One hundred years ago trains thundered through Eastleigh carrying the British Expeditionary Force to Southampton and on to an appointment with destiny at Mons.
Last night Eastleigh townsfolk gathered at the war memorial statue of the Angel of Mons to commemorate the start of the war that was meant to “end all wars.”
Around eighty people took part in an hour long candlelight vigil arranged by the Eastleigh and Chandler’s Ford District branch of the Royal British Legion.
The council had turned off lighting and Stevens Fun Fair suspended operations as a mark of respect.
There was a short address by the president of Eastleigh British Legion Norman Brown MBE before the crowd fell into an hour of quiet reflection.
Afterwards Branch Chairman Brian Godwin said he was pleased at the turnout and that so many people had stayed for the entire hour.
Mr Godwin remarked that police officers were not just there as part of their duty but also to take part in the ceremony.
“We are lucky in Eastleigh, there is always a good turnout for Remembrance Sunday. We get a lot of support from the community and the council.”
Other events are being staged in the borough to commemorate the anniversary and on September 7 the Royal British Legion will be staging a re-creation of a WW1 field hospital on Leigh Rd rec.