Lest we forget: 100 years later

  • Tears for the fallen: Bermudian Second World War Royal Navy veteran William Adams fights tears during a moment of silence during the Remembrance Day ceremonies at The Cenotaph on Sunday. John Rankin, the Governor, David Burt, the Premier, Craig Cannonier, the Opposition leader, and Royal Bermuda Regiment commander David Curley and retired RBR Major George Jones led the commemorative service. Mr Adams was president of the War Veterans Association (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Tears for the fallen: Bermudian Second World War Royal Navy veteran William Adams fights tears during a moment of silence during the Remembrance Day ceremonies at The Cenotaph on Sunday. John Rankin, the Governor, David Burt, the Premier, Craig Cannonier, the Opposition leader, and Royal Bermuda Regiment commander David Curley and retired RBR Major George Jones led the commemorative service. Mr Adams was president of the War Veterans Association (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • David Burt, the Premier, lays a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Hamilton (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    David Burt, the Premier, lays a wreath at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Hamilton (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • A beacon, like others lit across Britain, the Commonwealth and the Overseas Territories, lights up the night sky at Government House (Photograph supplied)

    A beacon, like others lit across Britain, the Commonwealth and the Overseas Territories, lights up the night sky at Government House (Photograph supplied)

  • Some of the crowds in the grounds of Government House to see a “beacon of hope” lit to mark the end of the First World War (Photograph supplied)

    Some of the crowds in the grounds of Government House to see a “beacon of hope” lit to mark the end of the First World War (Photograph supplied)

  • Berkeley Institute pupils Ori Wilson, centre, and Raina de Fontes, both 15, read their reflections on the First World War at Government House, watched by RBR Major Larenzo Ratteray (Photograph supplied)

    Berkeley Institute pupils Ori Wilson, centre, and Raina de Fontes, both 15, read their reflections on the First World War at Government House, watched by RBR Major Larenzo Ratteray (Photograph supplied)

  • Former services personnel march past the Cenotaph watched by their modern-day counterparts and hundreds of onlookers (Photograph supplied)

    Former services personnel march past the Cenotaph watched by their modern-day counterparts and hundreds of onlookers (Photograph supplied)

  • Former services personnel march past the Cenotaph watched by their modern-day counterparts and hundreds of onlookers (Photograph supplied)

    Former services personnel march past the Cenotaph watched by their modern-day counterparts and hundreds of onlookers (Photograph supplied)

  • Some of the crowds in the grounds of Government House to see a “beacon of hope” lit to mark the end of the First World War (Photograph supplied)

    Some of the crowds in the grounds of Government House to see a “beacon of hope” lit to mark the end of the First World War (Photograph supplied)

  • Berkeley Institute pupils Ori Wilson, centre, and Raina de Fontes, both 15,  read their reflections on the First World War at Government House, watched by RBR Major Larenzo Ratteray (Photograph supplied)

    Berkeley Institute pupils Ori Wilson, centre, and Raina de Fontes, both 15,  read their reflections on the First World War at Government House, watched by RBR Major Larenzo Ratteray (Photograph supplied)

  • Bermuda Major George Jones (Retired) Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Bermuda Major George Jones (Retired) Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Canon Thomas Nisbett, 93, a Second World War soldier in the Bermuda Militia Infantry, which guarded the island against enemy threats (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Canon Thomas Nisbett, 93, a Second World War soldier in the Bermuda Militia Infantry, which guarded the island against enemy threats (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Royal Bermuda Regiment Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel David Curley salutes before the Cenotaph on the Cabinet Building grounds in Hamilton during the Remembrance Day ceremony, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Colonel Curley commands the successor unit to the all-white Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps and the Bermuda Militia Artillery, who both served on the Western Front in the war (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Royal Bermuda Regiment Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel David Curley salutes before the Cenotaph on the Cabinet Building grounds in Hamilton during the Remembrance Day ceremony, marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Colonel Curley commands the successor unit to the all-white Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps and the Bermuda Militia Artillery, who both served on the Western Front in the war (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • The Somerset Brigade Band and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band combined for a march past the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    The Somerset Brigade Band and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band combined for a march past the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • The Somerset Brigade Band and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band combined for a march past the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    The Somerset Brigade Band and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band combined for a march past the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • The Somerset Brigade Band and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band combined for a march past the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    The Somerset Brigade Band and the Bermuda Islands Pipe Band combined for a march past the Cenotaph during the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • The Royal Bermuda Regiment Band marches down Front Street during the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    The Royal Bermuda Regiment Band marches down Front Street during the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Royal Bermuda Regiment Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Royal Bermuda Regiment Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Royal Bermuda Regiment Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Royal Bermuda Regiment Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Bermuda Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley in the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Bermuda Commissioner of Police Stephen Corbishley in the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Sea Cadets in the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Sea Cadets in the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • We shall not forget: David Burt, the Premier, lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on the grounds of the Cabinet Building in honour of the men who served in the First World War and Second World War (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    We shall not forget: David Burt, the Premier, lays a wreath at the Cenotaph on the grounds of the Cabinet Building in honour of the men who served in the First World War and Second World War (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling in the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Mayor of Hamilton Charles Gosling in the Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

  • Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

    Remembrance Day Parade (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)


Bermuda marked the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War by lighting a beacon of hope for a brighter future.

Heiko Schwartz, head of the political department at the German Consulate in New York, was among the VIP guests as soldiers from the Royal Bermuda Regiment lit the fire at Government House to conclude Remembrance Day commemorations on Sunday.

John Rankin, the Governor, told the crowds that “however dark the hour, there is always hope”.

He added: “It is for that reason I’m particularly grateful to all the young people who have come to participate in this evening’s event.

“You are the future of Bermuda, the future of the world and we are honoured by your presence.”

Mr Rankin added the beacon was “a light of hope” and that “we should rededicate ourselves to keeping that light alive”.

Mr Schwartz said he was honoured to accept the invitation to visit Bermuda for Remembrance Day.

He added: “For us, it was a strong signal of our friendship, we have been enemies before and now we have become friends and close allies.

“That is why this evening is so moving and I’m very honoured and glad to be here today.”

The beacon was one of many lit around Britain, the Commonwealth and in the Overseas Territories to mark the anniversary.

As soldiers lit the beacon, an RBR bugler played the Last Post and a piper played the Flowers of the Forest, the traditional lament of Scottish Highland regiments for the fallen.

Earlier, hundreds of people turned out for a Remembrance Day parade to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the conflict in which 544 Bermudians served, mainly in the Bermuda Militia Artillery and the Bermuda Volunteer Rifle Corps.

A total of 53 Bermudians were killed in action, 15 were wounded, 14 were taken prisoner of war, four went missing in action and 19 died of disease or wounds.

Veterans of other conflicts lined up alongside soldiers from the RBR and other uniformed services to commemorate the Armistice, which came into effect on 11am on November 11, 1918, with two minutes’ silence.

Canadian visitor Janet Jeffery, who attended the parade with husband Nick, said the Regiment had put on a parade to be proud of.

Ms Jeffery added: “I’m not surprised. It was what I expected, but I was very much impressed. Everybody was immaculate.”

The annual parade and wreath-laying ceremony at the Cenotaph took place on Front Street.

The biggest round of applause at the end of the commemoration when former warriors marched from outside Cabinet Office.

But not all the RBR soldiers were on parade: its chefs had put in two days of hard work to prepare a lunch to honour Bermuda’s former military at No 6 Shed.

Sergeant John Lema, 37, from Devonshire, an eight-year veteran of the RBR, said: “We enjoy it. It’s always great to give back to the community and honour our fellow servicemen and women.”

Mr Rankin, who led the wreath-laying, said afterwards: “This year is a special one because it’s the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Today has been a day to mark that Armistice and to recognise all of Bermuda’s veterans, both those who made the ultimate sacrifice and those who survived.

“All of them played a part in helping us to have the peace and freedoms we enjoy today.”

David Burt, the Premier, who laid a wreath on behalf of the Government, added: “It’s an important part of Bermuda’s history and something which we will continue to commemorate.”

Canon Thomas Nisbett, 93, a Second World War soldier in the Bermuda Militia Infantry, which guarded the island against enemy threats, said: “It was beautiful. There are not many veterans left and it was nice to hear the applause as we marched off.”

Isobel Flood, also 93, from Pembroke, served with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War, said: “Our uniformed services did very well — and I’m still standing up as well. It’s very important that we keep commemorating these events. Like they say, ‘Lest we forget’.”

RBR Commanding Officer Lieutenant-Colonel David Curley said: “This is one ceremony and parade that we are really honoured to do. That’s because it’s for the veterans. To see them out on parade is awesome and to be able to mingle with them at the lunch afterwards is first class.”

Lieutenant-Colonel Eugene Raynor, a former Commanding Officer of the RBR and its Honorary Colonel, said: “Today we celebrate the end of the First World War 100 years ago. But will we ever celebrate the end of war?”

You must be registered or signed-in to post comment or to vote.

Published Nov 13, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 13, 2018 at 8:03 am)

Lest we forget: 100 years later

What you
Need to
Know
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon

  • Take Our Poll

    • "What do you see as best for the future of Bermuda's energy?"
    • Belco Plan
    • 13%
    • Bermuda Better Energy Plan
    • 68%
    • Other
    • 19%
    • Total Votes: 2308
    • Poll Archive

    Today's Obituaries

    eMoo Posts