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As the na­tion pre­pares for the cen­te­nary of the end of World War I, we look back in re­mem­brance

On 11 Novem­ber 1918, as news spread that the Ar­mistice had been signed and that the Great War was over at last, peo­ple thronged into the Lon­don streets to cel­e­brate. The cheer­ing crowds headed to Down­ing Street, to hear Prime Min­is­ter Lloyd Ge­orge tell them ‘You are well en­ti­tled to re­joice. The peo­ple of this coun­try and our al­lies, the peo­ple of the Do­min­ions and of In­dia, have won a great vic­tory for hu­man­ity…they have won this hour of glad­ness, and the whole coun­try has done its duty.’ How­ever, vic­tory had come at great cost. The first day of the Bat­tle of the Somme (1 July-18 Novem­ber 1916) was the worst in British mil­i­tary his­tory, with 57,470 ca­su­al­ties, in­clud­ing 19,240 dead - an un­think­able toll on a sin­gle day. Our pop­pies will have ex­tra poignancy this cen­te­nary Re­mem­brance Day, as we hon­our the 16 mil­lion peo­ple who lost their lives in the First World War.

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