11 November 1918

11 November 191844:The First World War ended at 11:00 am on the 11th November 1918.  Bells rang out, bonfires were lit and people paraded through their towns to celebrate.  The reasons for which the war began seem trivial in comparison with its cost.  Britain lost 750,000 dead and many more missing and wounded.  Her position as a world power was seriously weakened and she was left with massive debts after incurring huge loans from America to support the war.

From “Loftus in old picture postcards” by Jean Wiggins. Reproduced by permission.

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