"The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."
Sir Edward Grey, Foreign Secretary, uttered these words on the eve of Britain officially entered the First World War on 4th August 1914. Exactly 100 years later the Royal British Legion is leading a 'Lights Out' event, inviting millions of individuals, households and companies to join together to turn off lights between 10pm and 11pm in a national moment of reflection.
The total number of military and civilian casualties in World War I was over 37 million. There were over 16 million deaths and 20 million wounded ranking it among the deadliest conflicts in human history.
Here's a link to some of the arts events leading up to the commemoration 14-18 NOW
Assistant Leon Foggitt extinguishing candle for retouch for Radio Times Magazine shoot 'Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Westminster Abbey'.
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