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Commemorative events taking place to mark WW1

As Britain marks 100 years since the First World War, the country will join in a series of commemorative events to remember a conflict that proved to be momentous in the country's history.

Here are some of the major events taking place to commemorate the key milestones in the four-year war:

British troops arrive at St Nazaire in France in 1914. Credit: PA/PA Archive
  • August 4, 2014

Several events will be held to mark the date on which Britain declared war with Germany.

They are:

  • A remembrance service at Glasgow Cathedral
  • "Twilight" event at St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, Belgium
  • Memorial service at Westminster Abbey
  • "Lights Out" vigil - Brits are urged to leave a single light on 10-11pm

On the same day there will be a mass cultural event across the UK, including a ceremony at Folkestone to remember those soldiers who left for France from the port.

The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden at the Guards Museum at Wellington Barracks in London. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive
  • November 9, 2014

The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden, designed by Belgian architect Piet Blanckaert, will officially open following the London Cenotaph ceremony.

The garden's central circular bed will hold the "sacred soil" that "carries the memories of the millions who died", and has the words of John McCrae's famous poem In Flanders Fields inscribed upon it.

After the 'Christmas Truce' some soldiers still enjoyed a game of football on Christmas Day, like these troops in Greece in 1915. Credit: PA/PA Archive
  • December 2014

The now-annual Christmas Truce tournament will be held at a new state-of-the-art pitch in Ypres, which the Premier League has donated to mark the centenary.

The tournament for under-12 teams from England, Belgium, France and Germany is a recreation of the unofficial "Christmas Truce" match played in No Man's Land between German and British soldiers in 1914. 2015

A British soldier pays his respects at the grave of a colleague near Cape Helles, where the Gallipoli landings took place. Credit: PA Photos/PA Archive
  • April 25, 2015

The British Government will mark the anniversary of the start of the Gallipoli landings - the first major action seen by the newly formed Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac).

April 25, known as "Anzac Day", is commemorated in Australia and New Zealand every year in recognition of the heavy losses and casualties suffered.

A vessel from the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet at the Battle of Jutland. Credit: PA/PA Archive
  • May 31, 2016

The Government will mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland - a naval engagement between the Royal Navy's Grand Fleet and the Imperial German Navy's High Seas Fleet in the North Sea.

British troops coming out of the trenches at Guillemont, Battle of the Somme. Credit: Topham/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
  • July 1, 2016

The anniversary of the Battle of the Somme will be commemorated, during which French and British-led forces launched an offensive against the Germany Army

Two guardsmen bring in a wounded comrade on a stretcher at the First Battle of Passchendaele. Credit: Tophams/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images
  • July 31, 2017

Commemorative events will mark the start of the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, which resulted in an Allied victory.

Celebrations outside Buckingham Palace on November 11, 1918, after Armistice is announced, heralding the end of the First World War. Credit: PA/PA Wire
  • November 11, 2018

A national commemoration of Armistice Day will take place, marking the signing of the alliance between Germany and the Allied powers.

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