Services of remembrance are a time to remember the members of the armed forces who have died on duty since World War I. They take place around the country each year on Armistice Day (11 November), and on Remembrance Sunday (the second Sunday in November).

2018 events

This year marks the Armistice Centenary and Merton will be playing its part in Battle's Over, a unique day-long commemoration marking 100 years since the guns fell silent at the end of World War One.

Friday 9 November

Unveiling of a 'Tommy', a silhouette soldier, which will stand inside the grounds of the Mitcham War Memorial. The unveiling, by the Mayor of Merton, will commence at 3.50pm next to the war memorial and will be followed by a 2-minute silence and music from the Veterans Choir. Residents are invited to attend.

A special commemorative event will take place from 6.30pm (11 November) at the civic centre in Morden. Hosted by the Mayor of Merton, community groups and residents will come together, with the rest of the nation, to remember the end of the war and the millions who were killed or came home wounded.

At 6.55pm a bugler will sound the last post outside the civic centre. At 7pm the Mayor of Merton and Deputy Lieutenant will light a Beacon in a tribute signifying the light of peace that emerged from the darkness of four years of war.

Then at 7:05pm the civic centre will ring out with the sound of bells as part of Ringing out for Peace national tribute. Anyone attending the event is encouraged to bring along a bell.

Sunday 11 November

  • Nelson Health Centre, Kingston Road, Wimbledon
    Starts: 9am
    Attended by: Mayor of Merton, civic representatives and the Royal British Legion.
  • Mitcham War Memorial, Lower Green West, Mitcham
    Starts: 10.40am
    Attended by: Mayor of Merton, Deputy Lieutenant, Clare Whelan OBE, civic representatives and the Mitcham branch of the Royal British Legion.
  • Wimbledon War MemorialWimbledon Village
    Starts: 10.40am
    Attended by: Deputy Mayor of Merton, civic representatives, the Wimbledon branch of The Royal British Legion and the 210 Transport Squadron.


Monday 12 November

  • Merton Civic Centre, Morden
    Starts: 10.50am
    Attended by: Mayor of Merton and civic representatives.
  • Mitcham War Memorial
    Starts: 10.50am
    Attended by: Deputy Mayor of Merton and civic representatives.