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The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month gives the time and date a spurious significance.

It is not entirely accidental. The day the armistice with Germany was finally signed, came following weeks of negotiation and pressure from the United States. It was signed in the early hours of the morning on the 11th November by Admiral Wemys, who had been instructed by the Prime Minister Lloyd George that it should come into force at 2.30 p.m. that day.

Admiral Wemys, who apparently had no more pressing things on his mind, thought that '11th hour' would have a more dramatic ring than '2.30 o'clock' and so this became the time the armistice would come into force. Being a friend of the King, he let him know that 11 am was the time the armistice would come into force. How different Remembrance Day today might have been had the military obeyed their political masters!

Needless to say, Lloyd George and the Cabinet were furious, as they intended to make a dramatic announcement in Parliament that afternoon, by which time the King had already basked in the cheers of his subjects and the streets of London were packed with revellers.

Admiral Wemys is said to have chose the earlier time to save even more people being killed in the extra four hours though why, in that case, he had not chosen, for example, 9 a.m. is not clear.

Unlike many others in the higher reaches of the military who led a million British men to their death, Wemys did not receive a peerage nor £100,000 - some £5 million in today's money.