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WWI Centenary events

Join us as we remember and reflect on a hundred years since the end of the First World War, a time of great hope and great sadness.


100 days of prayer for peace, hope and reconciliation began on 4 August this year which takes us to Armistice Day on Sunday 11 November. A ‘prayer station’ has been set up on the north side of the nave. We encourage people to come in, light a candle or use the book for prayers and reflections; one for each day leading up to #Remembrance100. At the Abbey there will be a day of commemorative services beginning with a 6.00am Lone Piper ‘Battle’s Over’ Ceremony, a combined Centenary of Armistice Eucharist Service at 10.30am and the usual The Royal British Legion Remembrance Service at 3.00 pm. There will also be a Parade which starts at 2pm from the bottom of Milsom Street continuing to the Guild Hall for the salute at 2.30pm and ending at the Abbey at 3pm.


  • 6am-6.30am
    Lone Piper ‘Battle’s Over’ ceremony

  • 10.30am-12pm
    Centenary of Armistice Eucharist

  • 3pm-4pm
    Royal British Legion Remembrance Service

Also as part of our remembering:

  • ‘100 days of peace’ prayer station
    Light a candle, say a prayer
  • WWI Centenary Tower Tours
    15 Oct-17 Nov, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
    Discover the Abbey’s WWI memorials and learn about those whose lives were lost or changed forever. You will also get to climb 212 steps to the top of the Tower, visit the bells and clock, and enjoy stunning views of the city.
    Adult £8 / Child £4
  • ‘16 Million’ 10 Oct-13 Nov
    A single-copy book, in which 16 million dots represent all of those who died as a result of WWI. Created by Martin Elphick, to help us visualise such a large number.
  • ‘Name Unknown’ 2 Nov-11 Nov
    An exhibition of 12 images by Paul Hollin based on photos of unknown soldiers who served during WWI.


  • Sung Eucharist for All Souls 
    Thu 8 Nov 7pm
    John Rutter’s Requiem sung by the Abbey Choirs with Abbey instrumental ensemble
    All welcome. No tickets required.
  • ‘When the War Came’ Fri 9 Nov, 7pm
    Back by popular demand! The story of six young people from a small village whose lives are changed forever by the Great War. Sung by a massed choir of children from Bath Abbey’s Schools’ Singing Programme accompanied by players from the Bristol Ensemble.
    Tickets from Bath Box Office £8-£10
  • Bath Choral Society Sat 10 Nov 7.30pm
    A performance of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Lauridesen’s Lux Aeterna in support of Help for Heroes. Orchestra: Bristol Ensemble; Conductor: David Gostick
    Tickets from Bath Box Office £6-30
  • Handel’s Messiah
    Friday 7 Dec and Saturday 8 Dec 7.30pm
    Bath Choral Society’s annual and ever-popular performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Bristol Ensemble, conducted by David Gostick.
    Tickets: £6-£30 Available from Bath Box Office 01225 463362


The Abbey has various interesting memorials and records from the First World War. From ledgerstones and wall plaques to newsletters written by the Rector at the time, Prebendary Sydney Boyd, and annual Rolls of Honour listing members of the Abbey community on active service, who were killed in action or taken prisoner.

These give us a better understanding of the impact of the war on the Abbey community, the city of Bath and society as a whole. In turn, they help us to commemorate the First World War by allowing us to discover, learn about and connect with the different people who lost their lives or whose lives changed forever.

Bath Abbey is a member of the IWM Centenary Partnership. As part of this, we are researching stories about the Abbey community during the First World War.
Thanks to our volunteers, we have gradually started to build up a better picture of a number of individuals at   the Abbey during 1914-1918.

We need your help to find out more! We would especially like to make contact with any family members who may be able to add to these stories. Whether you've found a letter that a family member wrote about their experience or a photograph, please get in touch.