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WW1 hero to be honoured in Brent

Corporal Charles Garforth VC Credit: PA Images

A man born in Brent will be the joint first in the country to receive a Victoria Cross commemorative paving stone. Corporal Charles Garforth VC was part of the 15th Hussars (The Kings) regiment. On 23 August 1914, under heavy fire, he volunteered to cut wire, allowing his squadron to escape. Exactly one hundred years later, he will be remembered with a ceremony and unveiling of the commemorative stone in Willesden Green, close to the road where he was born.

"We're proud that Charles Ernest Garforth was born in Willesden Green in the London Borough of Brent and was one of the first men to win a Victoria Cross in the First World War. It's very fitting that the VC recipients of the First World War are remembered with a commemorative paving stone and I hope people come and see the paving stone on Lechmere Road and find out more about Charles Garforth."

– Cllr James Denselow, Brent Council


Queen honours First World War volunteers

The rain didn't stop the ceremony taking place at the Royal Hospital Chelsea

A ceremony has been held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea to honour First World War volunteers. The Queen attended the Solemn Drumhead Service of Remembrance with the Duke of Edinburgh.

The Queen was joined by the Duke of Edinburgh

The event was held on the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, which is widely perceived as having set in motion the chain of events that led to the First World war.

Reservists take part in the ceremony

Lieutenant Governor of the Royal Hospital Chelsea Major General Peter Currie said "There is no more fitting site for this event in London than the home of the Chelsea Pensioners which for over 300 years has stood as a symbol of the nation's gratitude."

Spy files released by National Archives for the first time

Spy files released by National Archives Credit: National Archives

The National Archives is set to release more than 150 secret spy files on individuals and organisations involved in spying during the First World War.

Photos, letters and interrogation reports are among the documents to be released online by the Archives. They contain details about spies operating across the globe, including the notorious female spy Mata Hari and Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome.


Sacrifice made by World War I soldiers remembered

Members of the Household Division parading down the mall in central London as part in the Sacred Soil Procession. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

Soldiers who had family members who served in World War I have spoken about how moved they were to be involved in the procession of sacred soil through the capital.

Trooper Russell Jarman's great grandfather served with the Royal Horse Artillery during the First World War.

"During the battle he went into No Man's Land to save the gun and horses that were caught in the shelling" he said.

"He brought the horses back to safety but was fatally wounded in the process. He was awarded a posthumous medal for bravery."

"He was the inspiration for me joining the cavalry. I work with horses every day, and every day think of him and what he must have gone through in Flanders. Riding with the gun carriage today was an emotional moment for me."

'We will never forget the sacrifices'

Police and members of the household Division parading down the mall in central London as part in the Sacred Soil Procession. Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire

Kris Peeters, the Prime Minister of Flanders has paid tribute to the fallen at a special ceremony to bring soil from 70 World War I battlefield to London.

"We will never forget the sacrifices that were made to help us regain our freedom" he said.

"We will never forget about those four years, not only because it is a testimony of our friendship but also because it reminds us that we have to remain vigilant, even though we have escaped war for many decades now we must never forget how quickly things can change".

Members of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery with the seventy bags of Soil on a gun carriage Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire
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