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Help remember every soldier who fought at Battle of the Somme - IWM

Troops of the Royal Irish Rifles resting in a communication trench during the opening hours of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st 1916 (Photo © IWM Q1)

Ahead of the Somme Centenary, Imperial War Museums is appealing for help to complete the stories of soldiers who fought in the 1916 battle on its digital memorial, Lives of the First World War.

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France: Projects invited to seek 'Centenaire label' for 2016

Lille: Memorial to the carrier pigeons and their owners who died for communicating with the Allies during the German occupation of 1914-18 (Photo: Centenary News)

France's Nord Département is inviting applications from local Great War projects seeking endorsement by the Centenary partnership, Mission Centenaire, in 2016.

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Gallipoli: Australia & New Zealand to remember August 1915 offensive

Chunuk Bair: Centenary Anzac Day service at the New Zealand Memorial, April 25th 2015 (Photo: Crown Copyright © NZDF)

Australia and New Zealand are to hold commemorations in August 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of the last major Allied offensive at Gallipoli. 

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Tower of London poppies - first UK display venues announced

'Weeping Window' at the Tower (Photo: Centenary News)

The Tower of London poppy sculptures will begin a First World War Centenary tour of the UK in northern England in autumn 2015.

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First World War 'sound mirrors' restored on White Cliffs of Dover

Example of a sound mirror in use at Abbots Cliff, near the White Cliffs of Dover (Image: © Crown Copyright/National Archives)

Two First World War sound mirrors can now be seen on Engand's Kent coast as part of a newly-opened National Trust site exploring Second World War tunnels.

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The 'Mothers of the Missing' and the unveiling of the Menin Gate in 1927

Photo in public domain: Wikimedia Commons

The 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate in July 2015, reminded Dr Viv Newman of the unveiling ceremonies held in Ypres on July 24th 1927. In an article for Centenary News, she explains how one very special group attended the unveiling.

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Rare WW1 portraits by Hilda Rix Nicholas join Australian War Memorial collection

Hilda Rix Nicholas drew this portrait of Major George Matson Nicholas two days after their wedding in October 1916. He was killed in France a month later (Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial © ART96807).

The Australian War Memorial has acquired a rare collection of portraits by an Australian artist whose work was inspired by her own loss during the First World War. 

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£4.89 million awarded to RAF Museum for Royal Air Force Centenary

The 'First World War in the Air' exhibition at the RAF Museum's Hendon site in London (Photo: Centenary News),

Britain's RAF Museum has been awarded a lottery grant of almost £5million to take forward the next phase of its centenary programme, “The First 100 Years”. 

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100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Nasiriyah in Mesopotamia campaign

The boat bridge across the Euphrates at Nasiriyah, which linked the British military camps on both sides of the river (Photo © IWM Q 34379)

British and Indian forces advancing into Turkish-ruled Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) took the town of Nasiriyah on July 24th 1915.

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$40 million project to 'complete original vision' for Sydney's Anzac Memorial

Impression of the redeveloped Anzac Memorial (Image courtesy of New South Wales Government)

The New South Wales Government has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of the Anzac Memorial in Sydney, including a new water feature and educational centre.

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Veterans honour First World War dead from Trinidad & Tobago

The first of more than 200 Centenary memorial cards being published by the Trinidad & Tobago Federation of Veterans Associations

Forces veterans tell Centenary News about their project to commemorate First World War troops from Trinidad & Tobago on the dates they died. 

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Gallipoli submariner VC remembered in Scotland

The crew of HMS E11, responding to the cheers of comrades on HMS Grampus as they sailed out from the Dardanelles Straits, after sinking the Turkish battleship Babarousse Hayredine (Photo © IWM Q 13262)

Britain's Royal Navy has paid tribute to Lieutenant Commander Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Gallipoli Campaign.

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Gallipoli Centenary - last surviving British warship opens in Portsmouth August 6

HMS M.33 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Photo: National Museum of the Royal Navy)

A restored British warship from the Gallipoli campaign officially opens on August 6th 2015, the centenary of the last major Allied offensive at Gallipoli.

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Battle of Loos Centenary events - September 2015

View over CWGC 'Dud Corner' Cemetery and the former battlefields of Loos (Photo: Centenary News)

First details have been announced of commemorations in France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos, fought in September/October 1915.

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Somme Centenary 2016 - ticket limit for Lochnagar Crater service

Lochnagar Crater Memorial on the 98th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, July 1st 2014 (Photo: Centenary News)

Entry to the Somme commemoration service at Lochnagar Crater on July 1st 2016 is to be restricted to 5,000 ticket holders for safety reasons. 

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Undeveloped First World War negatives discovered in German library archives

Photo Copyright Pfälzische Landesbibliothek Rheinland-Pfalz

Centenary News writer, Katherine Quinlan-Flatter, describes how her research into the life of a young German doctor at the Western Front has led her to rediscover an undeveloped film of the last days of the war in a German archive.

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Brussels conference to debate 'impact of Great War on nations and nationalism'

Academics gather in Brussels in October 2015 for an international conference focussing on the First World War as a key event in the development of the European nation state.

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Budapest exhibition opens for Great War Centenary

Hungary's role in the First World War is explored in a Centenary exhibition which has opened in Budapest.

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Global tributes mark 30,000th Last Post in Ypres

The Buglers of the Last Post Association at the Menin Gate (Photo: © Margaux Capoen - Stad Ieper/Visitflanders)

Worldwide tributes accompanied the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, in Ypres, on July 9th 2015.

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30,000th Last Post at the Menin Gate tonight

The daily tribute beneath the arches of the Menin Gate, pictured in August 2012 (Photo: © milo-profi photography/Visitflanders)

The buglers of Ypres will sound the 30,000th Last Post tonight, with the event streamed live worldwide.

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Somme museum explores legacy of pioneering Great War plastic surgery

'Face to Face' at the Museum of the Great War (Photo: Historial de la Grande Guerre, Péronne)

Surgical techniques pioneered during the First World War to reconstruct faces shattered by injury are explored in a new exhibition at France's Museum of the Great War in Péronne.

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30,000th Last Post: More than 150 fire stations join July 9 tribute

More than 150 fire stations and other organisations worldwide have announced events on Thursday (July 9th) marking the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ypres. 

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Tribute to first UK merchant sailor awarded the Victoria Cross in WW1

Peter and Andrea Walker unveil the paving stone remembering their great grandfather, Captain Frederick Parslow VC, in Islington (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News reports from a ceremony in London honouring the first British merchant seafarer to win the Victoria Cross during the Great War. 

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Extra £4 million in UK lottery funding for First World War local heritage projects

London Transport Museum's ‘Battle Bus’ at the Guards Memorial in St James's Park. The B-type bus, restored with funding from Britain's National Lottery, was present for UK announcements of the Somme 2016 ticket ballot and extra lottery cash for Centenary projects (Photo: Department for Culture, Media & Sport)

The UK's Heritage Lottery Fund is making an extra £4 million available for community projects exploring, conserving and sharing local heritage of the First World War.

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Centenary News update on Somme 2016 ticket ballot

Serre Road Commonwealth Cemetery No. 1 on the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

The UK Government says 8,000 free tickets will be balloted for next year's commemorations at Thiepval marking the Battle of the Somme Centenary.

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Somme Centenary 2016 - UK announces ballot for Thiepval tickets

Thiepval Memorial on the Somme, with the graves of British and French soldiers in the foreground (Photo: Centenary News)

On the 99th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a ballot has been announced for next year's Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for June 2015

The latest Centennial Countdown posting by the American First World War blogger Dennis Cross - covering June 1915.

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1915 UK Merchant Navy records go online for WW1 Centenary

The newly-launched Crew Lists website (Image: National Maritime Museum, London)

The names of hundreds of thousands of seafarers who kept Britain supplied in 1915, the first full year of the Great War, can be searched online for the first time.

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'The Dreamers' - new musical remembering soldiers lost at sea off Gallipoli

A musical telling the story of a British officer and his soldiers who drowned at sea off Gallipoli is being performed at the St James Theatre, London, from June 30th-July 11th 2015.

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German U-boat propeller returns home after 100 years

Charles Ball, of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency, hands over U-8's propeller to Christian Clausing, commanding officer of the German frigate, Karlsruhe (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems/Maritime & Coastguard Agency)

A propeller from a submarine sunk off the English coast in March 1915 has been returned to the German Navy.

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