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100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Coronel between British and German navies in the Pacific

Remembrance today in an English churchyard: Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock's memorial at All Saints, Catherington (© Steve R. Dunn)

Britain's Royal Navy suffered its worst defeat in a century at the Battle of Coronel on November 1st 1914.

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Mark Knopfler in Last Post guitar tribute for First World War

Image courtesy of Superact and The Last Post project

British musician, Mark Knopfler, has performed a guitar version of the Last Post as part of Superact’s First World War centenary music project, The Last Post.

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New Online International Encyclopedia of the First World War

Image courtesy of Freie Universität Berlin

An open access encyclopedia of the First World War was released online in October 2014, with contributors including around 1,000 experts from 54 countries.

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Major Anzac Centenary commemorations in Australia

Albany: Desert Corp Memorial with views over King George Sound, from where Australian and New Zealand forces sailed in 1914 (Picture: courtesy City of Albany)

A weekend of events in the Australian port of Albany from October 30th-November 2nd 2014 marks the departure of the first Australian and New Zealand troop convoy 100 years ago.

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German Chancellor pays Centenary tribute in Belgium

Chancellor Angela Merkel speaking at the King Albert Monument, Nieuwpoort (Photo: © Chancellery of the Prime Minister - Belgium)

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, paid tribute to all victims of the First World War at international commemorations in Belgium on October 28th 2014.

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100 Years Ago Today: Turkey goes to war

The Ottoman Navy at the Golden Horn, Constantinople (now Istanbul), German postcard (Image:Wikipedia/public domain)

The Ottoman Empire entered the First World War on October 29th 1914, when its navy attacked Russian ports on the Black Sea.

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Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company 18 Pounder Gun Project

Australian artillery gunners hard at work during an artillery bombardment near Zonnebeke October 1917 (WW1).-AWM

The Royal Australian Artillery Historical Company (RAAHC) has undertaken a project to deliver an original WW1 Quick Firing 18 Pounder gun and ammunition limber complete with horse team and gun detatchment. 

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Trail of Poppies Expedition

Image from Trail of Poppies website

From April 2015 Phil Brotherton will spend roughly three months travelling across 12 countries to raise money for the Royal British Legion and the German Volksbund.

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Historypin launches new First World War Centenary hub

Screen image from Historypin site

The community history website Historypin launched its new First World War Centenary hub at a special event in the UK Houses of Parliament on October 22nd 2014.

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New French museum remembers Australian & British war dead at Fromelles

Le Musée de la Bataille de Fromelles, seen from Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Commonwealth military cemetery

Centenary News visits the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles, which tells the story of how the remains of 250 soldiers were recovered, almost a century after they fell in France.

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Major Centenary events coming up today: Belgium

The Menin Gate, Ypres

The Belgian Federal Government hosts international commemorations in Flanders on October 28th 2014 as part of its First World War Centenary programme. 

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'Light Front' - Centenary torchlight remembrance in Belgium

The First World War fighting which engulfed western Belgium 100 years ago was remembered by torchlight on October 17th 2014.

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Centenary focus for Imperial War Museum's 2014 short film awards

Films drawing on the Imperial War Museum's First World War archives are given prominent billing in IWM's Short Film Festival, which opened on October 23rd 2014.

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Cenotaph vigil opens Royal British Legion's 2014 Poppy Appeal

(Photo: Royal British Legion)

A sunrise to sunset vigil at the Cenotaph in London launched the Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal on October 23rd 2014.

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100 Years Ago Today: The Lahore Division takes the field at Battle of Ypres

Sepoy Khudadad Khan, VC, Hollebeke Sector, First Battle of Ypres, 30 October 1914. Author Edgar Alfred Holloway (Public Domain)

Soldiers of the Lahore Division of Britain's colonial Indian Army went into action in Belgium for the first time on October 24th 1914. CN writer Christopher J. Harvie discusses a critical moment in the First Battle of Ypres.

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Lange Max Museum opens in Koeklare, Belgium, this weekend

The Lange Max Museum, a new project focussing on a German aspect of the First World War, opens in Belgium this weekend, October 25/26th 2014.

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Pioneering footballer and WW1 soldier Walter Tull honoured with plaque in London

Paying tribute to Walter Tull in Tottenham: Former Spurs player Garth Crooks, with standard bearers carrying the flags of the West India and British West Indies Regiments

Walter Tull, the footballer who became the first black officer in the British Army during the First World War, has been honoured with a commemorative blue plaque in London.

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Victoria Wallace becomes first woman to lead the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Victoria Wallace became the first woman Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) when she took up her post on October 20th 2014.

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Centenary update: 15 British soldiers being reburied in France today

The scene at Y Farm Cemetery, near Bois-Grenier (Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Fifteen British soldiers are being reburied today (October 22nd 2014) at a Commonwealth cemetery in France, 100 years after their deaths in fighting near the Belgian border.

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£11.5m UK lottery grant awarded to transform Battle of Jutland veteran HMS Caroline

HMS Caroline in Belfast

The UK Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £11.5 million to the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to conserve and restore HMS Caroline, the only survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland.

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Sport and the First World War to be marked at London Sports Writing Festival this week

The role of sportsmen in the First World War will be discussed at talks being held as part of the London Sports Writing Festival, starting on October 23rd 2014 at Lord's Cricket Ground.

 

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Latest photos of Tower of London's ceramic poppy fields

Photos of the poppies at the Tower of London

Centenary News reader James Crawford has sent us photos that he took yesterday, Sunday 19th October, of the ceramic poppy fields at the Tower of London.

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100 Years Ago: First Battle of Ypres starts

The German Military Cemetery at Langemark, on the battlefields of Ypres

The historic Belgian town of Ypres became the focus of a protracted battle between the Allied and German armies in the latter half of October 1914.

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Menin Gate Lions arrive at Canadian War Museum for 'Fighting in Flanders' exhibition

Tony Glen, Director of Collections for the Canadian War Museum, and Australia's High Commissioner, Louise Hand, with the Menin Gate Lions and Longstaff painting loaned by the Australian War Memorial (© Canadian War Museum, photo M. Holleron, CWM2014-0059-0003-Dm)

Australia's Menin Gate Lions have been unveiled at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, where they will feature in a Centenary exhibition starting in November 2014.

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'Menin Gate at Midnight' - a personal view by Christopher J. Harvie

Menin Gate at Midnight by Williiam Longstaff (image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial ART 09807)

CN writer Christopher J. Harvie, discusses 'Menin Gate at Midnight', the William Longstaff painting on loan to the Canadian War Museum for 'Fighting in Flanders-Gas. Mud. Memory,' a Centenary exhibition starting in November 2014. 

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Latest news from 'Light Front' - Belgium remembers the Centenary by torchlight

Torchbearers watch the 'Light Front' fire artwork at the Goose Foot lock complex, Nieuwpoort (© Sivan Askayo)

Centenary News reports from 'Light Front', the torchlight event in Western Flanders on October 17th 2014, remembering the First World War battles which engulfed the region 100 years ago.

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Queen Elizabeth visits Tower of London's Centenary poppies

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh paid tribute to the dead of the First World War during a visit to the Tower of London's ceramic poppy fields on October 16th 2014.

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Update on 'Light Front'- tonight's torchlight Western Front commemoration in Belgium

Impression of 'Light Front 14' (courtesy of Gone West/Province of West Flanders)

More details have been released of 'Light Front' - the torchlight remembrance event taking place on the former Western Front in Belgium tonight (October 17th 2014).

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The UK Guardian marks the centenary with an online interactive documentary

Documentary screenshot, subtitles in Hindi (Image: The Guardian)

The Guardian online First World War documentary, launched in 2014, is available in 7 different languages, with the voices of 10 historians from across the world.

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100 Years Ago Today: New Zealand troops leave for War

A mother says goodbye to her son, a sergeant in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1914 (Unknown photographer, courtesy Auckland War Memorial Museum – Tamaki Paenga Hira PH-2003-1 Thomson, George William)

The main body of New Zealand troops who enlisted to fight in the First World War sailed from Wellington on October 16th 1914.​

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