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Remembering the SS Mendi - South Africa leads centenary tributes

Jeff Radebe, Minister in the South African Presidency, and Princess Anne prepare to lay wreaths at the Mendi remembrance service in Southampton (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News reports from the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton, where South Africa held a service on February 20, commemorating more than 600 troops lost in the sinking of the SS Mendi.

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100 Years Ago: South African troops lost in SS Mendi disaster

South Africa's centenary service for the Mendi at the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton (Photo: Centenary News)

The troopship SS Mendi sank after a collision in the English Channel on 21 February 1917, claiming the lives of more than 600 South Africans being sent to the Western Front.

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Appeal for information about 15 First World War soldiers

The memorial to Lloyd's Register of Shipping staff who fell in the Great War, unveiled in 1922 at the organisation's offices in Fenchurch Street, City of London (Photo © Lloyd’s Register Foundation)

Researchers are appealing for help to discover the personal stories of 15 First World War soldiers commemorated at the offices of Lloyd's Register in London.

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'Passchendaele Remembered' - 3rd Battle of Ypres Centenary events update

A programme of cultural and educational events has been announced for the Passchendaele Centenary

The latest on commemorations coming up in Flanders in 2017 to mark the centenary of a WW1 campaign fought in some of the most atrocious conditions on the Western Front.

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New Zealand marks Battle of Messines Centenary - June 2017

The New Zealand Memorial, situated within Messines Ridge British Cemetery, commemorates more than 800 New Zealand soldiers who have no known grave (Photo: Centenary News)

New Zealand will hold events in Belgium on June 7 to commemorate its role in the Battle of Messines, a dramatic prelude to the main Allied offensive at Ypres in 1917.

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Article: Flanders memorials to commemorate Irish soldiers killed in 1917

Memorials to be erected in Belgium this year to Irishmen who died during the battles of 1917 include a tribute to Major Willie Redmond, reports The Irish Times.

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France prepares for Battle of Chemin des Dames Centenary

Chemin des Dames memorial chapel at Cerny-en-Laonnais (Photo courtesy of Yves Fohlen)

Commemorations will be taking place in the Aisne region at Easter to mark the centenary of the First World War battle that shook French morale to the core in April 1917.

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US national ceremony to mark WWI Centennial - April 2017

The National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, setting for American remembrance this spring (Photo: National World War I Museum)

America will commemorate the centenary of its entry into the First World War with a national ceremony on April 6, the US WWI Centennial Commission announces.

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Article: Cork commemorates WW1 links with the US Navy

The 'huge' impact of the US naval presence on Irish coastal communities during the First World War is discussed by the Irish Examiner.

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WW1 Submarine Centenary: Historic U-boat wreck photos released

UB-106 on the rocks in Falmouth, Cornwall (Photo © Historic England/Patrick Casement)

German submarines wrecked on the Cornish coast after the First World War have been revealed by conservationists in photos newly acquired by the Historic England archives.

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WW1 Submarine Centenary: UK memorial wins added heritage protection

The National Submarine Memorial in London, dedicated in 1922 on the Thames embankment (Photo: Centenary News)

Conservationists have upgraded the protected status of Britain's national memorial to submariners to safeguard its preservation for future generations.

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'Away from the Western Front' project to highlight 'overlooked' campaigns

The Sinai campaign: British troops guarding Turkish prisoners at El Arish after their arrival from Magdhaba, 1917 (Photo © IWM Q 54756)

A new project aims to raise awareness of the men and women from Britain and its former empire who served in the 'often overlooked' WW1 campaigns in Salonika, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Africa.

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'Salonika Remembers' - schools invited to explore CWGC sites in Greece

Doiran Military Cemetery, near the Macedonian border, is the lasting resting place for 1,338 Commonwealth troops, 449 of them unidentified (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

A project for schools commemorating the centenary of the Salonika Campaign has been launched by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in partnership with the British Council in Greece.

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100 Years Ago: Germany resumes 'sink on sight' U-boat war

A German submarine cruising on the surface with the crew on deck (Photo © IWM Q 20220)

Germany took the fateful step of resuming unrestricted submarine attacks on merchant ships from 1 February 1917, in an attempt to cut off Britain's vital supplies.

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'War Beneath the Waves' - Germany's U-boats in Flanders

Tomas Termote speaking at Flanders House, London (Photo: Centenary News)

German U-boat operations on the Flemish coast were discussed by marine archaeologist Tomas Termote at a lecture launching the English edition of his book on the WW1 submarine campaign.

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War artist Wyndham Lewis to feature in IWM's 2017 Centenary events

Director-General Diane Lees launching Imperial War Museums' Centenary programme (Photo: Centenary News)

A major retrospective devoted to the First World War work of modernist painter Wyndham Lewis is among the special exhibitions announced for Imperial War Museums' Centenary year.

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US WWI Museum seeks your vote on historic Great War posters

Choose between these five designs, all dating from 1917 (Image © National World War I Museum & Memorial)

Ahead of a new war poster exhibition, the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, is holding a global ballot to find the most popular choice with the public.

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Poppy seeds highlight WW1 Centennial on US Inauguration Day

US Centennial Commission volunteers handed out Flanders poppy seeds during the Presidential inauguration in Washington to raise awareness of America's forthcoming Great War commemorations.

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100 Years Ago: The Silvertown Explosion

Police officer Edward Greenoff, posthumously awarded the King's Police Medal for his role in evacuating the burning Silvertown TNT plant, is remembered at the Memorial to Heroic Self Sacrifice in Postman's Park, City of London (Photo: Centenary News)

More than 70 people were killed, and hundreds more injured, in a blast at a munitions factory in London's docklands on 19 January 1917.

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'War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-18'

Sopwith Camels leaving their aerodrome on patrol over the Asiago Plateau (Image © Imperial War Museums (Art.IWM ART 2679)

An exhibition at the Estorick Collection in London offers a rare glimpse of Britain's First World War Italian campaign, writes CN Editor Peter Alhadeff.

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Article: The Spectator on 'the greatest hackers of the First World War'

The story of how British intelligence experts intercepted and decoded Germany's proposal for an alliance with Mexico in January 1917 is told in The Spectator magazine.

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'Women and the Royal Navy: Pioneers to Professionals' - Exhibition opening February 2017

Two members of the Women's Royal Naval Service cleaning depth charges during WW1 (Photo courtesy of National Museum of the Royal Navy)

The role of women in the British navy will be highlighted in a centenary exhibition opening at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, in February.

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Battle of Vimy Ridge Centenary - Canada pays tribute, April 2017

The Canadian National Vimy Memorial, towering above the former Western Front battlefields, commemorates all Canadians who fought in the First World War (Photo: Centenary News)

Canada will hold ceremonies on 9 April 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War victory seen as a defining moment for the country.

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'The Earth Remembers' - Arras honours New Zealand tunnellers for 2017 Centenary

Visual of 'The Earth Remembers': Created by NZ artist Marian Fountain, the bronze sculpture will stand outside the Carrière Wellington Museum in Arras (Image © Marian Fountain)

A new memorial honouring New Zealand's WW1 tunnellers is due to be inaugurated during the Battle of Arras Centenary commemorations in France in April 2017.  

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NZ's new Prime Minister visits WW1 battlefields in Belgium

More than 800 missing soldiers are remembered on the New Zealand Memorial, Messines (Photo: Centenary News)

New Zealand's recently appointed Prime Minister, Bill English, has made an early visit to First World War memorials at the centre of Centenary commemorations in 2017.

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Visitor numbers at US National World War I Museum hit another record

Visitors entering the National World War I Museum's Main Gallery cross the Paul Sunderland Glass Bridge, suspended over a symbolic poppy field. Nine thousand poppies, each representing 1,000 dead, are a reminder of the nine million military dead during the Great War (Photo: National World War I Museum & Memorial)

More than 300,000 people visited the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City in 2016, setting a new record for the third year in a row.

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Was Jutland the battle that won the First World War? - Debate

The National Museum of the Royal Navy's Jutland Centenary exhibition opened in May 2016 at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (Photo: Centenary News)

British and German naval historians will answer questions about the Battle of Jutland in a public debate organised by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, on 2 February 2017.

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Book launch - 'National Myth & the First World War in Modern Popular Music'

A new book exploring how the First World War has influenced songwriters from the 1950s to the present day will be launched with a lecture by author Peter Grant in London on 7 March 2017.

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Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary - UK ticket ballot opens

CWGC's Tyne Cot Cemetery, last resting place for thousands of soldiers killed on the battlefields of Passchendaele and Langemarck, and the focus for remembrance in summer 2017 (Photo: Centenary News)

Descendants of those who fought at the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele are invited to apply for tickets to attend the UK's centenary commemorations in Belgium on 31 July 2017.

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Article: 'Russians agonise over how to mark 1917 revolutions'

The Guardian reports that President Putin faces a dilemma of how to commemorate the events which shook Russia and the world in the penultimate year of the Great War.

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