Kingston's commemorations

About our projects and events

The four year programme 

We have joined a partnership of local, regional and international organisations in a four year programme of events to commemorate the First World War. The programme is led by the Imperial War Museum. Through the project we want to help you discover more about this tragic and momentous period in history.

Marking the start of the First World War

The 4 August 2014 marked the day, 100 years ago, that Britain declared war on Germany and joined the First World War. All over Great Britain, people can together to commemorate the start of the First World War. In Kingston upon Thames we held a ceremony in Kingston’s Ancient Market.

The Worshipful Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Ken Smith JP, led the civic ceremony. It was followed by a procession to All Saints Church where eleven candles were lit. Each candle was then put out, one by one, every hour, until the last was put out at 11pm (the time on 4 August 1914 that war was declared).

Kingston's three projects

Kingston Upon Thames put together three major projects which were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The projects were led by the Rose Theatre, Digital Drama and Kingston Museum. We hope the projects will  give you the opportunity to learn about the First World War. The three projects will shine a spotlight on the contributions made by Kingston’s citizens, both known and unknown, on the Front Line and on the Home Front.

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