WORLD War 1 ended at 11am on the 11th November, a decision made by Admiral Sir Rossalyn Wemyss despite orders from the British Government to agree to the ceasefire at 2.30pm on the same day, a relative of the Admiral has revealed.
Speaking to Nigel Farage on LBC, Jamie Wemyss - a relative of the senior British representative in charge of the signing of the World War 1 armistice 100 years ago - revealed then Prime Minister Lloyd George wanted the ceasefire to be agreed for at 2.30pm. But Mr Wemyss claimed the Admiral believed the millions of men and women who had suffered the ordeal of the Great War deserved a "poetic" date and time to be remembered.
He told Nigel Farage the decision to go against the Government's orders saved thousands of young men who could have died between 11am and 2.30pm.
Mr Wemyss said: “The actual signature of the Armistice Agreement was at 5:10am and it was agreed that it would be considered at 5am just for the sake of simplicity.
“And Wemyss had been instructed by the Government to make the armistice to come into effect at 2.30pm on the 11th on November.
“One, it wasn’t poetic whereas if it was 11am it would have been the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
“And he thought that the millions who had suffered in the war and died in the war deserved the poetry for the end of the ordeal.
“And secondly, he thought that many thousands of young man would be killed between 11am and 2.30pm.