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VC soldier's 'shovel' rescue of Gallipoli comrade remembered

Fred Potts VC used a shovel to carry wounded fellow soldier Arthur Andrews down the Scimitar Hill battlefield. Trooper Potts' granddaughter, Anne Ames, is pictured paying tribute at the inauguration of the memorial in Reading (Photo © Stewart Turkington)

The heroism of a British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded comrade under fire at Gallipoli is remembered on a new memorial in his home town of Reading.

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100 Years Ago: Celebrated First World War cartoon makes its debut

(Image: © 2015 Estate of Barbara Bruce Littlejohn)

On November 24th 1915.The Bystander magazine in London published the latest contribution from soldier-cartoonist Bruce Bairnsfather. His drawing, with its caption - “Well, if you knows of a better ‘ole, go to it!” - would become one of the most well-known and enduring cartoons of all time. Mark Warby tells its story.

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Harlem's Rattlers at Flanders House in New York

As part of its centennial “In Flanders Fields Events”, Flanders House hosted a book presentation of Harlem’s Rattlers and the Great War (2014) in its Times Square, Manhattan office on November 17th.

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100 Years Ago: Ottomans halt British/Indian advance in Mesopotamia

The ancient arch of Ctesiphon, a landmark in the Mesopotamian campaign, photographed in 1917 (Image: © IWM Q 24446)

British and Indian troops were halted in their march towards Baghdad at the Battle of Ctesiphon from November 22nd-25th 1915.

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Overnight vigils to mark 2016 Somme Centenary in UK

The tomb of the Unknown Warrior at Westminster Abbey will be among the settings for a Somme vigil (Photo: Centenary News)

Public vigils will be held overnight in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on June 30th  2016 to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. 

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100 years Ago: UK War Minister backs Gallipoli pull-out & Churchill resigns

Field Marshal Kitchener inspecting Anzac Cove from Russell's Top, accompanied by General William Birdwood, November 13th 1915 (Image: © IWM Q 13596)

Britain's War Minister, Lord Kitchener, visited Gallipoli and Winston Churchill left the Government in November 1915 amid fading support for the Dardanelles campaign.

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More sailors to be remembered on HMS Hampshire memorial in Orkney

The Kitchener Memorial undergoing restoration on Marwick Head, Orkney. A new commemorative wall alongside will honour the men lost on HMS Hampshire and HM Drifter Laurel Crown (Photo: Scott McIvor)

Volunteers creating a memorial to the crew of a British warship sunk off Orkney in June 1916 will also include the names of nine more men, lost on a mine-sweeping vessel days later.

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Somme Centenary: Closing day for Thiepval ticket ballot

(Photo: Centenary News)

The ballot closes today (November 18th) for tickets to attend next year's Battle of the Somme Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

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100 Years Ago: The Latvian Rifles go into battle on the Eastern Front

Soldiers of the 1st Daugavgriva Latvian riflemen battalion before going to the front in October 1915 (Image courtesy of the Latvian War Museum, Riga)

Newly-formed Latvian units went into action with the Imperial Russian Army 100 years ago to resist a German push. Patrick Gregory has recently visited the Baltic, and tells the story of the Latvian Rifles. 

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French Western Front app explores Bethune & the Artois battles

The Portuguese Cemetery at Richebourg, among the sites featured on the 'Histoires 14-18' app (Photo: Centenary News)

A new app explores First World War sites at the centre of events in the Béthune area of Northern France a century ago.

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Commemorations worldwide mark Armistice Day

The Western Front Association's remembrance service at the Cenotaph, London: The Pipes & Drums from the London Scottish represented Britain's Territorial Battalions who fought in 1915, notably at the Battle of Loos (Photo: Centenary News)

Armistice Day has been observed with moments of silence and the laying of wreaths in countries around the world.

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UK Remembrance Sunday: Big Ben lit with poppies & 1915 battles

The siege of Kut, among the battle names of 1915 illuminated on the tower of Big Ben (Photo: Centenary News)

Poppies have again been screened onto the UK Parliament's BIg Ben clock tower for Remembrance Sunday, focussing this year on the battles of 1915.

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Armistice Day ceremonies November 2015

Poppies at the Menin Gate, Ypres (Photo: Centenary News)

The 97th anniversary of the Armistice ending the Great War will be marked with commemorations across the world on Wednesday November 11th 2015.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for October 2015

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

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UK newspapers cover First World War comments by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn speaking in 2014 outside the House of Commons. Photo Copyright Centenary News.

A group of national newspapers in the UK have given prominent coverage to comments made in 2013 by Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the British Labour Party - in which he talks about the UK government spending "shedloads of money" on the centenary of the war.

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Italian conference to debate century of humanitarian crisis 1915-2015

The fate of millions of First World War refugees will be explored at a conference in Italy from November 4-6 as Europe again struggles with a humanitarian emergency. 

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Somme Centenary - Ticket bids invited for 2016 Lochnagar Crater service

Lochnagar Crater pictured on the 98th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

Tickets can now be requested for admission to the Lochnagar Crater centenary ceremony on July 1st 2016, organisers have announced.

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New Zealand's latest WW1 trail guide follows the Western Front

The New Zealand Memorial at Messines Ridge CWGC cemetery (Photo: Centenary News)

New Zealand has released its latest interactive guide to First World War battlefields of significance for New Zealanders, this time exploring the Western Front.

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'An Oasis in a World Gone Crazy' - London exhibition remembers Talbot House in WW1

The hut where the army chaplain Philip 'Tubby' Clayton started writing his memoirs is on display at Guildhall Library in the City of London (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News visits a new exhibition in London, paying tribute to 'Tubby' Clayton and Talbot House, the 'home from home' he created for British soldiers behind the lines in Belgium in 1915.

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Serb soldiers of the Great War remembered at Paris exhibition

An exhibition paying tribute to Serbia's First World War soldiers has just opened at the Serbian Cultural Centre in Paris, running until November 14th 2015.

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Gallipoli Centenary tour for Edinburgh school students

Students from Portobello High School and Leith Academy learned about Mustafa Kemal Atatürk as part of their visit to the Dardanelles (Photo: Lyn Edmonds)

Students from two schools in Edinburgh have visited the Gallipoli battlefields on a second tour organised by the UK-based Gallipoli Centenary Education Project.

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President of Mali honours the fallen at Verdun

The French military cemetery at Douaumont, with Muslim war graves in the foreground (Photo: Centenary News)

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has visited Douaumont to remember soldiers from Mali who were killed fighting for France at the Battle of Verdun in 1916.

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Jutland Centenary - UK navy museum to mark 'defining naval battle' of First World War

Dreadnought battleships of the Grand Fleet patrolling the North Sea (Photo: National Museum of the Royal Navy).

Britain's National Museum of the Royal Navy has announced a major exhibition next year marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

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Niue Pacific islanders who served New Zealand in WW1 remembered

This rare photo shows Niuean soldiers lining up before their departure (Image courtesy of Huanaki Museum, Niue)

The war effort of the small Pacific island of Niue is being remembered, a century after 150 men sailed to join New Zealand's forces in 1915.

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Survey reveals WW1 Irish Sea shipwrecks

The wreck of RMS Leinster: more than 500 people died when the mailboat was torpedoed in October 1918 (Image courtesy of INFOMAR & Ulster University)

Scientists have captured the 'most detailed images ever' of First World War shipwrecks in the Irish Sea, says Ulster University's Dr Ruth Plets who has led a survey marking the Centenary.

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100 Years Ago: Gallipoli commander Sir Ian Hamilton ordered home

General Hamilton (right) with Admiral John de Robeck on board HMS Triad on the afternoon of his departure for England (© IWM Q 13547)

General Sir Ian Hamilton, British commander-in-chief at Gallipoli, was recalled on October 16th 1915 amid arguments about the future of the campaign.

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'The Major Battles of 1916' - Paris conference calls for papers

The Douaumont Ossuary at Verdun (left) and the Thiepval Memorial on the Somme (Photos: Centenary News)

The major First World War battles of 1916 will be the focus for an international conference hosted by French Centenary organisation Mission Centenaire 14-18 and its Scientific Council in June 2016.

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Battle of Jutland Centenary 2016 - UK Government announces plans

The British battlecruiser HMS Indefatigable: blew up and sank at Jutland, May 31st 1916 (© IWM Q 39216)

British and German ships are to lay wreaths in the North Sea and Orkney will host commemorations as part of the UK's plans, announced today, to mark the Battle of Jutland Centenary on May 31st 2016.

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Edith Cavell relative to speak at screening of 1928 film in Leeds

'Dawn', starring Sybil Thorndike as Edith Cavell, will be shown at The Hyde Park Picture House as part of a Leeds University Great War centenary event (Photo courtesy of Sarah Alhadeff)

A relative of Edith Cavell is to speak at a rare screening of Dawn, a silent film telling the story of the executed British nurse in occupied Brussels during the First World War.

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Day of tributes on centenary of Edith Cavell's execution

Senior nurses pictured at the Edith Cavell Memorial, just off Trafalgar Square, after the centenary remembrance service (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News reports from today's commemoration in London - among several events held in the UK and Belgium to remember the execution of British nurse Edith Cavell in occupied Brussels on October 12th 1915.

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