The agreement between the Allies and a vanquished Germany required the latter to leave all occupied territories in Western Europe within two weeks and surrender 5,000 guns, 25,000 machine guns and 1,700 planes.
Big Ben sounded in Parliament Square to ring in the news as thousands gathered in Westminster and outside Buckingham Palace roaring in celebration, sparking three days of jubilation across Britain, with members of the public climbing the lions in Trafalgar Square and tearing down advertising hoardings appealing for investment in war bonds to burn on bonfires.
How is the centenary being marked this year?
Appropriately, Armistice Day coincides with Remembrance Sunday for its centenary, the latter always held on the second Sunday in November, regardless of the date.
Events will be held across Britain but the centrepiece will be the National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph in Whitehall, central London, paying respect to the men and women of Britain and the Commonwealth who served in the First and Second World Wars and in subsequent conflicts since.
The Royal Family, Britain’s political leaders and representatives of the Armed Forces will all be in attendance.
Royal British Legion detachments will march from Wellington Barracks near St James’s Park at 10am to reach the Cenotaph for 11am, where a two-minutes’ silence will be observed, marked by the firing of guns from the King’s Troop on Horse Guards Parade.
Read the full Independent article here.
Armistice Day was declared on 11 November 1918 and Big Ben sounded on the hour at 11am – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This weekend’s two-minute silence will commence at precisely that time, marking exactly 100 hundred years to the second the First World War came to an end.
We’ve rounded up some of our very own heroes, two who battled in war, and two who are more personal to home…
“Born on the 18th April 1896, Samuel George Mason, 5th of 7 children. When he was just 7, his father died and his Mother found it very hard with 7 children, so sent the last three to homes. Grandad Sam went to Dr Barnardo’s when he was 8 years old on the 4/8/1905. On the 22/6/1905 he was sent to Canada, and the first farm he went to was not very nice and he was ill treated. A farmer in the same town took him on and he was very happy there. Onn the 22/9/1914 he joined the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifle where he was sent to the front to fight in the great war (World War 1).
When he was wounded his best friend was next to him and he carried him off the battle field not knowing that he was dead. The friends father was a jeweller and gave my Grandad a Waltham pocket watch (which I still have) for caring enough to carry his son off the battlefield. His injuries were horrific and he was operated on in the battlefield and they did the best they could for him. He never said much about his time in the war other than it was very cold in the trenches.“
Simon Handley – ‘My Dad’
“My picture is of my Dad, he is my Hero as he has always been there for me and taught me so much. He has always been there for my sisters and also kept positive during the bad times. He is more than a dad to me more like my best friend.”
Paige Jarvis – ‘My Nephew’
Bradley Jarvis, Paige’s young nephew has had diabetes for 5 1/2 years. On a daily basis he has to carry around needles for his diabetes, visiting the nurse on a regular basis. We think Bradley is a superstar and brave boy! Here’s a short clip of Bradley telling us more about his diabetes and what he has to do on a daily basis – what a little hero! Click this link to watch Bradley tell us what he has to do on a daily basis to manage his diabetes.