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Remembering a century since the outbreak of the First World War

Remembering a century since the outbreak of the First World War

Remembering a century since the outbreak of the First World War

Today marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War in Britain.

Across Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough, Twyford, Burnham and the surrounding area, events have been taking place to commemorate the anniversary. This page will be updated with news of events and services held to mark the anniversary.


BOYN HILL: Home Secretary Theresa May was among about 250 people at All Saints Church in Church Close for a service on Sunday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the Great War.

The MP for Maidenhead was joined by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway .

The event was organised in conjunction with the Maidenhead branch of the Royal British Legion.

A collection raised £441.35 for the Poppy Appeal.


SLOUGH: Reporter Paul Miles is looking for your views on what you think of Slough's new First World War memorial, which was officially unveiled in High Street over the weekend.

Is it a fitting tribute or contemporary eyesore?

Email with your thoughts or join the debate on our Facebook page.


COOKHAM: The bells rang out at Holy Trinity Church on Monday evening to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Six ringers performed a quarter peal, an arrangement reserved for special occasions, on the six original bells which were used in 1914.

Two Cookham bell-ringers were killed in action during The Great War; Private Charles William White, who died in 1916, and Private Walter Thomas Gillman Woolford, who died in 1918, aged 19. 

Wednesday, August 6, 9.47am:

ASCOT: The first ever statue dedicated to the million allied horses killed in the First World War will soon dominate the centre of Ascot.

Click here to find out more about the £250,000 memorial.


WINDSOR: A 'Windsor in the Great War' book has been launched to coincide with a new exhibition on the First World War at Windsor Museum.

More details here.


The Royal Borough's town crier, Chris Brown, has tweeted about how the centenary was marked at Windsor's Guildhall.


Aerial photography specialists vision2video have sent us this footage of Windsor Castle taking part in #LightsOut to mark the centenary. Pictures courtesy of vision2video.

Tuesday, August 5, 9.05am:

People across the area took part in the #LightsOut initiative to mark the centenary between 10pm and 11pm last night.


TWYFORD: A commemorative window display to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War has been created in a Twyford charity shop.

The display in Age Concern Twyford and District's shop in the High Street includes medals and other war-time memorabilia.

Shop manager, Kay Plummer, said it has been a 'talking point' in the village.


Reporter Naomi Agius has been asking shoppers in Maidenhead High Street if they think it is important for us to remember the 'war to end all wars'.

Sam Kennedy

Sam Kennedy, 40, of Marlborough Close, thought it is.

"It is so important when you think of how many lost their lives. Both of my grandfathers fought in the war and they told me a lot of stories as I was growing up."

She thought more would have been done at Maidenhead Town Hall to commemorate the centenary, as celebrations were being held across the country.


Henry Rollins

Henry Rollins, 24 who works at 3 Mobile, agreed it is important for us to mark the anniversary.

"We wouldn’t be here without those people."

He added that though his great-grandfather fought in the war, he was ashamed to say that he was unsure what part he had played.


Brenda Hubbard
Brenda Hubbard, 72, of Highfield Lane, also had relatives involved, though admitted it had been hard to trace them all as her family tree is so big.

Her husband also had relatives go off to fight.

"Not many of them came back.

"It’s important for us to remember it because of the profound impact it had on all those lives."


Marc Solarz
Marc Solarz, 38, of Kinniard Close, Taplow, said it would be a sad day when we stop remembering.

"I 100 per cent think it is important – not just for the million British soldiers that died but for the freedom that we have now.

"My great-grandfather fought in it. He was one of the lucky ones who survived."


Richard Chandler and Susan Fontenelle

Friends Susan Fontenelle, 46, of Boyn Valley Road and Richard Chandler, 48, of Halifax Road, Pinkneys Green, thought there should be a high-profile commemoration in Maidenhead.

"I think more should be done in every town to commemorate its fallen soldiers,” said Susan.

"People gave up their lives and fought for their country - or were shunned if they didn’t."

Richard said that considering the horrific things soldiers had to go through, they should definitely be remembered.


The anniversary is not just being marked here in Britain, but across the world, 


Will you be taking part in #LightsOut?


The unveiling of a new war memorial was the highlight of centenary events in Slough on Saturday as the town remembered those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The memorial, in Slough High Street, was created specifically for the centenary commemorations and officially unveiled by the Mayor of Slough, Cllr Shafiq Chaudhry at 11am.

"I feel very lucky because I had an opportunity to unveil this memorial and this is something that is going to stay forever," said the Mayor.

"The design of the memorial is beautiful."

Other events taking part in Town Square on the day included people being able to step back in time and enjoy a variety of Edwardian activities.

These included hearing stories from the Edwardian era, finding out more about Slough's role in the Great War and seeing images of the town from 100 years ago.

Visitors to Slough museum, in High Street, could also enjoy a First World War exhibition called Frank went to the Front.

Free poppies were also handed out to visitors on the day so they could pay their own respects to those who had fallen.


The Countess of Buckinghamshire has officially opened a commemorative art exhibition at St Peter's Church in Burnham to mark the centenary of the First World War.

See a photo gallery from the event here.


If you'd like to know more about what is taking place near you to mark the anniversary, we have compiled a summary of events across the Maidenhead, Windsor, Slough, Twyford and Burnham area.


Theresa May is encouraging people in Maidenhead take part in the 'Lights Out' initiative to mark the First World War centenary.

The nationwide tribute to the fallen is being held on Monday, August 4 and is asking that people turn off their lights, or leave on only a single light or a candle between 10-11pm.

Lights Out’s inspiration stems from the then Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey’s famous remark on the eve of the outbreak of the war in which he said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.

More here.


We want to know what you are doing to mark the anniversary where you are. Email with information about events and services.


COOKHAM DEAN: A candlelit vigil will be held at St John Baptist church in Cookham Dean to commemorate the start of the First World War.

All are welcome at the service in Church Road which will be held today between 10pm and 11pm.


BRAYSt Michael’s Church is open until 6pm today with photographs of the parish’s casualties on display.


People across the country are gathering together to mark one of the most significant dates in our history.


ETON WICK: A £50,000 scheme will commemorate fallen soldiers in the First World War through the planting of 17 trees - each with its own plaque

The money from the Royal Borough to rejuvenate Eton Wick will pay for trees to be planted on either side of Bell Lane.

Cllr Peter Lawless (Con, Eton Wick) has gathered the details of the 34 soldiers from the village who died.

He said: "The bravery and sacrifice of all those who answered the call to fight for king and country will be highlighted and each will be remembered by the planting of these trees."

The money will also be used to provide more parking and improve the village's zebra crossing.


COOKHAM RISE: The gallery at Elizabeth House will mark the centenary by hosting a special exhibition.

Nine paintings created by local artists which portray the final stages of Jesus' life, in the context of the Great War, go on display today and will run until mid-September.

The exhibition in Station Hill will be open between 9am and 3pm on weekdays, closing for an hour at noon for lunch, and there will be a special Saturday opening between 10am and 4pm on August 9.


 This page will be updated throughout today with news of events and ceremonies marking the centenary of World War One.

Don't forget, we will also be publishing a 32-page supplement, A Call to Arms, in this week's Advertiser and Express filled with soldiers’ stories, photographs, poems, paintings, extracts from letters, insights into the war effort and organisations here at home, and more.

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