On Friday (August 1), more than 10,000 poppy crosses were planted in Winchester in memory of more than 10,000 men and women who have died in service for their county and their country.

The crosses were placed in a Field of Remembrance in Winchester by members of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Army Cadet Force to commemorate the Royal Hampshire Regiment

During the First World War alone, the regiment lost more than eight thousand soldiers. The field is also designed to pay tribute to those members of the regi,emt killed in all conflicts since.

Dozens of  Lights Out events are being held across Hampshire on Monday  (August 4) to mark the centenary of the war.

Emotions ran high during the ceremony.

Secretary of the Royal Hampshire Regiment Trust, Lieutenant Colonel Colin Bulleid, said 8,023 died during the First World War, 2,149 the Second World War, and 87 after that.

"It is a haven of tranquility," he said. "The field will be a fitting tribute and commemoration to those members of the regiment who gave their lives so we are able to sit out and enjoy it."

A service on Friday was led by the Right Reverend John Kirkham, a former national serviceman of the regiment.

Among those in attendance was the Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Dame Mary Fagan, leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Roy Perry, and chairman, Cllr Colin Davidovitz, plus mayors of all the Hampshire towns who gave the regiment freedom.

The Royal Hampshire Regiment, known as the Tigers, was in existence for nearly 300 years. In the First World War, it managed to raise some 36 battalions for warfare.