Theresa May and the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel have warned the tombs of the first and last British soldiers…
Theresa May and the Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel have warned the tombs of the first and last British soldiers to be killed during World War I, at the start of a weekend to reminders of the 100th Anniversary of Armistice.
Between the firing of the litter that killed 16-year-old John Parr from Finchley, northern London, in August 1914, and the ring from the shot that struck down 40-year-old George Edwin Ellison, from Leeds, November 1
1, 1918, killed about 750,000 British troops.
Temporary a few meters of lawn between the two man’s graves at St. Symphoria’s military cemetery on the outskirts of Mons in western Belgium.
At the cemetery, established by Germany in 1917 as a tribute to the dead on both sides, the British Prime Minister issued a statement.
“A century ago, British forces fought side by side with our allies in Europe on the western front. Today in France and Belgium, we reflect on our common history, but also look forward to our common future based on peace, prosperity and friendship. “
After receiving a reception with Michel and British and Belgian servants in Mons, may go out to France to meet the French president Emmanuel Macron in Albert, a city in the heart of the Somme region, which was bombed strongly during World War I before visiting Thiepval.
As Motorcade set out, a collision with a fitting car saw two police injured. A spokesman for the Belgian prime minister said the incident was a “regrettable accident”.
Parr, who lied about his age to engage in the army, was killed with gunfire on August 21 when he examined his bike in the first preliminary British advance on Mons. The Germans buried him at the cemetery.
The remains of Ellison, who were killed 90 minutes before the Army in a definitive, meaningless progress, when it was clear to everyone that they were on the hill of peace, were taken to a cemetery from a 1920’s British pit. There was no knowledge at the time of the meaning of the opposite plot.