The First World War, which had begun on 28th July 1914, ended this day, ninety nine years ago, on 11th November 1918.
This war involved the great world powers of the time. Over 9 million combatants died, and many millions more were permanently disabled. Over 7 millions civilians across Europe and other war zones were killed. Many millions more were injured, and made homeless as a result of the war to end all wars.
Hostilities ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the signing of the Armistice. And so at that hour today people gathered round the war memorial in Abingdon for a minute silence.
The formal Remembrance Day ceremony is tomorrow.
Scattered around the war memorial somebody had laid wool poppies, one for each named person on the war memorial. People were invited to take one.
Here is the one for A W Carter next to his gravestone at Abingdon’s Old Cemetery.
A report from the Reading Mercury of 8th January 1916 tells of his funeral.