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World War 1

Event   From 4/8/1914 To 11/11/1918

We'd always assumed that this war was known as the Great War until WW2 came along at which point it was renamed as World War One or the First World War. But the term was first used in print in 1920 as the title of a book, 'The First World War' by Charles à Court Repington. He was using it to emphasize the global nature of the war rather than its sequential nature.

Different memorials give different years for the end of WW1. The Armistice came into force at 11am on 11 November 1918 and fighting ceased on the western front but hostilities continued elsewhere and the peace treaty was not agreed and registered until 21 October 1919. Note - it seems to be just a lucky poetic chance that the Armistice coincides with "the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month". Kaiser Wilhelm abdicated on November 9th, presumably not thinking "that allows just the right amount of time for a poetically-timed Armistice".

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8th London Howitzers

The way this monument meets the sloping ground has been well thought out: a s...

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Air raid

Very small plaque on the doorframe.

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All Saints Church WWI memorial

[On the stones at the base of the cross, in raised metal lettering:} To the ...

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Animals War Memorial Dispensary - 2 stone plaques

{Plaque to the left of the door:} This building is dedicated as a memorial t...

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Army & Navy Club

{Inscribed on the glass:} In memory of our members and staff fallen in defen...

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