Over 186,475 railway people from Britain and Ireland fought in World War One, on land, sea and in the air, and more than 18,957 of these gave their lives. On 14th May, 1919, in the presence of His Majesty King George V, over 7,000 railway people and families attended a service of remembrance in St Paul’s Cathedral “In memory of the railwaymen of Great Britain and Ireland who have died in the service of their country during the war 1914-1918”.

Original order of service from the 1919 memorial service

Now, a century later, the railway industry of Britain and Ireland will come together again in a service at Southwark Cathedral, London, to remember those that fell in the “Great War”. The railway industry has changed a lot over the last century, and today we will be represented by people from the successor companies, including the former railway shipping companies. As well as remembering those that fell, we will celebrate our great industry as it is today, and look forward together.

Southwark Cathedral has been chosen due to its long association with the nearby railway communities at London Bridge, Waterloo and Blackfriars.

A Centenary Steering Group representing the railway industry, supported by Network Rail, has been charged with organising the service with Southwark Cathedral on behalf of the industry. Further details of the Steering Group can be found here.

Our service on 6th November, 2019 at Southwark Cathedral will accommodate over a thousand people. The service will be by ticket entry only, and this website has been set up to enable you to register to receive one of these tickets. In the event that more than a thousand people wish to attend, this website explains how tickets will be allocated. For security reasons tickets will be strictly non transferable, and attendees will be required to present photographic identity documents at the entrance. The number of tickets will be limited to the number of available seats. Seating at the service will be allocated on a first come first served basis. It should be noted that some seats will have a limited view, and may see the service only with the aid of video screens. Please bring as few possessions as possible, and note that a security search will be in place to gain entry.

I hope you will be able to join us at this historic event to remember our fallen fellow railway workers, and reflect on the strength of comradeship in our great industry.



Chris Gibb
Chairman, Railway Workers Centenary Service Steering Group

Service Times

  • Doors open

  • Congregation seated

  • Memorial service commences

  • Memorial service concludes

The Railway Benefit Fund has been selected as our chosen charity.

The RBF is a UK charity solely dedicated to supporting current and former railway people and their financial dependents in times of need.  Established in 1858 it did significant work following WW1 including supporting the children of railway workers killed in the war. For further information please visit https://www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk/

A collection will be held on the day of the service. Donations can also be made via https://www.railwaybenefitfund.org.uk/donate



Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge

Tel: 020 7367 6700

Website: Southwark Cathedral


Southwark Cathedral is situated less than 5 minutes walking distance from London Bridge Station. With 4 of London's tube lines within a 15 minute walk of the Cathedral, as well as numerous bus routes servicing London Bridge Station, London Bridge and Borough High Street, the Cathedral is well served by public transportation. Bank DLR Station (Northern & Central Lines) is also only a 15 minute walk away.


There is no car parking in the vicinity of the Cathedral. The nearest car park is in Great Suffolk Street and is run by Union Car Parks. Details of charges and times can be found on their website here.

Contact Us

Glasgows has been appointed to provide registration services for the Railway Workers Centenary Memorial Service. If you have questions relating to the service, or your registration of interest please contact us by any of the methods shown.

Please do not use the form below to register your interest, instead click on Register Your Interest above.