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Edward George Honey

Silence plaque

Edward George Honey (1885-1922), an Australian journalist working in Fleet Street,
and who had fought with the British, wrote in 1919 to the Evening Mail as follows:

’A few silent minutes is needed of National Remembrance : a sacred intercession.
A communion with the Glorious Dead, who have won us this peace ; from this
communion : a new strength, a new hope and a faith in the morrow. In the street,
the home, the theatre; indeed anywhere Englishmen and their women chance to
be, surely these bitter-sweet minutes of silence will be service enough.’

This because he was devastated by the victory celebrations of drunkenness in the streets. A few months later he was invited by King George V to view a rehearsal at Buckingham Palace of a Remembrance Celebration and a Two Minute Silence. Honey has a monument in Melbourne near the great Shrine of Remembrance ( where on 11th November at 11am
a shaft of sunlight shines through an aperture in the roof on to a memorial slab inscribed
’Greater Love Hath No Man’.)

Honey was a sickly man and unfortunately contracted tuberculosis and was admitted to Mount Vernon Hospital where he died in 1922.

He is buried in Northwood Cemetery in Chestnut Avenue, Northwood, Middlesex.

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