A Richmond chapel dedicated to victims of the First World War has reopened following restoration.

A re-hallowing service took place at the Memorial Chapel at the Star and Garter building on Richmond hill, allowing the commemoration of conflict veterans' lives to continue for years to come.

The chapel was founded at the home of the Star and Garter charity in 1926, which cares for military veterans, two years after the building was opened by King George V to care for soldiers injured in the First World War.

The building has been rewired and its marble polished, and its moulded plasterwork and ornate carved furniture refurbished.

Major General Tim Tyler said:“For many decades, the Memorial Chapel of St Mary brought strength, hope and comfort to our residents, their relatives and staff.

"It gives me joy to know that this wonderful place will once again be open for worship, and commemoration of the life and continuing work of The Royal Star & Garter Homes caring for the Veterans for many years to come.”

The chapel has been closed while the Grade II listed building housing the Star and Garter charity was refurbished following its sale to developer London Square.

Three new purpose-built care homes were established by the charity in Surbiton, High Wycombe and Solihull.

Adam Lawrence, Chief Executive, London Square, said: “A glorious legacy has been created for this building and we are proud that its history will continue to be linked to The Royal Star & Garter Homes through the Memorial Chapel.

"The building also has a special place in the hearts and minds of the Richmond community and that is inextricably linked with the care and service dedicated to veterans over past generations.

"It is important that this connection is maintained.”