South London pays respects 100 years after the guns fall silent


War veterans, schoolchildren and politicians were among the thousands who turned out to pay their respects to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War on Sunday, writes Calum Fraser.

Southwark Remembrance Sunday.

Wreaths were laid at war memorials at services in Lewisham High Street, in Borough High Street in Southwark, and in Windrush Square in Lambeth.

Frau Heike Schmitt-Schmelz, Deputy Mayor of Charlottenburg in Berlin, the town Lewisham is twined with, gave a speech by the memorial.

She said: “We commemorate the lives of the victims of the First World War, and let us make this an incentive to facilitate meetings between our peoples, to break down and overcome prejudices, but also to create connections between our boroughs and to live together in harmony as part of a peaceful co-existence.”

Earlier in the speech the German dignitary quoted Britain’s Second World War Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

She said: “We cannot afford to drag forward across the years to come, hatred and revenge which have sprung from the injuries of the past.


If Europe is to be saved from infinite misery, and indeed from final doom, there must be this act of faith in the European family, this act of oblivion against all crimes and follies of the past.”

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