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A day of solemn ceremony - as global events close the WW1 Centenary with pledges 'Not to Forget'

Poppies projected onto the Hôtel de Ville in Mons: A scene from the son-et-lumière telling the city's 'first and the last' story of WW1- from the battle of 23 August 1914 to liberation by Canadian troops on Armistice Day, 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

After more than four years of commemorations, the First World War Centenary came to an end on November 11 with international tributes and pleas to work for peace on the 100th anniversary of the 1918 Armistice.

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St Symphorien tributes to the fallen of 1914 and 1918

The Armistice Centenary remembrance service, hosted by Canada, at St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Mons. Originally created by the German military authorities after the first Battle of Mons in August 1914, the tall grey obelisk in the background (right) is a monument to troops of both sides. Opposite is the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Cross of Sacrifice (Photo: Centenary News)

The first and the last British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in action in the Great War have been remembered in Armistice Centenary ceremonies at the cemetery in Belgium where they lie together.

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Belgium & Canada honour last Commonwealth soldier killed in WW1

The new memorial to George Price, symbolising a drop of blood, dedicated at Ville-sur-Haine on the eve of the 2018 Armistice Centenary (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News watches the official opening of the George Price Memorial, near Mons, commemorating the death of the last Commonwealth soldier to die in action in World War 1 before the Armistice took effect.

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UK National Service of Remembrance & 'People's Procession' mark Armistice Centenary in London

The People's Procession assembling in The Mall (Photo © DCMS - UK Government)

As well as events around Britain, the end of the First World War was marked in London by a National Service of Remembrance and a special procession of 10,000 members of the public past the Cenotaph in Whitehall.

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'At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them' - the Armistice tributes in Britain & Ireland

The Service of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey: Her Majesty the Queen stands with the German President, Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, HRH The Prince of Wales and the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, as wreaths are laid at the grave of the Unknown Warrior (Photo © Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey)

Patrick Gregory on how the Centenary Armistice Day was commemorated across Britain and Ireland.

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Farewell to the Centenary: more photos from Mons

The Last Post is sounded at the Liberation Parade on the Grand' Place (Photo: Centenary News)

More pictures from the Armistice Centenary commemorations in Mons, as our own coverage of the 2014-2018 events marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War comes to an end. 

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The Armistice - the Guns of the Great War fell silent 100 years ago today

Marshal Foch's address to the Allied armies on November 12 - 'You have won the greatest battle in history and saved the most sacred cause: the liberty of the world. Be Proud' (Photo: Centenary News)

The Armistice ending the First World War was agreed in Marshal Foch’s train at Compiègne early on the morning of 11 November 1918, coming into effect at 11 o'clock.

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'For Millions of Europeans, the war did not end in 1918' - article

Gdańsk in Poland, formerly Danzig: Under the Versailles Treaty, it was separated from Germany as a Free City under League of Nations protection to give the restored Polish state access to a major seaport (Photo: Centenary News)

Ahead of the Armistice Centenary, Britain's Guardian newspaper carried a reminder from columnist Natalie Nougayrède that the year 1918 has a different meaning for the peoples of eastern Europe.

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Centenary Update - Royal visit to Shrouds of the Somme

Princess Anne received one of the shrouded figures from Geraldine Norris, of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, to place among the more than 72,000 others at the Olympic park. Rob Heard (right) is the artist who created Shrouds of the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

Princess Anne has toured the Shrouds of the Somme tribute marking the WW1 Armistice Centenary at London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

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'Shrouds of the Somme' in London - Artist's Armistice Centenary tribute

The 72,396 shrouded figures - individually created by Somerset artist Rob Heard - on display in London until Sunday, November 18 (Photo: Centenary News)

Patrick Gregory tells the story of the WW1 Shrouds of the Somme installation at London's Olympic Park.

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Kaiser Wilhelm loses throne - 9 November 1918

The Kaiser's departure ended centuries of Hohenzollern rule in Berlin (Photo: Centenary News)

Germany’s Emperor, Wilhelm II, was forced to quit two days before the end of the First World War, his abdication unilaterally announced by the Chancellor.

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100 years ago - breaking news of the 'False Armistice'

Marshal Foch's train arriving at Compiègne for the armistice meeting with German representatives, November 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 58432)

James Smith revisits the story of how premature reports of an end to the Great War flashed around the world on 7 November 1918.

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Centenary tribute to Wilfred Owen on the Sambre-Oise Canal

Wilfred Owen's poem 'The End' was read at dawn beside the canal where he fell on 4 November 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News joined a commemorative procession in Northern France on November 4, honouring the poet and soldier Wilfred Owen, 100 years to the day after he was killed in action in one of the last battles of the First World War.

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Postal tribute marks Wilfred Owen Centenary

The Wilfred Owen commemorative cover bears an image of the war poet and soldier, overlaid with the titles of some of his best known works (Image © British Forces Philatelic Service - BFPS)

A commemorative cover honouring Wilfred Owen has been released by the British Forces Philatelic Service to remember his death in action 100 years ago today - on 4 November 1918.

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New Zealand commemorates 1918 liberation of Le Quesnoy

Wreaths laid opposite the New Zealand Memorial on the ramparts of Le Quesnoy (Photo: Centenary News)

New Zealanders gathered in the French town of Le Quesnoy on 4 November 2018 for events commemorating the 100th anniversary of their last major action of the First World War.

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Armistice Centenary events update - November 2018

Mons will hold events on November 10-11, remembering the first and the last British and Canadian deaths in actions here. This picture was taken in the Grand-Place during commemorations in August 2014 for the first Battle of Mons (Photo: Centenary News)

An update on some of the national, international and local commemorations coming up to mark the end of the First World War 100 years ago this month.

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'Forgotten Wrecks of the First World War' charted in new online resource

An example from the MAT database: Wreck sites around the Isle of Wight, pinpointing SS Molina, a Norwegian steamship, torpedoed by the German submarine, UB-35, on 21 January 1918 while sailing from Le Havre to Swansea. All 17 crewmen were rescued by a passing steamer (Image © Maritime Archaeology Trust)

The Maritime Archaeology Trust has released an interactive map, bringing together the results of its centenary investigation into hundreds of WW1 shipwreck sites off England's south coast.

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Armistice Centenary - German President invited to UK Cenotaph Service

Wreath laid by President Steinmeier's predecessor, Joachim Gauck, for the Battle of Jutland Centenary - Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Orkney (Photo: Centenary News)

President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will become the first German leader to lay a wreath at Britain’s annual Remembrance Sunday service in Whitehall, the UK Government confirms.

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Full list of beaches named for WW1 'Pages of the Sea' commemoration

Artist's impression of a sand portrait for 'Pages of the Sea' (Image © 14-18 NOW)

More than 30 beaches across the UK and Republic of Ireland will be hosting Danny Boyle's 14-18 NOW Armistice Centenary event, remembering those who left to serve in the First World War.

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The last days of WW1 - October/November 1918

100 years ago: General Erich Ludendorff, supremo of the German war effort with Field Marshal Hindenburg, was forced to resign on 26 October 1918 amid mounting pressure for an armistice (Photo © Susi Traenkner)

A Centenary News glance at key events in the closing days of the Great War, as the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires stopped fighting, and Germany too edged towards a ceasefire. 

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Armistice Centenary - Light to shine on Artois 'Great Vigil' for the fallen

Candle-lit vigils will be held at 270 cemeteries and memorials across Artois at nightfall on 10 November 2018 to commemorate all those who didn't live to see the Armistice ending the Great War.

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Poppy of Honour memorial to Great War fallen

The Poppy of Honour displayed in Wincanton. It will tour more towns in Somerset in November (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News visits the 'Poppy of Honour' at  Wincanton, in southwest England, a new memorial bearing the names of 1,115,471 British and Commonwealth dead or missing of the First World War. 

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'Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope' at Ripon Cathedral

Dan Metcalfe with a section of 'Fields of Mud, Seeds of Hope' (Photo © Joe Priestley)

Artist Dan Metcalfe combines soil from Yorkshire and Passchendaele in a sculpture at Ripon Cathedral commemorating the sacrifices of those who returned from WW1, as well as those who did not.

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Armistice Centenary events round-up, October/November 2018

Mons: This plaque at the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) commemorates the Belgian city's liberation by Canadian troops in the last hours before the Armistice came into effect on 11 November 1918. Canada will be represented at a weekend of centenary events in Mons on November 10-11 (Photo: Centenary News)

A Centenary News look at some of the national, international and local commemorations coming up to mark the end of the First World War 100 years ago.

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'Shaping Our Sorrow' - CWGC archive display launches for Armistice Centenary

King George V visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery, during his 1922 pilgrimage to the memorials under construction in Belgium and France. He was accompanied by Sir Fabian Ware (third from left), founder of the Imperial War Graves Commission - now CWGC. Standing next to the King are Field Marshal Earl Haig and Mr T Elvidge, Head Gardener at Tyne Cot (Photo © CWGC)

More than 600 documents and photos from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s extensive archives have been released online for the end of the First World War Centenary.

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Scuttle of the German fleet in Scapa Flow - November conference in Orkney

International historians will discuss the impact and legacy of the sinking of Germany’s First World War surface fleet, at a conference in Orkney in November 2018.

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'Great War Symphony' receives world premiere

(Image © Tony Simpson)

'The Great War Symphony' - a new choral work written for the close of the WW1 Centenary by British composer Patrick Hawes - is being given its world première at the Royal Albert Hall, London, tonight (October 9).

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Kick-starting the Meuse-Argonne: The American Army goes again on Western Front

American soldiers resting in a shallow trench in the Argonne Forest (Image: via Wikimedia Commons/US official photo/public domain)

Patrick Gregory on the relaunch of America's stalled offensive in northeastern France 100 years ago.

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Islay marks centenary of HMS Otranto tragedy

A procession from the Old Parish Church at Kilchoman to CWGC Kilchoman Military Cemetery followed the same route as the funeral cortege for the US and British dead of the Otranto 100 years ago (Photo © Ben Shakespeare Photography/WW100 Scotland)

The loss of a First World War troopship carrying American soldiers to Europe in October 1918 has been remembered on the Hebridean island of Islay.

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'Weeping Window' poppy display opens at IWM London

'Weeping Window' cascades from the cupola at the Imperial War Museum in London (Photo: Centenary News)

The final presentation of the Tower of London WW1 Centenary poppies tour is under way at the Imperial War Museum.

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