Every evening, the Last Post will be played at sunset over the Tower moat, which is being progressively filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies – one for every death in the British forces in the First World War.
Names from the Roll of Honour will be read at 19.25 from 1 – 30 September, at 18.25 from 1 – 25 October and at 16.55 from 26 October – 10 November.
Please visit the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website at http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead.aspx to obtain as many details as possible of your nomination (such as date of death) and submit in the form below. We will verify all details submitted against the CWGC database.
The Tower of London is commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with an installation entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red‘. The installation is being created in the Tower’s famous dry moat and will continue to grow until the moat is filled with 888,246 ceramic poppies, each poppy representing a British military fatality during the war.
According to the telegraph: “Manifest poppies bleed from a bastion window, they arc above its medieval causeway, and surge over the top of the walls – like infantrymen at the Somme – before saturating the Tower of London’s 11th-century moat in a wash of crimson. Small wonder then that the world has been captivated by the unveiling of this astonishing artwork – part installation, part living theatre – designed to commemorate the centenary of World War One. ”
Each evening at twilight, through November, the public will be able to witness from Tower Hill terrace the names of 180 serving military killed during the First World War being read out in a roll of honour. This will be followed by the ‘Last Post’ bugle call played by a single bugler. Members of the public can nominate a name for the roll of honour using a weekly ‘first come, first served’ nomination system which will allow those with the relevant information to put a name forward for the roll of honour to be read the following week.