World War I also known as the First World War was a global war centered in Europe that began on 28 July 1914. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died as a result of the war, a casualty rate exacerbated by the belligerents’ technological and industrial sophistication, and tactical stalemate. It was one of the deadliest conflicts in history, paving the way for major political changes, including revolutions in many of the nations involved.
Armistice Day (which coincides with Remembrance Day and Veterans Day, public holidays) is commemorated every year on 11 November to mark the armistice signed between the Allies of World War 1 and Germany at Compiegne in France and for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War 1 which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning – the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918.
Reverend Christopher Blanchard, vicar of Chepstow officiated at the Remembrance Day service that was held at the War Memorial in Chepstow High Street on Thursday November 11 at 11.00 am where a two minute silence was observed. Photographed: (L to R) Roy Weston, Bob Gratton, Fr Chris Blanchard, Cmdr Chris Wilson and Dale Rooke Mayor of Chepstow and Labour Town Councillor for Thornwell Ward and Unite Community member.
Representing HM Coastguard Chepstow are: (L to R) Dave Williams (Coastguard Rescue Officer) Alistair Vickery (Coastguard Rescue Officer), Albe Drury (Station Officer), Michael Gray (Coastguard Rescue Officer) and Graham Wilson (Coastguard Rescue Officer).