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Christmas truce: Ploegsteert launches weekend of Centenary remembrance

100 years on from 1914: re-enactors in German uniforms at last week's unveiling of the UEFA Christmas truce memorial near 'Plugstreet' (Photo: Centenary News)

A torchlight march tonight (December 19th 2014) launches a weekend of events in Ploegsteert, Belgium, marking the Christmas truce centenary.

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Christmas truce: Prince William unveils 'Football Remembers' tribute in UK

Prince William lays a wreath at the memorial to the Christmas truce, National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire (Photo: courtesy of National Memorial Arboretum)

The Duke of Cambridge has unveiled a memorial to the 1914 Christmas truce as part of the 'Football Remembers' tribute in the UK to those who fell in the First World War.

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Reflections on the Scarborough bombardment remembrance event

On Tuesday, 16th December 2014, the Centenary News editor attended the remembrance event in Scarborough, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the bombardment of the seaside town. Here's his personal reflections of his visit.

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Centenary Update: more photos of centenary event at Scarborough

Here are more Centenary News photos of today's remembrance event in Scarborough - 100 years after the bombardment of the town.

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Centenary Update: Hartlepool also marks bombardment with day of commemorations

The Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon, unveiling a new memorial in Hartlepool, with the town's ceremonial Mayor, Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher (Photo: courtesy of Hartlepool Borough Council)

As well as events in Scarborough, tributes were also paid today to the 130 people who were killed when German warships attacked the port of Hartlepool on December 16th 1914.

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Scarborough remembers the bombardment of the seaside town 100 years ago today

Scarborough remembrance event outside the Town Hall this morning. Photo: Centenary News

Centenary News reports from the British seaside town of Scarborough - where a remembrance event was held this morning (Tuesday December 16th 2014), exactly a 100 years after the town was shelled by German destroyers.

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Dassault Aviation to sponsor renovations of the Verdun Memorial

Dassault Aviation signed a sponsorship agreement with the French First World War Centenary Partnership on December 16th 2014 to help renovate the Verdun Memorial.

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'All Together Now' - Christmas truce song aims for Number One in the charts

Peter Hooton, The Farm's lead singer, and Mick Jones of The Clash, with British Red Cross Chairman David Bernstein (second from left); Chris Shaw, Chairman of the Shorncliffe Trust (second from right); and re-enactors at Westminster (Photo: Centenary News)

'All Together Now', the hit single inspired by the Christmas truce, has been released as a new track to mark the centenary of the 1914 ceasefires on the Western Front.

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Centenary update on remembrance of Coronel and Falklands battles

The British and German flags, flown together in Stanley for the Centenary Battle Day (Photo: courtesy of Falkland Islands Government)

Descendants of British and German First World War sailors took part in commemorations on December 8th 2014 marking the Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands 100 years ago.

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'Trench Brothers' teaches schoolchildren about ethnic minority soldiers in the First World War

Trench Brothers (Photo: Clive Barda)

'Trench Brothers' is a First World War project for UK primary schools focusing on the role of ethnic minority soldiers and introducing the war through specially designed cross-curricular activities and lessons. 

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Centenary News reports from Belgium on football's day of Christmas truce remembrance

UEFA's Michel Platini (fourth from left) lines up at the St Yvon memorial with re-enactors, senior Belgian officials and the German Ambassador to Belgium (Photo: Centenary News)

European football has paid tribute to the soldiers who took part in the Christmas truce, with the inauguration of a new memorial near Ploegsteert in Belgium on December 11th 2014.

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100 years on: remembering the raids on England's North Sea coast

Centenary cairn remembering the civilians killed in the 1914 shelling of Scarborough (Photo: courtesy of Mark Vesey, Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre)

Commemorations and events are planned over the next week in Scarborough and Hartlepool to mark the 100th anniversary of the bombardments by the Imperial German Navy on December 16th 1914.  

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Archaeologists survey Britain’s largest airfield during First World War

Wrought copper/brass join, recovered from land where a hangar once stood, off Marham Road. Image courtesy of West Norfolk and King's Lynn Archaeological Society.

Archaeologists in the UK have completed the first comprehensive survery of RAF Narborough, a military aerodrome, the largest of its kind used during WW1.

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Blog talks of rethink about the role of the Indian soldiers in the First World War

Indian bicycle troops at a crossroads on the Fricourt-Mametz Road, Somme, France (Photo: © IWM Q 3983)

Shashi Tharoor, an author and member of the Indian National Congress, has written a blog about the 1.3 million Indian troops who served in the First World War.

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Update: Centenary News has been sent video of Welsh football squad's visit to memorial

The Football Association of Wales staff has just sent through a video of its visit on 17 November 2014 to the Artillery Wood cemetery and the Wales World War One Memorial in Langemark.

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Christmas truce: UN chief Ban Ki-moon pays Centenary tribute

Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson in action during a penalty shoot-out remembering the Christmas truce (UN Photo/Mark Garten)

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, paid tribute to the Christmas truce on December 5th 2014 at a commemorative event hosted by the UK and German missions to the UN.

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Records of First World War Red Cross volunteers go online

Writer Vera Brittain's VAD personnel index card (© British Red Cross Society Museum & Archives)

The British Red Cross is giving online access to the records of thousands of people, some of them famous names, who served as volunteers during the First World War. 

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Christmas truce: schools host UK & German envoys for memorial opening

Football scarves tied together in unity: Ambassadors Dr Eckart Cuntz and Alison Rose at the Christmas truce memorial outside the Peace Village, Messines, Belgium (Photo: courtesy of the Peace Village)

The German and UK Ambassadors to Belgium have unveiled a new memorial to the 1914 Christmas truce at a ceremony organised by students from British and German schools.

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Christmas truce: UK diplomats kick off Centenary football events worldwide

Christmas truce memorial at Frelinghien, near Armentières, France (Photo: Centenary News)

British diplomats around the world are hosting a series of football matches to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War Christmas truce. 

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100 years on: remembering the sailors lost at Coronel and the Falkland Islands

One of the panel designs from the new Centenary Memorial Wall to be unveiled in the Falklands capital, Stanley (Photo: courtesy of Richard Cockwell)

British and German representatives take part in joint First World War commemorations being held on the centenary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands today (December 8th 2014). 

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Christmas truce: 'Football Remembers Week' gets under way

Khaki Chums memorial at the Christmas truce site, Belgium (Photo: Centenary News)

The British Council, the Football Association, Premier League and Football League invite all involved with football to join in remembering the Christmas truce from today, December 6th 2014

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Christmas truce: British general wrote of 'extraordinary state of affairs' at the front

General Congreve describes the truce to his wife (Image: courtesy of Staffordshire County Council Archives)

A rare account of the Christmas truce has come to light in a newly discovered letter written by General Sir Walter Congreve on Christmas Day 1914.

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Australian War Memorial opens refurbished First World War Galleries

Gallipoli landing boat displayed at the entrance to 'Australia in the Great War' (Photo: courtesy of the Australian War Memorial - PAIU2014252.12)

The Australian War Memorial's redeveloped First World War Galleries have opened to the public, featuring a permanent exhibition, Australia in the Great War.  

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Artist and museum collaborate on First World War centenary exhibition

New Zealand Artist, Michael Parekowhai, has collaborated with Auckland War Memorial Museum for the First World War Centenary Exhibition.

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Lieutenant Frank de Pass, the first person of the Jewish faith and the first Indian Army Officer to receive Victoria Cross

Image courtesy of Department for Communities and Local Government.

On November 25 2014, UK Communities Secretary Eric Pickles joined tributes to Lieutenant Frank de Pass, the first person of the Jewish faith and the first Indian Army Officer to receive the Victoria Cross at an event in Whitehall.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for November 2014

Image taken from November's blog post.
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UK to pay back outstanding First World War debt

(Photo: Centenary News)

The British government has announced that it will repay all of the nation's outstanding First World War debt in 2015.

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New exhibitions at Manchester Art Gallery: 'The Sensory War' and 'Heaven in a Hell of War'

Gas Mask (SJ54), Sophie Jodoin, 2008, from the Series Helmets and Gasmasks, 2007-9. (Courtesy of Manchester City Galleries)

Two new exhibitions have been launched at Manchester Art Gallery to mark the First World War Centenary: 'The Sensory War 1914-2014' and 'Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War'. 

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Duke of Edinburgh opens 'First World War in the Air' at the RAF Museum, London

Prince Philip touring the RAF Museum's new First World War exhibition at Hendon (Picture: ©Trustees of the Royal Air Force Museum)

A new exhibition exploring the rapid growth of air power during the First World War was officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh today (December 2nd 2014) at the Royal Air Force Museum in London.

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Bridge of Weir Memorial Society launches new website

Bridge of Weir Memorial Website

The Bridge of Weir Memorial Society has launched a new website to tell the stories of the 72 young men whose names are commemorated on war memorials in their village in west  Scotland. 

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