To historic Ar­mistice sign­ing

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - Michael and his wife Char­lotte at Sir Ross­lyn’s grave in the We­myss gar­den of remembrance, West We­myss. Pic­ture: Rick Booth malexan­der@the­

then First Sea Lord in December 1917.

Disil­lu­sioned with pol­i­tics af­ter the war, how­ever, fol­low­ing the fall­out with his old friend Lloyd Ge­orge, he re­signed from the navy in 1919, set­tling in Cannes where he worked for Cable and Wire­less and Mar­coni. When he died there was a large mil­i­tary fu­neral at West­min­ster, fol­lowed by a pri­vate burial at We­myss.

Iron­i­cally, of course, the rail­way car­riage at the For­est of Com­piegne was de­lib­er­ately used by Hitler on June 22 1940 for the sign­ing of the Fran­coGer­man Ar­mistice dur­ing World War Two – an oc­ca­sion where Hitler be­lieved he had avenged Ger­man First World War hu­mil­i­a­tion.

How­ever, de­spite the sig­nif­i­cance of both oc­ca­sions, Mr We­myss, who has yet to visit the site of the sign­ing, al­ways feels as if “Rossie” as he calls him has “slipped be­low his­tory” – un­til now.

“I’m so glad to have him as one of my rel­a­tives,” he added.

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