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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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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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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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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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100 Years Ago: German offensives peak at Verdun

Henry Herduin and Pierre Millant, junior French officers summarily executed by their own side on June 11th 1916 for withdrawing their units after suffering heavy casualties, are commemorated at Fleury-devant-Douaumont. Both were rehabilitated in 1926 after an outcry (Photo: Centenary News)

French troops defending Verdun came under renewed pressure in June-July 1916 as the German Army made its closest advances to the town.

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UK online tribute to overseas Victoria Cross winners

The Victoria Cross emblem on a Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstone (Photo: Centenary News)

A digital archive telling the stories of 175 overseas recipients of Britain's highest award for valour has gone online as part of the UK Government's First World War Centenary programme. 

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HMS Hampshire wreck surveyed off Orkney

HMS Hampshire's stern, showing the port side propellor. The rudder sits on the seabed (Image © Roving Eye Enterprises Ltd)

Marine archaeologists from the University of the Highlands & Islands have surveyed the wreck of HMS Hampshire, the British cruiser sunk in June 1916 with the loss of War Minister Lord Kitchener and most of the crew.

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Canadian War Museum focus on WW1 legacy in Newfoundland & Labrador

Lance Corporal Ernest Kelly (second from right) was among the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians wounded at Beaumont-Hamel on the first day of the Somme. He's pictured, four days later, with fellow survivors at Wandsworth Hospital, London (Photo: The Royal Newfoundland Regiment Historical Collection, 2007-59)

Photo exhibitions launched at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, ahead of the Battle of the Somme Centenary, highlight the impact of the First World War on Newfoundland and Labrador.

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Centenary events to mark Battle of the Boar's Head in France

(Image © Office de tourisme de Béthune-Bruay)

Commemorations are planned at Richebourg in Northern France, marking the centenary of an attack which cost British troops heavy losses on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

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Centennial expansion for US WWI Museum

(Photo: The National World War I Museum & Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri)

The US National World War I Museum in Kansas City talks to CN's Patrick Gregory about plans for major expansion of its gallery space.  

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Somme Centenary - CWGC launches 'Thiepval App'

Some of the 72,000 names commemorated at Thiepval - the largest Commonwealth war memorial in the world (Photo: Centenary News)

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched an app for the Battle of the Somme Centenary, helping visitors to locate soldiers' names on the Thiepval Memorial.

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Centenary app explores Battle of the Somme

'Remember the Somme with Dan Snow and The Royal British Legion' (Photo: The Royal British Legion)

The events of the Battle of the Somme as they unfolded in 1916 are told in a new app released by the Royal British Legion and tv historian Dan Snow.

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'Perspectives on the Somme' - Western Front Association Conference

The former battlefields of the Somme, near Serre (Photo: Centenary News)

The Western Front Association will be commemorating the Battle of the Somme with a centenary conference in the UK on July 9th 2016.

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Orkney remembers the dead of HMS Hampshire

The remembrance service at the Kitchener Memorial, Marwick Head (Photo: Centenary News)

Centenary News reports from the Orkney Islands on the unveiling of a new memorial commemorating all those who died in the mine explosion which sank HMS Hampshire on June 5th 1916.

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More photos of the HMS Hampshire Centenary event in Orkney

The service at the Kitchener Memorial ends with a lone piper playing the lament 'Flowers of the Forest' (Photo: Centenary News)

More photos taken by Centenary News at the unveiling of the new memorial commemorating all those who died on the cruiser HMS Hampshire when it was sunk off the Orkney Islands in 1916 while taking Britain's War Minister, Lord Kitchener, on a secret mission to Russia.

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100 Years Ago Today: Lord Kitchener & more than 730 die in HMS Hampshire sinking

Lord Kitchener: this statue, at Chatham in the UK, formerly stood in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum (Photo: Centenary News)

Britain's War Minister, Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, was killed at sea on June 5th 1916 soon after sailing from Orkney on a secret diplomatic mission to Russia.

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100 Years Ago: Russia's Brusilov Offensive on Eastern Front

General Brusilov (right) with General Gurkov, Commander of the South-Western Army (Photo © IWM HU 110906)

General Aleksei Brusilov launched one of Russia's most successful attacks of the Great War on June 4th 1916, advancing against Austro-Hungarian forces in present-day Western Ukraine.

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Centenary of the Battle of Jutland remembered in UK and at sea

Britsh PM David Cameron,German President Joachim Gauck,Princess Anne,and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence at Lyness Royal Naval Cemetery on the Island of Hoy. © Crown copyright 2013

The British Prime Minister David Cameron and the German President Joachim Gauck attended a national remembrance event in Scotland today, Tuesday 31st May 2016.

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Memorial event at Laboe in Germany for Battle of Jutland (Die Skagerrakschlacht)

German sailors today at the Laboe Memorial. Photo: copyright Deutscher Marinebund

A commemoration for the Battle of Jutland was held today in Germany at the Naval Memorial at Laboe. The battle is known as Die Skagerrakschlacht in German.

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Britain’s Royal Navy commemorates the Battle of Jutland in series of memorial services

Memorial event at CWGC Memorial at Portsmouth (Photo: Centenary News)

The British Royal Navy marked today's 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland with memorial events at Plymouth, Chatham and Portsmouth.

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More photos of the Battle of Jutland memorial event at Portsmouth

Royal Marines Band Collingwood arriving at the memorial event

Here are more photos taken by Centenary News at the Royal Navy centenary memorial event held in Portsmouth on the 31st May 2016.

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100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Jutland

The dead of Jutland are among the sailors 'who have no other grave than the sea' remembered on the UK's Chatham Naval Memorial (Photo: Centenary News)

The British and German fleets fought the biggest naval battle of the First World War off the coast of Denmark on May 31st/June 1st 1916.

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Ceremony held in Rosyth in Scotland to remember Battle of Jutland

Britain's Princess Anne lays a wreath during the event

The ceremony was held in Scotland on Saturday 28th May 2016 - 2 days before the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. 

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French & German leaders in Verdun for Centenary

La Voie Sacrée Memorial at Nixéville-Blercourt, commemorating the road which supplied French troops night and day during the defence of Verdun in 1916 (Photo: Patrick Gregory)

President François Hollande and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, lead France's official commemorations today (May 29th 2016) marking the Centenary of the Battle of Verdun.

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'WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle' - Jutland Centenary exhibition at UK National Maritime Museum

Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, Commander-in-Chief of Britain's Grand Fleet at the Battle of Jutland in 1916 (Image © National Maritime Museum, London)

As commemorations get underway to mark the Jutland Centenary, a new exhibition examining the battle has just opened at the National Maritime Museum in London. 

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Lt General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude – the 'unknown victor' in the Middle East

Troops of the Hampshire Regiment make their ceremonial entry into Baghdad after General Maude's capture of the city, March 1917 (© IWM Q 24168)

The General who rebuilt British and Indian forces for the Mesopotamia Campaign after the fall of Kut in April 1916 is discussed by Paul Knight.

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Jutland families unite in Trafalgar Square tribute to the Fallen

Reinhard Scheer-Hennings (left), great grandson of Admiral Reinhard Scheer, and Nick Jellicoe, grandson of Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, pictured together after the Centenary wreath-laying in Trafalgar Square, London (Photo: Centenary News)

Descendants of the Battle of Jutland commanders paid tribute to all those who died in the biggest naval clash of the First World War at a ceremony in London's Trafalgar Square on May 23rd 2016.

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