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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

Armistice Day: Hampshire County Council remembers

Dozens of staff at Hampshire County Council have paid their respects to the fallen on Armistice Day. They gathered at the war memorial next to the Great Hall in Winchester before carrying out a two minute silence.

Among those paying tribute was Lieutenant Commander Keith Whitehead RD RNR, who has been a member of the Royal Navy Reserve for 29 years, and also a Chartered Building Surveyor working within Hampshire Property Services.

Lieutenant Commander Keith Whitehead RD RNR who works for Hampshire Property Services Credit: Hampshire County Council

“I wear a poppy badge all year to act as a constant remembrance to others and myself of the ultimate sacrifice made by servicemen and women over the years. In particular I want to remember the sacrifice made by my Great Uncle who was a member of the Hampshire Regiment (TA) and who died as a prisoner of war in 1917 while serving in Mesopotamia now known as Iraq.”

– Lieutenant Commander Keith Whitehead RD RNR


South Downs College marks Armistice Day

A college in Waterlooville has paid tribute to Royal Marine Richard Hollington, a former South Downs student who, in June 2010, became the 300th British Serviceman to die during the conflict in Afghanistan.

In remembrance of those Service personnel who have given their lives in wars and conflicts, students marched and laid memorial wreathes.

Students laid wreathes and planted crosses in memory of the former student. Credit: ITVMeridian

Cadet Marnie Kerby, who is hoping to one day be a convert medical technician, spoke about the importance of the Armistice Day service for the college.

Berkshire cadet plants final ceramic poppy at Tower

A pupil from a school in Berkshire was the person chosen to plant the last ceramic poppy at the Tower of London's WWI memorial artwork. Cadet Harry Hayes, 13, is a year 9 student at Reading Blue Coat School.

He planted the flower ahead of the traditional silence held at 11am on the 11th of November. The installation'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red'by artist Paul Cummins at the Tower of London, marks the centenary of the First World War.

Cadet Harry Hayes, 13, from Berkshire plants the final ceramic poppy Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Cadet Harry Hayes salutes after planting the final ceramic poppy
Standing to attention at the Tower of London
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