Event    From 4/8/1914  To 11/11/1918

World War 1

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".

For some signs of WW1 on buildings in London see Spitalfields Life.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
World War 1

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24th London Division - memorial

These 3 figures are said to be modelled on the soldier poets: Robert Graves, ...

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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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Abney Park - CWGC war memorial

The screen wall at the back, south, of the memorial carries a number of bronz...

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African and Caribbean Armed Forces

Unveiled on Windrush Day. A very simple design, we think the horizontal obeli...

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Air raid

Very small plaque on the doorframe.

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E. Wass

E. Wass

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces, War Memorial WW1

1 memorial
Frederick Hall

Frederick Hall

Member of the ARP/Civil Defence Services - warden. Andrew Behan has kindly provided this research: Frederick Hall was born on 22 December 1901 in Poplar, the youngest of the five children of Henry...

Person, Armed Forces, War Memorial WW2

1 memorial
C. Waters

C. Waters

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces, War Memorial WW1

1 memorial
S. J. Fordham

S. J. Fordham

Co-partner or employee of the South Suburban Gas Company. Served but did not die in WW1.

Person, Armed Forces, War Memorial WW1

1 memorial
Royal Arsenal Brass Foundry

Royal Arsenal Brass Foundry

It was built when it was found that there were low stocks of artillery - but also in response to a fatal explosion in a private contractor's London foundry. In addition to its obvious casting funct...

Building, Armed Forces, Engineering

2 memorials