Hertfordshire beacons will be lit to commemorate the WW1 centenary

Published: 05 Nov 2018

Hertfordshire is set to glow under beacons of light commemorating the WW1 centenary.

On 11 November, the country will commemorate and remember the sacrifices made during the First World War 100 years ago as part of ‘Battle’s Over – a nations tribute’. The centenary is being marked by beacon lighting throughout the United Kingdom, including in a number of locations in Hertfordshire.

It is the first national beacon lighting since 2016 and Hertfordshire will see a number of fires lit, marking 100 years since the end of the Great War.

Councillor Terry Douris, chairman of the Hertfordshire Armed Forces Covenant Board said: “Lighting beacons isn’t something that happens often and having them lit across Hertfordshire is a brilliant mark of respect for all those who lost their lives 100 years ago.

“The council recognises the importance of remembering what happened a century ago and the events happening across Hertfordshire are a great way of doing that.

“As a council we are keen to support commemorative events across our county and are pleased to have jointly organised Battle’s Over, a nations tribute at Hertford Castle with Hertford Town Council and East Herts District Council.

“As part of the council’s commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant in honouring and remembering those that serve and have served, we are encouraging communities to show their support by participating in the WW1 centenary events taking place across the county.

“The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly and with respect.

“We know that there are many military veterans living in Hertfordshire. The commemorative ceremonies for WW1 are an opportunity to show to the families who have served and sacrificed that the public is thinking about them all.

“In Hertfordshire, the covenant operates under the name Hertfordshire Heroes.  We will continue to work closely with the military through a variety of community engagement initiatives such as the annual Primary school Christmas art competition.  For details on how to enter and for lots of useful advice and information for reservists, veterans, serving personnel and their families, visit the Hertfordshire Heroes website www.hertfordshireheroes.org.”

On 11 November 2018 at 7pm the following beacons will be lit across the county.

Hemel Hempstead

The beacon at St Mary’s Square in Hemel Hempstead Old Town will be lit.


A joint event with Hertfordshire County Council, Hertford Town Council and East Herts District Council ‘Battle’s Over – A Nation’s Tribute’ will see the county beacon at Hertford Castle lit.


Hatfield House will be lighting a beacon on the Cricket Pitch with live music from The Rockabellas who previously played at the Battle Proms. Tickets are free but must be obtained online before the event.


The beacon at Stevenage war memorial, on the Bowling Green will be lit.

St Albans

A beacon at St Albans war memorial on St Peter’s Street will be lit.


A beacon will be lit at Watford Museum, 194 High Street.


Campus West in Welwyn Garden City will be lighting a beacon.

Visit the Hertfordshire Heroes website for more information.