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A British official cameraman filming ‘The last shot fired before the Armistice’ by a battery of 18-pounder field guns, Ernest Brooks, 11.00 am, 11 November 1918. Image courtesy Imperial War Museum ¬© IWM (Q 3353).

  • At 5.10 am, in a railway car at Compi√®gne, France, the Germans sign the Armistice which is effective at 11 am – the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Fighting continues all along the Western Front during the morning. Artillery barrages increase as 11 am draws near, then cease. Silence descends.
  • At 7.30 pm official news of the armistice signing reaches Orange. Thousands of people gather at the intersection of Summer street and Lords Place and rejoice with fireworks and musical instruments. An effigy of the Kaiser is hung from a lamp-post and burnt. Ald Edwin Thomas McNeilly delivers a patriotic address from the balcony of the Club Hotel. How Orange Received The News