The first black officer in the British Army is to be honoured with a special coin being made by the Royal Mint. Walter Tull - from Folkestone - was promoted to an officer during the First World War despite a ban on black men being given such a high rank. He died in battle in 1918. The coins are part of the commemorations for the centenary of the war.
The first black officer in the British Army will be remembered on a special set of coins released by the Royal Mint as part of commemorations of the centenary of the First World War.
Kent-born Walter Tull, who was promoted to officer rank during the war despite a ban on black officers being given the high status, died in battle in 1918.
The coin, featuring a portrait of the officer with a backdrop of infantry soldiers going "over the top", will be one of a set of six £5 coins to remember the sacrifice made by so many during the war.
Each year until 2018 another set of six coins will be released, covering key battles and the stories of individual heroes of the time, with the final set focusing on the armistice and legacy of the war.
Historians from the south have remembered those who fought in WW1 today at London Waterloo station.
They dressed as squaddies re-enacted the first mass mobilisation of troops as they travelled from London to Southampton.
There is also a special exhibition at Waterloo which will visit railway stations all over the south.
At 11 o clock last night, lights the length and breadth of the country were dimmed, or put out, to remember the dead of the Great War. It was a hundred years, exactly, to the hour, that Britain declared war on Germany. In Folkestone, where earlier in the day, Prince Harry had unveiled a fourteen metre high arch on the town's clifftop to mark the anniversary, thousands gathered to pay their respects. For so many fighting men, Folkestone was their last glimpse of home as they departed to fight for King and country. At last night's ceremony, Kevin Harrison.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller, who is the MP for Basingstoke, has asked Hugh Robertson MP, a former Army officer, and Andrew Murrison, the Prime Minister's special representative, to form the ministerial team focusing on the programme
Mr Robertson also commanded The Household Cavalry on the 1993 Queen's Birthday Parade and the State Opening of Parliament. A Government source said: "We are keen to ensure that this is a centenary programme that the country can come together on.
It is understood the Government is in talks with various churches, faiths and other organisations to see if the vigil could be replicated around the country.
Organisers hope churches, town halls and other community buildings will mirror proceedings at the Abbey and that thousands of candles will be blown out simultaneously across the country at 11pm.
They also want the day to be inclusive, with all generations and communities getting involved.
It is believed that a wide range of groups will be invited to the Westminster vigil including the Brownies, Scouts, Guides and representatives from all services of the British military.
On Aug 4 2014 it will be 100 years since war was declared, pitching the nation into one of its hardest and chapters.
The centenary's highlight will be a candle-lit vigil of prayer and penitence at Westminster Abbey finishing, with the last candle being extinguished at 11pm - when war was declared.