Letter announcing WW1 ceasefire is discovered

A typed order delivered to British troops announcing the First World War ceasefire has been discovered in a dusty loft – days before the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. The official ‘A’ Form message written to the 59th Division announced that “hostilities will cease at 11000 today Nov. 11” and was stamped “priority”. It was given to Corporal George Charles Goulding, a motorcyle despatch rider, who was ordered to deliver the note to Commander, Royal Artillery (CRA). Corporal Goulding, known as Charlie, served in the Signals Section, was given the note to deliver at 9am on November 11, 1918 – two hours before the ceasefire.

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