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Cenotaph vigil opens Royal British Legion's 2014 Poppy Appeal

(Photo: Royal British Legion)

A sunrise to sunset vigil at the Cenotaph in London launched the Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal on October 23rd 2014.

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100 Years Ago Today: The Lahore Division takes the field at Battle of Ypres

Sepoy Khudadad Khan, VC, Hollebeke Sector, First Battle of Ypres, 30 October 1914. Author Edgar Alfred Holloway (Public Domain)

Soldiers of the Lahore Division of Britain's colonial Indian Army went into action in Belgium for the first time on October 24th 1914. CN writer Christopher J. Harvie discusses a critical moment in the First Battle of Ypres.

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Lange Max Museum opens in Koeklare, Belgium, this weekend

The Lange Max Museum, a new project focussing on a German aspect of the First World War, opens in Belgium this weekend, October 25/26th 2014.

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Pioneering footballer and WW1 soldier Walter Tull honoured with plaque in London

Paying tribute to Walter Tull in Tottenham: Former Spurs player Garth Crooks, with standard bearers carrying the flags of the West India and British West Indies Regiments

Walter Tull, the footballer who became the first black officer in the British Army during the First World War, has been honoured with a commemorative blue plaque in London.

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Victoria Wallace becomes first woman to lead the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Victoria Wallace became the first woman Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) when she took up her post on October 20th 2014.

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Centenary update: 15 British soldiers being reburied in France today

The scene at Y Farm Cemetery, near Bois-Grenier (Photo: Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Fifteen British soldiers are being reburied today (October 22nd 2014) at a Commonwealth cemetery in France, 100 years after their deaths in fighting near the Belgian border.

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£11.5m UK lottery grant awarded to transform Battle of Jutland veteran HMS Caroline

HMS Caroline in Belfast

The UK Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £11.5 million to the National Museum of the Royal Navy and the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to conserve and restore HMS Caroline, the only survivor of the 1916 Battle of Jutland.

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Sport and the First World War to be marked at London Sports Writing Festival this week

The role of sportsmen in the First World War will be discussed at talks being held as part of the London Sports Writing Festival, starting on October 23rd 2014 at Lord's Cricket Ground.

 

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Latest photos of Tower of London's ceramic poppy fields

Photos of the poppies at the Tower of London

Centenary News reader James Crawford has sent us photos that he took yesterday, Sunday 19th October, of the ceramic poppy fields at the Tower of London.

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100 Years Ago: First Battle of Ypres starts

The German Military Cemetery at Langemark, on the battlefields of Ypres

The historic Belgian town of Ypres became the focus of a protracted battle between the Allied and German armies in the latter half of October 1914.

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Menin Gate Lions arrive at Canadian War Museum for 'Fighting in Flanders' exhibition

Tony Glen, Director of Collections for the Canadian War Museum, and Australia's High Commissioner, Louise Hand, with the Menin Gate Lions and Longstaff painting loaned by the Australian War Memorial (© Canadian War Museum, photo M. Holleron, CWM2014-0059-0003-Dm)

Australia's Menin Gate Lions have been unveiled at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, where they will feature in a Centenary exhibition starting in November 2014.

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'Menin Gate at Midnight' - a personal view by Christopher J. Harvie

Menin Gate at Midnight by Williiam Longstaff (image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial ART 09807)

CN writer Christopher J. Harvie, discusses 'Menin Gate at Midnight', the William Longstaff painting on loan to the Canadian War Museum for 'Fighting in Flanders-Gas. Mud. Memory,' a Centenary exhibition starting in November 2014. 

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Latest news from 'Light Front' - Belgium remembers the Centenary by torchlight

Torchbearers watch the 'Light Front' fire artwork at the Goose Foot lock complex, Nieuwpoort (© Sivan Askayo)

Centenary News reports from 'Light Front', the torchlight event in Western Flanders on October 17th 2014, remembering the First World War battles which engulfed the region 100 years ago.

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Queen Elizabeth visits Tower of London's Centenary poppies

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh paid tribute to the dead of the First World War during a visit to the Tower of London's ceramic poppy fields on October 16th 2014.

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Update on 'Light Front'- tonight's torchlight Western Front commemoration in Belgium

Impression of 'Light Front 14' (courtesy of Gone West/Province of West Flanders)

More details have been released of 'Light Front' - the torchlight remembrance event taking place on the former Western Front in Belgium tonight (October 17th 2014).

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The UK Guardian marks the centenary with an online interactive documentary

Documentary screenshot, subtitles in Hindi (Image: The Guardian)

The Guardian online First World War documentary, launched in 2014, is available in 7 different languages, with the voices of 10 historians from across the world.

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100 Years Ago Today: New Zealand troops leave for War

A mother says goodbye to her son, a sergeant in the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, 1914 (Unknown photographer, courtesy Auckland War Memorial Museum – Tamaki Paenga Hira PH-2003-1 Thomson, George William)

The main body of New Zealand troops who enlisted to fight in the First World War sailed from Wellington on October 16th 1914.​

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The UK National Archives releases interactive online map to reveal the global reach of the First World War

Screenshot displaying the interactive map (Image: The National Archives)

Launched in the summer of 2014, First World War: A Global View, is part of UK’s National Archives’ ongoing Centenary programme. First World War 100 is designed to help members of the public search through First World War records.

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Ireland to take part in UK Cenotaph service on Remembrance Sunday

The Irish Government will a wreath for the first time at the Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London on November 9th 2014.

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First World War Sikh and Commonwealth soldiers remembered at Leicester University

Memorial to Indian Forces at the Menin Gate, Ypres

Sikh and Commonwealth soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War will be remembered in a lecture series at Leicester University on October 18th 2014.

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Centennial Countdown Blog Posting for September 2014

Screen image of Dennis Cross's September 1914 blog

The latest Centennial Countdown posting by the American First World War blogger Dennis Cross - covering September 1914.

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Poet Andrew Motion to read at Leeds University Centenary commemorations

Leeds University Officer Training Corps bayonet practice (courtesy University of Leeds Archive)

The former UK Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, will be taking part in events marking the First World War Centenary at Leeds University on October 22nd 2014.

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The first English League footballer killed in action in 1914: told by the Western Front Association

Larrett Roebuck, picture taken from the official Huddersfield Town publication 'Souvenir Blotter' 1932-33

The Western Front Association tells the story of Larrett Roebuckthe first English League footballer killed in France 100 years ago.

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£92,000 UK lottery grant announced for project remembering Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell (2nd row from the front, centre) at the nurse training school she ran in Brussels around 1912 (courtesy of Heritage Lottery Fund)

The story of the executed First World War Nurse, Edith Cavell, is to be told by the Cavell Nurses' Trust with a grant totalling almost £92,000 from the UK Heritage Lottery Fund.

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100 Years Ago Today: Lille occupied

Memorial to resistance members executed in Lille during the First World War

The French city of Lille fell to the German Army on October 13th 1914 after coming under attack in the fighting known as the 'Race to the Sea."

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Memory and the Education of Memory : Canada and the First World War Symposium

Print on canvas 'In Flanders' by Brian Lorimer. Photograph by CJ Harvie

The 'Canada and the First World War' Symposium was held in Toronto on the 28th September 2014 - attended by some of Canada's leading experts on military history.

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UK National Archives launch First World War film competition

Women's Land Army Handbook & Song (TNA Press Office © All Rights Reserved)

The National Archives in the UK has chosen the First World War as this year's theme for a short film competition, using its collections to inspire budding film makers.

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New course explores impact of First World War on history of flight

'World War 1: Aviation Comes of Age' - filmed at the RAF Museum, London

An online course exploring the evolution of air power in the First World War is launched in October 2014 by Birmingham University, in association with the RAF Museum and the BBC.

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First World War ‘Race To The Sea’ British soldiers to be reburied

Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, Belgium

Fifteen British soldiers are to be reburied at a Commonwealth cemetery in France on October 22nd 2014, a century after they were killed in fighting near the Belgian border.

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Four Canadian soldiers who fell in France in 1918 identified

The National Vimy Memorial in France to Canadians who fought and died in the First World War

The remains of four Canadian First World War soldiers found in France have been identified after eight years of  painstaking research.

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