Updated with full gallery: Hundreds gather to commemorate Great War centenary

Updated with full gallery: Hundreds gather to commemorate Great War centenary

Lighting the candles inside the church

MP Dominic Grieve on the left

A Royal British Legion member

The wreaths at the war memorial

The church choir

The parade

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HUNDREDS gathered in Beaconsfield yesterday to remember those who fell in the First World War.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the day Britain declared war on Germany and the First World War began.

There were events throughout the weekend and there are more today to remember those who died.

At 12pm yesterday people gathered at the war memorial by St Mary and All Saints Church in Beaconsfield.

Reverend Dr Jeremy Brooks led the service to remember the 80 men who lost their lives during the First World War.

Click here for a full gallery of the event.

Natalie Daly and Caroline Aspland from the 606 (Beaconsfield) Squadron Air Training Corps and Harry Rees and Alistair Rose from the Fourth Beaconsfield Scouts read out the names of the 80 men who died.

The chairman of the Beaconsfield Royal British Legion, Dick Smith BEM then read the verse, They Shall Not Grow Old.

The last post was played by Barbara Douglas and a two minute silence was held.

Two wreaths were laid at the memorial by Mr Smith on behalf of the RBL and Jenefer Farncombe, deputy lieutenant, on behalf of the Lord-Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire.

The service then continued inside the church where members of the ATC lit 80 candles.

Mayor of Beaconsfield, Stephen Jones read Into Battle by Julian Grenfell and MP for Beaconsfield, Dominic Grieve, read The Parable of the Old Man and the Young by Wilfred Owen.

Major General James Shaw CBE read a bible reading followed by a poignant sermon from Reverend Dr Brooks.

The National Anthem was sung at the end.

Mr Smith, who is also the town crier, said: "I think it was a most superb morning. I just think it was out of this world.

"It was a glorious day. The weather- the whole service. I am so proud of how it has gone.

"I cannot believe how packed it has been.

"To me it means everything."

He was wearing the medals of his grandfather, William James Richards, who joined up on August 4 1914 and fought until May 17, 1917, when he was injured.

Hundreds attended the service and the church was full.

Mayor Cllr Jones said: "It is with a great sense of respect that we are here 100 years later, with such a strong turn out. It is a privilege to be part of the service."

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1:08pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

A needless war all in the name self pride of the leaders of that time.
A needless war all in the name self pride of the leaders of that time. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
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1:51pm Mon 4 Aug 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

The war in its true essence was the result of a feud between the royal families and the rulers of the concerned tyrants of the time. They all wanted an empire for their own self-serving purposes so they led millions to their futile deaths all in the name of what??? Is there the ever lasting peace that they sought then by sending so many people to kill each other for building an empire ? Call it what ever you want... The great war or otherwise... the basic truth is it was fought over the greed of grabbing each other's land ! Which ever side you look at it, putting aside the inevitable deaths that were going to be caused.
The war in its true essence was the result of a feud between the royal families and the rulers of the concerned tyrants of the time. They all wanted an empire for their own self-serving purposes so they led millions to their futile deaths all in the name of what??? Is there the ever lasting peace that they sought then by sending so many people to kill each other for building an empire ? Call it what ever you want... The great war or otherwise... the basic truth is it was fought over the greed of grabbing each other's land ! Which ever side you look at it, putting aside the inevitable deaths that were going to be caused. Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Tue 5 Aug 14

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

The "great" war that wasn't !
The "great" war that wasn't ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry
  • Score: 1

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