Yeovil Celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice

100th Anniversary of the Armistice

How Yeovil came together for the 100th Anniversary


The Armistice of 11 November 1918, also known as the Armistice of Compiègne from the place where it was signed, was the armistice that ended fighting on land, sea and air in World War I between the Allies and Germany. It came into force at 11am (Paris time) on 11 November 1918 ("the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month") bringing hostilities to an end.
Although the armistice ended the fighting, it needed to be prolonged three times until the Treaty of Versailles, which was signed on 28 June 1919, took effect on 10 January 1920.

In Yeovil, to mark the hundredth anniversary of the Armistice, the War Memorial in the Borough was cleaned. A new set of brass plaques containing an additional 53 names of Yeovil men who gave their lives in the conflict were installed on the memorial.

The new plaques were re-dedicated at a ceremony held on the morning of 11 November 2018 immediately before the wreath-laying ceremony.



In the week leading up to the Armistice Centenary, poppies began to appear in Yeovil -


The shop window of Eleanor Florence in Princes Street.


... and seen from inside. It's when you see this huge number of crosses en masse, that you begin to realise how a generation of Yeovil was depleted during the conflict.


Large poppies affixed to street furniture began to appear in the first week of November, albeit chiefly in High Street and the Borough.


Yeovil in Bloom's Remembrance Day Poppy Tree in St John's churchyard.





The following photographs capture, without comment, the ceremony in the Borough on the morning of 11 November 2018, the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of 11 November 1918.