THERESA May has laid a spray during a graves of a initial and final British soldiers to be killed in World War One.
The Prime Minister celebrated a dauntless tommies John Parr and George Ellison currently as she attended services to pitch 100 years given a finish of a bloody conflict.
She began currently by visiting the St Symphorien Military Cemetery in Mons, with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, where a span are buried only metres apart.
Private Parr, suspicion to be 17 when he died, was presumably killed by purloin glow on Aug 21 as he rode his bike, though poser still surrounds his death.
The 5 ft 3 Londoner, who became a reconnoitering cyclist lerned to float brazen and get information fast for autocratic officers, though historians are still divided as to how and when he died.
And George Ellison was tragically killed only 90 mins before a Armistice came into outcome during 11am on Nov 11 1918 – creation him a final Brit to have been killed in a war.
He was shot passed by a German sniper while patrolling woods circuitously a Belgian city of Mons, after flourishing a Battle of Ypres and a Battle of a Somme.
Theresa May will after accommodate French President Emmanuel Macron in Albert, a city in a heart of a Somme segment that was heavily bombed.
They will lay a spray together during a circuitously Theipval memorial, that has been specifically combined for a occasion.
Ahead of a revisit she pronounced that Britain and France demeanour brazen to a “shared future, built on peace, wealth and friendship”.
Mrs May said: “At St Symphorien we will have a honour of laying a spray on interest of a republic during a graves of both John Parr and George Ellison, a initial and final UK soldiers to die during a war.
“That their graves distortion conflicting any other is a wise and touching pitch that brings home a almighty bond between them, and each member of a armed army who gave their lives to strengthen what we reason so dear.
“We remember a heroes who mislaid their lives in a fear of a trenches. As a object sets on 100 years of remembrance, we will never forget their sacrifice.”
She will afterwards go on to have talks and lunch with President Macron on Brexit.
Earlier this week a PM honoured the sacrifices of Parliamentarians, officers and their staff who gave their lives during a war.
John Parr – a initial British infantryman to die in WWI
Teenager John, from Finchley in North London is suspicion to have killed by purloin glow on Aug 21 as he rode his bike, though poser still surrounds his death
Thought to be 17 when he died, John was from a Middlesex Regiment, and lied about his age to join a army in 1912.
The 5 ft 3 Londoner, who became a reconnoitering cyclist lerned to float brazen and get information fast for autocratic officers.
An eight-year-old Belgian lady says she thinks she witnessed Private Parr shot by a German infantryman – as he went blank only before a Battle of Mons on Aug 23.
But other historians consider he was expected to have been killed in a Battle a few days later, definition he might not be a initial to have died after all.
Diaries uncover his ordain was 11 milies south of a area, and didn’t strech Mons until a 23rd.
Private Parr’s mom Alice didn’t hear anything from him for months, and it’s misleading what she was told about his death.
George Ellison – a final British infantryman to die in WWI
The 40-year-old’s genocide was quite comfortless as it came only 90 mins before a Armistice came into outcome during 11am on Novemver 11 1918.
George, a infantryman with a 5th Royal Irish Lancers, was shot passed by a German sniper while patrolling woods circuitously a Belgian city of Mons.
He was survived by his son, James, and mother Hannah Maria.
The ex-coal miner, who survived a Battle of Ypres and a Somme before he died, was celebrated final week with a board during Leeds railway station, where he lived before a war.
9.7million in sum died in a 1914 – 1918 conflict, and 10 million civilians mislaid their lives too.
In a UK 880,000 infantry were killed.
The PM will attend a rememberance eventuality with a Royal British Legion on Saturday and join a rest of a republic in heading a commemorative during a cenotaph on Sunday with other domestic leaders.
70 universe leaders including President Donald Trump and Germany’s Angela Merkel will take partial in a rite in Paris on Sunday morning too.
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