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France prepares for Verdun Centenary - February 2016

Douaumont Ossuary, the memorial to 130,000 unidentified soldiers killed during the struggle for Verdun, February-December 1916 (Photo: Centenary News)

France embarks on a year of commemorations in February 2016, marking the Centenary of the Battle of Verdun. 

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Australia accused of British 'ban' at Fromelles Centenary

Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, pictured in July 2014 (Photo: Centenary News)

Australia has been accused of excluding British soldiers' descendants from commemorations marking the Battle of Fromelles Centenary in 2016, press reports say.

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Western Front centenary focus for New Zealand in 2016

New Zealand wreath laying service at Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, in 2014 (Photo: New Zealand Defence Force)

New Zealanders who fought at the Battle of the Somme will be remembered during the country's 2016 programme of international First World War commemorations focussing on France and Belgium.

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UK acts to keep Lawrence of Arabia's dagger and robes

Steel and silver dagger presented to Lawrence of Arabia by Sherif Nasir in 1917 (Image courtesy of UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport)

The British Government has placed temporary export bans on a dagger and traditional robes worn by Lawrence of Arabia in the hope of finding a buyer to keep them in the UK.

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Bids sought to host Tower of London poppies in 2017

Weeping Window at Woodhorn Museum in autumn 2015 (Photo: Centenary News)

The UK WW1 Centenary arts programme, 14-18 NOW, is inviting expressions of interest from locations wanting to host the Tower of London poppy sculptures in 2017.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for January 2016

The latest Centennial Countdown posting by the American First World War blogger Dennis Cross - covering January 1916.

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Winning US World War I Memorial design unveiled in Washington

'The Weight of Sacrifice' Memorial, in Pershing Park, Washington DC, will include a Wall of Remembrance bearing sculpted figures of US First World War soldiers (Image: Joe Weishaar & Sabin Howard/US World War I Centennial Commission)

America's Centennial Commission has announced the winning design for Washington's national memorial to US soldiers who fought in the First World War.

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Latest Book Review - Nursing Through Shot and Shell, by Beatrice Hopkinson and Dr Vivien Newman

Centenary News Review:

'Nursing Through Shot and Shell is a fascinating if harrowing read. It details the stark and unembellished experiences of a nurse on the front lines. Thanks to Vivien Newman’s introduction Hopkinson’s experiences are set against the history of nursing at war, which adds further depth and interest to an already enthralling book. Beatrice Hopkinson survived her service and, after her demobilization, emigrated to Canada to marry Dr Charles Aylen whom she met at the front – a happy ending for someone who gave so much.'

To read the full description and review, click here.

 

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100 Years Ago Today: Britain passes law introducing conscription

Memorial to conscientious objectors in Tavistock Square, London. The Military Service Act 1916 included the right to claim exemption on grounds of conscience (Photo: Centenary News)

The British Parliament passed the Military Service Act on January 27th 1916, making single men aged 18-41 liable for call-up to fight in the First World War.

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Japan and the First World War - London lecture

Japan's role in the First World War will be the focus for a lecture in London, hosted by The Japan Society, on February 15th 2016.

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Easter ceremony in Dublin to mark 1916 rising centenary

President Michael D. Higgins, inspecting a guard-of-honour, at the Lusitania centenary commemorations in Cobh 2015 (Photo: Centenary News)

Ireland's President will lead commemorations in Dublin marking the centenary of the Easter Rising against British rule on March 27th 2016 (Easter Sunday).

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Centenary update - Navy Museum to challenge 'belief Jutland was a German victory'

British Dreadnoughts patrolling the North Sea, and the Battle of Jutland headlined in 'The Morning News' (Image © National Museum of the Royal Navy).

The National Museum of the Royal Navy announces May 12th launch date for its Jutland centenary exhibition, saying it'll challenge "the belief that the battle was a German victory." 

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New Zealand honours its Great War tunnellers with new memorial

The soldiers of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company are being remembered with the dedication of a new memorial in the former mining town of Waihi.

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The Great War in the Middle East - Sandhurst conference April 2016

The Grand Entrance, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Photo courtesy of RMA Sandhurst)

An international conference re-examining the origins, conduct and consequences of the First World War in the Middle East is to be held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from April 20th-21st 2016.

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News of My Boy Jack? - Solving the mystery of John Kipling

John Kipling's headstone in St Mary's A.D.S Cemetery, Haisnes. His identification in 1992 has been the subject of debate (Photo © Centenary News)

A century of mystery about the fate of author Rudyard Kipling's son, Jack, during the Battle of Loos in 1915 may have been solved, according to new research published by the Western Front Association. 

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Call for papers: 'Beyond the Western Front - The Global First World War'

A Persian man posing for a photograph - a truck with British troops is in the background (© IWM Q 73032)

The Centre for Hidden Histories in the UK is seeking contributions for a 2016 conference and community event, entitled Beyond the Western Front: The Global First World War.

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Former US envoys to advise WWI Centennial Commission

(Image courtesy of US World War I Centennial Commission)

The US World War One Centennial Commission has formed a Diplomatic Advisory Board to help with its mission of commemorating Americans who served in the First World War.

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100 Years Ago: Lancastrians reformed as Britain's 55th Division on Western Front

Lancashire Rose: 55th (West Lancashire) Divisional Insignia (Author’s Collection).

CN contributor Paul Knight tells the story of the British Army's West Lancashire Division, experienced Territorial soldiers reformed as the 55th Division in France in January 1916.

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WW1 hospital diaries go online from UK National Archives

The National Archives at Kew, southwest London (Photo: Centenary News)

The challenges of treating First World War casualties on the battlefield and at sea are revealed in newly-released online records from Britain's National Archives.

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100 Years Ago Today: The Gallipoli campaign ends

Supplies and engineering stores at 'Lancashire Landing', 'W' Beach, Cape Helles, January 8th 1916, just before the final evacuation of British troops from Gallipoli (© IWM Q 13708)

The last Allied positions were evacuated at Cape Helles on January 9th 1916, ending the controversial Gallipoli campaign.

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'Tourism and the First World War 1914-2014' - Call for papers

Imperial War Graves Commission (now CWGC) direction signs, at the Lille Gate in Ypres. Tours were organised to Great War battlefields soon after the peace (Photo: Centenary News)

Researchers in France are seeking articles for a book about the history of tourism during and after the First World War in Europe.

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Somme Centenary: February ticket deadline for July 1 Lochnagar ceremony

Lochnagar Crater Memorial on the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

Ticket applications for admission to the Somme Centenary commemorations at Lochnagar Crater in France will close on February 15th 2016, organisers announce.

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'The Caribbean's Great War' - Centenary project remembers West Indian soldiers

Troops of the British West Indies Regiment cleaning their rifles on the Albert - Amiens road, September 1916 (© IWM Q 1201)

The contribution made by Caribbean soldiers to the Allies in the First World War is being given further recognition in a series of initiatives by the West India Committee in the UK.

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Jutland Centenary naval lecture series for 2016 in London

Admirals Sir John Jellicoe (left) and Sir David Beatty, Britain's commanders at the Battle of Jutland (Photo: Centenary News)

A series of lectures about the British navy in the First World World War will be held at the Army & Navy Club, London, to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland. 

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Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2016

Pictured (from top left, clockwise): Douaumont Ossuary, Verdun; Thiepval Memorial in the Somme; Fricourt German Military Cemetery, near Albert; Memorial to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, British commander-in-chief at the Battle of Jutland (Image © Centenary News)

Centenary News looks ahead to the some of the major First World War anniversaries which will be remembered in 2016.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for December 2015

The latest Centennial Countdown posting by the American First World War blogger Dennis Cross - covering December 1915.

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Centenary year of 2015 - recalled in pictures from Centenary News

Huge crowds gathered for the Anzac Day dawn service at Hyde Park Corner, London, in the early hours of April 25th (Photo: Centenary News)

Pictures taken by the Centenary News team recall some of the many events over the past year, marking First World War anniversaries from 1915.

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Book Review - Regeneration, by Pat Barker

Centenary News Review:

'Without a doubt Barker uses our own comfort and modern sensibilities against us to create an impact so powerful that it will shake the reader to their core, reminding us how the issues of 1914 still plague modern society.

Whether it be from a failing of humanity in its continuation of war, the blind faith we have in politics, the treatment of mental health, or the idea of gender and the rights of women, the novel strips humans to their base prejudices and tries to restructure a nonsensical war as something that we should have learned from instead of a conflict that we should simply forget or glorify.'

To read the full description and review, click here. 

 

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Focus on Marmolada Grande Guerra: Italian museum remembering Alpine war

The Marmolada Grande Guerra museum at Punta Serauta can only be reached by cable car (Photo: Marmolada Grande Guerra)

Centenary News profiles Marmolada Grande Guerra, a museum remembering Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops who fought in the ice and snow of the Dolomite Mountains.

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Czech WW1 soldiers at Christmas - remembered on Radio Prague

The Czechoslovak Memorial at La Targette in France, commemorating Czech and Slovak volunteers who fought for the Allies (Photo: Centenary News)

Czech soldiers' stories of Christmas in the First World War are told in a special programme broadcast on Radio Prague.

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