World War One ended at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, with Germany signing an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railway carriage outside Compiégne in France.
In Ivybridge, the parish magazine editor wrote “Full of thanksgiving, full of joy, full of wonderment, a bit bewildered, and a little doubtful, were we when the glorious news came through on Monday morning, Nov. 11th, that the Armistice had been signed. Peace again!”
The parish magazine went on to describe the day “on the morning of the 11 November the ringing of the large bell apprised the Village that the Armistice with Germany had been signed; the news was received, as might be expected, with great jubilation and relief. Won by those to whom we will be for all time grateful, by those who on land and sea and in the air have dared and suffered and died to win freedom for the world.”
The Great War was at an end but millions of service personnel had paid the ultimate sacrifice. In Ivybridge, the names of those who fought would be remembered. In St John’s Church, three frames hold the Roll of Honour from World War 1. The list was compiled by Frederick Rutherford who kept one list on the church door and another in his Chemist Shop window at 37 Fore Street, for the duration of the War. The list contains far more names than one would expect but residents added men who no longer lived in the village but resided elsewhere.