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'Shaping Our Sorrow' - CWGC archive display launches for Armistice Centenary

King George V visiting Tyne Cot Cemetery, during his 1922 pilgrimage to the memorials under construction in Belgium and France. He was accompanied by Sir Fabian Ware (third from left), founder of the Imperial War Graves Commission - now CWGC. Standing next to the King are Field Marshal Earl Haig and Mr T Elvidge, Head Gardener at Tyne Cot (Photo © CWGC)

More than 600 documents and photos from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s extensive archives have been released online for the end of the First World War Centenary.

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Armistice Centenary - Light to shine on Artois 'Great Vigil' for the fallen

Candle-lit vigils will be held at 270 cemeteries and memorials across Artois at nightfall on 10 November 2018 to commemorate all those who didn't live to see the Armistice ending the Great War.

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Scuttle of the German fleet in Scapa Flow - November conference in Orkney

International historians will discuss the impact and legacy of the sinking of Germany’s First World War surface fleet, at a conference in Orkney in November 2018.

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'Great War Symphony' receives world premiere

(Image © Tony Simpson)

'The Great War Symphony' - a new choral work written for the close of the WW1 Centenary by British composer Patrick Hawes - is being given its world première at the Royal Albert Hall, London, tonight (October 9).

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Kick-starting the Meuse-Argonne: The American Army goes again on Western Front

American soldiers resting in a shallow trench in the Argonne Forest (Image: via Wikimedia Commons/US official photo/public domain)

Patrick Gregory on the relaunch of America's stalled offensive in northeastern France 100 years ago.

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Islay marks centenary of HMS Otranto tragedy

A procession from the Old Parish Church at Kilchoman to CWGC Kilchoman Military Cemetery followed the same route as the funeral cortege for the US and British dead of the Otranto 100 years ago (Photo © Ben Shakespeare Photography/WW100 Scotland)

The loss of a First World War troopship carrying American soldiers to Europe in October 1918 has been remembered on the Hebridean island of Islay.

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'Weeping Window' poppy display opens at IWM London

'Weeping Window' cascades from the cupola at the Imperial War Museum in London (Photo: Centenary News)

The final presentation of the Tower of London WW1 Centenary poppies tour is under way at the Imperial War Museum.

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100 Years Ago - Bulgaria exits the First World War

General Georgi Todorov, Commander of the Bulgarian Second Army from 1915-18, with his staff. Todorov became Commander-in-Chief just before the Allies began their final advance from northern Greece (Photo © IWM Q 52818)

The Central Powers were left exposed in the Balkans, after Bulgaria dropped out of WW1 under an armistice which came into effect on 30 September 1918.

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100 Years Ago - 'Tout Le Monde à La Bataille', Allies strike across Western Front

'Tout le Monde à La Bataille - Everyone into battle' was a rallying cry for the Allies' supreme commander, Marshal Ferdinand Foch. His German counterpart, Erich Ludendorff, suffered a crisis of confidence under the pressure of events. This memorial to Foch stands in Lille, liberated on 17 October 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

In the dying days of September 1918, an Allied onslaught in Northern France and Flanders, coupled with defeats for the Central Powers on other fronts, forced German overtures for an armistice.

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The Meuse-Argonne: Remembering America's biggest battle

Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery (Photo: Patrick Gregory)

Patrick Gregory reports from US commemorations in France, marking the Centennial of the battle that opened the last Allied campaigns on the Western Front.

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100 Years Ago: Meuse-Argonne Offensive begins

American troops using French-built Renault FT-17 tanks move up to a forward area near Boureville in the Argonne Forest, 26 September 1918 © IWM (Q 58691)

The opening stages of the First World War campaign that remains the largest single battle in US history, described by Patrick Gregory.

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Reports: German President for UK Cenotaph ceremony?

Wreaths at the Cenotaph, November 2017 (Photo: Centenary News)

Newspapers in Britain are reporting plans to invite Germany’s head-of-state to the Remembrance Sunday service in Whitehall, which this year falls on the Centenary of the First World War armistice.

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Armistice Centenary - Update on French events

The battlefield of Verdun will be among sites visited by President Emmanuel Macron in the run-up to the 100th anniversary of the ceasefire ending the Great War on 11 November 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

President Macron will meet the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at Compiègne - and also tour regions of France devastated by the First World War as part of nationwide events marking the Armistice Centenary. 

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Armistice Centenary - Australian War Memorial events in Canberra

The Australian National Memorial at Villers Bretonneux commemorates all Australians who fought in France and Belgium during the Great War, and bears the names of more than 10,000 troops who have no known grave (Photo: Centenary News)

A display of 62,000 poppies, representing Australia's fallen in WW1, and a beam of light are among events announced by the Australian War Memorial in Canberra to commemorate  the centenary of the Armistice.

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'Battle of the Ancre' film in Bristol for Armistice Centenary

The official film of the British Army’s autumn campaign on the Somme in 1916 will be screened in Bristol, with live music, as part of an Armistice Centenary tour in November.

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Latest Armistice Centenary exhibitions open at IWM

The first British prisoners of war to reach the Belgian city of Tournai, 14 November 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 9687)

Four exhibitions have opened at the Imperial War Museum in London as part of Making a New World - IWM’s season of events for the close of the First World War Centenary.

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The Battle of Megiddo - Ottoman Army in Palestine destroyed

Under escort: a column of 1,200 prisoners captured by the Desert Mounted Corps, 22 September 1918 (Photo © IWM Q 12326)

Major Paul Knight on the Allied attack in September 1918 that dealt a fatal blow to the Central Powers in the Middle East.

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Project launches to trace WW1 Belgian refugees

The Belgian Memorial on London's Victoria Embankment was presented to Britain in gratitude for welcoming refugees. The sculpture is by the Belgian artist Victor Rousseau, who was himself a refugee, in a setting designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, architect of the Menin Gate at Ypres (Photo: Centenary News)

Researchers are trying to discover more about the stories of 250,000 refugees who came to Britain from Belgium after Germany invaded in August 1914.

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New Zealand events marking Le Quesnoy Centenary

New Zealand troops broke into Le Quesnoy by climbing the town walls with ladders (Photo: Henry Armytage Sanders Ref: 1/2-013791-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington)

New Zealand announces more details of events taking place in France on November 4 to mark the centenary of its last major First World War action - the liberation of Le Quesnoy.

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Call for Papers -The First World War: Past, Present, Future

The year 1919 is often inscribed on British memorials as the end of the Great War, marking the Paris peace conference and Versailles Treaty signed with Germany on 28 June 1919, five years to the day after Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination in Sarajevo (Photo: Centenary News)

The First World War Network of early career and postgraduate researchers is seeking papers for a conference in Edinburgh in June 2019 embracing multiple aspects of WW1.

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100 Years Ago - Last Push against Bulgaria from Salonika

General Louis Franchet d'Esperey drove forward the Salonika campaign after becoming commander of Allied forces in June 1918. He's pictured landing in the Ottoman capital, Constantinople, in February 1919 (Photo © IWM Q 13947)

Allied troops started their final advance on the Macedonian Front on 15 September 1918, knocking Bulgaria out of the First World War two weeks later.

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St Mihiel Campaign - The US First Army goes into battle​

Victorious US troops change a street sign in Vignuelles - the heart of the St Mihiel salient - from Hindenburg Strasse to Wilson U.S.A. (Photo: US National Archives & Records Administration - 55201512/Wikimedia Commons/public domain)

The newly created First Army of the American Expeditionary Force went into battle for the first time in northeast France on 12 September 1918, as Patrick Gregory explains.

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'Diggers & Doughboys' - special exhibition at US National WWI Museum

A century of military ties between Australia and America, beginning on the Western Front in 1918, is explored through art in a new exhibition opening at the US National WWI Museum & Memorial, Kansas City.

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Poppy sculpture 'Wave' in Centenary finale at IWM North

'Wave' is at IWM North, Manchester, until 25 November 2018 (Photo: Centenary News)

Wave, one of the touring Tower of London poppy sculptures, is going on display at Imperial War Museums' waterfront site in Manchester, its final stop of the First World War Centenary. 

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Chelmsford’s leaf 'Tommy' in Centenary vigil

This foliage sculpture of a soldier stands in Chelmsford, Essex. Created by the city council for the final WW1 Centenary year, Tommy's vigil will continue until claimed by approaching winter frosts. (Photo: Centenary News)

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CWGC tribute to lives lost in the final ‘Hundred Days’ of WW1

CWGC cemeteries at Villers-Bretonneux, near Amiens, (left) - and at St Symphorien, Mons, where both Commonwealth and German soldiers killed in the last days of fighting are commemorated (Image: Centenary News)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is sharing 120 personal stories of men and women who died in the last three months of the First World War, from the Battle of Amiens to the Armistice.

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Central Powers start to break - September 1918

Present-day view of the St Quentin Canal from Riqueval Bridge, crossed by British troops in the Allied breach of the Hindenburg Line, 29 September 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

A glance at events 100 years ago this month, as Bulgaria was forced out of the First World War, and multiple offensives on the Western Front convinced Germany's supreme commanders of the need for a ceasefire.

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Centenary revival for opera of love & betrayal in WW1 France

An opera based on the true story of stranded British soldiers who were sheltered by French villagers from 1914-16 is being revived for a First World War Centenary production.

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Britain presents SS Mendi bell to South Africa

Most of the South Africans who died in the 1917 Mendi disaster are commemorated in Southampton, on the CWGC Hollybrook Memorial to members of Commonwealth land and air forces who have no known grave but the sea (see separate article below). This photo - taken during the Centenary commemorations in 2017 - shows a section of the memorial. Nineteen men from the Mendi whose bodies were recovered rest in cemeteries along England's south coast, in France and in the Netherlands (Centenary News)

The bell from the troopship SS Mendi, sunk with the loss of more than 600 South African soldiers during the First World War, has been handed to President Cyril Ramaphosa to commemorate their sacrifice.

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Focus on the Hollybrook War Memorial, Southampton

The Hollybrook Memorial is cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - CWGC (Photo: Centenary News)

Britain’s Maritime Archaeology Trust has released an online guide to the Hollybrook Memorial, which honours 1,930 members of Commonwealth land and air forces lost at sea, among them the South African soldiers on SS Mendi.

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