Mayor of London and London Assembly remember the capital’s war dead

10 November 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and Chair of the London Assembly, Jennette Arnold OBE AM, will be joined by London Assembly Members, Greater London Authority staff, representatives from London Government and public service organisations, and members of the Armed Forces, to commemorate those who served and lost their lives in the two world wars and other conflicts.

The service will be led by the Dean of Southwark, the Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, with an address given by the Archbishop of Southwark, the Most Reverend Peter Smith. Representatives from London’s functional bodies, including Transport for London Commissioner Mike Brown, Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey and London Fire Brigade Director of Operations Tom George will be among those taking part in the service to honour the staff from their organisations who died or suffered injuries in war.

Others participating will include Kenneth Olisa OBE, Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London; Major General Ben Bathurst CBE, General Officer Commanding, London District HQ, on behalf of all the Armed Forces;  Sir Ken Knight CBE QFSM FIFireE, President of the City Hall Branch of the Royal British Legion, and Air Marshal David Walker CB CBE AFC (Rtd), National President of the Royal British Legion.

Jasvir Singh OBE, from City Sikhs, Rabbi Debbie Young Somers, from the Movement for Reform Judaism, Harun Khan, from the Muslim Council of Britain and Dr Deesha Chadha, from the Hindu Forum of Britain will also attend to pay their respects on behalf of their respective faiths.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “As we reach the centenary of the end of the First World War, it is important that we never take for granted the dedicated work the Armed Forces do to keep our country safe and protect our way of life. This is truer now than ever, as we go through a time of heightened security.

“I’m proud to mark Remembrance Day at City Hall to commemorate the inspiring bravery and selflessness of all the men and women in London who gave up their lives to serve and protect our great city in times of war.”

Jennette Arnold OBE AM, Chair of the London Assembly, said: “Because the First World War took place more than a century ago, it is even more important that we focus on remembering those who died fighting for our freedom. It is their sacrifices that inspire the men and women who serve their country so selflessly today. Remembrance Day at City Hall is one small way we can keep the memory of those who fell alive and honour their bravery.  We support their families and will continue to do so.”