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'India Remembers' - campaign to highlight Indian sacrifice since 1914

Memorial to Indian forces who fell in Flanders, unveiled next to the Menin Gate, Ypres, in 2011. 'India Remembers' suggests the marigold should join the poppy as a new symbol of Indian remembrance (Photo: Centenary News)

A campaign 'to transform the culture of remembrance' in India has been launched in Delhi on the centenary of a noted Indian cavalry charge during the Battle of the Somme.

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Australia honours the Fallen at Fromelles

The centenary remembrance service at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery on July 19th (Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Australia is holding commemorations in Northern France marking the first major battles fought by its forces on the Western Front a century ago.

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Somme Centenary: Memorial honouring all South Africans unveiled at Delville Wood

President Zuma speaking at the South African National Memorial in the Somme (Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

President Jacob Zuma inaugurated a new memorial at Delville Wood on July 12th 2016 honouring South Africans of all races who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

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Centenary revival for First World War 'Shakespeare Hut'

A replica of the soldiers' lounge at the Shakespeare Hut has been created at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, which now stands on the site. The scene is based on an original photograph (Photo: Centenary News)

The story of a 'forgotten' building that entertained First World War soldiers with Shakespeare's plays is being rediscovered for the Centenary.

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'Ambulance Trains' - UK rail museum explores WW1 hospitals on wheels

View of the infectious ward on the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway's ambulance train No. 24 (Photo: National Railway Museum)

A new exhibition focussing on the ambulance trains used to transport wounded First World War soldiers has opened at Britain's National Railway Museum in York.

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Team building full scale replica of British tank appeal for funds

The replica is based on this Mark IV tank which reached Poelkapelle in 1917.

Enthusiasts in a Belgian village just outside Ypres are building a full-scale working replica of a British tank which took part in the Battle of Paschendaele – and have issued an appeal for funds.

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Somme exhibition tribute to New Zealander who fought for France

Lieutenant-Colonel James Waddell, awarded the Croix de Guerre with seven palms, and Commander of the Legion of Honour (Photo courtesy of the Waddell family)

A new exhibition for the Somme Centenary aims to raise awareness of James Waddell, a much decorated New Zealander who served in the French Foreign Legion.

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Somme Centenary: Welsh troops remembered at Mametz Wood

The Welsh dragon memorial at Mametz Wood. Raised by the South Wales branch of the Western Front Association in 1987, it's been refurbished for the Centenary with Welsh Government funding (Photo: Centenary News)

Wales has paid tribute to its soldiers who fell in fighting for control of Mametz Wood during the opening days of the Battle of the Somme.

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Somme Centenary – British & French leaders attend National Commemorative Event at Thiepval Memorial in France

Photo: Copyright Centenary News

The British National Event to remember the Battle of the Somme was held in front of the Thiepval War Memorial during the morning of July 1st 2016 – 100 years after the start of the battle.

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More photos of the Battle of Somme event at Thiepval

People arriving at the Thiepval event (Photo: Centenary News)

Here are more photos taken of the Somme national centenary event held at Thiepval on the 1st July 2016 .

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Friends of Lochnagar remember the Battle of the Somme centenary at La Grande Mine

Lochnagar Crater - July 1st 2016 (Photo: Karen Thomas)

Centenary News volunteer writer Karen Thomas attended the memorial event at Lochnagar Crater on July 1st 2016, and has sent this report.

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Royal family join Newfoundland tributes to 'defining moment' on the Somme

Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial in France, surmounted with a bronze caribou, emblem of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment (Photo: Centenary News)

Princess Anne attended Newfoundland's centenary commemorations on July 1st 2016 remembering soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

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Somme Centenary - UK national commemorations in Manchester

The march past at Manchester Town Hall: the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Warren Smith, takes the salute, accompanied by Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister), George Osborne (left) and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Carl Austin-Behan (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News reports from Manchester on the day the city hosted Britain's national remembrance ceremonies for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

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More photos of Manchester's Somme commemorations

Crowds filled Albert Square for the march-past by the armed forces, veterans and community organisations in front of Manchester Town Hall (Photo: Centenary News)

More photos from Centenary News of the UK national commemorations in Manchester marking the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on July 1st 2016.

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Round-up of other Somme centenary memorial events

'The Night Before the Somme' at the Imperial War Museum on June 30th (Photo: Centenary News)

As well as the commemorative events at Thiepval and Manchester, there were many other events in the UK and France that marked the centenary. 

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'We are here' - Centenary live tribute to soldiers of the Somme

The Somme remembered on a London tube train (Photo courtesy of 14-18 NOW)

Volunteers dressed as First World War soldiers made unannounced appearances across the UK on July 1st, for a centenary project bringing home the scale of Britain's losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

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100-second gun salute for Somme Centenary in London

Artillery smoke drifting across Big Ben at the start of the UK nationwide two-minute silence (Photo: Centenary News)

London's Parliament Square echoed to the boom of artillery on the morning of July 1st 2016, as troops fired a salute to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

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100 Years Ago Today: Battle of the Somme

The Thiepval Memorial, with graves of British and French soldiers in the foreground (Photo: Centenary News)

One of the most controversial battles of the First World War started on July 1st 1916, with a massive British-led attack on German positions in the Somme region of Northern France.

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Vigils tonight mark eve of Somme Centenary

Westminster Abbey in London is taking the rare step of staying open through the night for the Somme Centenary Vigil (Photo: Centenary News)

Public vigils take place across Britain tonight to reflect on the hours leading up to the start of the Battle of the Somme a century ago.

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Focus on Scotland's Centenary Vigil for the Somme

One of the candle bearers at tonight's Edinburgh vigil, Able Cadet Samantha Kaszuba from TS Valiant (Dunbar Sea Cadet Unit), with descendant Alan Hamilton, who will blow his great uncle's Somme whistle tomorrow to signal the end of the two-minute silence (Photo: WW100 Scotland)

Descendants of Battle of the Somme soldiers are playing a central role in commemorations at the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle.

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'Wounded' - Somme Centenary exhibition explores WW1 medical advances

Centenary News visits a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London, highlighting the medical challenges posed by the advent of industrialised warfare in 1914-18. 

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Painting the Somme - Centenary exhibition in London

Hughie O'Donoghue pictured at Leighton House with 'The Sucrerie, Longueval' and 'Warlencourt Ridge' (Photo: Kevin Moran Photography)

Artist Hughie O'Donoghue talks to Patrick Gregory about  'Seven Halts on the Somme' - a special display of his paintings at Leighton House Museum, London.

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Digital art project commemorates Battle of the Somme

Artist Scarlett Raven on the set of 'The Danger Tree' (Photo: Centenary News)

The Danger Tree, an interactive art exhibition commemorating the Battle of the Somme, made its centenary debut in Greenwich, London, on July 1st 2016.

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Book Review - Elegy: The First Day on the Somme, by Andrew Roberts

Centenary News Review:

'Roberts evokes the horror of 1st July 1916 by deftly balancing the facts with personal accounts and experiences. He brings the focus on the people who fought and died, who are not just numbers relegated to the history books, but men who had hopes, dreams and plans'. 

 Read the full description and review here.

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Forgotten Voices of the Somme, by Joshua Levine

Centenary News Comment:

Ultimately Levine has captured something quite special in this book - perhaps the very energy of the men who fought in a battle that 'went on, and on, and on, and on'.

 Read the full description and comment here.

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Book Review - Sisters of the Somme, by Penny Starns

Centenary News Review:

From medical procedures to nursing debates to romantic meetings and blossoming friendships, this book is a fascinating and detailed account, which provides a truly comprehensive impression of a field hospital in wartime.

 Read the full description and review here.

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Somme Centenary: UK two-minute silence on July 1

The silence will start after a 100-second gun salute in Parliament Square, fired by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery (Photo: Centenary News)

Britain will observe two minutes of silence at 7.28 am on Friday July 1st 2016, marking 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

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Australia's first Western Front VC displayed in Canberra

Portrait of Private William 'Bill' Jackson VC (Photo courtesy of The Australian War Memorial P.01383.006)

The Australian War Memorial is displaying the medals of Private William 'Bill' Jackson VC as part of centenary commemorations marking Australia's role on the Western Front.

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Call to commemorate sportsmen who fell on the Somme

Sally Gunnell, Peter Shilton, Josh Lewsey, Sir Nick Faldo & Mike Gatting launch the Royal British Legion's 'Sport Remembers the Somme 1916-2016' campaign (Photo: The Royal British Legion)

UK sports stars are backing a Royal British Legion call for sporting groups at all levels to remember their forebears who fought and died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

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100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Lukigura in East Africa

This photo of soldiers of the Kashmir Rifles in their tattered uniforms, from Lt Col Alec Kerr's collection, triggered Andrew Kerr's research. Pictured (from left) are: Havildar Giandar, Sepoys Hafiziullah, Mirchand & Tula (Photo courtesy of Andrew Kerr)

Inspired by the story of his soldier grandfather and the Kashmir Rifles, Andrew Kerr discusses the gruelling East Africa campaign on the centenary of the Battle of Lukigura.

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