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Brighton observe two-minute silence

Brighton station observe two-minute silence Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

Ron Freer lays wreath at Brighton memorial Credit: ITV Meridian

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.

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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:

Portsmouth prepares for two minute's silence

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.

Preparing for 11am in Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian
Preparing for the 11am silence, in Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

List of major Armistice Day events in the South

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Kent

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

Sussex

  • 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

Dorset

  • Memorial on Minster Green in Wimborne

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New composition pays tribute to young poet killed in WW1

The experiences of a young soldier killed in the First World War underpins new work by the world-renowned composer and University of Southampton professor, Michael Finnissy.

Remembrance Day draws on the poetry and prose of Henry Lamont Simpson, who was an officer in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was injured in Belgium in 1917.

He was brought back to Southampton and then treated at a military hospital in Hursley Park near Winchester. Returning to The Front in 1918, he was killed by a sniper while reconnoitring No Man’s Land. He was just 21 years old.

Henry Lamont was an officer in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was injured in Belgium in 1917. Credit: UniversityofSouthampton

Professor Michael Finnissy comments:

It is fitting that young people are integral to the performance. The student musicians are much the same age as Henry when he was sent to fight in the war and this premiere gives them the chance to reflect on the horrors faced by young soldiers a century ago.

My composition simply presents evidence, much as Simpson’s poetic war-diary does. Significantly, he laments the loss of his friends, but does not accuse or apportion blame. It is not the work of a general, or a war-hero, or a politician and moves from scenes of mass volunteer-enlistment, to the horrors of the battlefield – from regret, to simple off-duty pleasures in the countryside.

– Michael Finnissy

Michael Finnissy’s piece receives its world premiere at the University’s concert venue Turner Sims on 16 November. Finnissy himself will play the solo piano part, and Henry Lamont Simpson’s great nephew will be in the audience as a special guest.

Royal Navy practice marching skills for Remembrance Day

More than 130 members of the Naval Services have been practising their marching skills ahead of the Remembrance Service at the Cenotaph in London on Sunday November 9.

Dressed smartly in great coats, 96 members of the Royal Navy, 48 Royal Marines, 10 of the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service and 10 Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors have been preparing for the Sunday services.

For the first time since the Cenotaph Service began, a female naval officer from HMS Collingwood will be undertaking the role of Officer of the Guard 1. Credit: RoyalNavy

On Sunday the men and women will be on guard at the parade ground at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth under the watchful eye of the Royal Navy’s State Ceremonial Training Officer Warrant Officer Dickie Henderson and his team of Gunnery Instructors.

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