FAMILIES will be remembering fallen relatives as the outbreak of the Great War is commemorated 100 years on.
Britain declared war on Germany on August 4 1914 and there are several events and projects planned across north-west London to mark the occasion.
One of the most famous combatants is Captain William Leefe Robinson, pictured above, who was the first British pilot to shoot down a German airship, a Zeppelin, over Britain.
He was the first recipient of the Victoria Cross for action in the UK and is buried at the graveyard at All Saints' Church in Uxbridge Road, Harrow Weald, after succumbing to Spanish influenza while living at his sister's home in Stanmore.
HARROW: Join a First World War Centenary Service - organised by the Harrow Deanery of the Church of England - at St John’s The Baptist in Sheepcote Road between 6pm and 7pm this coming Sunday.
HARROW ON THE HILL: To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War on Monday, the tenor bell of St Mary’s Church in Church Hill will toll at noon 96 times, one strike for each of the fallen whose names are recorded on the church’s First World War Roll of Honour.
PINNER: The Pinner Association of Churches is holding a First World War commemoration service at Pinner Parish Church in Church Lane at 8pm on Monday for hymns, scriptural and non- scriptural readings, silence and thought.
PINNER: War cartoons by the Pinner illustrator William Heath Robinson are on display for free at the Heath Robinson gallery at West House in Pinner Memorial Park in West End Lane, Pinner.
The artist’s pictures - published in several magazines - sought to bring a lighter note to the bellicose events in which the country found itself.
Visitors can drop by between 1pm and 5pm Wednesday and Saturday and, for August only, at the same time on Sundays.
BRENT: Poets Malika Booker and Nick Makoha, actor Andy Daniel and heritage professional Jo Sunderland-Bowe have used the collections at Brent Museum and Archives to create a series of creative materials about the First World War, including a video, poems, workshops and other visual narratives, intended to be used by schools and community groups.
Called Brent Remembers project, it is one of the first 10 pilot projects to be shared as on the national Digital War Memorial on specialist photograph and story-sharing website Historypin from Monday.
The Digital War Memorial project is being led by the Society of Chief Librarians with a £196,110 grant from Arts Council England.
WEMBLEY: Non-essential lights will be switched off at Brent Civic Centre in Engineers Way, Wembley, as part of the UK-wide 'Lights Out' event in which buildings and homes are encouraged to switch off illumination between 10pm and 11pm on Monday except for a solitary light or candle for a shared moment of reflect.
The initiative is being run by the 14-18 NOW independent commemoration programme hosted by Imperial War Museums using public funding.
Sir Edward Grey, the foreign secretary at the declaration of war, famously said: “The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.”
HARROW: Harrow Civic Centre in Station Road is similarly participating in ‘Lights Out’.