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A letter from 1932 explaining how the idea emerged of the 2 minutes silence to mark Remembrance Day
(Catalogue ref: HO 45/20184)
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HO 45/20184; letter on the 2 minutes silence to mark Remembrance Day, 1932

How to use this source:

Study this source carefully and see what it tells you about how British people remembered the war in the years 1919-30. As you study the source, ask yourself:

  • Who came up with the idea of the two minutes silence?
  • What gave him the idea?
  • Do you think a period of silence is an effective way to show respect and remember the fallen?
  • Will you choose this as your memorial to evaluate?

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