100 years since the first Remembrance Day

11th November 2019 marks 100 years since the first Remembrance Day in Britain (also known as Armistice Day). Symbolising the end of the Wars, it was an opportunity to honour those who had given their lives defending the freedom of others. 100 years on, we have been looking back at some wonderful photographs from The First World War. These snapshots of history capture friends and allies coming together at home, in the factory or on the frontline; reminding us of their great sacrifice.

From our Archive we have digitised some great collections of photography from the First and Second World War which you can see a selection of here in our Picture Library.

Here are just a few of the men and women we remember:

Troops of the 57th Division of the 8th Battalion, the King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, otherwise known as the Liverpool Irish, entering Lille.

 

 

Employees working at the Chilwell National Shell Filling Factory, Nottinghamshire. Chilwell was the site of one of the worst domestic accidents of the war when eight tons of explosive detonated accidentally killing 109 men and 25 women.

 

 

The first liberated British prisoners of war in Tournai, France.

 

 

WRAFs gathered outside the Royal Air Force headquarters at the former Hotel Cecil.

 

 

Two WAACs lay wreaths at the British cemetery, Abbeville, February 1918.