VIDEO: The Great War brought to life and death at Rufford Abbey

The bloody memories of The Great War were brought to life at the weekend as a special reenactment event was held at Rufford Abbey.

The weekend was organised by Nottinghamshire County Council in partnership with EventPlan as part of the ongoing ‘Trent to Trenches’ centenary commemoration programme, marking the start of the First World War in 1914 and the region’s involvement.

World War 1 event at Rufford Abbey Country Park

World War 1 event at Rufford Abbey Country Park

Highlights included tactical displays, military drills, talks, exhibits, medical displays and a church parade on the Sunday.

Significantly, the weekend was the exact 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, whose death sparked the start of the conflict.

Paul Norton, from Rufford Abbey, said: “The weekend’s overcast skies failed to quell the period patriotic fervour of the World War One re-enactors, or the interest of the event visitors. The large centenary anniversary event saw over 4,000 visitors flock to Rufford Abbey Country Park to see one of the country’s largest ever World War One events.”

Organiser Howard Giles of EventPlan added: “It is important to remember the huge commitment that Great Britain made alongside its allies in defeating the German threat, and the price paid by all those who were killed, maimed or otherwise affected.”