London marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War

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London marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War
5th August 2014

Londoners across the capital turned off their lights last night to mark the outbreak of the First World War. 

A single beam of light, visible for miles around, was projected from Westminster as landmarks including Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace were shrouded in darkness.

At the Tower of London 888,246 poppies were staked into the ground, one for every British and Colonial death during the conflict.  Prince William also visited the site of the first battle after the German army crossed the Belgium frontier where he was joined by 50 heads of state.


Chelsea pensioners started commemorations riding in vintage cars through the capital to the Imperial War Museum.

John Cuthbert describes his father's experience in the First World War.


Chelsea pensioner Fred Rook's father also fought between 1914-18 and said his parents upset when the Second World War.


Jim Lycett, another Chelsea pensioner explains what life was like for those in the war.


Chelsea pensioner Tom Mullaney casts a detailed eye back on the war on the men who were involved.


Captain Ned Harris of the Coldstream Guards, will be reading a letter written by an Officer from the First World War which was addressed to his girlfriend two days before he was deployed.


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