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Lights Out at Twickenham – Great War Commemorations

04 August 2014

A World War One recruitment poster

Photo: RFU Archive

With the British public being urged to turn their lights off today (August 4) to mark the centenary of the start of World War One, Twickenham Stadium will extinguish all lights within the stadium bowl.

One single candle will be lit to remember the thousands of fallen rugby players in the Great War, including the 27 England internationals listed below.

The Royal British Legion request for people to use a single candle or light for an hour is inspired by the words of wartime foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey, who said on the eve of war: "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our life-time."

Given the RFU’s strong military connections and in order to support the national commemoration programme, the RFU will also be facilitating and supporting events over the next four years at both a club and national level.  Commemoration activities will cover three key areas: remembering, educating and fundraising.

The 27 England internationals who died were:

Harry Alexander
Henry Berry
Arthur James Dingle
George Eric Burroughs Dobbs
Reginald Harry Myburgh Hands
Arthur Leyland Harrison
Harold Augustus Hodges
Rupert Edward Inglis
Percy Dale Kendall
John Abbott King
Ronald Owen Lagden
Douglas Lambert
Alfred Frederick Maynard
Edgar Roberts Mobbs
William Moore Bell Nanson
Francis Eckley Oakeley
Robert Lawrence Pillman
Ronald William Poulton-Palmer
John Edward Raphael
Reginald Oscar Schwarz
Lancelot Andrew Noel Slocock
Francis Nathaniel Tarr
Alexander Findlater Todd
James Henry Digby Watson
Charles Edward Wilson
Arthur James Wilson

For more information on Lights Out please visit: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/remembrance/ww1-centenary/lights-out