A New Communist Party (NCP) delegation paid tribute to the sacrifice of millions of working people in the First World War on the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918. The guns fell silent on the Western Front on 11th November 1918, and last Sunday comrades joined diplomats and local dignitaries at the Soviet War Memorial in Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park to honour the millions who died in that senseless struggle.
NCP leader Andy Brooks, along with national chair Alex Kempshall and Peter Hendy from the Central Committee, took part in the ceremony opened by Philip Matthews, the veteran chair of the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund, and Southwark mayor Catherine Rose in the park by the Imperial War Museum.
Wreaths were laid by the ruling Southwark Labour group on the council, as well as the Southwark Liberal Democrat opposition, along with diplomats from the Russian embassy and services associations. Other floral tributes were laid by representatives of the NCP, the Marx Memorial Library, the Stalin Society, the Soviet Front Red Army re-enactors group and representatives from the Russian community in London.
The ceremony ended, as usual, with the exhortation spoken by Ernie Davies of the Russian Convoy Club, followed by two minutes silence and the reveille.