Railway Workers WWI Centenary Memorial Service

Over 186,475 railway people from Britain and Ireland fought in World War One, on land, sea and in the air, and more than 18,957 of these gave their lives

On 14th May, 1919, in the presence of His Majesty King George V, over 7,000 railway people and families attended a service of remembrance in St Paul’s Cathedral “In memory of the railwaymen of Great Britain and Ireland who have died in the service of their country during the war 1914-1918”.

Original order of service from the 1919 memorial service

Now, a century later, the railway industry of Britain and Ireland will come together again in a service at Southwark Cathedral, London, to remember those that fell in the “Great War”. The railway industry has changed a lot over the last century, and today we will be represented by people from the successor companies, including the former railway shipping companies. As well as remembering those that fell, railway workers and family from around the country will meet to celebrate this great industry as it is today, and look forward together.

The Cathedral has been chosen due to its long association with the nearby railway communities at London Bridge, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

A Centenary Steering Group representing the railway industry, supported by Network Rail, has been charged with organising the service with the Cathedral on behalf of the industry. 

This service on 6 November, 2019 at the Cathedral will accommodate over a thousand people. The service will be by ticket entry only, and a website has been set up to enable you to register to receive one of these tickets. In the event that more than a thousand people wish to attend, this website explains how tickets will be allocated. For security reasons tickets will be strictly non transferable, and attendees will be required to present photographic identity documents at the entrance. The number of tickets will be limited to the number of available seats. Seating at the service will be allocated on a first come first served basis. It should be noted that some seats will have a limited view, and may see the service only with the aid of video screens. Please bring as few possessions as possible, and note that a security search will be in place to gain entry.

To register your interest in attending this service please visit the website here