WWI centenary watch
Win a Col&macarthur limited edition
At 9.30am on 11 November 1918, Private George Edwin Ellison, of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, received a fatal bullet wound while on a scouting patrol in the Mons area. He is officially recognised as the last British casualty of WWI, just 90 minutes before the guns fell silent. This final centenary year is a chance to reflect upon and pay tribute to the ultimate sacrifice made by thousands of men like George, who was one of 800 men killed in the six hours between the signing of the Armistice and the agreed time of 11.00am later that day when it would take effect.
In tribute to the centenary of the end of the war, renowned watchmaker Col&macarthur, official timepiece supplier to the British Armed Forces, has created a special, limited edition design, complete with intricate commemorative details. For instance, George Ellison’s initials are placed halfway between the 9 and 10 on the watch face, symbolising
9.30 when he died. Also, in place of the number 11 sits a delicate poppy to denote the 11th hour of the Armistice, and the number 5 is coloured red for the hour the document was signed. Only 1,918 of these watches were ever made – another deliberate reference. This issue, History of War has one of these unique watches to give away to one lucky magazine subscriber. There is even a free engraving of up to 60 characters of your choice available, to fully personalise the piece. This brings the total prize value to £389. The competition is open exclusively to subscribers of History of War, so entrants will require a valid Subscriber ID in order to qualify. To enter the competition, simply visit answer the simple question, and type in your Subscriber ID.
George Ellison was the last British soldier to be killed in action in WWI, dying just 90 minutes before the Armistice came into effect To see the fantastic range of quality timepieces from Col&macarthur, visit: colandmacarthur.com