WWI cen­te­nary watch

History of War - - CONTENTS - Co.uk, www.his­to­ryan­swers. For more in­for­ma­tion on Col&macarthur’s full range of qual­ity time­pieces, please visit: coland­macarthur.com

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

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