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Learn about the history of your souvenir coin!

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Your coin year: 1918

The year before:

Famous First World War events in this year:

What was life like for a First World War child in this year?

January 1918: The rationing of food begins in Britain due to the German U-boats sinking many food supply ships.

 

3rd March 1918:  The treaty of Brest-Litovsk is signed between Germany and Russia, bringing the war between them to an end.

 

4th October 1918: German commanders ask the British and their Allies for peace, called an 'Armistice'.

 

11th November 1918: The Armistice is finally signed and the First World War is over.

We often talk about the soldiers in the trenches in the First World War, but if it wasn't for the women, who had a very difficult job in looking after children and working in factories to produce weapons,  as well as on the land growing vegetables and caring for animals, Britain would have almost certainly lost the war.

What happened in the war in this year?

This was the happiest year of the war for many people because it is the year when the war ended.  However, people were still being killed right up until the last few moments such as a poet called Wilfred Owen, whose family only found out he had been killed on the last day of the war.

First World War random fact:

If you were a child in this year in WW1 you might have either been very excited to see your brothers or Father again, or very sad because they didn't come home.  Family life back in Britain was also changing very fast as the soldiers arrived home and wanted their jobs back from the women who had replaced them during the war, sometimes causing resentment from women who had felt they had done a very good job and deserved to keep them.

1918 newspaper headline

war over