Braddan Commissioners are holding a Secular Act of Remembrance on Sunday 11 November at 10.45am at the Memorial Hall in Union Mills.

The Two Minute Silence will be observed at 11am.

The Commissioners’ Chairman Mr Andrew Jessopp said “All are welcome to attend the event. Representatives from the Isle of Man Freethinkers will conduct a short ceremony of Remembrance. Light refreshments will be served afterwards.”

Braddan Commissioners have erected two silhouettes of WW1 soldiers in front of the Memorial Hall, together with 60 metal poppies; one to represent each of the 60 men from the Parish of Braddan who perished in the First and Second World Wars.

The setting of the Memorial Hall is particularly poignant as the Hall, which was built in 1903, has a brass plaque mounted above the entrance with the crest of the West Riding Regiment and the following inscription:-

“To the Beloved Memory


John Dalrymple Maitland. B.A.

2nd Lieut 9th Duke of Wellington’s Regiment

Who was killed in action at Boesinche near Ypres

On the 21st February 1916 aged 24 years

Only son of the Speaker of the House of Keys

Dalrymple Maitland J.P.C.P.

And great grandson of James Dalrymple

This tablet was erected by residents in Union Mills

And other friends.

“A noble manly life is ended”.”