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2018

There were three notable events in 1918

The birth of the RAF

The Royal Air Force was founded 100 years ago on 1 April 1918, towards the end of World War I by merging the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. Both of these services had planes but did other things too.
The RAF was created with one purpose - to defend the skies over Britain.

The Representation of the People Act

This was an act of Parliament which was passed in 1918. As well as giving all men over the age of 21 the right to vote in elections, it's most famous for giving women the right to vote for the first time. It might seem hard to believe, but before 1918 women weren't allowed to vote in this way. But the Act only gave the right to vote to women over the age of 30

The Armistice

The first World War was fought in Europe between 1914 and 1918 and really affected the UK. On 4 August 1914, Britain declared war on Germany. It became known as 'The Great War' because it affected people all over the world and was the biggest war anyone had ever known. The idea of wearing poppies to remember those killed in war came from the fields of poppies where many of the biggest battles took place.
After four years of war, a peace deal was struck on 11th November 1918. That's now marked every year by Armistice Day, when we have a two minute silence.
The First World War would however continue until 1919 with fighting taking place on the eastern front.
Although the Great War may have ended the suffering did not.  Soldiers returned home with terrible physical injuries, limbs missing, blinded by explosions or the effects of gas.  In addition Spanish Flu spread quickly and with tragic affects, .resulting in the loss of 50 million lives.
Returning soldiers many discharged from the forces needed work to provide for their families. This in itself caused problems as many of their jobs were now being done by women.
1918 was a difficult and challenging year for all of that there is no doubt.

 

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