Lee Rigby’s son pays tribute to his father as Britain falls silent to honour war dead

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Jack Rigby and his mother Rebecca attended a service at St George’s Chapel, where Fusiler Rigby’s name is engraved on a brass plaque, as millions of people remembered those killed in conflicts since the beginning of the First World War.

Fusilier Rigby, 25, was killed outside his barracks in Woolwich, south-east London, in May 2013 by two Islamic extremists.

A handwritten note on a wreath laid by his son Jack read: “To daddy, me and mummy miss and always love you.”

Rebecca, originally from Southowram, and Lee were married at the village church, St Anne in The Grove.

The Royal British Legion held its annual Silence in the Square event in Trafalgar Square, where actor Bernard Cribbins gave a reading of Rudyard Kipling’s poem Tommy.

More than 120,000 tributes were planted in Fields of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey and in Cardiff, Belfast, Gateshead, Edinburgh, Inverness and Lydiard Park near Royal Wootton Basset.

The Last Post was sounded by a bugler from the band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines at the Imperial War Museum in London. A recital was also played on a violin made from sycamore and pine trees which grew in the former battlefields on the Western Front

Chelsea Pensioners observed the two-minute silence at Lloyd’s of London, where a remembrance ceremony was held on its trading floor.