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Battle of Loos 'behind the scenes' revealed in Army HQ diaries

The diaries consider the benefits of using carrier pigeons to relay important battlefield messages. Here, a converted bus is used as a pigeon loft by the French Army (Image © Crown copyright, courtesy of The National Archives, originally featured in Illustrated London News)

The UK National Archives mark the Battle of Loos Centenary with the online release of diaries shedding light on the tactics and decisions of top military commanders.

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UK National Maritime Museum announces exhibition on Battle of Jutland

The exhibition, called 'Jutland: the Battle and its Legacies', will run from 20 May 2016 to 2018.

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British Library to archive Centenary News website

The British Library has selected Centenary News to include in its UK Web Archive, containing websites of "cultural and historical significance".

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1915 Battle of Loos remembered in Artois

The tribute to the fallen at St Mary's A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes (Photo: © Office de tourisme de Béthune-Bruay)

Commemorations have been taking place in France to remember the Battle of Loos, fought as part of Allied Western Front offensives in autumn 1915.

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Edith Cavell Centenary - royal guests for Brussels tributes

Edith Cavell in the garden of her Brussels home before the First World War (Photo © IWM Q 32930)

Princess Anne from the UK and Belgium's Princess Astrid are to attend commemorations in Brussels honouring the executed First World War nurse, Edith Cavell. 

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Historian writes for Centenary News about his research on First World War National Kitchens

A long queue of children and women awaiting their turn to receive hot food at a public kitchen at 104 Westminster Bridge Road, London. The kitchen was opened by Queen Mary. © IWM (Q 54564)

Public reaction to a recent BBC News item featuring Dr Bryce Evans’ research on national kitchens has convinced the historian that the British approach to communal feeding in the First World War can have a contemporary impact.

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Latest Book Review - Poems of Love and War, by Mary Borden

Centenary News Review:

'Mary Borden is one of the most remarkable writers of the First World War. Being positioned so close to the front lines gave her a unique experience of war that transfers to her poetry and prose. This collection of Borden's poetry, chosen by Paul O'Prey, sheds new light on her war experience and demonstrates the passionate and 'erotic' side of her.'

To read the full description and review, click here.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for September 2015

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

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Ernest Hemingway: new exhibition in New York shows writer's World War 1 connections

Ernest Hemingway, Milan, 1918. Copyright Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

An exhibition about the work of Ernest Hemingway has opened in New York - at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan. Centenary News writer Jillian Davidson visited the exhibition, and describes how the First World war had a major impact on the writer.

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BBC TV documentary explores the Somme with rugby player Gareth Thomas

In July 2015, Centenary News was contacted by a TV company researching a documentary about Mametz Wood. Katherine Quinlan-Flatter with Louise Bray descibe how this led to one of Katherine's German contacts being interviewed for the programme.

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Somme Centenary ticket ballot opens

The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

An online ballot opens today (September 28th 2015) for tickets to attend next year's Thiepval commemorations marking the Battle of the Somme Centenary.

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100 Years Ago Today: Kut falls to British/Indian force in Mesopotamia

Major General Charles Townshend in his quarters at Kut. The British commander surrendered to the Ottomans in April 1916 after a prolonged siege (Photo © IWM Q 70247)

British and Indian forces captured the town of Kut al-Amara on September 28th 1915 during their advance up the Tigris Valley towards Baghdad.


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Battle of Loos 1915 - Scotland's tribute to the fallen in Dundee

Veterans in City Square with a tribute to piper Daniel Laidlaw who won the Victoria Cross on the opening day of the Loos offensive. He was wounded but survived (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News reports from Dundee on Scotland's commemorations, attended by Prince Charles and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, marking the Centenary of the Battle of Loos. 

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100 Years Ago Today: start of 3 major Anglo-French offensives in Champagne, Artois and Loos

Wrecked British transport amongst the debris in a ruined street, Loos, September, 1915. © IWM (Q 28987)

The offensives that started on September 25th 1915 were the Second Battle of Champagne, the Third Battle of Artois and the Battle of Loos.

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Loos Centenary - charity republishes soldier's first-hand story of the battle

Private Duncan Matheson Maclean's account of the Battle of Loos has been recorded for Blind Veterans UK by the actor, Tom Cotcher (pictured - courtesy of Blind Veterans UK)

A British soldier's description of the Battle of Loos has been republished for the Centenary by the charity, Blind Veterans UK. 

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Loos Centenary - CWGC launches battlefield remembrance trail

Dud Corner Commonwealth Cemetery and the Loos Memorial (Photo: Centenary News)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a remembrance trail for visitors to the battlefields of Loos ahead of this week's Centenary commemorations.

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First World War Victoria Cross presented to the Australian War Memorial

Henry William Murray VC DSO and bar DCM, pictured in November 1917, the year he won the Victoria Cross (Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial P02939.053)

The medals of Australia’s most decorated First World War soldier are to go on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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Edith Cavell network 'sent Allies secret intelligence' - former UK security chief

Edith Cavell's memorial near Trafalgar Square, London (Photo: Centenary News)

There's clear evidence that Edith Cavell's close associates were involved in gathering intelligence, says a former head of Britain's security service in a BBC programme.

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'The Chimp Who Went to War' - family event at UK National Archives

The British gunboat 'Mimi' is pulled up a plateau on its way to Lake Tanganyika (Image © Crown copyright - courtesy of The National Archives)

One of the more unusual operations of the First World War is the focus for a family event at the UK National Archives in London on October 3rd 2015.

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French maritime museum explores the Mediterranean sea war of WW1

(Image © Romuald Maurel - 'Le Convoi' Paul Morchain © Musée national de la Marine/A.Fux)

A new exhibition at France's National Maritime Museum in Toulon invites visitors to discover the 'still unknown' role of sea power during the First World War. 

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Prince Charles and First Minister to join Scotland's Battle of Loos tribute

Dundee’s War Memorial overlooking the Firth of Tay - the beacon is lit annually on the anniversary of the Battle of Loos (Photo: Katharine Melville)

Prince Charles and Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, are to attend the Battle of Loos centenary commemorations in Dundee on September 26th 2015.

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Three unknown British WW1 soldiers buried at CWGC cemeteries in France

The service for a Welsh Guardsman at Guards' Cemetery Lesboeufs, on the former battlefields of the Somme (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Three British soldiers of the First World War have been buried at Commonwealth cemeteries after the discovery of their remains in France.

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Verdun Centenary - Project launches for French & German schools

One of the kilometre markers along La Voie Sacrée (Sacred Way), the road used night & day to supply French troops at Verdun (Photo: Centenary News)

French and German school students are being invited to take part in a joint project reflecting on the historic significance of the Battle of Verdun in 1916.

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Edith Cavell Centenary - events coming up in Belgium and UK

Centenary News takes a first look at commemorations coming up in October 2015 to mark the centenary of the execution of the British nurse, Edith Cavell, in occupied Belgium during WW1.

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Edith Cavell Centenary - Remembrance at Norwich Cathedral

The monument to Edith Cavell at Norwich Cathedral, where the Norfolk-born nurse was reburied in 1919 (Photo © Paul Hurst - All Rights Reserved)

Centenary News highlights forthcoming events at Norwich Cathedral in this preview of UK commemorations marking the centenary of Edith Cavell's execution in occupied Belgium.

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Ireland and the First World War - WFA conference in Cork

A Western Front Association conference in Cork will consider the impact of the First World War on Ireland and its legacy.

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100 Years Ago: Tsar Nicholas takes Russian supreme command

Tsar Nicholas II and Grand Duke Nicholas, the Supreme Commander of the Russian Army, in the field (Image © IWM Q 53743)

Russia entered September 1915 with Tsar Nicholas II as the new commander-in-chief of his armies, replacing Grand Duke Nicholas, a fellow member of the royal family.

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Centenary Lusitania tribute at UK Merchant Navy Day Service

The sinking of the transatlantic liner Lusitania 100 years ago was remembered at the UK's Merchant Navy Day commemorative service in London on September 6th 2015.

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Battle of Jutland ensigns unveiled together at UK Navy Museum

The Jutland ensigns are laid out and measured at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth by Senior Heritage Projects Officer Victoria Ingles and a volunteer (Photo: National Museum of the Royal Navy)

Ensigns flown by British warships at the Battle of Jutland are being readied for display as part of a major centenary exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in 2016.

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Battle of Loos Centenary - update on September events in France

(Image courtesy of Musée 14/18 Alexandre Villedieu, Loos-en-Gohelle)

More details have been announced of commemorations in Northern France marking the centenary of the Battle of Loos in September/October 2015.

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