We will re­mem­ber them

Coventry Telegraph - - NEWS - By DUN­CAN GIB­BONS Head of Au­di­ence

THE fight­ing fi­nally came to an end on a train in north­ern France.

At 11am on Novem­ber 11, 1918 fa­mously the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - a cease­fire came into ef­fect af­ter an armistice was signed in a rail­way car­riage in the for­est of Com­piegne, mark­ing a vic­tory for the Al­lies and a com­plete de­feat for Ger­many.

The ar­rival of Amer­ica into the war in 1917 af­ter 128 Amer­i­cans died when a Ger­man U-boat sank the pas­sen­ger liner Lusi­ta­nia, and a ma­jor short­age of food and sup­plies due to the on­go­ing block­ade of Ger­man ports, were two ma­jor fac­tors be­hind Ger­many’s de­feat.

To cel­e­brate, blow­ers were sounded at the British Thom­sonHous­ton works in Rugby, train driv­ers blew their whis­tles, church bells rang out across Coven­try and chil­dren were sent home from school.

In Lon­don, ac­cord­ing to the Daily Mir­ror, peo­ple went “wild with de­light” and “bells burst forth into joy­ous chimes.”

Nev­er­the­less a for­mal state of war per­sisted for an­other seven months, un­til the sign­ing of the Treaty of Ver­sailles on June 28, 1919, forc­ing Ger­many to give up sub­stan­tial ar­eas of land, re­strict its mil­i­tary and pay around £284 bil­lion in to­day’s money in repa­ra­tions.

To mark the for­mal end of war, Peace Day cel­e­bra­tions were held across the coun­try on Satur­day, July 19.

Around 10,000 peo­ple lis­tened to bands in Rugby, and Al­ces­ter held a sports day.

In Coven­try nearly 20,000 school chil­dren as­sem­bled at Pool Meadow be­fore parad­ing through the city streets.

In the af­ter­noon, 4,000 peo­ple packed St Michael’s Cathe­dral for a ser­vice of prayer with an­other 4,000 out­side.

Later, a meal was held at the Na­tional Kitchen in Ford Street for

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