World War One left more to mourn than celebrate but next year will mark the centenary of its start.
A major programme of events to commemorate this momentous landmark was unveiled by the government today.
It includes a reconciliation ceremony at the cemetery where the war's first and last military casualties are buried.
Paul Davies reports from Belgium, where he spoke to the granddaughters of Private George Ellison - the last British military casualty before the ceasefire.
World War One centenary events
- 4 August 2014 - A service at Glasgow Cathedral for Commonwealth leaders to mark Britain's entry into the war. A candlelit vigil will be held at Westminster Abbey at the end of the day.
- 1 July 2016 - Events will be held to mark the Battle of the Somme. Further events will also mark the battles of Jutland, Gallipoli, Passchendaele.
- 11 November 2018 - The centenary will finish on Armistice Day.
More than £5 million will also be spent to send two students and a teacher from every state-funded secondary school in England to the battlefields of the Western Front between spring next year and March 2019.