Armistice Day: Yorkshire remembers war dead UPDATED

Regimental Standards are brought forth during the Service of Remembrance at the Royal Armouries. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

Regimental Standards are brought forth during the Service of Remembrance at the Royal Armouries. PIC: Bruce Rollinson

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COMMUNITIES across Yorkshire were today pausing to reflect on the sacrifices made by the county’s war dead.

The tribute started at 11am, the time the guns on the Western Front fell silent at the end of the First World War in 1918.

Ceremonies nationwide commemorated fallen servicemen and women from both World Wars and later conflicts, including the 385 British personnel who have died since operations began in Afghanistan in 2001.

The silence was particularly poignant for those at Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, who are mourning the loss of the latest soldier to die on active service.

Private Matthew Thornton, 28, from the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was killed by an IED while on patrol in Babaji on Wednesday.

His family paid tribute to him last night as a “dedicated soldier” who “loved life”.

Further events in honour of the fallen will take place in Leeds on Remembrance Sunday.

Wreaths will again be laid in Victoria Gardens following a procession leaving Leeds Civic Hall at 10.45am.

At 11am there will be a two-minute silence, after which a bugler will sound the Last Post.

Elsewhere on Sunday, services of remembrance will be held at Wakefield Cathedral at 9.15am and 10.55am.

A procession will assemble at Dewsbury Town Hall at 10am before setting off to Dewsbury Minster for a 10.30am service.

Wreaths will be laid after the service at the war memorial on Longcauseway.

In Harrogate, junior soldiers from the Army Foundation College will parade through the town centre at 10.30am, with a two-minute silence to follow at the war memorial at 11am.

A memorial service will then take place at Stonefall Cemetery on Wetherby Road in the town at 1pm.

Professor Peter Moizer, Dean of Leeds University Business School

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