Marking the centenary of the First World War (WW1)

The council has worked closely with a wide range of organisations to mark the centenary of the First World War (WW1) from 2014-18, including remembrance services, theatre, creative performances and educational programmes.

If you have a centenary event you'd like publicised, you can enter details on the Imperial War Museum's website

Events for 2018 include:

Commemorative tree planting in Hove Cemetery

An avenue of 30 beech trees has been planted in Hove Cemetery to commemorate the centenary of World War One. Each tree represents around 100 men from the city who gave their lives. The Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Mr Peter Field, planted the final tree to complete the avenue in a ceremony on 6 March 2018.


Memorial stone unveiled for Ernest Beal VC

A commemorative stone was unveiled at the Old Steine War Memorial in Brighton on 16 March 2018 to honour World War One hero Second Lieutenant Ernest Beal VC. His great nephew, Martin Greenwood, and his fiancee’s great niece, Val Bundy, were among those who gathered at the war memorial to see the stone unveiled by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field.

Interfaith & Drumhead Service to mark the end of the WW1 centenary and Armed Forces Week flag raising

Held on Sunday 24 June 2018 at the East Lawn, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, the event was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex Mr Peter Field, The Right Reverend Richard Jackson Bishop of Lewes, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove Councillor Dee Simson, faith representatives, members of All Saints Choir and children from St Marks School. There was also a Flag Raising Ceremony to mark the start of Armed Forces Week at the Old Steine War Memorial at 2.15pm.

Armed Forces Day

Held on Sunday 1 July 2018  and osted by Blind Veterans UK, Greenways, Ovingdean, BN2 7BS.

Unveiling of memorial stone for Edward 'Mick' Mannock VC

11am (service starts at 11.30am), Tuesday 24 July at the Old Steine War Memorial, Brighton.

A commemorative stone will be unveiled to honour a World War One flying ace Major Edward ‘Mick’ Corringham Mannock VC DSO MC, who was born in Brighton and awarded the Victoria Cross after he died in action in July 1918. Among those attending will be the Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex, Peter Field; the mayor Councillor Dee Simson; and representatives of the RAF and British Legion.

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Heritage Lottery Fund First World War: then and now

Explore the heritage of the First World War with grants of £3,000 - £10,000 you can apply anytime up to 2019.

Brighton & Hove WW1 Heritage Bus

The First World War heritage bus is a joint venture between Brighton & Hove Buses and Brighton & Hove City Council and aims to raise awareness of the impact and significance of the First World War on the city and its residents during 1914-1918.

The selection of images chosen represent a small view into life of the city during the war, and it is hoped that this will awaken an interest in attaining further knowledge and inspire you to do your own research be it personal, local, national or global, or visit one of the many events or exhibitions taking place.

Over the centenary years the heritage bus will be seen travelling across the city on many of the normal public routes.

Dr Brighton’s War: Hospitals and Healing

Brighton & Hove played its full part in the Great War, not only by providing hundreds of young men to fight, but also as ‘Doctor Brighton’ a hospital city where wounded soldiers were sent to recover in healthy ‘Sussex by the Sea’ before being sent back to their regiments or discharged into civilian life.