Rothesay’s Trinity Church will host an ecumenical service on August 4, marking the start of the First World War in Britain 100 years ago.
The First World War, also known as the Great War, started in Europe on July 28, 1914, and continued until an armistice was signed on November 11, 1918, when most hostilities ceased.
In fact the war was not completely over until 1923, by which time several treaties were signed between the combatants.
Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914, following an unsatisfactory reply to a British ultimatum that Belgium be treated as a neutral country. However Germany had already invaded Luxembourg and had declared war on Russia, France, and Belgium, who were our allies.
What started as a European war following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austro-Hungary and his wife Sofia in Sarajevo, soon turned into a global conflict.
The total number of casualties worldwide in World War One was over 37 million people. Deaths, military and civilian, wounded or injured, and those who succumbed from diseases such as Spanish Flu are all included in this total.
It is said that the Great War left an impact on every family in Britain.
2014 is the Centenary of the start of the First World War in Britain, and to commemorate this event an ecumenical service will be held in Trinity Church, Rothesay, at 10.30pm on Monday, August 4.
The service will be led by Rev Drew Barrie and will involve the choir of ‘Island Voices’ together with members of other church choirs. During the service the church lights will be extinguished, as it was said in 1914 that following Britain’s declaration of war on Germany ‘the lights went out all over Europe’.
All will be made most welcome at this commemorative service.