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WWI Lights Out Service

WWI Centenary Commemoration

Declaration of War - Lights Out Service

10pm Monday August 4th 2014

At 11pm on August 4th 1914, 37 days after the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire Archduke Franz Ferdinand had been assassinated in Sarajevo, Britain declared war on Germany.  

Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, said:

"The lamps are going out all over Europe.

We shall not see them lit again in our time".

By the end of the War, 702,410 British military personnel had died, 1,662,625 had been wounded and over 600,000 discharged disabled.

In Tutbury, the names of 47 men from Tutbury, Hatton and the surrounding area would be recorded on the War Memorial at St. Mary's by the end of the War.

To Commemorate the start of the War, a "WWI Lights Out" service will be held at 10pm on Monday 4th August 2014 at St. Mary's Priory Church, Tutbury.  

To symbolise Sir Edward Grey's words, the lights will gradually be extinguished during the service until the Church is in darkness at 11pm, the exact Centenary of the Declaration of War.