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New Zealand announces $9.1 million lottery cash for First World War Centenary projects

Auckland War Memorial Museum: awarded $3.8 million. Image: © Auckland War Memorial Museum

Eighty projects commemorating New Zealand's role in the First World War have been awarded NZ$ 9.1 million in the latest lottery grants.

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University of Ulster: stories needed for First World War legacy project

The Island of Ireland Peace Park at Messines, Belgium: dedicated to the soldiers of Ireland, of all political and religious beliefs, who died, were wounded or missing in the Great War

Researchers at the University of Ulster are encouraging community groups to take part in a major international research project on the First World War and its legacy.

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French Museum recaptures the music and sounds of the First World War

1915 Sainte-Barbe 11th Battery 45th Artillery Regiment © coll. HGG Y. Medmoun

A special exhibition devoted to the sounds of the First World War is taking place at the Historial Museum of the Great War in Péronne, close to the Somme battlefields in Northern France.

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Memorial book in church reveals tragic First World War sacrifices of families living in Belfast Shankill Road community

A memorial book which lists the First World War killed and wounded from streets round the Shankill Road area of Belfast reveals the terrible impact on families in a small community.

 

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Members of the European Parliament take part in First World War Centenary debate

MEPs have marked almost a century since the outbreak of the First World War with a debate in the European Parliament today.

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French and German museums collaborate for First World War exhibition

'urmtruppe geht unter Gas vor', Otto Dix, 1924, Von der Heydt-Museum Wuppertal © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2014

The Von der Heydt Museum in Germany is hosting an exhibition exploring how French and German artists responded to the First World War.

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European football invites international leaders to Belgium for Centenary of the First World War Christmas truce

The site of the Christmas truce near Ploegsteert.

European football's governing body, UEFA, has announced plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce on the Western Front. 

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Irish television and radio presenter explores his father's experiences of the First World War

Ronan McGreevy, writing for The Irish Times, reports on research carried out by Irish television and radio presenter Gay Byrne, into his father’s life and experiences during the First World War.

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Prince Charles and Camilla to take part in Canadian Centenary commemorations

The Canadian flag and the Prince of Wales' Royal Canadian Standard

Details of the upcoming tour of Canada by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have been released.

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Cross-Channel art project explores the First World War

Four institutions from England and France are producing a series of interconnected exhibitions exploring how contemporary artists view the First World War and war in general.

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Duke of Kent honours Commonwealth First World War dead in Bulgaria

The Duke of Kent (second from left) at Sofia War Cemetery. Image courtesy of the British Embassy, Sofia

The Duke of Kent has paid tribute to First World War servicemen who're buried in Commonwealth cemeteries in Bulgaria.

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Canadian War Museum opens new exhibitions to mark First World War Centenary

Ernest Fosbery, Sergeant T. W. Holmes, V.C. around 1918 © Beaverbrook Collection of War Art, Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, Ontario 19710261-0148

The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa has launched its programme to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, with two new exhibitions which explore the conflict through art.

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Top secret spy files from First World War go online

Dutch born Mata Hari, who was executed by a French firing squad for espionage

More than 150 top secret files from British intelligence agency MI5 of individuals and organisations involved in spying or being watched have been released online.

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Latest Book Review: At Break of Day, by Elizabeth Speller

Publisher’s Description: ‘In the summer of 1913, the world seems full of possibility for four very different young men... The generals tell them that victory will soon be theirs but the men are accompanied by regrets, fears and secrets as they move towards the line".

Centenary News Review: "Elizabeth Speller weaves a haunting and moving tale about the tragedy of war as four lives cross on the Somme battlefield".

To read the full description and review, click here.

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97th anniversary of Vimy Ridge: The Vimy Foundation prepares for the Centenary

The Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial in France

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a battle considered a ‘coming of age’ for Canada.

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The UK's minister in charge of First World War Centenary resigns

The Cabinet minister in charge of the UK government's First World War Centenary programme, Maria Miller, has resigned after a row about her expenses.

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New poll highlights many Canadians are unaware of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Victorious Canadian troops following the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 1917 courtesy of Library and Archives Canada / PA-001332

The Vimy Foundation has commissioned a new poll, carried out by Ipsos Reid, which shows that just under half of Canadians can correctly identify that the Battle of Vimy Ridge took place during the First World War.

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£5 million grant helps birthplace of First World War Wellington boot

A former factory which made more than a million pairs of Wellington boots for soldiers in the First World War is a step closer to being saved after receiving a lottery grant.

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From Street To Trench: IWM North explores impact of the First World War on North West England.

Lancashire Fusiliers in a flooded communication trench, opposite Messines, near Ploegsteert Wood, January 1917 © IWM (Q 4662)

An exhibition exploring the lives of people from the North West of England during the First World War has opened at IWM North in Manchester

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France's Centenary Fund approves €1 million for First World War projects

French troops training to use the Hotchkiss machine gun in 1917 at the Instruction Centre, Cambronne, Oise, France, courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, © IWM, Q 69510

France's Centenary Fund has approved €1 million worth of funding support for 286 First World War Centenary projects.

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Australia and New Zealand announce results of ballots for Gallipoli 2015 Anzac Day tickets

Lone Pine Cemetery and Memorial, Gallipoli, courtesy of Dr. Adam Jones

Australians and New Zealanders who've been successful in ballots for tickets to the Centenary Anzac Day service at Gallipoli in 2015 have been notified by their governments.

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British minister plants poppies in Brussels in memory of First World War nurse Edith Cavell

British government minister, Mark Simmonds, has planted poppies at the Brussels memorial to Edith Cavell, the nurse executed by the Germans in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers to escape.

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St. Symphorien cemetery in Belgium: preparing for shared First World War remembrance on August 4

Centenary News Deputy Editor, Peter Alhadeff, visits St.Symphorien military cemetery in Belgium as it prepares for commemorations on 4th August 2014 marking the start of the First World War 100 years ago.

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Work to rebuild British First World War cemetery underway in Poland

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is rebuilding a cemetery in Poland where 39 British soldiers were buried during the First World War.

Uploaded on 3rd Apr 2014 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

British and Irish ministers lay foundation stone for Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery

Theresa Villiers MP (left) and Jimmy Deenihan TD (green tie), with the foundation stone for the Cross of Sacrifice

British and Irish ministers have laid the foundation stone for the Cross of Sacrifice which will be constructed at a Dublin cemetery.

Uploaded on 1st Apr 2014 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

English football chiefs visit France to remember the dead of the First World War

Mike Foster (Director of Football, Premier League), Andy Williamson (Chief Operating Officer, The Football League) and Greg Dyke (Chairman, The FA) at the Footballers' Battalions Memorial in Longueval in the Somme. Image courtesy of The Football League

Senior English football representatives have visited Northern France to pay tribute to the players, officials and fans who fought and died in the First World War.

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New details of German poison gas attack against Irish First World War soldiers

Journalist Ronan McGreevy of The Irish Times reports that new details have been released by the UK National Archives on a German gas attack on Irish First World War soldiers.

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Royal Australian Mint launches 'Lest We Forget' Centenary coin

The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new triangular coin to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

Uploaded on 31st Mar 2014 | NEWS | Read More ▸ | Comment

Moscow announces plans for restoration & construction of new First World War memorials

Restoration work being carried out on sculptures

Moscow City Government's Department of Cultural Heritage is developing plans to renovate existing First World War memorials and to construct new ones in preparation for the Centenary.

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London rail station honours First World War soldier who won the Victoria Cross

Ken Christie (left) unveils the plaque honouring his father, Lance Corporal 'Jock' Christie VC. Looking on is Field Marshal Sir John Chapple, a former head of the British Army

A plaque honouring a railwayman who won the Victoria Cross for bravery during the First World War has been unveiled at Euston station in London.

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