Armistice 100: First World War sacrifice remembered with Shrouds of the Somme service
- Credit: Archant
Hundreds of people gathered in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park today (Sunday) for a poignant service to mark a century since the end of the First World War.
The service, which was led by the Revd Canon Dr Flora Winfield, took place by the Shrouds of the Somme installation, where more than 72,000 small shrouded figures were laid out, each depicting a soldier who lost his life in the battle and who has no known grave.
She said: “We offer thanksgiving for the sacrifice of those who came from these boroughs of London and from all sides of the world.”
Two poems were read, one by Lili Fairclough from Mossbourne Victoria Park Academy who read a composition she wrote for the Never Such Innocence First World War poetry competition, and one by actor Jim Carter, who read For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon.
As well as the Last Post being played by WO2 Daniel Shave from the Royal Artillery Band and a two minutes’ silence being observed, the service included the blowing of whistles, which exhibition chairman Jake Moores said “would be the last thing many of these men heard before they went over the top”.
You may also want to watch:
It was one of a number of Remembrance Day services to take place in Newham to mark the centenary of Armistice.
These included a ceremony at the Cenotaph in Central Park, East Ham, as well as ones at war memorials in North Woolwich and Canning Town.
- 1 Flooding causes road and rail disruption across east London
- 2 Canning Town bus station stays closed as 'urgent' investigation underway
- 3 The secondary schools in Newham rated outstanding by Ofsted
- 4 Appeal after man allegedly 'spits at' woman travelling through Whitechapel, West Ham and Barking
- 5 High Court judge rules no further action needed over embargo breach by Newham company boss
- 6 Carpenters Estate neighbours to vote on redevelopment plans
- 7 Weather warning in place with east London set for thundery weekend
- 8 Man injured as glass falls from Canning Town bus station canopy
- 9 Boy, 16, found stabbed in Custom House
- 10 Man suffers 'life-changing' injuries in Plaistow bicycle crash