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Christmas truce: British & German schools mark Centenary with joint memorial in Belgium

The Christmas truce remembered at the Peace Village, Messines (Photo: courtesy of the Peace Village)

A memorial to the Christmas truce, inspired by friendship between pupils from British and German schools, will be inaugurated in the Belgian town of Messines (Mesen) on December 6th 2014.

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Christmas truce: European football announces Centenary tribute in Belgium

Prowse Point cemetery near Ploegsteert, showing UEFA memorial site and reconstructed trenches (Courtesy of Paul Reed, from a video on his website WW1 Revisited, 'Above the Battlefield')

European football is to commemorate the centenary of the Christmas truce with the unveiling of a new memorial near Ploegsteert in Belgium on December 11th 2014.

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UK musicians to re-record The Farm’s ‘All Together Now’ to raise money for the British Red Cross and the Shorncliffe Trust

The charity song recorded by the Peace Collective is being released to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Christmas Day Truce, when British and German troops left the trenches to play a game of football.

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The World War I in Africa Project: A visual exploration of an overlooked history

Askari during target practice in East Africa. Image courtesy of Wikimedia via German Federal Archive (Deutsches Bundesarchiv)

'The World War I in Africa Project' has been launched to provide information on one of the most overlooked theatres of the war: Africa. 

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Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, establishes WW100 commemoration programme

Image Credit: Memorial University of Newfoundland, Remembrance Day Ceremony November 2009.

Launched earlier this year, the programme aims to commemorate the Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who died in the First World War.

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The Queensland Government requests local remembrances for the Queensland Anzac Centenary

The Queensland Government says it believes in the importance of keeping the memory of the Anzacs alive, and is requesting contributions as part of the Queensland Anzac Centenary programme. 

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New Mobile Apps to commemorate Centenary

Launch of the CWGC Mobile App. Courtesy of CWGC newsletter

There are two new smartphone apps designed to guide users in finding sites of remembrance and discovering stories of the First World War. 

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UK supermarket's Christmas truce advert kicks off debate

A scene from 'Christmas is for Sharing' (Photo: Sainsbury's)

The UK supermarket chain, Sainsbury's, has drawn both criticism and praise for launching a TV advertising campaign featuring the First World War Christmas truce.

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Britain honours First World War Victoria Cross soldiers in Pakistan

British High Commissioner Philip Barton unveiling the Victoria Cross holders' memorial with Abdul Ghafoor Chaudhary and Ghulam Nabi Minhas, descendants of Sepoy Khudadad Khan VC (Photo: British High Commission, Islamabad)

The British Government has unveiled a plaque in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, honouring three soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. 

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How World War One changed the car you drive today

Image from Carwow blog

Carwow blogger James Allen shares with Centenary News his piece on how the First World War impacted the automotive industry and the contributions of automobile makers to the war effort. 

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Latest Book Review: The End of Innocence, by Allegra Jordan

Centenary News Review: 'Even though the title of the novel veers dangerously close to being a cliche, this is an engaging and compelling novel that I would recommend based solely on the exploration of a subject not often examined: how we memorialise the fallen on both sides of the conflict.'

To read the full description and review, click here.

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World War One European Union event held in Brussels

The Event, 'Overcoming the tragedy- from WW1 to the building of the European Union', was held on November 4 2014.

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Centenary update: France opens international memorial to the Great War fallen on Armistice Day

Notre-Dame-de-Lorette International Memorial (Photo: Philippe Prost, architect/AAPP©adagp 2014 ©Aitor ORTIZ)

A new memorial uniting the names of all soldiers killed in the north of France during the First World War was inaugurated by President François Hollande at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette on Armistice Day, November 11th, 2014.

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'Fighting in Flanders' - Canadian War Museum explores 'Gas. Mud. Memory'

Chlorine, phosgene and mustard gases affected service animals as well as soldiers. Gas masks were designed to offer some animals protection from the new dangers of chemical warfare. Photo taken at the Headquarters, Canadian Army Veterinary Corps, Shorncliffe (Courtesy of Canadian War Museum 19930003-453)

Centenary News writer, Christopher Harvie, discusses the Canadian War Museum’s special exhibition 'Fighting in Flanders – Gas. Mud. Memory,' dedicated to Canada's experience on the Western Front.

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'Lusitania: The War at the Mouth of the Mersey' Audio Installation

RMS Lusitania coming into port, possibly in New York, 1907-13. Image courtesy of George Grantham Bain - George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Working in association with Merseyside Maritime Museum and the Theatre in the Rough Festival, a group of writers in the Merseyside region of England have researched stories about the Lusitania, and created a series of audio dramas which are currently touring in a bespoke sound installation.

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Somaliland marks First World War Centenary

Ceremony at Hargeisa War Cemetery, Somaliland. Courtesy of CWGC Newsletter

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission reports that in East Africa, the Centenary of the First World War was remembered at Hargeisa War Cemetery, Somaliland.

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Prime Minister joins WFA in Armistice Day remembrance at the Cenotaph, London

The Cenotaph: wreath-laying at the Western Front Association's service of remembrance in Whitehall (Photo: Centenary News)

British Prime Minister David Cameron took part in the Western Front Association's annual remembrance service at the Cenotaph on November 11th 2014, the first Armistice Day of the Great War Centenary.

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Planting of last Tower of London poppy draws thousands on Armistice Day

Huge crowds flocked to the Tower of London for the planting of the final ceramic poppy on November 11th 2014, the 96th anniversary of the Armistice ending the First World War.

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Armistice Day: International First World War memorial opens in France

Notre Dame de Lorette: the new 'Anneau de la Mémoire' (Ring of Remembrance) has been built to the right of the basilica (Photo: Centenary News)

The 96th anniversary of the Armistice today is being marked in France with the inauguration of a new memorial at Notre Dame de Lorette, near Vimy.

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UK tour by Canadian singer who specialises in World War 1 popular songs

Patricia Hammond with guitarist Matt Redman. Photo: John Blackman

Patricia Hammond has studied the background and styles of musicians and singers who performed WW1 popular songs – and is now on a UK tour.


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Poppies light up Big Ben on first Centenary Remembrance Sunday

(Photo: Centenary News)

Images of falling poppies were projected onto the Big Ben clocktower at the Houses of Parliament in London to mark Remembrance Sunday in the UK on November 9th 2014.

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Events held around UK to mark the first Remembrance Sunday during 2014-18 Centenary

Cenotaph 2013 - MoD Copyright Photo

Remembrance Sunday events are being held today at the Cenotaph in London and at memorials in cities, towns and villages throughout the UK.

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One Hundred Years Ago Today: German cruiser hunt ends with Indian Ocean battle

The wreck of the Emden on the Cocos-Keeling Islands (courtesy of the Australian War Memorial/P00369.013/public domain)

The pursuit of the German cruiser, SMS Emden, across the Indian Ocean during the First World War ended on November 9th 1914 when it was attacked by the Royal Australian Navy.

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Tower of London poppies - some will stay throughout November 2014

(Photo: Centenary News)

Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, announces today that some of the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London will stay on view until the end of November 2014, before starting a First World War Centenary tour.

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Flanders Fields Memorial Garden opens in presence of Queen Elizabeth and King Philippe

Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth, King Philippe and Prince William at the dedication ceremony, Wellington Barracks, London (Picture: Sergeant Rupert Frere RLC, Crown copyright)

The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden was dedicated in London on November 6th 2014, at a ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth, and King Philippe of the Belgians.

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Stonehenge & the First World War - English Heritage Centenary exhibition

Troops resting during their march westward past Stonehenge (Photo: T.L. Fuller © J.T. Fuller)

English Heritage opened a special exhibition at Stonehenge on November 5th 2014, telling the story of how soldiers from Britain and the Commonwealth trained for the First World War near this prehistoric site.

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'Thousand Voices for peace' - international choirs unite for Centenary concert in Brussels

Poster announcing 'Thousand Voices for peace' earlier in 2014

More than 1,000 singers from countries involved in the First World War come together to perform a concert for peace in Brussels on November 9th 2014.

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British Future study finds a ‘strong appetite’ for learning about WW1 history

The independent think tank, British Future, says that ‘an appetite remains to learn more' about Britain’s First World War history.

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'Barcelona, neutral zone (1914-1918)' Exhibition at the Joan Miró Foundation

The Joan Miró Foundation of Barcelona presents 'Barcelona, neutral zone (1914-1918),' an exhibition that aims to represent the visual Barcelona during the period of the First World War.

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'Catch 2039': a campaign to reform historic copyright

National Library of Scotland empty display case. Photo courtesy of cilip flickr

UK cultural institutions are displaying blank paper in their exhibitions to protest restrictive copyright protection laws. The campaign is calling on the UK Government to reduce the term of copyright protection in certain unpublished works. 

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