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Corbyn stands silent to remember the fallen at pre-school in Crawley

Jeremy Corbyn stands in silence with pre-school children to remember the fallen Credit: ITV Meridian

Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, stood in silence at a pre-school in Crawley this morning.

He is there to see the work of the pre-school, as well as listen and talk to parents who will be affected by the cut in tax credits.

Yet when clock struck 11, the Labour leader along with the whole room stopped to remember the fallen.

Ron, aged 100, joins veterans in Brighton

Ron Freer, a former POW, in Brighton today Credit: ITV Meridian

A blind veteran who turned 100 last month has led a delegation of blind and vision-impaired veterans to lay a wreath in Brighton.

Ron Freer, from Margate, a supporter of Blind Veterans UK, joined the Army in 1931. O n the outbreak of the Second World War, he was posted to Hong Kong to defend the then British colony.

In late 1941, the Japanese attacked Hong Kong including Fort Stanley, where Ron was based. After 18 days of fighting, his garrison surrendered against overwhelming odds.

He became a Japanese prisoner of war (POW) and remained so until the end of the Second World War. It was this four year ordeal that led to Ron losing his sight because of the malnutrition he suffered in the camp.

He can still recall his daily ration of one small bowl of rice peppered with mouse droppings and insects in this ITV interview:


List of major Armistice Day events in the South

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  • Two-minute silence will be held in Canterbury Cathedral. Wreaths will be laid and a book of remembrance opened.
  • Wreath-laying at Sheerness cemetery


  • 100 year old blind veteran to lead 100 visually-impaired former servicemen at Brighton parade - starting at station
  • Littlehampton War Memorial at 10.45am
  • Serving soldiers to attend ceremony at Worthing War Memorial

Hampshire & Isle of Wight

  • Portsmouth will be marking Armistice Day with a remembrance service at the Cenotaph, next to the Guildhall. The event starts 10.50am and include a two-minute silence as well as a selection of reading, poems and prayers and a bugler playing the Last Post
  • There will be a two-minute silence at Winchester Cathedral

Thames Valley

  • Reading Mayor Sarah Hacker, will lead a two-minute silence at the Forbury War Memorial at 11am.
  • Reading Deputy Mayor Councillor Mohammed Ayub will lead a similar tribute outside the Civic Offices, Bridge Street, also at 11am
  • Lord Mayor will lead a short service from 10.45am in Oxford Town Hall
  • The Royal British Legion and up to twenty five children from the Cooper School Bicester will be attending a service in Bicester at St Laurence Church Churchyard Caversfield


  • Memorial on Minster Green in Wimborne
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Armistice Day: The South East remembers

At eleven this morning, people the length and breadth of the country fell silent, to remember the war dead.

This year, of course, represents the hundredth anniversary of World War One - the Great War, an event that inspired our nation to start what has become the tradition of remembrance.

In schools, offices, shops, and the streets of the south east, millions paused to recall those who gave their lives in battle.

And millions more paid tribute to the dead by visiting the Tower of London, where the sight of almost 900,000 poppies - one for each victim of the Great War - have formed the most remarkable tribute.

David Johns reports, speaking to Peter Bishop of the Queen's Own Buffs Regimental Association; Canon Pastor Clare Edwards from Canterbury Cathedral; Ray Metcalfe of the Royal Sussex Regimental Association; and John Costan of 3rd Battalion Queen's Regiment.

Armistice Day: The South remembers

Thousands of people across the South fell silent today to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of their country.

Armistice Day saw commemorations take place at cathedrals, memorials, town and city centres, and public buildings - to recognise the bravery of the British armed forces.

The events were especially moving, as this year marks the centenary of the start of World War One. Mark McQuillan reports on how the South remembered.


Kent school opens memorial garden on Armistice Day

The Robert Napier School has opened a memorial garden

The Robert Napier School at Gillingham in Kent opened its memorial garden to day to mark Armistice Day. The garden has 64 remembrance crosses to commemorate the First World War. Students did the planting and the individual form classes raised money for a cross each.

The opening was done by the school's Junior Leadership Team, led by Head Girl Louise Parker and Head Boy Ryan Filtness.

Members of the school's Junior Leadership Team opened the garden

Armistice Day: Broadwater School remembers

Broadwater School in Worthing today commemorated 100 years since the start of the First World War with a memorial service.

At 11.00 am pupils and staff joined with many others, including the local fire station, on the village green to remember in silence those who have fallen.

Children and staff held poppies to commemorate 100 years since WW1. Credit: BroadwaterSchool
Pupils remember the fallen. Credit: BroadwaterSchool
Staff and pupils of Broadwater School were joined by firemen for the commemoration service. Credit: BroadwaterSchool

Staff said: "The youngest of our children (4-years-old) to the oldest (12-years-old) have in some way thought about the events of 100 years ago that have deeply affected this nation."

Armistice Day: Midhurst Rother College remembers

Midhurst Rother College students and staff honoured former student Corporal David O'Connor who lost his life during conflict in Afghanistan.

Staff described it as "an extraordinary occasion", which involved students and teachers welcoming David’s family, friends, serving 40 Commando Royal Marines, Royal Marine Association and the Royal British Region.

Midhurst Rother College today unveiled this plaque in David’s memory. Credit: MidhurstRotherCollege
Midhurst Rother College held the commemorative ceremony in honour of Corporal David O'Connor. Credit: MidhurstRotherCollege
The plaque was unveiled by Captain Michael O’Kelly, who was a seaman officer in the Royal Navy for 34 years and is now a Trustee of the College. Credit: MidhurstRotherCollege

Armistice day: Horsham remembers

Crowds gathered at the Carfax memorial in Horsham to mark Armistice Day. Councillor Brian O'Connell, the Chairman of Horsham District Council, made the speech below, saying that Horsham has indeed remembered the fallen of World War One and other conflicts.

Armistice Day in Horsham at the Carfax memorial

“Firstly, thank you to everybody here today, the tremendous turn-out and that of last Sunday shows that the people of Horsham do care, do remember.

After the Reveille today, I was struck by the eerie silence that made me think of what it must have been like on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month all those years ago when men who had been in trenches for months fighting across those fields, stopped and got out of those trenches and looked across those fields at the survivors on the other side.

Today, Armistice Day, we remember those who gave their lives so that we can live the free lifestyle that we enjoy today but we must also remember those that survived and carried the dreadful scars of war for the rest of their lives.

It is fitting that we have 210 children from St. Mary’s C of E Primary School here today, because these children are our future and they have a future and opportunities as a result of all the sacrifices made by brave men and women who died for their country or have survived the terrors of war.

Once again, thank you all for coming today. Horsham Remembers.”

– Chairman of Horsham District Council, Cllr Brian O’Connell
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