THE names of 62 servicemen who died during the First World War have been read out by a former serviceman and other local dignitaries.

The ceremony to read names listed in The King's Book of York Heroes took place on the steps of the Mansion House, in St Helen's Square.

It is the fourth in a series of public readings that will take place in the run up to the centenary of the Armistice.

The King's Book, which is housed in York Minster, features the names, biographies and photographs of 1,471 men and women kill in service during the conflict.

At 11am on Saturday, the 62 names were read out by former serviceman David Ruddock, clerk of the Gild of Scriveners, Tim Hinton, and president of the York branch of the Royal British Legion, Denise Edgar.

The casualties dated from August 9, 1915, when 36-year-old Ernest Horsman died, to December 2, 1915, when John W. Rhodes, 44, was killed.

Mr Hinton said: "It was very moving to be able to participate in something like this.

"It's very special and I was pleased to get the gild involved."

Further public readings will take place across the city over the next six weeks, with the final 20 names read out on Armistice Day, November 11.