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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W. H. Vardill

W. H. Vardill

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
Auxiliary Fireman Sidney Alfred Holder

Auxiliary Fireman Sidney Alfred Holder

Crushed under a collapsing wall in Shoe Lane or St Bride Street while fighting a fire in the Blitz. Our picture, 'House Collapsing on Two Firemen, Shoe Lane' is a painting by Leonard Rosoman who, a...

Person, Armed Forces, Tragedy

1 memorial
Sidney Godley

Sidney Godley

Soldier. Born Sidney Frank Godley in East Grinstead, West Sussex. Fought with the 4th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. He was awarded the first Victoria Cross of WW1, and was also the first private sold...

Person, Armed Forces, Belgium

2 memorials
A. C. E. Tidy

A. C. E. Tidy

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
12th Battalion (The Rangers)
1 memorial