THAME/ HADDENHAM: Shows of respect for those who died in the First World War


A poignant way to remember those who gave their lives in the First World War will take place at St Mary’s Church in Haddenham.

“The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime” were the words uttered by Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey on the eve of Britain officially entering the conflict.

And exactly 100 years later the Royal British Legion is inviting millions of individuals, households, local organisations and companies to join together in a national moment of reflection.

The charity, which helps veterans of conflicts past and present and their families, is encouraging everyone in the UK to turn off their lights between 10pm and 11pm on August 4 - leaving only a single light or candle for this symbolic act of reflection and hope.

In Haddenham, St Mary’s Church will be open for quiet reflection and prayer until sunset, as usual and then again from 10pm to 11pm for a candlelit hour of prayers, quiet reflection and readings.

At 10pm the Last Post will be sounded at the war memorial in Church End, and the floodlights round the church will be turned off.

At 11pm Reveille will be sounded at the war memorial and the floodlights will be switched on again.

The event is just one of many taking place around Thame Gazette territory to remember the Great War on the historic anniversary.

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