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1915 UK Merchant Navy records go online for WW1 Centenary

The newly-launched Crew Lists website (Image: National Maritime Museum, London)

The names of hundreds of thousands of seafarers who kept Britain supplied in 1915, the first full year of the Great War, can be searched online for the first time.

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Undeveloped First World War negatives discovered in German library archives

Photo Copyright Pfälzische Landesbibliothek Rheinland-Pfalz

Centenary News writer, Katherine Quinlan-Flatter, describes how her research into the life of a young German doctor at the Western Front has led her to rediscover an undeveloped film of the last days of the war in a German archive.

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German U-boat propeller returns home after 100 years

Charles Ball, of the UK Maritime & Coastguard Agency, hands over U-8's propeller to Christian Clausing, commanding officer of the German frigate, Karlsruhe (Photo courtesy of BAE Systems/Maritime & Coastguard Agency)

A propeller from a submarine sunk off the English coast in March 1915 has been returned to the German Navy.

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Phone app launched for 30,000th Last Post in Ypres

The Last Post app - the count tonight (June 25th) reaches 29985 (Image courtesy of Last Post Project/Havas Worldwide Brussels)

With two weeks to go, a smartphone app is available for the live streaming of the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post in Ypres on July 9th 2015.

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More on 30,000th Last Post: County Durham fire stations to host July 9 tributes

Wreaths at the Menin Gate (Photo: Centenary News)

Fire stations in the County Durham area of Northern England will be among those hosting tributes marking the 30,000th Last Post ceremony in Ypres on July 9th 2015.

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30,000th Last Post: Ypres' UK twin town joins tribute

Crowds gathered for Sittingbourne's Last Post ceremony (Photo courtesy of Swale Borough Council)

The Kent town of Sittingbourne is taking part in the international commemoration marking the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post in Ypres. 

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100 Years Ago Today: the start of the First Battle of Isonzo

Remains of Kluže, an Austro-Hungarian fortification between Bovec and Log pod Mangrtom. Photo: Wikipedia Public Domain.

On June 23rd 1915, Italy began the First Battle of Isonzo by launching an offensive from northeast Italy across the border into Austria-Hungary.

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British Navy captures 3D images of Battle of Jutland wrecks

HMS Echo's scan of the battle-cruiser, HMS Invincible, on the floor of the North Sea (Image © Crown Copyright 2015/Ministry of Defence)

Warships sunk during the Battle of Jutland in 1916 have been scanned with the latest sonar technology by Britain's Royal Navy ahead of next year's centenary.

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Black and Jewish WW1 soldiers awarded top US bravery medal after 97 years

William Shemin (left) and Henry Johnson (Images: Wikipedia/Public Domain)

Two American First World War soldiers, Henry Johnson and William Shemin, have been posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroism in France in 1918.

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New photo book of Italian and Austro-Hungarian fortifications

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, a new photobook has been published featuring the remains of fortifications in Italy.

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Verdun Centenary - France remembers on May 29 2016

Douaumont Ossuary and Cemetery remembering French soldiers killed at the Battle of Verdun in 1916 (Photo: Centenary News)

France will hold international commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Verdun, one of the longest and bloodiest actions of the First World War, on May 29th 2016.

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Centenary News Lookahead: Battle of Jutland

HMS Chester, damaged at the Battle of Jutland, May 31st 1916. (Photo: Imperial War Museum, © IWM SP 1587)

Centenary News responds to readers' questions about plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland with a preview of what we know so far about commemorations planned for May/June 2016.

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Article: 'Isonzo: a brutal first world war front'

An article in Geographical looks at the brutal Isonzo Front, and the topographical elements that made the often overlooked campaign here so uniquely difficult.

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Centenary Talbot House Rose blooms for Lord Mayor of London

The Talbot House Rose leaves Tubby Clayton's church, All Hallows by the Tower, for the Mansion House (Photo © Mary Barber)

A rose marking the Centenary of Talbot House, the First World War British soldiers' club in Flanders, has been presented to the Lord Mayor of London.  

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Auckland War Memorial Museum creates community lead online cenotaph

(Image: Auckland War Memorial Museum website)

Auckland War Memorial Museum is leading a community driven online cenotaph to commemorate those from the New Zealand province who served in the First World War.

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Rare Zeppelin air raid warning 'mirror' saved on English coast

The restored Fulwell acoustic mirror in Sunderland (Photo © North News and Pictures)

A rare example of a First World War air raid warning system has been restored on England's North Sea coast after years of neglect.

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Article: Canadian historians warn against reviving First World War 'myths'

A group of Canadian historians, writing in the ChonicleHerald newspaper, have warned against reinvigorating 'myths of militarism and monarchism' during Canada's Centenary commemorations.

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Latest Book Review - Rough Riders: Two Brothers and the Last Stand at Gallipoli, by Peter Doyle

Centenary News Review:

'From a pile of letters discovered in a antique shop Peter Doyle has brought to life the experiences of two brothers from London at Gallipoli. The letters alone make this book a compelling read, but the accompanying notes make it informative as well as emotive. This is a book for anyone interested in the highs and lows, and triumphs and struggles of ordinary soldiers as they passed their days in the heat of Suvla Bay.'

To read the full description and review, click here.


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US launches design contest for World War l Memorial in Washington

Pershing Park, Washington: the site for America's new tribute to its soldiers of the Great War (Photo: US World War One Centennial Commission)

The US World War One Centennial Commission has launched a design competition for a national memorial to American troops who fought in the First World War.

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Centenary Update: CWGC starts Thiepval restoration

Major works are starting to restore the Thiepval Memorial ahead of next year's Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations. 

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Stirling marks centenary of Scottish soldiers landing at Gallipoli

Statue of King Robert the Bruce at Stirling Castle (Photo © Katharine Melville)

The Scottish city of Stirling hosts national commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division arriving in Gallipoli. 

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100 Years Ago Today: Russians ousted from Przemyśl

Russian prisoners captured during the siege of Przemyśl (© IWM Q 55049)

German and Austro-Hungarian forces recaptured the fortress town of Przemyśl in southern Poland on June 3rd 1915.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for May 2015

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

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Online project explores Middle Eastern front during First World War

(Image courtesy of Imperial War Museum © IWM Q 58838)

Cardiff University is leading the project 'Vews of an Antique Land' that aims to bring attention to the First World War campaigns in Egypt and Palestine, and honour the men who fought in them.

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First Zeppelin raid on London remembered

Historian Ian Castle and Hackney Councillor Guy Nicholson at the unveiling of the Alkham Road air raid memorial (Photo: London Borough of Hackney)

The first air raid on London during the Great War has been remembered with the unveiling of a new plaque on a house bombed by a Zeppelin 100 years ago.

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100 Years Ago Today: First air raid on London

A German Zeppelin descending to land © IWM (Q 42078)

A German Zeppelin bombed London for the first time on May 31st 1915, killing seven people.

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Italian President leads commemoration of country's entry into First World War

(Image courtesy of the Office of the President of the Italian Republic.)

President Sergio Mattarella attended commemorations in Rome and Fiuli Venezia Giulia to mark the 100th anniversary of Italy's entry into the First World War on May 24th 2015.

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100 Years Ago Today: Gallipoli truce to bury the dead

A hillside at Gallipoli with dozens of dugouts, many covered with canvas. The hillside has been terraced to create level ground (Photo: courtesy of Wairarapa Archive 14-50/4; WW100 New Zealand)

A brief truce took place in the fighting between Anzac forces and Turkish troops at Gallipoli on May 24th 1915.

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100 Years Ago Today: Italy enters the First World War

An Austro-Hungarian mountain soldier taking aim with his rifle silhouetted against Alpine peaks shrouded in clouds © IWM (Q 114805)

Italy entered hostilities on the Allied side on May 23rd 1915, declaring war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

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Commemoration event held to mark the Quintinshill rail disaster

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Robin Bell, whose father Major Ian Bell survived the rail crash. Source: @ScotGovFM

The centenary of the Quintinshill rail disaster was commemorated today in Gretna in Scotland at an event attended by Princess Anne, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and descendents of some of those who died.

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