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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.

Centenary tribute to mine-sweeping trawler crew

06 May 2017

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.

'Away from the Western Front' launches Centenary projects

03 May 2017

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.

Australian Memorial Garden opens in Passchendaele

02 May 2017

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

Arras tunnels survey presented for 2017 Centenary

29 April 2017

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.

CWGC Centenary - Ballot for Westminster Abbey service

29 April 2017

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.

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.​

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.

'In Sacrifice for Liberty and Peace' - US Centennial report from Kansas City

06 April 2017

CN contributor Dr Jillian Davidson reports from the April 6 commemorations marking the 2017 Centennial of US entry into World War I.

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.

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