Lighting the Lamplight of Peace

25 July 2018 | Bethany Reynard

Westminster Abbey lights the Lamplight of Peace to commemorate the end
of the First World War.

A unique, specially commissioned Lamplight of Peace, commemorating the work of First World War tunnelers and the millions of soldiers, sailors and merchant seamen that lost their lives during FWW.

It will be lit at a unique ceremony at the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, Westminster Abbey, at 18:20 on August 4th 2018. This marks the first day of the last 100 days before Remembrance Sunday on 11th November.

The event is part of Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute being organised by International Pageantmaster Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR to mark the centenary of the end of the Great War on 11th November 1918.

The focal point of the mounted Lamplight of Peace is an original Bonnetted Clanny (Meusler) Lamp that would have been used by miners in British coalfields and subsequently in the tunnels.

The four sides of the wooden base on which it stands displays strands from German and British barbed wire of the period, coal from the last British major coal mine, shards of trench post and soil from a FWW trench near Ypres, ballast from the railway line where the Armistice was signed in Compiegne, France and a replica of a Victoria Cross.

The lighting of the Lamplight of Peace at Westminster Abbey will mark the beginning of the 100 day journey of the Lamp. It will spend 25 days each with the four military charities involved in Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute: The Royal Naval Association, ABF The Soldiers Charity, RAF Benevolent Fund and the Merchant Navy Association.