A CHIPPENHAM publican will be holding a special celebration over the weekend to honour his grandfather's First World War centenary.

Steve Jenner of the Three Crowns will be raising a glass at 5pm on Sunday, May 21, to honour the end of training and the start of his grandfather Percy Herbert Jenner's first foray in the First World War.

The walls of the pub are covered in pictures that depict the publican's family history included his grandfather, who was only 20-years-old when he joined the army, and the pub will be hosting a special celebration from noon onwards.

Mr Jenner said: “I wanted to remember and celebrate my grandfather and all of those who fought alongside him in the First World War, many of whom never came home.

"The photograph on the wall here at the Three Crowns was taken 100 years ago in May 1917. It shows the 'passing out' of the 494th Company Royal Engineers, including Percy Jenner, before they headed off for war in the trenches.

"My grandfather was a farrier and his job was to was to look after the horses, the real life War Horses and although he was not required to “go over the top”, the horses were often targeted, particularly by artillery fire. He didn’t talk about his experiences of those days very much, but I do remember him telling me how frightened the horses were & the terrified noises they made when being shelled."