Photos: Thanet marks Remembrance and the 100th anniversary of the World War One armistice

Albion Gardens Photo Brian Whitehead

People across Thanet have turned out this morning (November 11) to mark Remembrance Sunday and the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War.

Services have taken place and there will be a series of beacon lightings this evening.

Ramsgate service

In Ramsgate hundreds of people crammed into the St George’s Church grounds with many more on the pavement outside.

Cannon fire marked the start and finish of the silence held to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Margate Photo Frank Leppard

Despite the huge crowd of people young and old the only sounds during the silence were the wind and the cries of birds disturbed by the boom of the cannon.

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People also gathered for a service at the Destiny statue in Albion Gardens this morning and at memorials across the isle.

Photo John Horton

Southeastern trains marked the 100th years since the end of the Great War with a special “Poppy Liveried” High Speed Javelin, unit 395018, which arrived at Ramsgate station this morning.

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Formerly named “Mo Farah” it is now named “The Victory Javelin” and carries embellishments along the side of the coaches.

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Isle schools also marked Remembrance at assemblies and services this week. Drapers Mills primary pupils created a 100 sign and Chatham and Clarendon grammar installed soldier silhouettes.

At Bromstone Primary School in Broadstairs every child created a poppy, placed them on the school field in the shape of a cross and then held their own service of remembrance at 11am on Friday.

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At the Poppy Proms in the Park weekend celebration in Broadstairs a life-sized war horse was on show. The sculpture was made by children at schools including Bradstow School, which organised the event.

Photo Ben Cooper

Sunday League football games also marked Remembrance and were able to start matches at 11.05am rather than 10.30am.



  1. Interesting fact to share: The dates on the pictured memorial for the Great War (WW1) show 1914-1919. Armistice was at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918 when the war stopped with Germany surrendering 100 years ago today, (the last British soldier being killed some 45 minutes beforehand). This is the poignant time and date we all remember the fallen in all wars. The treaty of Versailles which officially ended the war was signed by the allied and central powers seven months later in June 1919 which is why some memorials have the date inscribed extended to 1919.

  2. To the Kent Resident who pointed out the dates on the memorial being 1914 to 1919 is no mistake, it simply includes those who died following the end of the war of their injuries and therefore should be included on the memrial

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