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News release: 29/10/18 - The council will mark the centenary of the end of the First World War in 1918 with special events of remembrance throughout Hillingdon.


On Sunday 11 November, at the very moment the armistice that ended hostilities was signed 100 years ago, rocket maroons will be fired across the borough. This will be one of many events across Hillingdon to acknowledge the nationally-observed two-minute silence in memory of all those who lost their lives in conflict.  

A special programme of events will take place at the Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge. The Blue Cross will explain how animals served in conflict, there will be poppy-making workshops, a poppy art display and a remembrance-themed discovery trail among the day's activities.

A free special exhibition detailing how life on the Hillingdon home front was affected by the First World War will open at Uxbridge Library on Monday 5 November. Hillingdon during the First World War uses Hillingdon Archive service source materials and runs until Thursday 22 November.

Three pairs of memorial silhouettes of soldiers from the First World War have already been installed at Harefield, Ruislip and Harmondsworth.  The artwork depicts British infantry, nicknamed 'Tommies', and is part of a nationwide campaign to remind all communities on why and how 888,246 British and Commonwealth service personnel lost their lives in the conflict.

In Harefield, the 'Tommies' stand on the village green next to the war memorial and commemorative paving stones honouring First World War recipients of the Victoria Cross (VC), Harefield-born Robert Edward Ryder VC and Cecil John Kinross VC.

Leader of Hillingdon Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, said: "Remembrance Day is particularly poignant this year as it is also the centenary year of the end of the First World War. It is appropriate that we take time to be reminded of the great sacrifices that Hillingdon men and women, and indeed those of all British and Commonwealth countries and other allies, made and ensure that these are remembered for generations to come."

Copies of a special commemorative book detailing Hillingdon residents who lost their lives during the Great War and who are listed on one of the 55 memorials across the borough and church plaques are available to buy for £3 at any of the borough's 17 libraries. We Will Remember Them, has already been donated to the borough's schools, libraries and soldier's families.

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