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CWGC given €3.9m to restore Flanders cemeteries

Flemish Minister-President Geert Bourgeois (left) and CWGC Vice-Chairman Sir Tim Laurence signed the funding deal as events took place in Belgium to commemorate the Battle of Messines Centenary (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

The Flanders Government is giving the Commonwealth War Graves Commission more than €3.9 million towards restoration projects at 24 cemeteries in the Ieper (Ypres) area.

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General Pershing arrives - 13 June 1917

General Pershing (foreground, left) and Secretary of War Newton Baker reviewing a US Army camp at Bordeaux in April 1918. © IWM (Q 72741)

100 years ago today: US commander General John Pershing was welcomed enthusiastically in France, as Patrick Gregory reports.

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100 Years Ago: Americans register for Great War draft

Men registering for military service, New York City, June 1917 (Photo: Library of Congress, George Grantham Bain Collection)

In June 1917, millions of American men went to their local draft boards to register under the Selective Service Act – the first step in a conscription process for WWI.

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UK & Ireland join in Messines Centenary tribute

Guests gathered for the ceremony at the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Belgium (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Prince William and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny took part in commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 2017.

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Messines Centenary - New Zealand remembers

Sir Tim Laurence, Vice Chairman of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, lays a wreath during New Zealand's service at Messines British Cemetery (Photo © CWGC)

New Zealanders gathered for ceremonies in Belgium on June 7 honouring the service and sacrifice of their soldiers who fought at the Battle of Messines.

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100 Years Ago: Battle of Messines

German prisoners taken during the Battle of Messines, 8 June 1917 (Photo © IWM Q 2281)

The capture of Messines Ridge by Allied forces in June 1917 was a dramatic prelude to the British-led Flanders offensive later that summer.

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NZ 'Victory Medal' sculpture to mark Flanders battle centenaries

Victory Medal will be displayed in the Town Square, Mesen-Messines, until November 2017 (Photo © Helen Pollock)

A commemorative work by sculptor Helen Pollock has moved to Messines for the next stage of New Zealand's First World War Centenary remembrance in Europe.

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Centennial Countdown Blog: Visiting Allied leaders seek US troops

French and British delegations visiting the US in May 1917 called for large numbers of American troops, writes Dennis Cross in his latest WWI blog.

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Researchers win Centennial tribute for lost US WW1 sailor

Maryland sailor Herbert Hammond Renshaw, who drowned in May 1917, will be commemorated with the Missing at Brookwood American Cemetery in the UK (Photo: Centenary News)

As America marks Memorial Day this Monday (May 29), Great War researchers have won recognition for a sailor missing from the roll of honour, reports Patrick Gregory.

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The False Armistice - 7 November 1918

Marshal Ferdinand Foch's train arrives at Compiègne for the talks with German representatives, 6 November 1918. The next day, mistaken reports flashed around the world that an Armistice had been signed (Photo © IWM Q 58432)

In a special article for Centenary News, James Smith describes how news broke prematurely of an end to the First World War.

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CWGC opens 'For Then, For Now, Forever' Centenary exhibition

Actor Brian Blessed with CWGC Director General Victoria Wallace at the opening ceremony. The exhibition banner features Sir Fabian Ware, founder of the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission in May 1917 (Photo: Centenary News)

An exhibition marking the Centenary of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission has opened at Brookwood Military Cemetery, CWGC's largest site in the UK.

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100 Years Ago: Commonwealth War Graves Commission founded

The Cross of Sacrifice, designed by the architect Sir Reginald Blomfield, is found at CWGC cemeteries with 40 graves or more. This example stands alongside the Arras Memorial & Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery in Arras (Photo: Centenary News)

The Imperial War Graves Commission - later renamed the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - was created by Royal Charter on 21 May 1917 to remember the Great War dead of Britain and its Dominions in perpetuity.

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100 Years Ago: Britain’s Mercantile Marine and its first convoys

An Allied convoy in the western Atlantic in 1917 (Photo © IWM Q 19954)

Britain introduced transatlantic convoys in May 1917 to protect merchant ships from an increasingly dangerous German U-boat campaign.


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'Shrouds of the Somme' appeal for 2018 Armistice Centenary

Artist Rob Heard plans to add thousands more figures to 'Shrouds of the Somme', pictured here in Bristol in 2016, to commemorate the missing soldiers of the Battle of the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

A crowd funding campaign has been launched to display a British artist's poignant tribute to the fallen of the Great War in London for the November 2018 Armistice Centenary.

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Rare Ottoman Great War carpet for Australian War Memorial

The carpet dedicated to War Minister Enver Pasha in gratitude for the Ottoman victory at Çanakkale (Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial)

A silk carpet commemorating Turkey's victory over Allied naval power in the Dardanelles in March 1915 has been acquired by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

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Cambrai tank veteran 'Deborah' prepares for Centenary move

Tank D51, known as 'Deborah', is currently displayed at a barn in Flesquières, near Cambrai (Photo: Nord Tourisme)

A British tank discovered under the battlefields of Cambrai is about to start its final  journey to a new museum opening for the November 2017 Centenary.

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Centenary tribute to mine-sweeping trawler crew

Martin Jones (left), of Swanage Boat Charters, and dive team member Andrew Bailey with HMT Arfon's restored whistle, sounded in remembrance 100 years after the trawler struck a mine (Photo © Maritime Archaeology Trust)

A ceremony has been held on England's south coast to commemorate 10 crewmen of the trawler HMT Arfon, lost on mine-sweeping duties in April 1917.

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'Away from the Western Front' launches Centenary projects

Centenary News reports from the opening of 'Away from the Western Front', a new venture to raise awareness of WW1 campaigns in Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East.

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Australian Memorial Garden opens in Passchendaele

The bowl-shaped glass figures of the Australian garden in Zonnebeke symbolise the cratered battlefields of 1917 and fragility of life (Photo © Eric Compernolle/Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917)

The latest commemorative garden to open at the Passchendaele Memorial Park in Belgium honours Australian soldiers of the Great War.

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Centennial Countdown Blog: America goes to war & Lenin returns to Russia

Two events in April 1917 foreshadow the superpower alignment of the 20th Century, writes US blogger Dennis Cross in his latest post. 

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Arras tunnels survey presented for 2017 Centenary

Chris Page and Damien Houvet, from the University of Otago surveying team, at work in the Arras tunnels (Photo © Ian Alderman/University of Otago)

Surveyors from the University of Otago have carried out a complex study of the First World War tunnels dug beneath Arras by New Zealand troops.

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CWGC Centenary - Ballot for Westminster Abbey service

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced a public ballot for a limited number of tickets to attend its Centenary thanksgiving service at Westminster Abbey, London, on 23 May 2017.

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Menin Gate Lions back on guard in Ypres

The lions were unveiled at a Special Last Post ceremony on the eve of Anzac Day (Photo © Commonwealth War Graves Commission)

Two stone lions, passed by soldiers on their way to the battlefields of Ypres, have returned to Belgium in readiness for this year's extensive WW1 Centenary programme in Flanders.

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UK & Ireland to share Messines Centenary remembrance

The Peace Tower at the Island of Ireland Peace Park, Messines - setting for June 7 commemorations (Photo: Centenary News)

Britain and Ireland are to hold a joint tribute to soldiers from nationalist and unionist traditions who fought side by side at the Battle of Messines in the summer of 1917.

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Centenary project to honour the Chinese Labour Corps

Four descendants of men who enlisted in the Chinese Labour Corps at the Meridian Society's CLC Project launch in London. Relatives also visited France to pay tribute at Noyelles-sur-Mer Chinese Cemetery in the Somme (Photo: Centenary News)

A new project in the UK aims to raise awareness of the 96,000 Chinese workers who supported British forces during the Great War.

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100 Years Ago: The Chinese Labour Corps arrives

The memorial to the Chinese Labour Corps and graves at Saint-Étienne-au-Mont CWGC Cemetery, south of Boulogne. The largest WW1 Chinese cemetery in France is at Noyelles-sur-Mer, near the CLC's former main base on the Somme estuary (Photo: Centenary News)

Chinese workers recruited to support Britain's war effort on the Western Front started arriving in France on 19 April 1917.

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100 Years Ago: Battle of Chemin des Dames

General Robert Nivelle, the French Commander-in-Chief dismissed during his failed offensive on the Chemin des Dames (Photo: Bibliothèque nationale de France/BnF Gallica/Public Domain)

French forces launched a disastrous attack on the Chemin des Dames on 16 April 1917, triggering a crisis of morale and a controversial First World War legacy.

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Article: French President's unity call on Chemin des Dames Centenary

'It is not a question of judging but bringing together' - the newspaper Libération highlights President Hollande's call to remember all those who fought on the Chemin des Dames in April 1917, including soldiers later shot for mutiny.


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'Face-to-Face' in Arras with troops of the Great War

Pascal Loosfelt, who was in charge of creating the 'Eyes of the Battle of Arras' at the city's Carrière Wellington Museum (Photo: Centenary News)

A street display of pictures in Arras brings visitors close to soldiers and many others who served here during the First World War.

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Battle of Arras/Vimy Ridge Centenary - Dawn tribute to tunnellers

'The Earth Remembers', a memorial dedicated to New Zealand's tunnellers, after its unveiling at La Carrière Wellington, Arras (Photo: Centenary News)

Arras and Vimy Ridge hosted a day of commemorations on 9 April 2017 bringing together the nations who fought in the Allies' first concerted Western Front offensive of 1917. 

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