As dusk fell on Remembrance Sunday, 12th November 2017, 236 volunteers approximately the same age of as each of the 236 casualties named on the Lewes War Memorial walked from the home address of that individual to the memorial, carrying a flaming torch.
As each casualty’s names, addresses, causes and dates of death and ages were read out, the volunteer stepped forward, doused their torch and disappeared into the crowd.
This unique and highly moving tribute to Lewes’s war dead was recorded on film shot by four professional film makers resident in Lewes. This 15 minute film, produced with the backing of Lewes Community Screen, will be shown at the Studio, at Depot Cinema, Lewes, from Monday 5th February to Sunday 11th February.
The showings will be between 5 and 7pm on Monday 5th, (not Tuesday 6th), Wednesday 7th, Thursday 8th, Friday 9th, and 2-6pm on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th. Admission to these showings is free.
There will also be an exhibition of the original information sheets filled in by relatives of the fallen, who are commemorated on War Memorial erected in 1922. These will be accompanied by a selection of photographs from the Edward Reeves Archive.
This unforgettable event was organised by the Edward Reeves Archive Project, with the full cooperation of all seven Lewes Bonfire Societies, and the support of Lewes Town Council.
Poignant Torchlight Tribute to Town’s War Dead, Sussex Express, 15 November 2017