And children, veterans and relatives gathered across the district to remember those who died in the Battle of the Somme.
Paying their respects included 500 pupils from St Thomas a Becket school who held a service at Sandal Castle.
In Crigglestone, the parish council held a memorial service to honour the fallen, which included 12 Crigglestone soldiers who lost their lives during the battle.
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Nearly 20,000 British soldiers lose their lives on that first day of the battle.
And the casualties injured, totalling 57,470, was the most the British Army has ever seen in a single day.
A century on, remembrance services took place across the district to commemorate the bravery of all those who fought during the First World War battle.