Friday, 20 December 2013

1921 War Grave Headstone

Here is the war grave headstone of Bdr J J Howe, Royal Garrison Artillery who died February 4, 1921. He is buried in St Mary's & St John Southworth RC Church in Salmesbury, Lancashire.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission commemorates those who died during the designated war years, while in Commonwealth military service or of causes attributable to service:

First World War
4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921

Second World War
3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947

The end date for the First World War is the official end of the war, while for the Second World War, the Commission selected a date approximately the same period after VE Day as the official end of the First World War was after the 1918 Armistice.

The Commission only commemorates those who have died during the designated war years, while in Commonwealth military service or of causes attributable to service. The applicable periods of consideration are 4 August 1914 to 31 August 1921 for the First World War and 3 September 1939 to 31 December 1947 for the Second World War.[3] The end date for World War I is official end of the war, while for World War II the Commission selected a date approximately the same period after VE Day as the official end of the First World War was after the 1918 Armistice.

According to Wikipedia, a formal state of war persisted for another seven months, until the signing of the Treaty of Versailles with German on June 28, 1919. However, the American public opposed ratification of the treaty, mainly because of the League of Nations that the treaty created; the United States did not formally end its involvement in the war until the Knox-Porter Resolution was signed in 1921.



2 comments:

Bill Nicholls said...

Never knew that, always though it was the treaty in 1919 officaly ended it. Never knew about the 1947 one either

Laurie said...

I have photographed a headstone in Camberley with Aug 21 as the date and a 1947 dated stone in Somerset!

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