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'For Those in Peril' - CWGC call to remember those lost at sea

17 August 2017

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is inviting individuals, groups and schools to research the stories of thousands of sailors commemorated on a distinctive trio of UK naval memorials.

New projects mark 1917 Centenary of China joining WW1

14 August 2017

China's entry into the Great War 100 years ago is being marked with the launch of new initiatives by the UK-based Ensuring We Remember campaign.

Surviving Battle of Cambrai tank moves to new home

04 August 2017

'Deborah', the British tank unearthed in France 19 years ago, has arrived at a new museum opening in November 2017 for the Battle of Cambrai Centenary.

Tyne Cot Centenary service remembers Passchendaele loss & sacrifice

01 August 2017

The world's largest Commonwealth cemetery was the setting for commemorations on 31 July 2017 honouring those who fought and died at the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago: Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele starts

31 July 2017

British-led forces began an offensive in Flanders on 31 July 1917 that is still mired in controversy.

Eve-of-Centenary commemorations in Ypres for 1917 battle

30 July 2017

Events have been taking place in Ypres tonight (Sunday July 30) on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele.

Passchendaele Centenary - 13 war memorials in England 'listed' or upgraded

29 July 2017

A memorial to a rugby star and a monument in a village built for disabled veterans are among 13 English war memorials newly listed for conservation, or upgraded, to mark the Battle of Passchendaele Centenary.

'Mud Soldier' rests in Trafalgar Square for Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary

25 July 2017

The wearied figure of a soldier, sculpted using mud from Passchendaele, has been unveiled in London as a reminder of the sacrifices made during the Third Battle of Ypres 100 years ago.

The Menin Gate at 90 - CWGC photo display in Ypres

24 July 2017

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has opened a photo exhibition to mark the 90th anniversary of the Menin Gate. 

The unveiling of the Menin Gate - how blind veterans told the story

24 July 2017

Two blind soldiers' accounts of the unveiling of the Menin Gate 90 years ago today have been voiced for the charity, Blind Veterans UK, founded as St Dunstan's during WW1.

100 Years Ago: British Royal Family becomes House of Windsor

19 July 2017

King George V changed his family's name to Windsor on 17 July 1917 with a proclamation relinquishing use of all German titles.

UK sites protected in memory of New Zealanders lost at Messines

17 July 2017

Two monuments commemorating New Zealand's WW1 soldiers have been protected on the advice of conservationists Historic England to mark the June 2017 Battle of Messines Centenary.

New 'War Horse' reading for 2017 Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary

16 July 2017

Author Michael Morpurgo will read a new short story in Ypres on Sunday 30 July at the start of commemorations for the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele. 

'Lest We Forget' - Oxford campaign to save WW1 stories for future generations

14 July 2017

An Oxford University team is leading a UK-wide drive to find and conserve First World War photos, letters and mementos beyond the close of the Centenary in 2018.

100 Years Ago: HMS Vanguard blast kills more than 840

10 July 2017

Commemorations have been held in Orkney to remember those lost when the British battleship, HMS Vanguard, blew up and sank on 9 July 1917.

Russia's last Great War offensive - July 1917

10 July 2017

The Kerensky Offensive, Russia's last major attack of the First World War, was fought on the Eastern Front 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago: King George's Fund for Sailors founded

05 July 2017

Seafarers UK, a charity created as King George's Fund for Sailors during the First World War to help seafarers' families in need, marks its Centenary today (5 July 2017).

Cork conference recalls US Navy in Ireland during WW1

03 July 2017

International scholars gather at University College Cork this week for a public conference marking the centenary of the US Navy's First World War deployment to Ireland. 

New memorial honours African & Caribbean troops of both World Wars

29 June 2017

A monument unveiled in London last week finally honoured the many thousands of servicemen and women from African and Caribbean countries who fought for Britain in the First and Second World Wars.

CWGC given €3.9m to restore Flanders cemeteries

15 June 2017

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.

UK & Ireland join in Messines Centenary tribute

09 June 2017

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

Messines Centenary - New Zealand remembers

08 June 2017

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.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Messines

07 June 2017

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

NZ 'Victory Medal' sculpture to mark Flanders battle centenaries

03 June 2017

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.

Researchers win Centennial tribute for lost US WW1 sailor

28 May 2017

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.

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

23 May 2017

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

100 Years Ago: Commonwealth War Graves Commission founded

21 May 2017

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.

'Shrouds of the Somme' appeal for 2018 Armistice Centenary

12 May 2017

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.

Rare Ottoman Great War carpet for Australian War Memorial

11 May 2017

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.

Cambrai tank veteran 'Deborah' prepares for Centenary move

08 May 2017

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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