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On 4th August 2014, lights across the UK were switched off as part of the national ‘Lights Out’ campaign of remembrance, marking 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.

To pay tribute to Westminster’s fallen heroes, Westminster City Council and Land Securities arranged for a World War One roll of honour to be screened on the world-famous Piccadilly Lights between 10pm and 11pm. During this hour, thousands of people stood below the iconic lights to see the tribute, as a hush fell upon the busy Piccadilly intersection.

Over 2,000 soldiers were honoured on the night, after a list of people from Westminster who fought and died during the Great War was compiled by the Westminster City Archives team. Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney, a volunteer at Westminster City Archives who helped to research and create the roll of honour, said: “Undertaking this research project at the City of Westminster Archives has really opened my eyes to the global nature of World War One, and especially Westminster’s contribution. Men from Westminster, Paddington and Marylebone – amalgamated in 1965 as the City of Westminster – fought and died in every major conflict of the First World War.”

On 4th August 2014, lights across the UK were switched off as part of the national ‘Lights Out’ campaign of remembrance, marking 100 years since Britain entered the First World War.

To pay tribute to Westminster’s fallen heroes, Westminster City Council and Land Securities arranged for a World War One roll of honour to be screened on the world-famous Piccadilly Lights between 10pm and 11pm. During this hour, thousands of people stood below the iconic lights to see the tribute, as a hush fell upon the busy Piccadilly intersection.

Over 2,000 soldiers were honoured on the night, after a list of people from Westminster who fought and died during the Great War was compiled by the Westminster City Archives team. Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney, a volunteer at Westminster City Archives who helped to research and create the roll of honour, said: “Undertaking this research project at the City of Westminster Archives has really opened my eyes to the global nature of World War One, and especially Westminster’s contribution. Men from Westminster, Paddington and Marylebone – amalgamated in 1965 as the City of Westminster – fought and died in every major conflict of the First World War.”