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Poignant poppy is a reminder of Great War

What is thought to be the oldest surviving poppy from the battlefields of the First World War is being put up for auction in Dorset. The poppy was taken from the trenches of Arras in Northern France in May 1916 - by a 17-year-old British soldier called Private Cecil Roughton.

It is one of only a handful that survived the Great War. The auction will take place on December 6th. The interviewee is Amy Brennan from Duke's Auctioneers.

Even the trains wore poppies to honour war heroes

Passengers on Virgin Trains today were delighted to see the travel firm join the Armistice Day commemorations.

Trains travelling through the Midlands sported poppies on their front hoods and side doors, with the phrase: "We will remember them" emblazoned across the front.

This Virgin train has "We will remember them" printed on the front Credit: Andy Hooper

Virgin Trains worker Andy Hooper was working at Wolverhampton railway station today and took these snaps to show the company's special effort.

The sign on the side of the train Credit: Andy Hooper

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Students mark Armistice Day in memorial garden

Students at a Birmingham school marked Armistice Day with a special ceremony in their dedicated Peace Garden.

The memorial garden was built by students in 2009 in honour of the Royal British Legion, and they won the best in show at the Malvern Show for their work.

Year 13 student Amber Tucker, and teacher and cadet leader Gavin Green, today told ITV News Central why the occasion is important to them.

Leicester comes to a halt for two-minute silence

Veterans have gathered in Leicester city centre for the annual Armistice Day commemorations.

Dozens of shoppers stopped what they were doing to observe the two-minute silence in honour of war heroes past and present.

Shoppers in Leicester observe the two minute silence Credit: ITV News Central

Armistice Day marks the moment - the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month - that Armistice signed between the Allies of the First World War and Germany came into effect in 1918.

Veterans raise the flag Credit: ITV News Central
Veterans line up in Leicester for the Armistice Day service Credit: ITV News Central

War widow marks birthday at Armistice Day memorial

The last surviving First World War widow is marking Armistice Day with a birthday meal as she turns 93.

Dorothy Ellis attended the service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today.

Dorothy Ellis is the last surviving First World War widow Credit: ITV News Central

Her husband, Wilfred Ellis, was friends with author Michael Morpurgo and provided the inspiration needed for his children's novel, War Horse, with stories of life before and during the war.

He was shot, gassed and left for dead in the space of five hellish months in 1918.

Dorothy is also celebrating her birthday today Credit: ITV News Central
Dorothy marked Armistice Day with a birthday meal with servicemen Credit: ITV News Central

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Thousands of poppies to fall during Coventry silence

Around 4,000 poppy petals will drop over shoppers at the West Orchards Shopping Centre in Coventry as the centre marks the two-minute silence.

At 11am a bugler will sound the Last Post, and the red petals will be released to fall from the domed roof of the shopping centre.

Members of local churches, community groups, councillors and the Royal British Legion will also be in attendance.

Armistice day remembered across the Midlands

Poppy badges at the Armed Forces Memorial for a Service of Remembrance on Armistice Day at the National Memorial Arboretum Credit: PA

Events commemorating Armistice Day will take place across the East and West Midlands at 11 o clock to remember the fallen.

A number of services were also held across the region yesterday on Remembrance Sunday.

One of the largest services of remembrance will take place at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire, where 93-year-old Dorothy Ellis, the last surviving WWI widow, will lay a wreath with a group of cadets.

Armistice Day: National Memorial Arboretum hosts service

The National Memorial Arboretum will be holding a ceremony as part of Armistice Day Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire, will today host an outdoor service to remember those who fought in the First World War as part of Armistice Day.

The last surviving widow of what is known as the Great War, Dorothy Ellis, will be among the guests.

The event will take place within the walls of the Armed Forces Memorial which is designed to allow a shaft of sunlight to dissect its walls hitting the bronze wreath sculpture when the two minutes silence takes place.

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