The Mayor of Basingstoke, Cllr Roger Gardiner, held a Civic Reception at Milestones Museum in Basingstoke, prior to inviting those present to go on a "Soldiers Journey" round the museum.
At the reception, there was a display of the uniforms and equipment used by Soldiers in the First World War, and a short talk about the role which the Hampshire Regiment played in the First World War. 337 names are inscribed on the three bronze panels of the War Memorial in War Memorial Park in Basingstoke, but many others died from the surrounding towns and villages such as Whitchurch, Overton, Tadley and Oakley.
The Mayor said that it was important that we continued to recognise and remember the sacrifices that these young men made, and he explained that he had invited many of the descendants of the servicemen named on the memorials to events, as part of the programme of activities to mark the centenary of the First World War.
After the reception, guests were invited to go on a Soldiers Journey, which depicted the First World War through the eyes of a 9 year old boy called Tom.
At the end of the tour, the Basingstoke Gang Show performed "Letters from War" at the Agricultural Show Ground area in Milestones.