Second battle of the Marne begins. The start of the collapse of the German army.
8th August: The advance of the Allies is successful.
4th October: Germany asks the Allies for an Armistice.
9th November: The sinking of HMS Britannia.
11th November: Signing of the Armistice between Germany and the Allies. The official end date of the First World War.
While by this point the official centenary of the First World War will be over, it is important to remember what happened next and the effects that the aftermath of the War had on individuals, families, communities, nations, and the whole world.
4th January: Peace conference meets in Paris.
28th June: Germany signs the Treaty of Versailles.
30th August: Corsham's Red Cross Hospital closes.