The evening will comprise the following:
Drinks reception in The Centre for Creativity.
Readings and songs by pupils of Wakefield High School about Nellie Spindler followed by a screening of Futility (the film lasts for 20 mins)
Film about one man's horror at the battle of Passchendaele in 1917, where half a million men died in 3 months. Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan will read the letters sent home from the trenches of Passchendaele with narration by Lt General Jonathon Riley CB DSO. The film also features the poetry of Wilfred Owen considered to be the leading war poet of his generation.
Presentation followed by a screening of The Angel of Passchendaele (the film lasts for 20 mins)
Staff nurse, Nellie Spindler was tragically killed in a First Aid Clearing station positioned just behind the front lines at Passchendaele. Although aware of the danger from enemy bombing, Nellie stayed at her post and did her duty in helping nurse injured and wounded soldiers. She is buried at the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. She is the only woman amongst 10,000 allied soldiers buried there.
The film will include letters, photographs and presents sent from France to her family in Wakefield over a hundred years ago. Plus memorial pieces created by school children from Nellie's old school, Pinders Primary in Eastmoor.
Guests of Honour: Members of Nellie Spindler's family will be present along with David Dinmore MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire and the Mayor of Wakefield.