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'Beyond the Battlefields' - Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in the Great War

20 October 2017

The work of a German photographer who focussed her camera on the home front is being displayed for the first time outside Germany, at twin UK exhibitions in Birmingham.

'Hold High The Torch' - CWGC global remembrance event, November 11

19 October 2017

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission invites people to take part in a global remembrance event on Armistice Day, using digital technology to create 'a wave of light from Sydney to London.'

Looking ahead to 2018 - Final venues for Tower Poppies named

19 October 2017

Six cities are to host the Tower of London Poppies in 2018, the last year of their UK tour marking the First World War Centenary.

'Away from the Western Front' seeks musical recruits for new WW1 song

17 October 2017

A newly-composed song, reflecting the bitterness felt by West Indian troops at the end of the Great War, is being added to the familiar repertoire, with an invitation to perform it. 

Candles light Tyne Cot in memory of Passchendaele

16 October 2017

More than 7,000 people have taken part in a candle-lit evening of reflection at Tyne Cot Cemetery, remembering soldiers killed at the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago.

New Zealand commemorates its 'darkest day' at Passchendaele

13 October 2017

New Zealanders gathered in Belgium this week to pay tribute to their soldiers who fell at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

Centenary conference to explore legacy of Mata Hari

12 October 2017

100 years after Mata Hari's execution for spying, experts reassess her notoriety at an international symposium taking place at City, University of London on October 28.

US Mint unveils design for WWI Centennial coin

10 October 2017

The US Mint has unveiled the winning design for a Silver Dollar commemorating 4.7 million Americans who served in the First World War.

Call to sow 'Ribbon of Poppies' for 2018

09 October 2017

Hundreds of pledges have been received in support of a call to sow swathes of poppies for the final year of the First World War Centenary.

Australia pledges new Menin Gate Lions for Ypres

05 October 2017

Replicas of the historic Menin Gate Lions will be presented as a First World War Centenary gift to Ieper (Ypres), the Australian Government announces.

New Zealand to commemorate its 1917 day of disaster at Passchendaele

04 October 2017

New Zealand will hold a series of centenary events in October to commemorate the sacrifices of its troops who fought at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

19 First World War soldiers buried at Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium

03 October 2017

Nineteen soldiers of the British Army who fell on the battlefields of Flanders have been laid to rest at New Irish Farm CWGC cemetery near Ypres.

First '100 Cities/100 Memorials' grant winners announced in US

27 September 2017

The first US war memorial restoration projects to win grants under a centennial initiative have been announced by the US WWI Centennial Commission and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library.

Somme ceremony honours Indian troops of the Great War

24 September 2017

Tributes have been paid in France to 320 Indian First World War troops buried at La Chapelette British & Indian cemetery near Péronne.

US Navy surveys wreck of WWI cruiser sunk in 1918

23 September 2017

The United States Navy is surveying the wreck of USS San Diego, the only major American warship lost in the First World War.

SS Mendi bell displayed on Isle of Wight this week

17 September 2017

The bell from SS Mendi, the ship sunk in 1917 with the loss of more than 600 black South African troops, is being temporarily displayed on the Isle of Wight from September 25-29.

'Celebrating Compassion' - Remembering New Zealand's WW1 aid to Belgium

12 September 2017

New Zealand's humanitarian support for occupied Belgium during the First World War is being highlighted ahead of Battle of Passchendaele Centenary commemorations on October 12.

Tyne Cot soldiers' names to be lit in Passchendaele Centenary tribute

08 September 2017

Organisers of an evening of music and reflection commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele are seeking participants to help illuminate the event at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.

14-18 NOW opens global campaign to map Tower Poppies online

06 September 2017

Owners of the ceramic Tower of London poppies are invited to 'pin' their current locations to a digital map for a new project launched by UK First World War Centenary arts programme, 14-18 NOW.

Call for Papers: '1914-1918-online' encyclopaedia

04 September 2017

Academics are invited to contribute articles to '1914-1918-online', an international English-language reference work covering the First World War.

'Light in the Darkest Hour' - September 9 tribute to WW1 labour corps

02 September 2017

The Shorncliffe Trust is hosting a special remembrance event in the UK honouring forces from across the globe who carried out essential labouring duties for the Allied armies during the Great War.

German U-boat wreck protected in the North Sea

29 August 2017

The wreck of a German mine-laying submarine sunk in the closing stages of the First World War has been protected on the advice of Historic England.

'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.

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