St Helier lantern parade marks WW1 anniversary

  • 4 August 2014
  • From the section Jersey

The outbreak of World War One has been marked in Jersey with a lantern-lit parade.

A Ceremony of Light started at 21:00 BST and was designed to commemorate the moment Britain declared war on Germany 100 years ago.

Almost 12,500 Channel Islanders took part in World War One.

The Royal British Legion has urged islanders to switch off all but one light in their homes between 22:00 and 23:00 BST.

Following an exhibition of photographs taken around the outbreak of war, a lantern parade will make its way from Halkett Place to Royal Square to the sound of the Town Church bell.

The bell also sounded 100 years ago as war was declared.

Following the parade, all lanterns will be extinguished leaving a solitary candle burning in Royal Square.

Jersey's Baliff Sir Michael Birt said he hoped as many islanders as possible would take part in the "important and moving ceremony".

Men holding rifles outside Cattle Market
Members of Jersey's Royal Militia outside the Cattle Market on 8 August 1914
Young soldier holds barrow in Weighbridge
A young recruit "uniformed and ready for an emergency" near Weighbridge in August 1914
Crowds wave off Jersey company aboard SS Ibex
Crowds wave off the Jersey Company aboard the SS Ibex on 2 March, 1915

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