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Urgent appeal to find British WW1 soldier's family

The grave of an unknown soldier at a CWGC cemetery. Such headstones also bear the inscription 'Known unto God' - chosen by the author and poet Rudyard Kipling who lost his only son in the Great War. A regimental badge is added if an unknown soldier's unit can be identified (Photo: Centenary News)

British military officials trying to identify a First World War soldier's remains want to trace the family of Edward Norton, a Durham Light Infantry sergeant killed in France in September 1918.

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The Americans who served with Allied forces through WW1

A recruiting streetcar toured the Canadian city of Toronto in 1915 promising a free and easy trip to Europe. Any Americans who might have been in Toronto were welcome to get on board (Photo: City of Toronto Archives)

Author Chris Dickon explains how many American volunteers were already Great War veterans in 1918 as the US built up its own army for action in Europe.

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100 Years Ago: Woodrow Wilson sets out his Fourteen Points

President Wilson travelled to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919 to promote the Fourteen Points. He's pictured here (right) with the Italian, British and French Prime Ministers - Vittorio Orlando, David Lloyd George and Georges Clemenceau. Wilson was the first sitting US President to visit Europe (Photo © IWM Q 48222)

Patrick Gregory discusses US President Woodrow Wilson's vision, outlined in a speech to Congress on 8 January 1918, for a new world order after the Great War, 

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Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2018

After more than four years of war, the guns fell silent silent at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

A Centenary News summary of major anniversaries that shaped 1918, the final year of the First World War - and news of some of the 2018 event programmes announced so far.

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How 1918 unfolded - Year of Decision in the Great War

Centenary News considers how years of deadlock came to an end in 1918, as first the Germans and then the Allies went on the attack.

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Focus on Armistice Centenary - Mons 2018

The grave of Private George Price - killed minutes before the Armistice - at CWGC St Symphorien Cemetery in Mons. This picture was taken at commemorations on 23 August 2014 marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Mons in 1914 (Photo: Centenary News)

Two days of commemorations are planned in Mons on November 10 & 11 to mark the centenary of the Belgian city's liberation at the very end of the First World War.

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France names 2018 'Year Clemenceau' for close of WW1 Centenary

Georges Clemenceau, appointed French Prime Minister in November 1917 (Photo: Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection)

Themes for France's final year of Great War Centenary commemorations include a focus on Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, remembered as the 'Father of Victory'.

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Article: French WW1 Centenary energy undiminished in final year

Historian Antoine Prost tells La Croix newspaper that the French people are as determined as ever to commemorate the First World War Centenary in 2018.

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Armistice Day at the Cenotaph, London

The Cenotaph in Whitehall, built in tribute to the dead of the Great War and unveiled by King George V on Armistice Day 1920 (Photo: Centenary News)

With the Armistice Centenary on November 11 coinciding with Britain's Remembrance Sunday, the traditional ceremony at the Cenotaph will conclude with an expanded march-past.​

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2018 Events - 'Shrouds of the Somme' in Armistice Centenary tribute

Shrouds of the Somme, displayed at Exeter and Bristol in 2016, and now destined for London's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for the close of the WW1 Centenary in November (Photo: Centenary News)

British artist Rob Heard is individually stitching more than 72,000 shrouded figures to mark the 100th anniversary of the Armistice ending the First World War.

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Final Tower Poppies tour venues named

Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent and IWM North - among chosen locations for the 2018 poppy displays. 'Wave' and 'Weeping Window' will join Imperial War Museums' permanent collections at the close of the WW1 Centenary (Photo: Centenary News)

Six cities are to host the Tower of London Poppies in 2018, the last year of their UK tour marking the First World War Centenary.

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'Making a New World' - 2018 Centenary events coming up at IWM

William Orpen's 1918 painting 'Harvest' will feature at the Imperial War Museum, London, in next year's exhibition,'Generation Hope: Life after the First World War' (Image © IWM ART 4663)

As well as displaying the Tower of London Poppies, Imperial War Museums announce they will also hold a programme of special events in 2018 to close their First World War Centenary commemorations.

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Hundred Days: The end of the Great War, by Nick Lloyd

Publisher's Description

Using unpublished archive material from five countries, this new account reveals how the Allies managed to beat the German Army, by now crippled by indiscipline and ravaged by influenza, and force her leaders to seek peace.

Read the full description here.

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Review of WW1 Centenary year 2017

Battle of Arras Centenary: 'The Earth Remembers', a memorial dedicated to New Zealand's tunnellers, after its unveiling in a dawn service at La Carrière Wellington, Arras, on April 9 (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News looks back at some of many events in 2017 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

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Article: '1917 - A German Perspective'

The last resting place of two soldiers who died in 1917 at Neuville-St-Vaast Cemetery near Vimy Ridge, the largest German WW1 cemetery in France (Photo: Centenary News)

Germany's resumption of unrestricted submarine warfare in February 1917 was fatal, says German historian Martin Bayer in a blog for WW100 New Zealand.

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WW1 memorials built in 1917 'listed' for conservation

The East London Cemetery Company's memorial, inaugurated in February 1917, is unusually dedicated to Britain and all its allies. The inscriptions were later amended to include the United States, and with hopes for peace in 1917 unrealised, the end date of the war had to be changed to 1918 (Photo: Centenary News)

Eight memorials dedicated to the dead of the Great War in 1917 have been newly listed for preservation in their centenary year by the UK Government.

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100 Years Ago: Armistice on the Eastern Front

Soviet and German negotiators arriving for peace talks at Brest-Litovsk. Facing the camera is the Soviet delegate, Adolph Joffe. Photograph probably taken in December 1917 (© IWM Q 86710)

Russia's new revolutionary socialist leaders agreed an armistice with the Central Powers on 15 December 1917, suspending the Great War on the Eastern Front.

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100 Years Ago: Jerusalem falls to British-led forces

General Allenby's arrival on foot at the Jaffa Gate - in the foreground is Brigadier General William Borton, Jerusalem's newly-appointed military governor. Allenby was also accompanied by the commanders of French and Italian troops in Palestine (Photo © IWM Q 12616)

General Sir Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem on 11 December 1917 after a six-week campaign against the Ottomans in Palestine, as Major Paul Knight explains.

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The US declares war on Austria-Hungary, 7 December 1917

The Habsburg double-headed eagle, symbol of an empire described by President Woodrow Wilson as 'the vassal of the German government' (Photo: Centenary News)

America extended its WW1 involvement as 1917 drew to a close, declaring war on Germany's ally, Austria-Hungary.

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First US WW1 destroyer loss commemorated for Centenary

Britain's Maritime Archaeology Trust is telling the story of USS Jacob Jones, torpedoed on 6 December 1917 in the southwest approaches to the English Channel. 

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100 Years Ago: The Halifax Explosion

A devastated street in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Photo © IWM Q 71057)

A ship loaded with high explosives blew up following a collision in the Canadian port of Halifax on 6 December 1917, killing 2,000 people and leaving thousands more homeless.

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WWI veteran USS Texas battles for survival

USS Texas in service (Image: Texas Parks & Wildlife Department)

Campaigners are urgently appealing for support to save the last surviving American battleship of both world wars from the scrapyard, reports Patrick Gregory.

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Military Wives Choirs campaign to record 2018 Centenary album

More than 70 British Military Wives Choirs are uniting with military bands from all three services to record a new album commemorating the end of the WW1 Centenary in 2018.

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Scotland honours pioneering WW1 doctor Elsie Inglis

Wreaths were laid at Dr Elsie Inglis's grave in Edinburgh on November 26, the centenary of her death. Re-enactor Ailsa Clarke is dressed in a replica of the uniform worn by doctors of the Scottish Women's Hospitals during the Great War (Photo: WW100 Scotland/Lenny Warren)

Tributes are being paid to the doctor who defied disapproval to set up hospitals, staffed by women, to treat wounded soldiers in France and the Balkans.

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Article: 250 cemeteries in France to be lit for close of Great War Centenary

Illuminated vigils are planned at war graves in the Arras region on Armistice eve 2018 to mark the return of peace 100 years ago, La Voix du Nord newspaper reports.

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Cambrai tank veteran 'Deborah' keeps vigil in new home

The Mark IV tank, discovered by local historian Philippe Gorczynski after lying buried for decades, sits at the heart of the new Cambrai Tank Museum 1917 in France (Photo: Nord Tourisme)

A first glimpse of the Battle of Cambrai veteran Deborah in her final resting place, 100 years after she fought in the first mass tank attack.

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Cambrai Centenary - tank tribute at London's Cenotaph

A replica First World War tank stood guard in Whitehall for Battle of Cambrai Centenary commemorations on November 19 (Photo: Centenary News)

Soldiers and veterans of Britain's Royal Tank Regiment paraded before a replica Mark IV tank at the Cenotaph in tribute to their predecessors who fought at the Battle of Cambrai 100 years ago.

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Cambrai Centenary - Special Order No.6 recited at Cenotaph

The eve of battle order to British tank crews at Cambrai in 1917 was recited during the centenary commemorations at the Cenotaph, London.

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Battle of Cambrai Centenary events get under way

Councillor Winston Michael, Mayor of Ashford, lays his wreath at the town's tank memorial on November 17 (Photo: Centenary News)

A surviving Great War tank has been the focus for a remembrance service in the UK town of Ashford, as Cambrai Centenary commemorations start in Britain and France this weekend.

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The Battle of Cambrai - told by The Tank Museum

Britain's Tank Museum is releasing a documentary ahead of the Battle of Cambrai Centenary on November 20, telling the story of the first mass tank attack in history.

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