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'Away from the Western Front' seeks musical recruits for new WW1 song

Recruiting and training in the West Indies - a troop inspection prior to departure, Kingston, Jamaica, January 1916 (© IWM Q 52423)

A newly-composed song, reflecting the bitterness felt by West Indian troops at the end of the Great War, is being added to the familiar repertoire, with an invitation to perform it. 

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Candles light Tyne Cot in memory of Passchendaele

Large candles were placed on the illuminated Cross of Sacrifice during 'Silent City Meets Living City' at Tyne Cot, while smaller candles lit the headstones (Photo © Wilfried Manhaeve)

More than 7,000 people have taken part in a candle-lit evening of reflection at Tyne Cot Cemetery, remembering soldiers killed at the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago.

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New Zealand commemorates its 'darkest day' at Passchendaele

New Zealand's National Commemorative Service at Tyne Cot Cemetery on October 12 (Photo courtesy of New Zealand Defence Force)

New Zealanders gathered in Belgium this week to pay tribute to their soldiers who fell at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

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Centenary conference to explore legacy of Mata Hari

Mata Hari as a dancer in Paris, 1905 - P. Boyer (Photo: Museum of Friesland Collection, Leeuwarden)

100 years after Mata Hari's execution for spying, experts reassess her notoriety at an international symposium taking place at City, University of London on October 28.

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US Mint unveils design for WWI Centennial coin

General Mark Milley (right), Chief of Staff of the US Army, and re-enactor David Shuey (left) with images of the US Centennial Silver Dollar (Photo: US World War I Centennial Commission)

The US Mint has unveiled the winning design for a Silver Dollar commemorating 4.7 million Americans who served in the First World War.

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Call to sow 'Ribbon of Poppies' for 2018

Hundreds of pledges have been received in support of a call to sow swathes of poppies for the final year of the First World War Centenary.

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Australia pledges new Menin Gate Lions for Ypres

The original pair of stone lions, loaned by the Australian War Memorial, resumed temporary guard at the Menin Gate for the 2017 Passchendaele Centenary (Photo courtesy of Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Replicas of the historic Menin Gate Lions will be presented as a First World War Centenary gift to Ieper (Ypres), the Australian Government announces.

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New Zealand to commemorate its 1917 day of disaster at Passchendaele

The Passchendaele Centenary will be commemorated in both Wellington and Flanders (Image: WW100 New Zealand)

New Zealand will hold a series of centenary events in October to commemorate the sacrifices of its troops who fought at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

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19 First World War soldiers buried at Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium

Soldiers of the Royal Anglian Regiment carried in one of the coffins as a symbolic focus for the ceremony on September 28 (Photo © MOD Crown Copyright - Ssgt Dan Bardsley RLC)

Nineteen soldiers of the British Army who fell on the battlefields of Flanders have been laid to rest at New Irish Farm CWGC cemetery near Ypres.

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'A Soldier's Journey' explored - with US WWI Memorial sculptor Sabin Howard

Sabin Howard with his new working model of 'A Soldier's Journey', developed in partnership with digital modellers, Weta Workshop, in Wellington, New Zealand (Image © Weta Workshop/US World War I Centennial Commission)

US sculptor Sabin Howard tells Centenary News how a visit to New Zealand is helping to shape his designs for America's new National World War I Memorial. 

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First '100 Cities/100 Memorials' grant winners announced in US

The United States World War I Centennial Commission, created by Congress in 2013, is the lead organiser for America's First World War centenary commemorations

The first US war memorial restoration projects to win grants under a centennial initiative have been announced by the US WWI Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

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Somme ceremony honours Indian troops of the Great War

La Chapelette British & Indian cemetery, setting for international remembrance in September 2017 of India's contribution in 1914-18 (Photo courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Tributes have been paid in France to 320 Indian First World War troops buried at La Chapelette British & Indian cemetery near Péronne.

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US Navy surveys wreck of WWI cruiser sunk in 1918

USS San Diego, photographed on 28 January 1915 while serving as flagship of the Pacific Fleet. Her name had been changed from 'California' in September 1914 (Photo courtesy of US Naval History & Heritage Command #NH 55013)

The United States Navy is surveying the wreck of USS San Diego, the only major American warship lost in the First World War.

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SS Mendi bell displayed on Isle of Wight this week

SS Mendi's bell was recovered in June 2017 after a journalist received an anonymous tip-off (Image courtesy of Maritime Archaeology Trust)

The bell from SS Mendi, the ship sunk in 1917 with the loss of more than 600 black South African troops, is being temporarily displayed on the Isle of Wight from September 25-29.

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'Celebrating Compassion' - Remembering New Zealand's WW1 aid to Belgium

Centenary organisation WW100 New Zealand is marking the wartime bond forged with the people of Belgium

New Zealand's humanitarian support for occupied Belgium during the First World War is being highlighted ahead of Battle of Passchendaele Centenary commemorations on October 12.

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Tyne Cot soldiers' names to be lit in Passchendaele Centenary tribute

Tyne Cot, the world's biggest Commonwealth war cemetery, will be the setting for 'Silent City Meets Living City' on October 14 (Image © Wilfried Manhaeve)

Organisers of an evening of music and reflection commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele are seeking participants to help illuminate the event at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.

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14-18 NOW opens global campaign to map Tower Poppies online

Owners of the ceramic Tower of London poppies are invited to 'pin' their current locations to a digital map for a new project launched by UK First World War Centenary arts programme, 14-18 NOW.

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Call for Papers: '1914-1918-online' encyclopaedia

Academics are invited to contribute articles to '1914-1918-online', an international English-language reference work covering the First World War.

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'Light in the Darkest Hour' - September 9 tribute to WW1 labour corps

The Shorncliffe Trust is hosting a special remembrance event in the UK honouring forces from across the globe who carried out essential labouring duties for the Allied armies during the Great War.

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Centennial Countdown Blog: Pope's peace moves rejected

US President Woodrow Wilson 'politely but firmly' rejected peace proposals put forward by the Vatican in August 1917, notes US blogger Dennis Cross in his latest WWI post.

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Discovering the Unknown - Asian Indian soldiers in the US Military during WWI

Dr Bhagat Singh Thind was one of the first Indians to enlist with the United States Army in 1917. He settled in California after arriving in America in 1913. Dr Thind is among Indian soldiers remembered in a new research project for the US World War I Centennial Commission (Photo courtesy of David Singh & South Asian American Digital Archives)

Stories of Asian Indians who served America in the Great War are being rediscovered and shared by researcher Tanveer Kalo - as he explains here in Centenary News.

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German U-boat wreck protected in the North Sea

The wreck of UC-70 off the Yorkshire coast, showing her 88mm deck gun (Image © Historic England)

The wreck of a German mine-laying submarine sunk in the closing stages of the First World War has been protected on the advice of Historic England.

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'For Those in Peril' - CWGC call to remember those lost at sea

Chatham Naval Memorial, together with its counterparts at Portsmouth and Plymouth, honours Royal Navy sailors of both world wars who have no grave but the sea. All three monuments are cared for by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - CWGC (Photo: Centenary News)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is inviting individuals, groups and schools to research the stories of thousands of sailors commemorated on a distinctive trio of UK naval memorials.

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New projects mark 1917 Centenary of China joining WW1

China's entry into the Great War 100 years ago is being marked with the launch of new initiatives by the UK-based Ensuring We Remember campaign.

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Surviving Battle of Cambrai tank moves to new home

Tank D51,'Deborah', is lowered into position at the Cambrai Tank Museum 1917, under construction near the village of Flesquières (Photo © Nord Tourisme)

'Deborah', the British tank unearthed in France 19 years ago, has arrived at a new museum opening in November 2017 for the Battle of Cambrai Centenary.

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Centenary visit to France honours Edward Foster VC

Corporal Edward Foster's valour is being remembered with a new memorial near Villers Plouich. Village Mayor Raymond Machut (at lectern) is pictured with former Wandsworth Mayor Cllr Leslie McDonnell (centre) and military historian Paul McCue. Both Mayors' speeches were buried in a time capsule at the site (Photo © Evelyn McDermott)

Evelyn McDermott joined a delegation from Wandsworth honouring a south London soldier awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917, forging post-WW1 ties with Villers Plouich, near Cambrai.

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'Passchendaele' artist Wyndham Lewis showcased at IWM North

IWM North in Manchester, designed by architect Daniel Libeskind to represent a shattered globe, hosts the retrospective devoted to the avant-garde Wyndham Lewis - creator of some of the most controversial Great War art (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News visits IWM North's exhibition highlighting the work of Wyndham Lewis - artillery officer at the Third Battle of Ypres and challenging WW1 war artist. 

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Tyne Cot Centenary service remembers Passchendaele loss & sacrifice

Buglers from the Royal Marines sound the Last Post from the Cross of Sacrifice at Tyne Cot Cemetery (Photo courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

The world's largest Commonwealth cemetery was the setting for commemorations on 31 July 2017 honouring those who fought and died at the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele 100 years ago.

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100 Years Ago: Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele starts

German prisoners carrying a British stretcher case over difficult ground, Pilckem Ridge, 31 July 1917 (Photo © IWM Q 5731)

British-led forces began an offensive in Flanders on 31 July 1917 that is still mired in controversy.

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Eve-of-Centenary commemorations in Ypres for 1917 battle

A special Last Post ceremony was held at the Menin Gate (Centenary News archive photo)

Events have been taking place in Ypres tonight (Sunday July 30) on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele.

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