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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.