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100 Years Ago: British Royal Family becomes House of Windsor

Windsor Castle, with a statue commemorating Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. King George V and Kaiser Wilhelm II were both grandsons of Victoria (Photo: Centenary News)

King George V changed his family's name to Windsor on 17 July 1917 with a proclamation relinquishing use of all German titles.

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The Good, the ‘Bad’ and the Ugly - British aircraft of 1917

Douglas Gould (the author's grandfather) in front of a 117 Sqn DH9 in 1918, aged 19. This aircraft promised much, but was unpopular because of its under-powered and very unreliable engine (Photo courtesy of Matthew Warner)

Matthew Warner explores the mixed fortunes of three planes introduced by Britain's Royal Flying Corps in 1917.

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UK sites protected in memory of New Zealanders lost at Messines

The Bulford Kiwi, carved into Beacon Hill above Bulford Camp in Wiltshire by NZ troops to honour their comrades at the end of the Great War (Photo © WYG/NML)

Two monuments commemorating New Zealand's WW1 soldiers have been protected on the advice of conservationists Historic England to mark the June 2017 Battle of Messines Centenary.

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New 'War Horse' reading for 2017 Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary

The Cloth Hall, Ypres. Rebuilt after the Great War, it will be the focus for Eve-of-Centenary events on July 30 (Photo: Centenary News)

Author Michael Morpurgo will read a new short story in Ypres on Sunday 30 July at the start of commemorations for the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele. 

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'Lest We Forget' - Oxford campaign to save WW1 stories for future generations

(Image courtesy of 'Lest We Forget')

An Oxford University team is leading a UK-wide drive to find and conserve First World War photos, letters and mementos beyond the close of the Centenary in 2018.

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100 Years Ago: HMS Vanguard blast kills more than 840

Memorial to the dead of HMS Vanguard at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery, Orkney (Photo: Centenary News)

Commemorations have been held in Orkney to remember those lost when the British battleship, HMS Vanguard, blew up and sank on 9 July 1917.

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Russia's last Great War offensive - July 1917

Russian soldiers captured by the Germans during the ill-fated Kerensky Offensive (Photo © IWM Q 86646)

The Kerensky Offensive, Russia's last major attack of the First World War, was fought on the Eastern Front 100 years ago.

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Article: Czechs remember Battle of Zborov Centenary - Radio Prague

Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, founder of independent Czechoslovakla, commemorated at Prague Castle (Photo: Centenary News)

An action won by Czechoslovak Legionaries during Russia's Kerensky Offensive marked a crucial moment in the fight for independence from Austria-Hungary, reflects Radio Prague.

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100 Years Ago: King George's Fund for Sailors founded

King George V at the helm of HM Yacht Britannia (Photo courtesy of Seafarers UK)

Seafarers UK, a charity created as King George's Fund for Sailors during the First World War to help seafarers' families in need, marks its Centenary today (5 July 2017).

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Cork conference recalls US Navy in Ireland during WW1

Cobh, formerly Queenstown, and Cork Harbour (Photo: Centenary News)

International scholars gather at University College Cork this week for a public conference marking the centenary of the US Navy's First World War deployment to Ireland. 

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New memorial honours African & Caribbean troops of both World Wars

The inauguration of the African and Caribbean Memorial in Windrush Square, Brixton (Photo: Centenary News)

A monument unveiled in London last week finally honoured the many thousands of servicemen and women from African and Caribbean countries who fought for Britain in the First and Second World Wars.

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CWGC given €3.9m to restore Flanders cemeteries

Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois (left) and CWGC Vice-Chairman Sir Tim Laurence signed the funding deal as events took place in Belgium to commemorate the Battle of Messines Centenary (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

The Flanders Government is giving the Commonwealth War Graves Commission more than €3.9 million towards restoration projects at 24 cemeteries in the Ieper (Ypres) area.

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General Pershing arrives - 13 June 1917

General Pershing (foreground, left) and Secretary of War Newton Baker reviewing a US Army camp at Bordeaux in April 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 72741)

100 years ago today: US commander General John Pershing was welcomed enthusiastically in France, as Patrick Gregory reports.

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100 Years Ago: Americans register for Great War draft

Men registering for military service, New York City, June 1917 (Photo: Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection)

In June 1917, millions of American men went to their local draft boards to register under the Selective Service Act – the first step in a conscription process for WWI.

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UK & Ireland join in Messines Centenary tribute

Guests gathered for the ceremony at the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Belgium (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Prince William and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny took part in commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 2017.

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Messines Centenary - New Zealand remembers

Sir Tim Laurence, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, lays a wreath during New Zealand's service at Messines British Cemetery (Photo © CWGC)

New Zealanders gathered for ceremonies in Belgium on June 7 honouring the service and sacrifice of their soldiers who fought at the Battle of Messines.

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100 Years Ago: Battle of Messines

German prisoners taken during the Battle of Messines, 8 June 1917 (Photo © IWM Q 2281)

The capture of Messines Ridge by Allied forces in June 1917 was a dramatic prelude to the British-led Flanders offensive later that summer.

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NZ 'Victory Medal' sculpture to mark Flanders battle centenaries

Victory Medal will be displayed in the Town Square, Mesen-Messines, until November 2017 (Photo © Helen Pollock)

A commemorative work by sculptor Helen Pollock has moved to Messines for the next stage of New Zealand's First World War Centenary remembrance in Europe.

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Centennial Countdown Blog: Visiting Allied leaders seek US troops

French and British delegations visiting the US in May 1917 called for large numbers of American troops, writes Dennis Cross in his latest WWI blog.

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Researchers win Centennial tribute for lost US WW1 sailor

Maryland sailor Herbert Hammond Renshaw, who drowned in May 1917, will be commemorated with the Missing at Brookwood American Cemetery in the UK (Photo: Centenary News)

As America marks Memorial Day this Monday (May 29), Great War researchers have won recognition for a sailor missing from the roll of honour, reports Patrick Gregory.

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The False Armistice - 7 November 1918

Marshal Ferdinand Foch's train arrives at Compiègne for the talks with German representatives, 6 November 1918. The next day, mistaken reports flashed around the world that an Armistice had been signed (Photo © IWM Q 58432)

In a special article for Centenary News, James Smith describes how news broke prematurely of an end to the First World War.

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CWGC opens 'For Then, For Now, Forever' Centenary exhibition

Actor Brian Blessed with CWGC Director General Victoria Wallace at the opening ceremony. The exhibition banner features Sir Fabian Ware, founder of the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission in May 1917 (Photo: Centenary News)

An exhibition marking the Centenary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has opened at Brookwood Military Cemetery, CWGC's largest site in the UK.

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100 Years Ago: Commonwealth War Graves Commission founded

The Cross of Sacrifice, designed by the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield, is found at CWGC cemeteries with 40 graves or more. This example stands alongside the Arras Memorial & Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery in Arras (Photo: Centenary News)

The Imperial War Graves Commission - later renamed the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - was created by Royal Charter on 21 May 1917 to remember the Great War dead of Britain and its Dominions in perpetuity.

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100 Years Ago: Britain’s Mercantile Marine and its first convoys

An Allied convoy in the eastern Atlantic in 1917 (Photo © IWM Q 19954)

Britain introduced transatlantic convoys in May 1917 to protect merchant ships from an increasingly dangerous German U-boat campaign.


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'Shrouds of the Somme' appeal for 2018 Armistice Centenary

Artist Rob Heard plans to add thousands more figures to 'Shrouds of the Somme', pictured here in Bristol in 2016, to commemorate the missing soldiers of the Battle of the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

A crowd funding campaign has been launched to display a British artist's poignant tribute to the fallen of the Great War in London for the November 2018 Armistice Centenary.

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Rare Ottoman Great War carpet for Australian War Memorial

The carpet dedicated to War Minister Enver Pasha in gratitude for the Ottoman victory at Çanakkale (Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial)

A silk carpet commemorating Turkey's victory over Allied naval power in the Dardanelles in March 1915 has been acquired by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

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Cambrai tank veteran 'Deborah' prepares for Centenary move

Tank D51, known as 'Deborah', is currently displayed at a barn in Flesquières, near Cambrai (Photo: Nord Tourisme)

A British tank discovered under the battlefields of Cambrai is about to start its final  journey to a new museum opening for the November 2017 Centenary.

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Centenary tribute to mine-sweeping trawler crew

Martin Jones (left), of Swanage Boat Charters, and dive team member Andrew Bailey with HMT Arfon's restored whistle, sounded in remembrance 100 years after the trawler struck a mine (Photo © Maritime Archaeology Trust)

A ceremony has been held on England's south coast to commemorate 10 crewmen of the trawler HMT Arfon, lost on mine-sweeping duties in April 1917.

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'Away from the Western Front' launches Centenary projects

Centenary News reports from the opening of 'Away from the Western Front', a new venture to raise awareness of WW1 campaigns in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East.

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Australian Memorial Garden opens in Passchendaele

The bowl-shaped glass figures of the Australian garden in Zonnebeke symbolise the cratered battlefields of 1917 and fragility of life (Photo © Eric Compernolle/Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917)

The latest commemorative garden to open at the Passchendaele Memorial Park in Belgium honours Australian soldiers of the Great War.

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