90th anniversary of start of World War One
Story No.: 424316
Restrictions: No Access UK/CNNi
Source: Sky News
Dateline: London, 4 Aug 2004
Date: 04/08/2004 16:59 PM
1. Wide shot Cenotaph, three British First World War veterans in wheelchairs (Royal Naval Air First Mechanic Henry Allingham, Private Fred Lloyd, Private John Oborne) - audio as bells of Big Ben chime 10 o'clock
2. Mid shot standard bearer and Dennis Goodwin, secretary of the World War One Veterans' Association, audio bells chime
3. Tilt down from Cenotaph to veteran standing holding wreath (Royal Naval Chief Petty Officer William Stone) and the other three veterans in wheelchairs, wreaths on knees, audio bells
4. Close up wreath on veteran's knee, tilt up to close up veteran's face, audio bugler plays The Last Post
5. Wide shot Cenotaph, veterans, bugler
6. Mid shot standard bearer with standard lowered for Last Post, veteran with wreath standing next to him
7. Cenotaph with words "The glorious dead", tilt down to bugler playing Last Post
8. Side mid shot military and government officials standing during minute's silence to honour the dead
9. Close up veteran during minute's silence
10. Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Bagnall, vice chief of the defence staff, saluting during silence
11. Side mid shot as veterans are wheeled up to Cenotaph to lay wreaths
12. Closer shot veteran in wheelchair with wreath approaching Cenotaph
13. Wide rear shot wheelchairs at Cenotaph, military personnel accompanying the veterans take wreaths to lay at foot of Cenotaph
14. Front shot wreath laying - Royal Naval Chief Petty Officer William Stone lays wreath, then Royal Naval Air First Mechanic Henry Allingham gets up shakily from wheelchair, lays wreath and looks up at Cenotaph, is helped back to his wheelchair by naval officer, audio applause for veterans
15. Pan across audience appluading
16. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dennis Goodwin, Secretary, World War One Veterans' Association:
"These are truly brave men, as witnessed by the fact that they made this journey to London today to stand in front of the country's supreme monument for our glorious dead who fell in all wars."
12. Close up veteran as bagpipes start to play lament
13. Officials standing as bagpipes play
14. Wide shot Cenotaph and piper walking round it and playing
15. Mid shot piper playing
16. End of ceremony - 3 veterans in wheelchairs are wheeled off and Stone walks off, through applauding cheering crowds
Frail veterans of the First World War gathered in London on Wednesday to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the outbreak of the conflict, and to pay tribute to their fallen comrades.
The four former servicemen, now over 100 years old, met at the Cenotaph in Whitehall in central London for a service of remembrance.
They are among 23 known surviving veterans of the Great War, but the only men well enough to take part in anniversary events.
Following the Last Post and a minute's silence, the four men moved forward in unison to lay their wreaths at the base of the monument in tribute to the 750,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who lost their lives during the four-year conflict.
Royal Navy veteran William Stone, 103, was the only veteran able to walk, the other three in wheelchairs were Henry Allingham, 108, Fred Lloyd, 106, and Jack Oborne, 104.
But Mr Allingham, who had served at the Somme, Battle of Jutland and the third battle of Ypres, struggled out of his wheelchair and laid his wreath at the foot of the Cenotaph unaided, before being helped back into his chair.
The veterans were joined at the service by Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, Veterans Minister Ivor Caplin and Air Chief Marshal Sir Anthony Bagnall, vice chief of the defence staff.
Prescott, Caplin and Sir Anthony then also placed wreaths on behalf of the Queen, the British Government and the Commonwealth.
Dennis Goodwin, who runs the World War One Veterans' Association, made a speech paying tribute to the men's courage and sacrifice.
After the service, the four veterans went to the nearby Ministry of Defence building where they were presented with Veterans' Badges by Ivor Caplin to honour their role in the War.