0 Have your say The Great War started over a hundred years ago but remains a huge part of the national consciousness. The Royal British Legion’s poppy appeal has already begun – with the poppies marking the lives all soldiers lost in conflict, including the First World War. But when did the clash of European and World superpowers end? Here's all you need to know: When did the First World War start?Contemporaneously described as the war to end all wars, WW1 – also known as The First World War or the Great War – was started on July 28, 1914. With Austria-Hungary declaring war on Serbia on that day following the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo the month before. Britain declared war on Germany on August 4, 1914 - and soon nations including France, Russia, the Ottoman Empire, Canada, New Zealand and Australia became embroiled in the war. READ MORE: Remembrance … [Read more...] about Remembrance Day: When did the First World War end? Where was the armistice signed? Who was the last soldier to die? And when is the 100th anniversary?
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By Sonali Paul and Alison Bevege MELBOURNE/SYDNEY (Reuters) - Thousands of people attended memorial services in Melbourne to mark the centenary of the Armistice ending World War One, shrugging off heightened security after Friday's attack in Australia's second largest city which police branded terrorism. More people than expected attended the ceremony at the Shrine of Remembrance, keen to show they were not bowed by Friday's stabbings of three civilians, one fatal, by Islamic State sympathiser Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, 30. "Carry on," said Kate Mansell, the mother of a toddler and a baby in a stroller, told Reuters. "Life goes on," said Alison Brett, visiting Melbourne from Australia's Northern Territory. Her daughter, Belinda, who lives near the shrine, said she was not worried about being in public after Friday’s attack. "You can’t let that stop you," she said. At the shrine, across the river from the scene of the Bourke Street attack, an unobtrusive but increased police … [Read more...] about Thousands mark WW1 Armistice in Australia, unbowed by attack
This week, we will be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War (writes columnist Shaz Nawaz, city council Labour Group leader). The last Tommies passed away years ago; the so-called “Great War” has faded from living memory. Now it is recalled with names etched in memorials across the country; children may wonder what it was all about and look it up on Wikipedia on their smartphones I am very glad that every year we have the ritual of Remembrance Day; those who fought, perished or survived, deserve more than just monuments in stone, but to be recalled as flesh and blood human beings who had aspirations, dreams, hopes, virtues and yes, faults.We should be mindful of our duty to the living: servicemen and women who have fought in recent wars and their families deserve not just our regard, but also should have the covenant the nation has made with them fulfilled. I was deeply disturbed by the recent case of a retired RAF serviceman originally from … [Read more...] about Remembrance Day: We will remember them all
PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle watched the Invictus Games basketball finals on their last day in Sydney. The pair arrived to applause at Olympic Park's Quay Centre with David Beckham and son Romeo among the crowd. The royals were pictured taking their seat behind a row of military heroes at around 4am UK time. Meghan wore a claret top with belt, black trousers, heels and her hair tied back, and they both sported a Remembrance poppy. David and Romeo, 16, were snapped cheering the teams on as the royals also got into the action. They were given a rare morning off in the exhaustive schedule, but are back on official duty in the afternoon. The royal pair are on day 12 of their 16 day tour of Australia and surrounding nations. Later they are expected to meet up with Beckham at the sports tournaments' closing ceremony. Yesterday, dramatic footage showed the moment Meghan and Harry’s plane aborted its landing over fears it would crash. The Qantas jet pulled up moments before … [Read more...] about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle join David Beckham and Romeo at Invictus Games on last day in Sydney
MEGHAN Markle and Prince Harry have been accused of being insensitive after announcing they are expecting a baby on a remembrance day marking infant loss. The couple today revealed they will become parents in the spring of next year, making the announcement just hours after arriving in Australia for their first official overseas tour together. But while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex were inundated with well-wishes, many have pointed out the announcement was badly timed with International Pregnancy And Infant Loss Remembrance Day. One critic wrote on Twitter: "A bit insensitive if you ask me. It's baby loss and bereavement day." Another added: "Absolutely. "Prince Harry and Meghan announce excitement at pregnancy on Baby Loss and bereavement day. "And I thought it was bad enough that they couldn't wait more than three days to knock Eugenie back into place. #appallingtiming". But Ruth Bender Atik, national director of the Miscarriage Association, said: “I imagine … [Read more...] about Meghan Markle and Prince Harry accused of being insensitive after announcing royal baby on International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day