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Classic film telling the story of 1914 naval battles restored for Centenary

Sailors greet a sister ship on the high seas, from the 1927 film 'The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands' (courtesy of the BFI)

The British Film Institute's First World War commemorations continue with a special screening of The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands, an epic recreation of two key naval battles 100 years ago.

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Centenary of 'Race to the Sea' and 'Mademoiselle from Armentières' remembered in France

Armentières Town Hall and Belfry, built after the destruction of the First World War

The 100th anniversary of the battles known as the 'Race to the Sea' will be remembered with a historical re-enactment in the French town of Armentières in October 2014.

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'The Orient in Bohemia?' Prague exhibition remembering First World War Jewish refugees

Jewish refugee in the town of Rychnov nad Kneznou (Reichenau an der Knieschna) © State District Archives in Rychnov nad Kneznou

The Jewish Museum in Prague focuses on Jewish refugees who fled the Eastern Front with an exhibition running until February 1st 2015.

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'Light Front 14' - Torchlight remembrance of the Western Front in Belgium

Impression of 'Light Front 14' (courtesy of Gone West/Licht Front)

Thousands of flaming torches will light up the former Western Front in Belgium on October 17th 2014, commemorating the line as it stood 100 years ago.

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War Graves Commission founder Fabian Ware remembered with Blue Plaque

Sir Fabian Ware (Photo: courtesy of English Heritage)

Sir Fabian Ware, founder of the Imperial War Graves Commission, has been honoured today (September 25th 2014) with the unveiling of an English Heritage blue plaque at his former London home.

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'Screaming Steel' - Exhibition in UK city of Newcastle captures horrors of the War

Epehy, Haydn Reynolds MacKey, 1918 (© Imperial War Museums IWM Art 3653)

An exhibition examining artistic and literary responses to the horrors suffered by First World War soldiers can be seen at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, until December 13th 2014.

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Centenary update: London 'Battle Bus' at the Last Post in Ypres

The B-type bus driving through the arches of the Menin Gate (Photo © TfL, from London Transport Museum Collection)

London Transport Museum's 1914 'Battle Bus' took part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres, on September 20th 2014 as part of its Centenary tour.

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Retired teacher from Leicester starts blog featuring her grandfather's Western Front diary

Screen image of Angela Walker's blog

Angela Walker, a retired teacher from Leicester in the UK, has started a blog featuring the daily entries of a diary kept by her grandfather - who was posted to France between 1914 and 1916 with the Royal Army Medical Corps.

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Australian War Memorial's 'Menin Gate Lions' go on loan for Centenary

The Menin Gate Lions leave the Australian War Memorial in preparation for their journey to Canada (Photo: Courtesy of the Australian War Memorial PR91 058 1)

A pair of stone lions from the Australian War Memorial in Canberra will be lent to Canada for a First World War Centenary exhibition.

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100 years ago Today: German Navy attacks targets worldwide

Oil tanks on fire in Madras after bombardment by the German cruiser Emden (Bibliothèque Nationale de France/public domain)

Today (September 22nd 2014) marks the 100th anniversary of attacks by German warships in the Bay of Bengal, the Pacific Ocean and the North Sea.

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It’s Still Quiet... An article about a new graphic novel based on "All Quiet on The Western Front"

Peter Eickmeyer and Gaby von Borstel

The legacy of one of the First World War’s best known pieces of literature has been re-imagined in a stark new way. Article by CN writer Christopher J Harvie.

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Preserving the Past - the East Belfast & The Great War Project

East Belfast & The Great War, a First World War commemoration project, has just announced the first date in a series of ‘Military Antiques Roadshows’.

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London 'Battle Bus' leaves for Centenary Western Front tour

The B-type bus at the Step Short Arch Folkestone: on board are the Mayor of Folkestone, Councillor Alan North, and Damian Collins MP, Chairman of Step Short (Photo: Rebecca McCutcheon/Folkestone Town Council)

London Transport Museum's restored First World War bus has set off on a tour of the former battlefields of Flanders and France.

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Centenary update: remembering the Battle of the Aisne

International remembrance at the German military cemetery, Cerny-en-Laonnais (Photo: Paul Kendall)

Paul Kendall reports for Centenary News on events in France marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Aisne, where trench warfare started in September 1914.

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The Great War as recorded in the arts: an exhibition at London's Morley Gallery

A signed Gouache on Ivory by Norman May - Miniature portrait of Captain Reginald Tavenor Johnson, 5th Battalion North Staffordshire Regiment, killed in action October 13th 1915, aged 36 (Image courtesy of David Cohen Fine Art)

The Great War, as seen through both the fine and popular arts, is the theme of a Centenary exhibition which runs at the Morley Gallery in London until October 2nd 2014.

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Wilfred Owen poetry contest winners announced

First prize winner Alan Franks with poet Mike Longley at the awards ceremony in Winchester (Photo: Samuel Grey/Wilfred Owen Association)

The Wilfred Owen Association has announced the winners of its International Poetry Competition, held in memory of the First World War soldier and poet, Wilfred Owen.

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Pope Francis delivers Centenary warning against a new world war

Detail of the Italian Military Cemetery at Redipuglia (Image: Wikipedia/public domain)

Pope Francis has used a First World War Centenary pilgrimage to warn of the dangers of a third global conflict. 

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Imperial War Museum announces Centenary global touring exhibition

The Imperial War Museum is embarking on a new venture to display its First World War collection to a world audience.

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French Prime Minister leads Centenary tribute to the fallen of the Marne

Manuel Valls, speaking at the Marne Centenary (Video released by French Government)

The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has led commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of the Marne.

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100 years ago: Battle of the Aisne marks start of trench warfare

The Battle of the Aisne was fought 100 years ago as German troops pulled backed across northeastern France. 

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Perspectives on War, Memory and Peace at Queen Mary College London

Dr Jillian Davidson attended the “Perspectives on the Great War”, an international conference held at Queen Mary, University of London in August 2014 - and has sent this report.

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“From Flanders Fields” resurrects the writers of the trenches in New York

Flanders House New York and the Arts in the Armed Forces organised a commemorative arts event on August 4th 2014. Josef Goodman went to the performance, and has written this report for Centenary News.

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The War in Small Town Canada - a report from Burlington, Ontario

The First Burlington Volunteers (Halton Rifles) taken 17 August 1914.

A lecture series for the Burlington Historical Society, in Ontario, Canada, looks back at the beginning of WWI. Centenary News writer Christopher J Harvie attended the opening of the series event - and sent this report.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for August 2014

Screen image of Dennis Cross's August 1914 blog

The latest Centennial Countdown posting by the American First World War blogger Dennis Cross - covering August 1914.

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100 Years Ago Today: the start of the Battle of the Marne

French soliders in a ditich in 1914. Image from the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BNF)

The Battle of the Marne started  on September 5th 1914 with French and British forces launching a counterattack against the German army.

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Chateau recalls historic Anglo-French meeting before the Marne

The Chateau which hosted a historic meeting between the British and French military commanders, as the Battle of the Marne was getting under way, is specially open to the public for a weekend of Centenary remembrance.

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US First World War soldier poised for top bravery honour, almost 100 years on

Sergeant Henry Johnson in 1918, wearing his French Croix de Guerre (Wikipedia/public domain)

A black American soldier could finally be decorated with his country's highest bravery medal, almost a century after his heroic actions during the First World War.

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1914 Siege of Maubeuge to be commemorated with two days of events

A two-day programme of commemorations is planned in Maubeuge to mark the siege of the French town by German troops in 1914.

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New Zealand marks centenary of occupying Samoa

Remembrance service at Auckland Cenotaph (© Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira)

New Zealand has held commemorations to mark the occupation of Samoa at the start of the First World War.

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Kenya remembers start of East Africa campaign in 1914

Guard of honour from 3 Kenya Rifles at Voi Commonwealth Cemetery (Photo: www.guerrillasoftsavo.com)

The spread of the First World War to East Africa has been remembered with a series of Centenary events in Kenya.

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