Armistice Day: Fort Nelson marks 100th anniversary of start of war

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SCHOOL children were among those who gathered at Fort Nelson to mark two minutes silence today.

Staff at the Victorian fort paid tribute on Armistice Day when staff fired an 18-pound gun at 11am, to mark the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

11/11/14  ''Remembrance day commemoration at Fort Nelson with the firing of a WW1 18 pounder''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143171-3) PPP-141111-112210001

11/11/14 ''Remembrance day commemoration at Fort Nelson with the firing of a WW1 18 pounder''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143171-3) PPP-141111-112210001

This year is the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Royal Armouries’ Keeper of Artillery Nicholas Hall said: ‘Always on Armistice Day we mark the two minutes silence with the 18-pound gun salute from the First World War.

‘The remembrance of the First World War should continue as a memorial for those who went off to die.’

The commemorations have special significance at Fort Nelson as the Victorian building acted as a transit depot and training establishment for soldiers embarking at Portsmouth for France during the First World War.

11/11/14  ''Remembrance day commemoration at Fort Nelson with the firing of a WW1 18 pounder''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143171-3) PPP-141111-112210001

11/11/14 ''Remembrance day commemoration at Fort Nelson with the firing of a WW1 18 pounder''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143171-3) PPP-141111-112210001

The fort also played a vital role in defending Portsmouth, and surrounding areas, during the dark days of 1940/41 when it was used an anti-aircraft ammunition depot.

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