Two new stained glass windows have been dedicated in St James Church in Twickenham.

One of the windows remembers the Portuguese dead of the First World War - the first formal recognition in this country of the Portuguese contribution to the Entente war effort.

Thousands of Portuguese soldiers served on the Western front and took heavy casualties.

The second window remembers the humanitarian work of former King Manuel II of Portugal who was an active parishioner at St James’s, which is in Popes Grove.

He served in the British Red Cross and endowed the Military Orthopaedic Hospital, which is now Hammersmith Hospital.

The windows were designed by Caroline Benyon, Fellow of the Master Painters who has designed windows at St Paul’s Cathedral, and St Albans.

Bishop John Wilson dedicated the windows, on April 9, and a commemorative plaque was unveiled by the Ambassador of Portugal, HE Manuel Lobo Antunes and by Field Marshal Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank.

The Ambassador then laid wreath to commemorate the War Dead.

A guard of honour was provided by 562 Transport Squadron, 151 Transport Regiment, and other personnel.

The music was led by the parish choir and by the chair of the Portuguese community Camden Town.

The congregation, asides from many parishioners, included HRH Prince Sebastian of Luxemburg, currently serving in the Irish Guards, prominent members of the Anglo-Portuguese Community, the outgoing Deputy Mayor of Richmond, Cllr Benedict Dias, Andy Cole Chair of Governors , St Richard Reynolds Catholic Community College, Sir Vince Cable MP, and Dr Ruth Kelly, representing St Mary’s University.