Three short blasts of a whistle signified the start of the borough’s commemmoration of The Battle of the Somme.

Members of Carshalton and Wallington Royal British Legion gathered at Carshalton War Memorial to take part in the tribute to the war dead at 7.30am

This was the start of events in the borough.

The borough’s act of remembrance will take place at Carshalton War Memorial in an event which has been organised by Carshalton and Wallington Royal British Legion.

The event is open to the ex-service personnel and the public.

imag0167The Mayor and other local dignitaries and members of the Royal British Legion will pay tribute with a short act of remembrance at 8pm.

During this event the church bells at All Saints, Carshalton, will ring half muffled and these will be joined by bells from St Dunstan’s Cheam which will also ring half muffled in honour of the fallen and stricken soldiers.

The bells of All Saints, Benhilton, will already have signalled this event by earlier in the week ringing their own tribute.

As darkness descends attention will turn to the facia of St. Helier Hospital where the borough’s unique collection of glass plate images of soldiers who left from this area to go to war will be projected.

The projection will start at 9.30pm and will run for one hour. Photographer David Knights-Whittome’s shop was at 18 High St, Sutton.