The Boys' Brigade in Kidderminster took part in the Candlelight vigil in Brintons Park with many other people from the Wyre Forest. Meeting in front of the bandstand with candles lighting up the dark sky we gathered in prayer, Hymns and in thoughts to remember those who fought in the Great War a hundred years ago.

At the end of the vigil the candles were extinguished and everyone left in silence. It was certainly a thought provoking evening of a time that many of us have only seen in photos, read about and seen some film footage.

Looking back, it is perhaps surprising to learn that within the first year of The Great War, 100,000 officers and ex-members joined the armed forces to serve our country.

Historical records show Boys' Brigade members and ex-members took on many different valuable roles such as buglers enlisted to sound the All Clear when air raids were over, offering support at Ambulance Stations, guarding public infrastructure and helping deliver messages.

Among those which risked their lives, 11 were awarded the Victoria Cross and 93 the Military Cross amongst other medals for service.

Our photo was used on the BBC Midlands Today News report the next day.