On Armistace Day - The young joined the old - in paying tribute and remembering those who sacrificed their lives fighting for our country. Shopping centres - factories - offices and schools fell silent. Leading the service in Brighton was 100-year-old - blind veteran - Ron Freer - once a Japanese prisoner of war. Andrew Pate reports.
Edwina Smart from Southampton had only just found out that her great uncle's name was on the cenotaph in Southampton.
She and her mother planned to remember Edwin Thirlwell Adamson together but sadly her mother passed away.
Edwina brought a flower from yesterday's funeral to the cenotaph in Southampton this morning and said her great uncle would be proud to think that he would be remembered.
Canterbury Cathedral observed today's silence with a Book of Remembrance.
The service was conducted by the Dean and Chapter, the Reverend Robert Willis.
The book remembers those who fell in the line of duty with the East Kent Regiment, the Buffs.
After the two minutes silence and act of Remembrance, pages in the Books of Remembrance were turned, and poppy wreaths laid by representatives of the Buffs, The Queen's Regiment, The Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment and their allied Regiment, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, the Kent Yeomanry, and the 21st Lancers.
People gathered in Brighton station to remember the fallen.
100-year-old Ron Freer, who was a prisoner-of-war, will lead the Armistice Day parade and laid a wreath at the station memorial.
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.
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:
Pictures are coming in, from around the region, as the South prepares to remember the fallen and the injured today, Armistice Day.
People are gathering in Portsmouth, at Guildhall Square, for the event.
- 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
- 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