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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 western 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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Centennial Countdown Blog: America goes to war & Lenin returns to Russia

Two events in April 1917 foreshadow the superpower alignment of the 20th Century, writes US blogger Dennis Cross in his latest post. 

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Arras tunnels survey presented for 2017 Centenary

Chris Page and Damien Houvet, from the University of Otago surveying team, at work in the Arras tunnels (Photo © Ian Alderman/University of Otago)

Surveyors from the University of Otago have carried out a complex study of the First World War tunnels dug beneath Arras by New Zealand troops.

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CWGC Centenary - Ballot for Westminster Abbey service

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced a public ballot for a limited number of tickets to attend its Centenary thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey, London, on 23 May 2017.

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Menin Gate Lions back on guard in Ypres

The lions were unveiled at a Special Last Post ceremony on the eve of Anzac Day (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Two stone lions, passed by soldiers on their way to the battlefields of Ypres, have returned to Belgium in readiness for this year's extensive WW1 Centenary programme in Flanders.

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UK & Ireland to share Messines Centenary remembrance

The Peace Tower at the Island of Ireland Peace Park, Messines - setting for June 7 commemorations (Photo: Centenary News)

Britain and Ireland are to hold a joint tribute to soldiers from nationalist and unionist traditions who fought side by side at the Battle of Messines in the summer of 1917.

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Centenary project to honour the Chinese Labour Corps

Four descendants of men who enlisted in the Chinese Labour Corps at the Meridian Society's CLC Project launch in London. Relatives also visited France to pay tribute at Noyelles-sur-Mer Chinese Cemetery in the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

A new project in the UK aims to raise awareness of the 96,000 Chinese workers who supported British forces during the Great War.

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100 Years Ago: The Chinese Labour Corps arrives

The memorial to the Chinese Labour Corps and graves at Saint-Étienne-au-Mont CWGC Cemetery, south of Boulogne. The largest WW1 Chinese cemetery in France is at Noyelles-sur-Mer, near the CLC's former main base on the Somme estuary (Photo: Centenary News)

Chinese workers recruited to support Britain's war effort on the Western Front started arriving in France on 19 April 1917.

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100 Years Ago: Battle of Chemin des Dames

General Robert Nivelle, the French Commander-in-Chief dismissed during his failed offensive on the Chemin des Dames (Photo: Bibliothèque nationale de France/BnF Gallica/Public Domain)

French forces launched a disastrous attack on the Chemin des Dames on 16 April 1917, triggering a crisis of morale and a controversial First World War legacy.

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Article: French President's unity call on Chemin des Dames Centenary

'It is not a question of judging but bringing together' - the newspaper Libération highlights President Hollande's call to remember all those who fought on the Chemin des Dames in April 1917, including soldiers later shot for mutiny.

 

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'Face-to-Face' in Arras with troops of the Great War

Pascal Loosfelt, who was in charge of creating the 'Eyes of the Battle of Arras' at the city's Carrière Wellington Museum (Photo: Centenary News)

A street display of pictures in Arras brings visitors close to soldiers and many others who served here during the First World War.

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Battle of Arras/Vimy Ridge Centenary - Dawn tribute to tunnellers

'The Earth Remembers', a memorial dedicated to New Zealand's tunnellers, after its unveiling at La Carrière Wellington, Arras (Photo: Centenary News)

Arras and Vimy Ridge hosted a day of commemorations on 9 April 2017 bringing together the nations who fought in the Allies' first concerted Western Front offensive of 1917. 

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Canada marks 'pivotal' Battle of Vimy Ridge

 'Canada Bereft' at Vimy: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the monument was symbolic of Canada's enduring commitment to peace (Photo: Centenary News)

Thousands of Canadians gathered at Vimy Ridge for the centenary of a First World War victory seen as a defining moment in their country's birth as an independent nation.​

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Scotland remembers the Battle of Arras

A First World War telegram bearing the news of a family forebear's death was held up by the Right Reverend Dr Russell Barr, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, during his centenary address in Arras (Photo: Centenary News)

Scotland paid tribute to its dead in Arras with commemorations at Faubourg d'Amiens Commonwealth Cemetery, and a Beating Retreat Ceremony in the city centre attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

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100 Years Ago: Battle of Arras & Vimy Ridge

12-inch howitzer of the Royal Garrison Artillery and shells under camouflage netting near Arras, April 1917. More than 2.5 million shells were fired in the preliminary bombardment (Photo © IWM Q 7271)

British and Commonwealth forces attacked the German lines at Arras on 9 April 1917, in a renewed attempt to break the deadlock on the Western Front.

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Canadian War Museum commemorates Battle of Vimy Ridge

A heavy artillery piece firing during the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 1917- from the Canadian War Museum's renewed Battle of Vimy Ridge Section (Photo: George Metcalf Archival Collection CWM 19920085-214 O.1321 © Canadian War Museum)

The Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, is marking the Battle of Vimy Ridge Centenary with upgrades to its existing Vimy display, and a special 100th anniversary exhibition, Vimy – Beyond the Battle.

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'Canadians in the Great War' - Remembered in France for Arras/Vimy Centenary

A plane catches the attention of Canadian soldiers and French farmhands (Photo © Library and Archives Canada - PA001685)

Latest Centenary exhibitions in the Béthune-Bruay area of Northern France focus on Canadian soldiers and Commonwealth air units based in Artois during the First World War.

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100 Years Ago: America declares war on Germany

America's Proclamation of War (Courtesy of the United States World War I Centennial Commission)

The US finally entered the First World War on 6 April 1917, ending President Wilson's attempts to stay neutral, as Patrick Gregory explains.

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'In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace' - America marks WWI Centennial

100 years to the day after America entered the Great War, the anniversary has been marked with a US Centennial Commission remembrance event at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

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'In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace' - US Centennial report from Kansas City

The ceremony at the National World War I Museum & Memorial (Photo: US WWI Centennial Commission)

CN contributor Dr Jillian Davidson reports from the April 6 commemorations marking the 2017 Centennial of US entry into World War I.

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America Goes to War - WWI Centenary photo tribute to the 'Doughboys'

'Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-1918' in Guildhall Yard, City of London (Photo: Patrick Gregory, Centenary News)

Photographer Mike Sheil's latest touring exhibition, marking the US Centennial of entry into the First World War, has opened in the City of London.

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US Centennial tribute to women of World War I

National Woman Suffrage Publishing Company, Inc: Poster entitled 'As a War Measure' offering a long list of things 'the country is asking of women' and a single item that 'women are asking of the country'. American women won their fight for the vote in 1920 (Image courtesy of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies)

The US Centennial Commission has paid tribute to the vital role of American women in WW1 ahead of this week's events marking US entry into the Great War in April 1917.

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Centennial Countdown Blog: US Cabinet backs war

The events of March 1917 which resulted in President Woodrow Wilson summoning a special session of Congress to declare war are told in this latest post from US blogger Dennis Cross.

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