HRH Duke of Cambridge to unveil Christmas Truce Monument

Wednesday 03 Dec 2014
HRH The Duke of Cambridge, with Theo Walcott, left
HRH The Duke of Cambridge will attend a dedication ceremony for a monument commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire on Friday 12 December 2014.

The memorial unveil is part of Football Remembers, a series of events in December being delivered jointly by the Premier League, The FA and the Football League in partnership with the British Council, to commemorate the First World War.

The design for the memorial was chosen by The Duke of Cambridge and England star Theo Walcott, after the Football Remembers competition open to more than 30,000 schools across the UK. 

The Duke will meet the young designer, 10-year-old Spencer Turner from Farne Primary in Newcastle, at the dedication ceremony at the Arboretum, which is the nation’s centre of remembrance. 

Until now, there has been no memorial on the 150-acre site dedicated to the Christmas Truce story of 25 December 1914. The new memorial has been funded by the Football Remembers partners.

England players attend Armtistice Day service at the National Memorial Arboretum

They will be joined by FA Chairman Greg Dyke, England manager Roy Hodgson and representatives from the Premier League, Football League and the British Council.  

The football partners first came together on the project in March 2014 with a special trip to the battlefields and memorial sites of northern France organised by the Football League.

Football Remembers will see various pieces of activity take place this month to honour one of the most iconic moments of the First World War. 

This weekend (5-8 December), clubs involved in Premier League, Football League and FA Cup matches right through to the grassroots  will unite to create a unique series of joint team photos, honouring the way the British and German forces came together in ‘no-man’s land’ on Christmas Day in 1914. 

Schools and workplaces in the UK along with British military bases and embassies around the world will also unite over the next ten days for their own mixed team photos. 

These will be posted to – via upload to social media using the hashtag #FootballRemembers. 

The website will be live from Thursday 4 December. It will help to provide a permanent reminder for future generations of how football sought to preserve such a powerful message of hope and humanity.

From 12-14 December, young footballers from the nations involved in 1914 will come together in a different kind of Flanders fields to compete in the Premier League Christmas Truce International Tournament. 

Ten teams will play in this unique U12 tournament taking place on a 3G pitch that the Premier League has donated to the city of Ypres. 

There are two teams each from the Premier League, German Bundesliga, Belgian Pro League, French Ligue 1 and one each from Scotland and Austria. 

To honour the sacrifices of Commonwealth soldiers there will be a tournament for U16 male and U18 female players from Premier League Kicks projects at home and abroad.

Sixty schoolboy footballers representing Premier League and German Bundesliga clubs are also the backing choir for a charitable e re-release of The Farm’s All Together Now song in aid of the British Red Cross and the Shorncliffe Trust.

On 17 December, the British Army will take on the German Army in a special football match at Aldershot Town – bringing together serving soldiers from both countries almost exactly 100 years on from the original Christmas Truce moments of 25 December 1914. 

A special photo opportunity will take place with the two teams at Wembley Stadium on 16 December.

As part of the Football Remembers project, more than 30,000 schools across the UK received a British Council education pack with resources to help children learn about the Truce – including eye-witness accounts, photos, drawings and letters from soldiers.  

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By FA Staff