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Good evening from the village of Brassington in Derbyshird


for a special programme marking the day 100 years ago when Britain


As the clock ticked round to 11pm on that fateful evening of


August the 4th, 1914, no`ond could have imagined


just how bloody and brutal the coming conflict would be.


It left its mark on almost dvery town and village in the country


If we step inside the church of St James, we can see the melorial


plaque which bears the names of those men from Brassington who


It is headed, to the glory of God and a sacred to the memory of..


There is the list. James Banks. Joseph Henry Ellis. Frank and


William Gould. Three separate pairs of names on this memorial plaque,


detailing perhaps just how destructive the war was and how


personally it would be felt in villages like this.


It's been a day of commemoration right across


the East Midlands as communhties have marked the 100th annivdrsary


Marching proudly to a commeloration, old soldiers joined the people of


Hilton in remembering their fallen. We have gathered here today to


remember all those from this community... On a former Arly base,


25 trees have been planted to remember the Hilton men who were


lost in three 20th`century wars including a team from the Great War.


We have an uncle, James Andrew, who died in the First World War, we have


a cousin, Eric Charles Blood, who died in the Second World War. And


also, a second cousin, Robert Blood, who also died in the First World


War. A stone with all the n`mes was unveiled by a local man, Prhvate


Callum Bowley of the Mercian Regiment. In Hilton Village Hall, an


exhibition of the history of all those who died, including D`vid


Amos, who was killed at the end of the Battle of the Somme. His effects


are here and with his grandson, including his watch. I alwaxs wind


it up and if you listen to ht, you can hear the ticking, I feel that is


his heart. He was on night patrol and he was killed by an explosion.


The union flag was lowered to half`mast. Inside, next mission


detailing how do great work changed Nottinghamshire, as well as


commemorating those who lost their lives. People seem to spend a long


time in the gallery, they sdem to be bowled over by the impact of it At


Eastwood, the Memorial Garddns have become only the second centdnary


field in the country. It is now a protected site to mark the tltimate


sacrifice made by local people 00 years ago. This garden will be a


memorial for all the people in the area of Broxtall who died in those


wars, and it will be a lasthng reminder. In Leicestershire, Ashby


Pusey has opened its own Grdat War exhibition. `` Ashby Museum. Telling


the stories of some of the hundreds of men from North West


Leicestershire who died durhng World War I. This exhibition reprdsents


just a few of the men who dhed in the North West Leicestershire area.


They represent over 900 people who gave the ultimate sacrifice, some of


them so young. At Stamford, a whole festival of commemoration. Ht began


with the Mayor or procession through the town and among its ranks,


soldiers of the future from the local Army Cadet Force. Watched by


soldiers from past conflicts. The commemorations are conthnuing


this evening, here and across the country, to mark


the hour that war was declared. These Lights Out events, organised


by the Royal British Legion, are moments for reflection hnspired


by the words of the then Brhtish Foreign Secretary, Sir Edward Grey,


who said on this day 100 ye`rs ago, "The lamps are going out all over


Europe, we shall not see them lit again in


our lifetime." 100 years ago, Europe was dominated


by Emperors, a Kaiser and a Tsar. Closer to home,


Britain's second city It's difficult to comprehend how


different everyday life was in 914. Our political editor John Hdss has


been discovering how our MPs then He starts his report in


Downing Street. So, imagine what it must have been


like 100 years ago as the then Prime Minister Herbert Asquith faced the


prospect of Britain at war with Germany. Asquith was a Primd


Minister of a coalition Govdrnment, sounds familiar? He led a Lhberal


government in coalition with the Irish Parliamentary party. Ht was an


issue of independence for Ireland. Our MPs were more concerned about a


looming civil war in Ireland than the drumbeat to war in Europe. That


all changed when Sir Edward Grey, the Foreign Secretary, warndd MPs


that the Army of the Kaiser sweeping through Belgium would obligd Britain


to defend Belgian neutralitx. An MP from Leicester was not convhnced.


Ramsay MacDonald is probablx better known as the Prime Minister of the


first`ever Labour Government after the First World War, but he was also


one of the first Labour MPs, elected to represent Leicester. In the


Commons, Ramsay MacDonald s`id he was not convinced of the nedd for


war and that the verdict of history may eventually agree with hhm and


not so Redwood. Within 24 hours Britain war and Sir Edward Grey


Craig, from the windows of the front office, made his warning, the lamps


are going out all over Europe, they will not be lit again in our


lifetime. Mobilisation was not without problems. Lord Kitchener


needed recruits. The MP for Mansfield, illiberal, gained


prominence to campaigning against underage boys being enlisted.


Investor, recruitment was along the lowest in Britain because of the


strong anti`war sentiment. `` in Leicester. MPs had other concerns,


why had recruits not been issued with razors and spoons? Why were


retired medical officers not getting a full kit allowance, Sir Hdrbert


Raphael demanded an answer. And what of Derby's new Labour MPs, Jimmy


Thomas, exposed businesses that were still trading with Germany, despite


a Government trade ban. The war to end all wars may have been 000 years


ago, yet the concerns of our MPs then seem strangely familiar now.


I have moved down now from the church to the millennium se`t, and


earlier this evening, the n`mes of the men who served their cotntry


from Brassington were read out in a special roll call. Mike Rosd,


Chairman of the local branch of the Royal British Legion, read out the


names as a mark of respect. Joseph Henry Ellis. William Webster Gould.


William Herbert Grattan. Well, I am joined by some of the villagers and


members of the Royal British Legion. You have helped to organise this,


who has it gone? Very well. It has been a beautiful might. We just


wanted to mark the centenarx of the First World War and pay respects to


all the millions who died. H think you have done the village proud


Mike, what is the response? It is 100 years on, it is a long time


since the war started. You think it is a long time, but we have to


remember these people who wdnt to war in 18, 90 years `` 19 ydars of


age and gave their lives for us and for how we live today lost because


it was turning point in the century. From that point of view, I think we


should be very grateful to them Brassington suffered a lot, there


was a huge impact on the yotng men here. There must have been. 17


villagers lost their lives out of about 35. One village just down the


road had no body. One of thd thankful villages, as it was called.


But a proud moment for the Royal British Legion, the responsd today


and tonight? Very much so. H am pleased to see the way everxthing


has gone. I think it has rehgnited the events in the last few days


that suddenly, young people have realised what happened 100 xears


ago, it has reignited that hnterest. It certainly has. Thank you very


much to all of you. We will leave you tonight from Brassington, with a


rendition of the last post on what has been a day of intense and


incredible commemorations. We were there earlier at the Crich Stand in


Derbyshire, the memorial to the men of the Sherwood Foresters who went


to war and never came back. Those soldiers are in our minds again


tonight. Good night. We have had a fairly quiet start, it


has been dry and bright with a good deal of warmth. Not much ch`nging


for the next 24 hours, we whll stay dry throughout tomorrow. Thd


sunshine will be around through the morning and cloud will incrdase


again in the afternoon. But temperatures going back up hnto the


20s. A couple of showers thhs evening which are starting to fade.


The cloud will melt away as well, so dry and clear. Like winds, so it


will be quite cold, but temperatures are sliding into single figtres for


some. Around eight or nine Celsius. Tomorrow, a bright start, bdautiful


sunshine through the morning, cloud increasing as we approach the


afternoon. The chance of a shower although most places will stay dry.


Temperatures up to around 22. That's all from us, here is the outlook.


Quite a fresh evening out there this evening. It's going to turn chilly


in a few spots by the early hours of Tuesday. Underneath the clear,


calm, tranquil conditions... Not completely clear because there are a


few showers. You may have been caught out in some across the South


today. After midnight, you can see the vast majority of the UK has dry


weather, whereas Cornwall, Devon, just about nudging into Wales,


possibly Northern Ireland and the south-west of Scotland, a few


showers. But clear skies is the story tonight. Colder in rural


spots. The Glens of Scotland, really nippy first thing on Tuesday. It


starts off sunny for many of us Tuesday is going to be a bit of an


East-West split. In the afternoon, across the south-west we will see a


few showers, a bit of sunshine too, not such a bad


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