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Menin Gate Lions back on guard in Ypres

26 April 2017

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.

UK & Ireland to share Messines Centenary remembrance

23 April 2017

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.

Centenary project to honour the Chinese Labour Corps

20 April 2017

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

100 Years Ago: The Chinese Labour Corps arrives

19 April 2017

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

100 Years Ago: Battle of Chemin des Dames

16 April 2017

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.

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

13 April 2017

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. 

Canada marks 'pivotal' Battle of Vimy Ridge

12 April 2017

Thousands of Canadians gathered at Vimy Ridge for the centenary of a First World War victory seen as a defining moment in their country's birth as an independent nation.‚Äč

Scotland remembers the Battle of Arras

11 April 2017

Scotland paid tribute to its dead in Arras with commemorations at Faubourg d'Amiens Commonwealth Cemetery, and a Beating Retreat Ceremony in the city centre attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

100 Years Ago: Battle of Arras & Vimy Ridge

09 April 2017

British and Commonwealth forces attacked the German lines at Arras on 9 April 1917, in a renewed attempt to break the deadlock on the Western Front.

Canadian War Museum commemorates Battle of Vimy Ridge

07 April 2017

The Canadian War Museum, Ottawa, is marking the Battle of Vimy Ridge Centenary with upgrades to its existing Vimy display, and a special 100th anniversary exhibition, Vimy – Beyond the Battle.

'Canadians in the Great War' - Remembered in France for Arras/Vimy Centenary

07 April 2017

Latest Centenary exhibitions in the Béthune-Bruay area of Northern France focus on Canadian soldiers and Commonwealth air units based in Artois during the First World War.

'In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace' - America marks WWI Centennial

06 April 2017

100 years to the day after America entered the Great War, the anniversary has been marked with a US Centennial Commission remembrance event at the National World War I Museum and Memorial.

US Centennial tribute to women of World War I

03 April 2017

The US Centennial Commission has paid tribute to the vital role of American women in WW1 ahead of this week's events marking US entry into the Great War in April 1917.

'For Then, For Now, Forever' - CWGC marks its 2017 Centenary

31 March 2017

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is marking its Centenary year with the launch of new projects aimed at promoting awareness of its founding mission of remembrance in perpetuity.

'Fields of Battle Through Canadian Eyes' - Arras Centenary Exhibition

29 March 2017

The French city of Arras is hosting a touring exhibition of Canadian First World War art at the Musée des beaux-arts as part of the Battle of Arras Centenary commemorations.

Battle of Arras Centenary update - Scotland remembers

27 March 2017

Commemorations honouring Scottish soldiers who fought at the Battle of Arras in 1917 will be held in France and Scotland during a day of international centenary events on 9 April 2017.

Royal Navy Museum conference charts Jutland legacy

26 March 2017

A three-day international conference exploring the legacy and wider impact of the Battle of Jutland has been announced by Britain's National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth.

'Safeguarding the underwater heritage of WW1' - UN schools' initiative

25 March 2017

Materials for schools promoting awareness of First World War shipwrecks have been released for the Centenary by the United Nations agency, UNESCO.

'Congress and the World Wars'- Capitol Hill marks Centennial

22 March 2017

America's entry into WW1 in 1917 is being commemorated with an exhibition at the US Capitol Visitor Center, highlighting the response of Congress to both world wars.

'1917 - How One Year Changed the World': US Jewish history museum exhibition

21 March 2017

A centennial exhibition exploring the dramatic events of 1917 that reshaped America's role in the world has opened at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

100 Years Ago: German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line

20 March 2017

German troops pulled back to new defensive positions on the Western Front in spring 1917 as they prepared to face renewed Allied onslaughts in France.

Passchendaele Centenary opening for 'Zonnebeke Church Dugout'

17 March 2017

A preserved WW1 dugout will be specially opened to the public for the Battle of Passchendaele Centenary in 2017, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele announces.

100 Years Ago: Tsar Nicholas II abdicates in 'February Revolution'

15 March 2017

Nicholas II was the first of Europe's imperial rulers to fall during the Great War, forced to abdicate on 15 March 1917 by mass protests in the Russian capital, Petrograd.

Centenary tributes to Captain Archibald Bisset Smith VC

14 March 2017

Ceremonies have been held in Scotland and New Zealand to honour Archibald Bisset Smith, a First World War merchant ship's captain awarded the Victoria Cross, and the crewmen lost with him on the SS Otaki. 

Royal opening for 'Women and the Royal Navy' centenary exhibition

13 March 2017

Princess Anne has opened a centenary exhibition at the Royal Navy Museum, Portsmouth, dedicated to the role of women in the British navy.

'National Myth & the First World War in Modern Popular Music'

10 March 2017

Cultural historian Dr Peter Grant talks about his new book charting the influence of the Great War on songwriters from the 1950s to the present day. 

Three more WW1 Victoria Crosses displayed at the Australian War Memorial

07 March 2017

Victoria Cross medals awarded to three Australian soldiers in 1917-18 have been added to the Centenary display in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Valour.

Matching Centenary tributes to fallen Durham soldier

06 March 2017

The family of a British soldier killed on the Somme battlefields in March 1917 have marked the centenary of his death with simultaneous wreath layings in the UK and France.

100 Years Ago: The Imperial War Museum founded during WW1

05 March 2017

The Imperial War Museum was founded on 5 March 1917 when the British Government approved a proposal for a national museum to record events taking place while the First World War was still being fought.  

'Remembering World War I is essential' - US Centennial Commissioner

01 March 2017

The First World War was the 'shaping event' of the 20th century, and America should continue to learn from 'this great tragedy', says Dr Monique Brouillet Seefried, a US World War I Centennial Commissioner.

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