Remembering Armistice Day 1918

Rylands Blog

One hundred years ago today, on 11 November 1918, guns on the Western Front and other theatres of war fell silent. Fighting continued right up to the agreed ceasefire at 11.00 GMT, and it is estimated that over 10,000 men were killed, wounded or went missing on the last day of conflict, some succumbing to injuries sustained earlier – perhaps the most grotesque of all the grim statistics of the ‘Great War’. Countless thousands more would die of their wounds, both physical and mental, in the months and years ahead.

The papers of the Manchester historian T. F. Tout are an important source for the history of the First World War. Many of his former students joined the forces and corresponded regularly with Professor Tout, describing their experiences in the war. Thomas Seymour Hurrell matriculated at the University of Manchester in 1914, and completed part one of the history degree in…

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