Much of the blame for World War One is often placed on the German emperor Kaiser Wilhelm the second. But what's less known about him is his connection to what is now Cumbria and his great friendship before the war with the Earl of Lonsdale.
On a state visit to Penrith and the Lake District he was cheered by local people. But as war loomed the friendship broke down and Lord Lonsdale eventually formed his own army battalion to fight the Germans.
Thousands of people across our region came out last night to remember and celebrate those who serves in the First World War.
Seven of the men from Dumfries & Galloway and the Borders received the Victoria Cross medal for bravery in WWI. Find out why here.
Eight of the men from Cumbria who fought in WW1 received the prestigious Victoria Cross medal. Find out why here.