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Execution of first British officer in WW1 - December 10 1916

Canadian-born Eric Poole's grave at Poperinghe New Military Cemetery in Belgium (Photo: Centenary News)

Second lieutenant Eric Poole, shot by firing squad on 10 December 1916, was the first British army officer to be executed in the Great War, despite evidence of shell shock. 

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Focus on Prague photographer's tribute to the Czechoslovak Legionnaires

Czech and Slovak forces at the Battle of Zborov - part of Russia's 'Kerensky Offensive' in July 1917 - featured by Milan Kabelka in his centenary calendar for 2017 (Photo © Milan Kabelka)

Centenary News views Milan Kabelka's photos, evoking actions fought by Czech and Slovak volunteers who sided with the Allies in pursuit of independence.

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100 Years Ago: Lloyd George becomes UK Prime Minister

David Lloyd George's statue in Parliament Square, London (Photo: Centenary News)

David Lloyd George took office as British Prime Minister on 7 December 1916, replacing Herbert Asquith who resigned amid criticism of his war leadership.

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Bucharest falls to the Central Powers - December 6 1916

German troops entering captured Bucharest (Photo © IWM Q 87112)

Bucharest became the latest European capital to fall to the Central Powers during the Great War when German-led troops entered the city 100 years ago.

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'A legacy for future generations' - Auckland Museum's new remembrance gallery

Collections at Pou Maumahara Memorial Discovery Centre include hundreds of war medals, each linked to a personal story (Photo: Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tamaki Paenga Hira)

A new gallery for New Zealanders to discover and commemorate those who've served their country in war has opened at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

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WW1 soldier's Victoria Cross donated to Australian War Memorial

Corporal Lawrence Weathers VC (Photo courtesy of the Australian War Memorial - HO 6789)

A Victoria Cross awarded to New Zealand-born soldier Lawrence Carthage Weathers has gone on permanent display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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Oxford seminars to explore 'how we can best commemorate war'

International commemorations in Belgium marking the Battle of Mons Centenary, August 2014 (Photo: Centenary News)

Leading figures from the arts and politics will discuss post-war commemoration and reconciliation at a series of seminars in 2017-18, Oxford University announces. 

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Book Review - HMS Hampshire: a Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled, by 12 authors

'Meticulous and enthralling' - CN Editor Peter Alhadeff on this centenary account of the naval disaster that claimed the lives of Britain's War Minister Lord Kitchener and most of the crewmen on a Royal Navy cruiser in 1916.

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The Western Front: Landscape, Tourism and Heritage, by Dr Stephen Miles

Publisher's Description:

'The Western Front: Heritage, Landscape and Tourism is a timely addition to our increasing interest in the First World War and the places where it was fought. It will be indispensable to those who seek a deeper understanding of the conflict from previously undervalued perspectives.'

Read the full description here.

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100 Years Ago: Emperor Franz Joseph dies

Emperor Franz Joseph's statue in the Burggarten, Vienna (Photo: Centenary News)

Austria-Hungary became the first major Great War power to lose its head of state, when Emperor Franz Joseph died on 21 November 1916.

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'Mixed emotions' on Emperor Franz Joseph Centenary - Radio Prague

Prague Castle (Photo: Centenary News)

A Radio Prague programme reports 'mixed emotions' among Czechs in the week that marked the 100th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph's death.

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'Shrouds of the Somme' - Artist's Centenary tribute in Bristol

The shrouded figurines created by Rob Heard laid out at Bristol Cathedral (Photo: Centenary News)

As the 2016 Somme commemorations draw to a close, Centenary News finds the public deeply moved during another display of the 'Shrouds of the Somme' installation following its July debut in Exeter.

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Somme Centenary - Battle's End poppy tribute in Folkestone

Families reflect on the Somme after planting a field of metal poppies at the 'Folk Stones', a memorial artwork in cliff top gardens overlooking the Channel and the French coast (Photo: Centenary News)

Hundreds of metal poppies were 'planted' in the former WW1 Channel port of Folkestone on 19 November to mark the conclusion of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

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100 Years Ago: Battle of the Somme ends

Battle of Ancre Heights: Lightly wounded British soldiers receive food at a dressing station, Aveluy Wood, 13 November 1916 (Photo © IWM Q 4501)

The Battle of the Somme drew to a close on 18 November 1916 after more than four months of fighting, and more than a million casualties on all sides.

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Poppies & Poems screened onto Big Ben for Remembrance Sunday

The Send-Off, by Wilfred Owen: one of five poems displayed on the Elizabeth Tower (Photo: Centenary News)

Falling poppies, coupled with war poems, were projected onto Big Ben in the latest of the UK Parliament's WW1 Centenary tributes on Remembrance Sunday.

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Armistice Day 2016: France remembers in the UK

Ambassador Sylvie Bermann addresses the November 11 ceremony at Marshal Foch's statue near Victoria Station, London (Photo: Centenary News)

The Centenaries of the Battles of Verdun and the Somme were marked at this year's Armistice Day commemorations held by the French Embassy in London.

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Armistice Day 2016: Remembering the Somme, Verdun and Jutland

The Western Front Association's annual service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in London (Photo: Centenary News)

Armistice Day ceremonies have been taking place around the world on 11 November 2016, the 98th anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the First World War.

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Update on 'Far From the Western Front' - exhibition focussing on South Asia's soldiers

'Far From the Western Front' - an exhibition researched by volunteers, at the Royal Geographical Society, London, until November 13 (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News visits a London exhibition highlighting the First World War contribution of the men who served in the colonial Indian Army and their families.

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November 7 1916 - Americans go to the polls in close Presidential race

President Woodrow Wilson (Library of Congress, photograph by Harris & Ewing/Wikimedia Commons)

President Woodrow Wilson narrowly won a second term in November 1916 on a platform of 'He Kept Us out of War', reflects Patrick Gregory.

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'Wacht Im Osten' - US WW1 museum explores German experiences of the Eastern Front

A new exhibition at the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, is a timely reminder of the often overlooked Eastern Front in the First World War, writes Patrick Gregory.

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Lens' 14-18 Museum hosts November 2016 Armistice commemorations

A weekend of Armistice commemorations at the Lens'14-18 Museum will include a torchlight ceremony at the new 'Ring of Remembrance' memorial overlooking the former battlefields of Artois.

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'World War I and American Art' - Centennial exhibition launching in Philadelphia

Childe Hassam: Avenue of the Allies, Great Britain, 1918, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (Photo: ©The Metropolitan Museum of Art/Art Resource, NY)

The first major exhibition devoted to exploring how American artists reacted to the First World War opens this week at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia.

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'France at War' - Kipling reports from the Front, 1915

Collector Andy Moreton delves into his prized copy of a book of reports from the Western Front by the British writer Rudyard Kipling.

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Centenary of Australian WW1 conscription vote

Australia's Prime Minister, William Morris (Billy) Hughes, addressing a large crowd in Brisbane during the conscription referendum campaign (Photo courtesy of the Australian War Memorial - HO2151)

Australians rejected a move to introduce compulsory military service overseas in a referendum, or plebiscite, held on 28 October 1916.

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Verdun, 100 years ago - France recaptures Fort Douaumont

Fort Douaumont (Photo: Centenary News)

French colonial troops entered Fort Douaumont on 24 October 1916, ending an eight-month German occupation of the biggest of the Verdun fortresses. 

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Mission Centenaire seeks WW1 Centenary projects for 2017

General Maurice Sarrail, dismissed as Allied Commander-in-Chief of the Salonika campaign in December 1917 (Photo: Centenary News)

French Centenary organisation Mission Centenaire has outlined major anniversary themes for 2017 as it invites next year's WW1 projects to apply for endorsement.

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Canadian War Museum acquires ship’s wheel from Halifax blast survivor HMCS Niobe

Ship's wheel, HMCS Niobe (Photo: Canadian War Museum CWM 20160215-001d)

One of the few surviving artefacts from an historic Canadian warship caught up in a First World War disaster is joining the Canadian War Museum's collections in Ottawa.

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Munitions site protected in tribute to women killed in WW1 blast

Women assembling shells at Barnbow National Filling Factory, Leeds (Image © The National Archives, ref. MUN5/155)

The UK Government has protected the site of a First World War munitions factory in Leeds where 35 women were killed in an explosion in December 1916.

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Leicester University remembers fallen soldier commemorated with its founding

Lt. Garth Smithies Taylor, a Leicestershire officer killed in October 1916, aged 20 (Photo: University of Leicester Special Collections)

Archive material has uncovered one of the stories that inspired Leicester University's foundation as a 'living memorial' to the dead of the First World War.

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'Far From the Western Front' - Exhibition focussing on South Asian soldiers in WW1

An exhibition highlighting the First World War service of more than 1.5 million South Asian soldiers opens at the Royal Geographical Society, London, on 5 November 2016.

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