The centenary for World War I in Harrow is being recognised with a number of activities across the borough which will span over the four year period until 2018.
The official dates for World War 1 are 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. The commencement of WWI for Great Britain was 4 August 1914.
To find out more, you can download the Harrow Remembers guide.
Harrow plans to participate in this free UK wide special event where lights will be extinguished or dimmed on Monday 4th August. Lights Out is an invitation to turn off your lights from 10pm until 11pm, leaving a single light or candle for this shared moment of reflection. It marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One in the United Kingdom.
The inspiration for Lights Out comes from a famous remark made on the eve of the outbreak of war by the then Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey:
“The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time”.
Britain declared war on Germany at 11pm on 4th August 1914, ushering in one of the darkest periods in our history.
For more information on Lights Out and how you can participate, visit the 14-18 Now website
Harrow and the Great War
Headstone Manor Museum is holding a series of annual exhibitions telling the story of Harrow at the time of the Great War, and the effect on its people. Each annual exhibition is dedicated to the contributions made to the War by some extraordinary local people. The museum is asking for those with stories to tell about the impact of WW1 on Harrow and its people to get in touch so that these can be incorporated into the exhibition. Your museum needs you! The exhibition will be travelling to libraries around the borough in the autumn.
To find out more, contact the Headstone Manor Museum.
Harrow Book of Remembrance
Harrow Council has launched a project to produce a single Book of Remembrance for the borough commemorating Harrow residents lost in conflicts, starting with World War 1. Research has already commenced with the listing of all names on war memorials around the borough. The aim is to produce a book and an interactive website over the next four years with stories of the times and behind the names on the list. Harrow is seeking volunteers to help with the research.