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Remembering the SS Mendi - South Africa leads centenary tributes

22 February 2017

Centenary News reports from the Hollybrook Memorial in Southampton, where South Africa held a service on February 20, commemorating more than 600 troops lost in the sinking of the SS Mendi.

100 Years Ago: South African troops lost in SS Mendi disaster

21 February 2017

The troopship SS Mendi sank after a collision in the English Channel on 21 February 1917, claiming the lives of more than 600 South Africans being sent to the Western Front.

Appeal for information about 15 First World War soldiers

18 February 2017

Researchers are appealing for help to discover the personal stories of 15 First World War soldiers commemorated at the offices of Lloyd's Register in London.

'Passchendaele Remembered' - 3rd Battle of Ypres Centenary events update

15 February 2017

The latest on commemorations coming up in Flanders in 2017 to mark the centenary of a WW1 campaign fought in some of the most atrocious conditions on the Western Front.

New Zealand marks Battle of Messines Centenary - June 2017

14 February 2017

New Zealand will hold events in Belgium on June 7 to commemorate its role in the Battle of Messines, a dramatic prelude to the main Allied offensive at Ypres in 1917.

France prepares for Battle of Chemin des Dames Centenary

10 February 2017

Commemorations will be taking place in the Aisne region at Easter to mark the centenary of the First World War battle that shook French morale to the core in April 1917.

US national ceremony to mark WWI Centennial - April 2017

08 February 2017

America will commemorate the centenary of its entry into the First World War with a national ceremony on April 6, the US WWI Centennial Commission announces.

WW1 Submarine Centenary: Historic U-boat wreck photos released

06 February 2017

German submarines wrecked on the Cornish coast after the First World War have been revealed by conservationists in photos newly acquired by the Historic England archives.

WW1 Submarine Centenary: UK memorial wins added heritage protection

06 February 2017

Conservationists have upgraded the protected status of Britain's national memorial to submariners to safeguard its preservation for future generations.

'Away from the Western Front' project to highlight 'overlooked' campaigns

03 February 2017

A new project aims to raise awareness of the men and women from Britain and its former empire who served in the 'often overlooked' WW1 campaigns in Salonika, Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Mesopotamia and Africa.

'Salonika Remembers' - schools invited to explore CWGC sites in Greece

03 February 2017

A project for schools commemorating the centenary of the Salonika Campaign has been launched by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in partnership with the British Council in Greece.

100 Years Ago: Germany resumes 'sink on sight' U-boat war

01 February 2017

Germany took the fateful step of resuming unrestricted submarine attacks on merchant ships from 1 February 1917, in an attempt to cut off Britain's vital supplies.

'War Beneath the Waves' - Germany's U-boats in Flanders

01 February 2017

German U-boat operations on the Flemish coast were discussed by marine archaeologist Tomas Termote at a lecture launching the English edition of his book on the WW1 submarine campaign.

War artist Wyndham Lewis to feature in IWM's 2017 Centenary events

27 January 2017

A major retrospective devoted to the First World War work of modernist painter Wyndham Lewis is among the special exhibitions announced for Imperial War Museums' Centenary year.

US WWI Museum seeks your vote on historic Great War posters

25 January 2017

Ahead of a new war poster exhibition, the National World War I Museum, Kansas City, is holding a global ballot to find the most popular choice with the public.

Poppy seeds highlight WW1 Centennial on US Inauguration Day

21 January 2017

US Centennial Commission volunteers handed out Flanders poppy seeds during the Presidential inauguration in Washington to raise awareness of America's forthcoming Great War commemorations.

100 Years Ago: The Silvertown Explosion

19 January 2017

More than 70 people were killed, and hundreds more injured, in a blast at a munitions factory in London's docklands on 19 January 1917.

'Women and the Royal Navy: Pioneers to Professionals' - Exhibition opening February 2017

16 January 2017

The role of women in the British navy will be highlighted in a centenary exhibition opening at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, in February.

Battle of Vimy Ridge Centenary - Canada pays tribute, April 2017

12 January 2017

Canada will hold ceremonies on 9 April 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War victory seen as a defining moment for the country.

'The Earth Remembers' - Arras honours New Zealand tunnellers for 2017 Centenary

11 January 2017

A new memorial honouring New Zealand's WW1 tunnellers is due to be inaugurated during the Battle of Arras Centenary commemorations in France in April 2017.  

NZ's new Prime Minister visits WW1 battlefields in Belgium

10 January 2017

New Zealand's recently appointed Prime Minister, Bill English, has made an early visit to First World War memorials at the centre of Centenary commemorations in 2017.

Visitor numbers at US National World War I Museum hit another record

09 January 2017

More than 300,000 people visited the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City in 2016, setting a new record for the third year in a row.

Was Jutland the battle that won the First World War? - Debate

08 January 2017

British and German naval historians will answer questions about the Battle of Jutland in a public debate organised by the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth, on 2 February 2017.

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

07 January 2017

A new book exploring how the First World War has influenced songwriters from the 1950s to the present day will be launched with a lecture by author Peter Grant in London on 7 March 2017.

Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary - UK ticket ballot opens

03 January 2017

Descendants of those who fought at the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele are invited to apply for tickets to attend the UK's centenary commemorations in Belgium on 31 July 2017.

Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2017

01 January 2017

The penultimate year of the Great War unleashed events that would reshape the world in the 20th century.

WW1 Centenary Year 2016 - Remembered in Centenary News pictures

30 December 2016

Pictures taken by the Centenary News team recall some of the many events over the past year, marking First World War anniversaries from 1916.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Verdun ends after 10-month struggle

18 December 2016

The longest battle of the First World War ended at Verdun on 18 December 1916, after a campaign costing hundreds of thousands French and German casualties. 

100 Years Ago: Joffre loses French army command to Nivelle

17 December 2016

General Joseph Joffre was replaced as French army chief in December 1916, in the latest leadership shake-up among the big powers midway through the First World War.

Cyclists rally for 'India Remembers' commemorative ride

16 December 2016

Cyclists from Pune have rallied for a 130-kilometre (80-mile) bike ride as part of an initiative to promote remembrance of India's war dead since 1914.

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