Remembrance Day 2014: Services mark 100 years since outbreak of First World War

Camden mayor Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli lays a wreath at the war memorial at Mornington Crescent. Pict

Camden mayor Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli lays a wreath at the war memorial at Mornington Crescent. Picture: Polly Hancock. - Credit: Archant

Tributes have been paid to fallen serviceman at a variety of Remembrance Day services commemorating 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War.

On Friday morning, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and former Conservative cabinet minister Michael Portillo attended a special event at King’s Cross station.

The pair were joined by 100 serving and retired forces personnel who gathered with railway staff and rush-hour commuters on Platform 8 to greet a specially-adapted East Coast locomotive named For the Fallen.

Laurence Binyon’s 1914 poem For the Fallen was the inspiration behind the locomotive and a reading of the memorable poem made up part of the ceremony.

There were numerous services across Camden and Barnet on Remembrance Sunday.

Hampstead Garden Suburb residents attended a morning service, including a wreath-laying ceremony, at the Free Church, in Central Square, while another service took place down the road at the Golders Green Clock Tower War Memorial in Golders Green Road.

Camden mayor Cllr Lazzaro Pietragnoli was joined by fellow Camden councillor Roger Robinson, as well as current and former serviceman, for a wreath-laying service at Mornington Crescent War Memorial in Camden High Street on Sunday afternoon.

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In the evening, residents in Hampstead gathered at Christ Church, in Hampstead Square, for an event commemorating the life of composer George Butterworth, who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Anthea Goldsmith nee Ionides, a distant relative of Mr Butterworth, was one of a number of speakers who recounted the composer’s life on the night.

There was also a performance from pianist Dr Kriss Russman, who played one of Mr Butterworth’s pieces.

One of the highlights of the evening was a performance of Mr Butterworth’s Six Songs from A Shropshire Lad by Andrew Staples and Oliver Chesser.

Camden Council’s official Remembrance services continue today with mayor Cllr Pietragnoli attending services at St Michael’s Church, in Camden Road, Camden Town, and Whitestone Pond War Memorial in Hampstead.

Meanwhile, deputy mayor Cllr Larraine Revah was due to lay wreaths at Hampstead Cemetery, in Fortune Green Road, Fortune Green, and All Hallows’ Church, in Savernake Road, Gospel Oak.

See photos from the services in the gallery above.