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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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

'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.

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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

'Posters as Munitions, 1917' - Centennial exhibition at US WW1 museum

27 February 2017

A special exhibition illustrating the use of the poster as a propaganda weapon has opened at the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

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.

'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.

'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.

'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.

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.

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.

Oxford seminars to explore 'how we can best commemorate war'

29 November 2016

Leading figures from the arts and politics will discuss post-war commemoration and reconciliation at a series of seminars in 2017-18, Oxford University announces. 

'Shrouds of the Somme' - Artist's Centenary tribute in Bristol

19 November 2016

As the 2016 Somme commemorations draw to a close, Centenary News finds the public deeply moved during another display of the 'Shrouds of the Somme' installation following its July debut in Exeter.

Somme Centenary - Battle's End poppy tribute in Folkestone

19 November 2016

Hundreds of metal poppies were 'planted' in the former WW1 Channel port of Folkestone on 19 November to mark the conclusion of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago: Battle of the Somme ends

18 November 2016

The Battle of the Somme drew to a close on 18 November 1916 after more than four months of fighting, and more than a million casualties on all sides.

Poppies & Poems screened onto Big Ben for Remembrance Sunday

14 November 2016

Falling poppies, coupled with war poems, were projected onto Big Ben in the latest of the UK Parliament's WW1 Centenary tributes on Remembrance Sunday.

Armistice Day 2016: France remembers in the UK

12 November 2016

The Centenaries of the Battles of Verdun and the Somme were marked at this year's Armistice Day commemorations held by the French Embassy in London.

Armistice Day 2016: Remembering the Somme, Verdun and Jutland

11 November 2016

Armistice Day ceremonies have been taking place around the world on 11 November 2016, the 98th anniversary of the ceasefire that ended the First World War.

Update on 'Far From the Western Front' - exhibition focussing on South Asia's soldiers

08 November 2016

Centenary News visits a London exhibition highlighting the First World War contribution of the men who served in the colonial Indian Army and their families.

Lens' 14-18 Museum hosts November 2016 Armistice commemorations

04 November 2016

A weekend of Armistice commemorations at the Lens'14-18 Museum will include a torchlight ceremony at the new 'Ring of Remembrance' memorial overlooking the former battlefields of Artois.

'World War I and American Art' - Centennial exhibition launching in Philadelphia

03 November 2016

The first major exhibition devoted to exploring how American artists reacted to the First World War opens this week at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Philadelphia.

Mission Centenaire seeks WW1 Centenary projects for 2017

23 October 2016

French Centenary organisation Mission Centenaire has outlined major anniversary themes for 2017 as it invites next year's WW1 projects to apply for endorsement.

Tower of London Poppies - 2017 UK display dates

07 October 2016

Six venues have been chosen to host the next displays of the touring poppy installations, Wave and Weeping Window, the UK's First World War Centenary arts programme, 14-18 NOW, has announced. 

CWGC highlights 'forgotten' Salonika Front

06 October 2016

A remembrance service has been hosted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Greece as part of a joint effort with the British Embassy in Athens to raise awareness of those lost in the Salonika campaign.

November exhibition focuses on New Zealand brothers' WW1 naval sketches

06 October 2016

Rare drawings of the First World War at sea by brothers Esmond and Hal Atkinson will be displayed at an exhibition in Petone, New Zealand, from 3-23 November 2016.

Two unknown WW1 soldiers buried at Commonwealth cemetery in France

05 October 2016

Two British First World War soldiers whose identities remain unknown a century after they fell have been laid to rest on the former battlefields of Loos in Northern France.

Vigils remember Virginia's First World War soldiers.

03 October 2016

Vigils were held in Virginia on 17 September 2016 in memory of the US state's soldiers who served in the Great War.

'The World Remembers' - 1916 memorial event opens

30 September 2016

The Canadian War Museum is among 60 institutions globally hosting the 2016 screening of The World Remembers' - a video project commemorating the dead of the Great War.

Somme Centenary events in France honour New Zealand's Fallen

19 September 2016

New Zealand held a series of commemorations in France on 15 September 2016 to mark the centenary of the New Zealand Division joining the Battle of the Somme.

'The Price of a Mile' - exhibition honouring Somme doctors

16 September 2016

Booking is open for the London preview of a new exhibition paying tribute to doctors who administered anaesthetics and pain relief to the wounded at the Battle of the Somme.

WW1 Tank Centenary - Tank display marks historic 1916 attack

15 September 2016

100 years after the first tanks rolled into action, a replica First World War British tank took up positions in the heart of London for the September 15 Centenary.

'North Carolina & World War I' - US Centennial exhibition in 2017

09 September 2016

A multimedia exhibition marking the centennial of America's entry into the First World War opens at the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, in April next year.

Somme Centenary - New Zealand remembers at Longueval Sept 15

07 September 2016

Prince Charles is to join New Zealanders in France next week for commemorations honouring those who fought at the Battle of the Somme a century ago.

'Cultural Exchange in a Time of Global Conflict' - Call for community-led projects

23 August 2016

Researchers based at King's College London are offering an opportunity to showcase community-led projects focussing on the colonial or dominion contribution to the First World War.

Zeppelin crash centenary to be marked in UK village

17 August 2016

The forced-landing of a German Zeppelin near the village of Little Wigorough in eastern England 100 years ago will be marked with a programme of events in September 2016.

'Light in the Darkest Hour' - Somme Centenary tribute at Shorncliffe

15 August 2016

Hundreds of lanterns have been lit on First World War soldiers' graves at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery in the UK as part of commemorations marking the 141 days of the Battle of the Somme.

Battle of Chemin des Dames Centenary 2017 - Aisne call for projects

01 August 2016

Centenary News looks ahead to a significant French anniversary, as the Aisne region prepares for commemorations marking the Battle of the Chemin des Dames, also known as the Nivelle Offensive and the Second Battle of the Aisne.

Centenary tribute to British seafarer executed in 1916

27 July 2016

A century after his execution for attempting to ram a German U-boat, tributes have been paid to the North Sea ferry captain, Charles Fryatt.

Three unknown soldiers buried as Australia marks Pozières Centenary

26 July 2016

Australia has remembered its first action on the Somme with commemorations on July 23rd marking the Battle of Pozières in the summer of 1916.

Australia honours the Fallen at Fromelles

25 July 2016

Australia is holding commemorations in Northern France marking the first major battles fought by its forces on the Western Front a century ago.

Somme Centenary: Memorial honouring all South Africans unveiled at Delville Wood

19 July 2016

President Jacob Zuma inaugurated a new memorial at Delville Wood on July 12th 2016 honouring South Africans of all races who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

Centenary revival for First World War 'Shakespeare Hut'

18 July 2016

The story of a 'forgotten' building that entertained First World War soldiers with Shakespeare's plays is being rediscovered for the Centenary.

'Ambulance Trains' - UK rail museum explores WW1 hospitals on wheels

15 July 2016

A new exhibition focussing on the ambulance trains used to transport wounded First World War soldiers has opened at Britain's National Railway Museum in York.

Somme exhibition tribute to New Zealander who fought for France

13 July 2016

A new exhibition for the Somme Centenary aims to raise awareness of James Waddell, a much decorated New Zealander who served in the French Foreign Legion.

Somme Centenary: Welsh troops remembered at Mametz Wood

12 July 2016

Wales has paid tribute to its soldiers who fell in fighting for control of Mametz Wood during the opening days of the Battle of the Somme.

'We are here' - Centenary live tribute to soldiers of the Somme

03 July 2016

Volunteers dressed as First World War soldiers made unannounced appearances across the UK on July 1st, for a centenary project bringing home the scale of Britain's losses on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. 

Friends of Lochnagar remember the Battle of the Somme centenary at La Grande Mine

03 July 2016

Centenary News volunteer writer Karen Thomas attended the memorial event at Lochnagar Crater on July 1st 2016, and has sent this report.

More photos of Manchester's Somme commemorations

03 July 2016

More photos from Centenary News of the UK national commemorations in Manchester marking the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme on July 1st 2016.

Round-up of other Somme centenary memorial events

03 July 2016

As well as the commemorative events at Thiepval and Manchester, there were many other events in the UK and France that marked the centenary. 

Royal family join Newfoundland tributes to 'defining moment' on the Somme

03 July 2016

Princess Anne attended Newfoundland's centenary commemorations on July 1st 2016 remembering soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Somme Centenary - UK national commemorations in Manchester

03 July 2016

Centenary News reports from Manchester on the day the city hosted Britain's national remembrance ceremonies for the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Somme Centenary – British & French leaders attend National Commemorative Event at Thiepval Memorial in France

03 July 2016

The British National Event to remember the Battle of the Somme was held in front of the Thiepval War Memorial during the morning of July 1st 2016 – 100 years after the start of the battle.

100-second gun salute for Somme Centenary in London

01 July 2016

London's Parliament Square echoed to the boom of artillery on the morning of July 1st 2016, as troops fired a salute to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Focus on Scotland's Centenary Vigil for the Somme

30 June 2016

Descendants of Battle of the Somme soldiers are playing a central role in commemorations at the Scottish National War Memorial in Edinburgh Castle.

Vigils tonight mark eve of Somme Centenary

30 June 2016

Public vigils take place across Britain tonight to reflect on the hours leading up to the start of the Battle of the Somme a century ago.

'Wounded' - Somme Centenary exhibition explores WW1 medical advances

29 June 2016

Centenary News visits a new exhibition at the Science Museum in London, highlighting the medical challenges posed by the advent of industrialised warfare in 1914-18. 

Call to commemorate sportsmen who fell on the Somme

27 June 2016

UK sports stars are backing a Royal British Legion call for sporting groups at all levels to remember their forebears who fought and died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Somme Centenary: UK two-minute silence on July 1

27 June 2016

Britain will observe two minutes of silence at 7.28 am on Friday July 1st 2016, marking 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Canadian War Museum focus on WW1 legacy in Newfoundland & Labrador

17 June 2016

Photo exhibitions launched at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, ahead of the Battle of the Somme Centenary, highlight the impact of the First World War on Newfoundland and Labrador.

Centenary events to mark Battle of the Boar's Head in France

15 June 2016

Commemorations are planned at Richebourg in Northern France, marking the centenary of an attack which cost British troops heavy losses on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

'Perspectives on the Somme' - Western Front Association Conference

11 June 2016

The Western Front Association will be commemorating the Battle of the Somme with a centenary conference in the UK on July 9th 2016.

More photos of the HMS Hampshire Centenary event in Orkney

06 June 2016

More photos taken by Centenary News at the unveiling of the new memorial commemorating all those who died on the cruiser HMS Hampshire when it was sunk off the Orkney Islands in 1916 while taking Britain's War Minister, Lord Kitchener, on a secret mission to Russia.

Orkney remembers the dead of HMS Hampshire

06 June 2016

Centenary News reports from the Orkney Islands on the unveiling of a new memorial commemorating all those who died in the mine explosion which sank HMS Hampshire on June 5th 1916.

Britain’s Royal Navy commemorates the Battle of Jutland in series of memorial services

31 May 2016

The British Royal Navy marked today's 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland with memorial events at Plymouth, Chatham and Portsmouth.

Centenary of the Battle of Jutland remembered in UK and at sea

31 May 2016

The British Prime Minister David Cameron and the German President Joachim Gauck attended a national remembrance event in Scotland today, Tuesday 31st May 2016.

Memorial event at Laboe in Germany for Battle of Jutland (Die Skagerrakschlacht)

31 May 2016

A commemoration for the Battle of Jutland was held today in Germany at the Naval Memorial at Laboe. The battle is known as Die Skagerrakschlacht in German.

More photos of the Battle of Jutland memorial event at Portsmouth

31 May 2016

Here are more photos taken by Centenary News at the Royal Navy centenary memorial event held in Portsmouth on the 31st May 2016.

Ceremony held in Rosyth in Scotland to remember Battle of Jutland

30 May 2016

The ceremony was held in Scotland on Saturday 28th May 2016 - 2 days before the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. 

French & German leaders in Verdun for Centenary

29 May 2016

President François Hollande and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, lead France's official commemorations today (May 29th 2016) marking the Centenary of the Battle of Verdun.

'WWI’s Greatest Sea Battle' - Jutland Centenary exhibition at UK National Maritime Museum

28 May 2016

As commemorations get underway to mark the Jutland Centenary, a new exhibition examining the battle has just opened at the National Maritime Museum in London. 

Jutland families unite in Trafalgar Square tribute to the Fallen

24 May 2016

Descendants of the Battle of Jutland commanders paid tribute to all those who died in the biggest naval clash of the First World War at a ceremony in London's Trafalgar Square on May 23rd 2016.

Somme Centenary - 1,000 public tickets for Scotland's vigil

24 May 2016

Ticket applications are invited to attend the Somme Centenary Vigil at the Scottish National War Memorial, Edinburgh Castle, on June 30th 2016.

Blacksmiths to create WW1 Poppy Cenotaph in Flanders

22 May 2016

Blacksmiths and farriers from around the world are working on a project to create a steel cenotaph and poppies in Flanders, remembering people of all sides affected by the First World War.

UK navy museum explores 'misunderstood' Battle of Jutland

19 May 2016

Britain's Royal Navy Museum has opened its major Centenary exhibition '36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle that Won the War' at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Summer school to explore 'forgotten' Macedonia Front

16 May 2016

Applications are invited for an international summer school focussing on the Macedonian Front of the First World War from June 25-30th 2016.

Jutland - Scotland to mark Centenary on Firth of Forth

12 May 2016

A ceremony has been held on the Firth of Forth to launch Scotland's national commemorations for the Battle of Jutland Centenary.

'Jutland: The Unfinished Battle' - Centenary exhibition in Germany

11 May 2016

A special exhibition opens at the Deutches Marinemuseum on May 29th 2016 as part of a weekend of remembrance in Wilhelmshaven marking the centenary of the Skagerrakschlacht/Battle of Jutland.

'Her Side of the War' - Women at the front remembered in Flanders

10 May 2016

The stories of women who contributed to the Allied war effort are highlighted in Flanders with a special programme of events entitled 'Her Side of the War.'

'They shall not pass' - US WWI Museum highlights Verdun & the Somme

06 May 2016

The Battles of Verdun and the Somme are the focus for a new exhibition opening today (May 6th 2016) at the National World World War I Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.

Pioneering US WWI pilots remembered in France

03 May 2016

France and the US paid tribute to America's first airmen of the Great War at a ceremony rededicating the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial near Paris on April 20th 2016.

Somme motorway break for battlefield photo exhibition

02 May 2016

A Somme motorway service area is the latest destination for photographer Michael St Maur Sheil's centenary touring exhibition, Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace 14-18.

Jutland Centenary: Latest events round-up

27 April 2016

A reminder from Centenary News of some of the many Battle of Jutland Centenary commemorations taking place on May 31st 2016.

Centenary update: Jutland debate postponed at UK Navy Museum

27 April 2016

A Battle of Jutland debate - scheduled for May 9th 2016 at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth - has been postponed.

Ceremonies mark Centenary Anzac Day

25 April 2016

The Centenary Anzac Day was marked on April 25th 2016 with traditional dawn services and remembrance ceremonies in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, France, Ireland, Belgium and at Gallipoli itself.

Six British WW1 soldiers reburied in Ypres

24 April 2016

Six British soldiers have been reburied at a Commonwealth cemetery in Ypres, more than 100 years after they fell in Flanders during the First World War.

IWM focus on historic Somme film for 2016 Centenary

22 April 2016

The pioneering documentary,The Battle of the Somme, is at the centre of Imperial War Museums' events marking the centenary of the 1916 offensive.

Jellicoe family items for display at UK navy museum's Jutland exhibition

21 April 2016

Uniform and medals belonging to Admiral Sir John Jellicoe, British commander at the Battle of Jutland, will go on display as part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy's forthcoming centenary exhibition.

'Changing the Landscape' - artist's personal quest for great uncle killed on the Somme

19 April 2016

Centenary News visits artist Sarah Kogan's exhibition telling the story of her great uncle who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

America's volunteers - new exhibition at US National World War I Museum

14 April 2016

The many roles of American volunteers in the Great War are highlighted in a new exhibition at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri.

Seven unknown WW1 British soldiers laid to rest in Flanders

08 April 2016

Seven unknown British soldiers of the First World War have been reburied at ceremonies in Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries in Belgium.

Major Austrian exhibition marks Emperor Franz Joseph death centenary

07 April 2016

Emperor Franz Joseph's 68-year reign is re-examined with simultaneous exhibitions in and around Vienna marking the centenary of his death during the First World War.

UK call for nationwide vigils to mark Somme Centenary

07 April 2016

Cities, towns and villages across Britain are invited to hold their own tributes in summer 2016 to mark 100 years since the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Jutland Centenary - New CWGC guides to remembering thousands lost at sea

06 April 2016

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is encouraging people to remember the Battle of Jutland, with the launch of new commemorative resources for the May 2016 Centenary.

Easter ceremonies in Ireland remember 1916 uprising against British rule

27 March 2016

Big crowds lined the streets of Dublin on Easter Sunday (March 27th 2016) for commemorations marking the centenary of the Easter Rising during WW1.

National Museum of Ireland exhibition marks 1916 Centenary

25 March 2016

The events of the Easter Rising are told in a new centenary exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

Somme Centenary - CWGC update on visiting Thiepval, June-July 2016

22 March 2016

Access to the Thiepval Memorial will be restricted over the immediate Somme Centenary period, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission announces.

Somme Centenary - 2016 cultural programme at Péronne WW1 museum

21 March 2016

Conferences focussing on the German occupation of the Somme and France's role in the 1916 offensive feature in a centenary cultural programme organised by the Museum of the Great War, Péronne.

Jutland Update - May 31 Centenary service at Portsmouth Naval Memorial

20 March 2016

Britain's Royal Navy will hold a parade and remembrance service in Southsea on May 31st 2016 as part of UK commemorations marking the Battle of Jutland Centenary.

Centenary tribute to WW1 volunteer nurse Edith Munro

17 March 2016

Tribute has been paid to a First World War nurse, with a special ceremony at a Jewish cemetery in London on March 8th 2016 - International Women's Day.

Berlin photo exhibition remembers Battle of Verdun

16 March 2016

Pictures of Verdun by British photographer Michael St Maur Sheil are displayed at a Franco-German exhibition in Berlin marking the centenary of the 1916 First World War battle.

Update on Jutland 1916 exhibition at UK National Maritime Museum

15 March 2016

A bugle presented to a boy sailor wounded at Jutland will be among objects displayed at the National Maritime Museum's centenary exhibition, illustrating changing views of the 1916 battle from both sides.

Orkney HMS Hampshire exhibition seeks 1916 stories & mementoes

12 March 2016

Organisers of a centenary exhibition in Orkney are appealing for photos, letters and other memorabilia relating to the loss of the British warship, HMS Hampshire, in June 1916.

Somme Centenary - Update on UK national commemorations in Manchester

10 March 2016

Tickets have been released for a free concert to be held in Manchester on July 1st as part of the UKs national day of commemorations in the city marking the Battle of the Somme Centenary.

Somme Centenary - Battlefield photos for City of London exhibition, June 2016

09 March 2016

Michael St Maur Sheil's evocative photographs of First World War landscapes return to London in June 2016 for an exhibition in Guildhall Yard marking the Battle of the Somme Centenary.

Ceremony in Dublin to remember 1916 Easter Rising

07 March 2016

Ireland's President will lead Easter Sunday commemorations in Dublin marking the centenary of the rebellion against British rule during the First World War.

New Zealand Home Front exhibition opens in Auckland

03 March 2016

The differing experiences of New Zealanders left at home during the First World War are explored in the latest centenary exhibition at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

British royal family to attend Somme Centenary events in UK, France & Canada

17 February 2016

Buckingham Palace gives first details of the Somme Centenary commemorations to be attended by Queen Elizabeth and senior members of the British royal family in summer 2016.

Gallipoli Centenary Education Project holds conference for schools - March 2016

11 February 2016

The UK-based Gallipoli Centenary Education Project is holding a national conference for schools in Birmingham on March 14th 2016.

British-German appeal to support Jutland Centenary memorial project

10 February 2016

Relatives of the British and German commanders at the Battle of Jutland have made a joint appeal for donations to support the construction of a 'lasting memorial' on Denmark's North Sea coast.

France prepares for Verdun Centenary - February 2016

08 February 2016

France embarks on a year of commemorations in February 2016, marking the Centenary of the Battle of Verdun. 

Western Front centenary focus for New Zealand in 2016

04 February 2016

New Zealanders who fought at the Battle of the Somme will be remembered during the country's 2016 programme of international First World War commemorations focussing on France and Belgium.

Bids sought to host Tower of London poppies in 2017

01 February 2016

The UK WW1 Centenary arts programme, 14-18 NOW, is inviting expressions of interest from locations wanting to host the Tower of London poppy sculptures in 2017.

Japan and the First World War - London lecture

26 January 2016

Japan's role in the First World War will be the focus for a lecture in London, hosted by The Japan Society, on February 15th 2016.

Centenary update - Navy Museum to challenge 'belief Jutland was a German victory'

24 January 2016

The National Museum of the Royal Navy says its Jutland Centenary exhibition, opening on May 19th 2016, will challenge "the belief that the battle was a German victory." 

New Zealand honours its Great War tunnellers with new memorial

21 January 2016

The soldiers of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company are being remembered with the dedication of a new memorial in the former mining town of Waihi.

The Great War in the Middle East - Sandhurst conference April 2016

20 January 2016

An international conference re-examining the origins, conduct and consequences of the First World War in the Middle East is to be held at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst from April 20th-21st 2016.

Call for papers: 'Beyond the Western Front - The Global First World War'

18 January 2016

The Centre for Hidden Histories in the UK is seeking contributions for a 2016 conference and community event, entitled Beyond the Western Front: The Global First World War.

Somme Centenary: February ticket deadline for July 1 Lochnagar ceremony

07 January 2016

Ticket applications for admission to the Somme Centenary commemorations at Lochnagar Crater in France will close on February 15th 2016, organisers announce.

Jutland Centenary naval lecture series for 2016 in London

06 January 2016

A series of lectures about the British navy in the First World World War will be held at the Army & Navy Club, London, to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland. 

Centenary year of 2015 - recalled in pictures from Centenary News

31 December 2015

Pictures taken by the Centenary News team recall some of the many events over the past year, marking First World War anniversaries from 1915.

From Scapa Flow to Portsmouth - Jutland guns to feature at 2016 centenary exhibition

18 December 2015

Guns that saw action at the Battle of Jutland will be among exhibits at the National Museum of the Royal Navy's centenary exhibition, opening in May 2016. 

Tea's up for Talbot House Centenary

15 December 2015

The cheer offered to WW1 British soldiers 100 years ago when Talbot House first opened its doors in Belgium was today remembered on the streets of London and Manchester.

Jutland Centenary: Descendants invited to UK commemorations

11 December 2015

Relatives of First World War sailors are invited to attend Britain's commemorations in Orkney marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland in 2016.

Tower of London Poppies - 2016 UK display venues announced

30 November 2015

The Tower of London poppy installations, Wave and Weeping Window, will next be displayed in Lincoln, Perth and Caernarfon, UK WW1 Centenary art commissioning body 14-18 NOW has announced.

VC soldier's 'shovel' rescue of Gallipoli comrade remembered

27 November 2015

The heroism of a British soldier awarded the Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded comrade under fire at Gallipoli is remembered on a new memorial in his home town of Reading.

Navy museum's £25,000 appeal to restore sketch of teenage Victoria Cross sailor

25 November 2015

Britain's Royal Navy Museum has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise £25,000 for restoring a sketch of Jack Cornwell, the 16-year-old sailor posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross after the Battle of Jutland.

Overnight vigils to mark 2016 Somme Centenary in UK

21 November 2015

Public vigils will be held overnight in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland on June 30th  2016 to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme. 

Somme Centenary: Closing day for Thiepval ticket ballot

18 November 2015

The ballot closes today (November 18th) for tickets to attend next year's Battle of the Somme Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

Armistice Day ceremonies November 2015

09 November 2015

The 97th anniversary of the Armistice ending the Great War will be marked with commemorations across the world on Wednesday November 11th 2015.

Italian conference to debate century of humanitarian crisis 1915-2015

30 October 2015

The fate of millions of First World War refugees will be explored at a conference in Italy from November 4-6 as Europe again struggles with a humanitarian emergency. 

Somme Centenary - Ticket bids invited for 2016 Lochnagar Crater service

29 October 2015

Tickets can now be requested for admission to the Lochnagar Crater centenary ceremony on July 1st 2016, organisers have announced.

Serb soldiers of the Great War remembered at Paris exhibition

27 October 2015

An exhibition paying tribute to Serbia's First World War soldiers has just opened at the Serbian Cultural Centre in Paris, running until November 14th 2015.

President of Mali honours the fallen at Verdun

25 October 2015

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has visited Douaumont to remember soldiers from Mali who were killed fighting for France at the Battle of Verdun in 1916.

Jutland Centenary - UK navy museum to mark 'defining naval battle' of First World War

23 October 2015

Britain's National Museum of the Royal Navy has announced a major exhibition next year marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

Niue Pacific islanders who served New Zealand in WW1 remembered

20 October 2015

The war effort of the small Pacific island of Niue is being remembered, a century after 150 men sailed to join New Zealand's forces in 1915.

'The Major Battles of 1916' - Paris conference calls for papers

14 October 2015

The major First World War battles of 1916 will be the focus for an international conference hosted by French Centenary organisation Mission Centenaire 14-18 and its Scientific Council in June 2016.

Battle of Jutland Centenary 2016 - UK Government announces plans

13 October 2015

British and German ships are to lay wreaths in the North Sea and Orkney will host commemorations as part of the UK's plans, announced today, to mark the Battle of Jutland Centenary on May 31st 2016.

Day of tributes on centenary of Edith Cavell's execution

12 October 2015

Centenary News reports from today's commemoration in London - among several events held in the UK and Belgium to remember the execution of British nurse Edith Cavell in occupied Brussels on October 12th 1915.

Edith Cavell relative to speak at screening of 1928 film in Leeds

12 October 2015

A relative of Edith Cavell is to speak at a rare screening of Dawn, a silent film telling the story of the executed British nurse in occupied Brussels during the First World War.

Tribute at Auchy-les-Mines in northern France to those who died during the later stages of the Battle of Loos

11 October 2015

The event was held on Saturday 10th October 2015 – and included a parade, the laying of wreaths, and the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the death during the battle of the brother of the British Queen Mother.

1915 Battle of Loos remembered in Artois

06 October 2015

Commemorations have been taking place in France to remember the Battle of Loos, fought as part of Allied Western Front offensives in autumn 1915.

Edith Cavell Centenary - royal guests for Brussels tributes

05 October 2015

Princess Anne from the UK and Belgium's Princess Astrid are to attend commemorations in Brussels honouring the executed First World War nurse, Edith Cavell. 

Somme Centenary ticket ballot opens

28 September 2015

An online ballot opens today (September 28th 2015) for tickets to attend next year's Thiepval commemorations marking the Battle of the Somme Centenary.

Battle of Loos 1915 - Scotland's tribute to the fallen in Dundee

26 September 2015

Centenary News reports from Dundee on Scotland's commemorations, attended by Prince Charles and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, marking the Centenary of the Battle of Loos. 

'The Chimp Who Went to War' - family event at UK National Archives

20 September 2015

One of the more unusual operations of the First World War is the focus for a family event at the UK National Archives in London on October 3rd 2015.

Prince Charles and First Minister to join Scotland's Battle of Loos tribute

18 September 2015

Prince Charles and Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, are to attend the Battle of Loos centenary commemorations in Dundee on September 26th 2015.

Three unknown British WW1 soldiers buried at CWGC cemeteries in France

17 September 2015

Three British soldiers of the First World War have been buried at Commonwealth cemeteries after the discovery of their remains in France.

Edith Cavell Centenary - events coming up in Belgium and UK

15 September 2015

Centenary News takes a first look at commemorations coming up in October 2015 to mark the centenary of the execution of the British nurse, Edith Cavell, in occupied Belgium during WW1.

Edith Cavell Centenary - Remembrance at Norwich Cathedral

15 September 2015

Centenary News highlights forthcoming events at Norwich Cathedral in this preview of UK commemorations marking the centenary of Edith Cavell's execution in occupied Belgium.

Ireland and the First World War - WFA conference in Cork

14 September 2015

A Western Front Association conference in Cork will consider the impact of the First World War on Ireland and its legacy.

Centenary Lusitania tribute at UK Merchant Navy Day Service

07 September 2015

The sinking of the transatlantic liner Lusitania 100 years ago was remembered at the UK's Merchant Navy Day commemorative service in London on September 6th 2015.

Battle of Loos Centenary - update on September events in France

03 September 2015

More details have been announced of commemorations in Northern France marking the centenary of the Battle of Loos in September/October 2015.

Battle of Loos Centenary - Scotland remembers in Dundee September 2015

02 September 2015

Dundee will be the focus for a weekend of Scottish national commemorations from September 25-27th marking the centenary of the Battle of Loos.

Lusitania Centenary to be marked at UK Merchant Navy Day service

23 August 2015

The sinking of the Lusitania during the First World War will be remembered at the annual Merchant Navy Day service in London on September 6th 2015.

'Entangled Islands' - New Zealand/Sāmoa WW1 exhibition displayed in Sāmoan capital

22 August 2015

Auckland War Memorial Museum's exhibition exploring the First World War history of New Zealand and Sāmoa has gone on display at the Museum of Sāmoa in Apia.

'Scotland in the Great War' - WFA conference coming up in Dundee

16 August 2015

Scotland's contribution to the First World War will be featured at a Western Front Association conference in Dundee on September 19th 2015.

Gallipoli Centenary: New Zealand pays tribute at Chunuk Bair

12 August 2015

New Zealand marked the centenary of its most significant action of the Gallipoli campaign with commemorations at Chunuk Bair on August 8th 2015.  

Gallipoli Centenary: Australia remembers the Battle of Lone Pine

10 August 2015

Australia held commemorations on August 6th 2015 marking the centenary of the battle for Lone Pine, one of its best known actions of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign.

WW1 researchers invited to 'showcase' studies at UK National Archives event

05 August 2015

The National Archives is offering an opportunity to share recent First World War research at a September 2016 conference focussing on the Home Front. 

Gallipoli: Australia & New Zealand to remember August 1915 offensive

01 August 2015

Australia and New Zealand are to hold commemorations in August 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of the last major Allied offensive at Gallipoli. 

Gallipoli submariner VC remembered in Scotland

18 July 2015

Britain's Royal Navy has paid tribute to Lieutenant Commander Martin Dunbar-Nasmith, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Gallipoli Campaign.

Gallipoli Centenary - last surviving British warship opens in Portsmouth August 6

17 July 2015

A restored British warship from the Gallipoli campaign officially opens on August 6th 2015, the centenary of the last major Allied offensive at Gallipoli.

Battle of Loos Centenary events - September 2015

16 July 2015

First details have been announced of commemorations in France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos, fought in September/October 1915.

Somme Centenary 2016 - ticket limit for Lochnagar Crater service

16 July 2015

Entry to the Somme commemoration service at Lochnagar Crater on July 1st 2016 is to be restricted to 5,000 ticket holders for safety reasons. 

Brussels conference to debate 'impact of Great War on nations and nationalism'

15 July 2015

Academics gather in Brussels in October 2015 for an international conference focussing on the First World War as a key event in the development of the European nation state.

Budapest exhibition opens for Great War Centenary

13 July 2015

Hungary's role in the First World War is explored in a Centenary exhibition which has opened in Budapest.

Global tributes mark 30,000th Last Post in Ypres

11 July 2015

Worldwide tributes accompanied the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, in Ypres, on July 9th 2015.

30,000th Last Post at the Menin Gate tonight

09 July 2015

The buglers of Ypres will sound the 30,000th Last Post tonight, with the event streamed live worldwide.

Tribute to first UK merchant sailor awarded the Victoria Cross in WW1

07 July 2015

Centenary News reports from a ceremony in London honouring the first British merchant seafarer to win the Victoria Cross during the Great War. 

30,000th Last Post: More than 150 fire stations join July 9 tribute

07 July 2015

More than 150 fire stations and other organisations worldwide have announced events on Thursday (July 9th) marking the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ypres. 

Centenary News update on Somme 2016 ticket ballot

02 July 2015

The UK Government says 8,000 free tickets will be balloted for next year's commemorations at Thiepval marking the Battle of the Somme Centenary.

Somme Centenary 2016 - UK announces ballot for Thiepval tickets

01 July 2015

On the 99th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, a ballot has been announced for next year's Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

German U-boat propeller returns home after 100 years

26 June 2015

A propeller from a submarine sunk off the English coast in March 1915 has been returned to the German Navy.

More on 30,000th Last Post: County Durham fire stations to host July 9 tributes

25 June 2015

Fire stations in the County Durham area of Northern England will be among those hosting tributes marking the 30,000th Last Post ceremony in Ypres on July 9th 2015.

Phone app launched for 30,000th Last Post in Ypres

25 June 2015

With two weeks to go, a smartphone app is available for the live streaming of the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post in Ypres on July 9th 2015.

Black and Jewish WW1 soldiers awarded top US bravery medal after 97 years

20 June 2015

Two American First World War soldiers, Henry Johnson and William Shemin, have been posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for their heroism in France in 1918.

Centenary Talbot House Rose blooms for Lord Mayor of London

16 June 2015

A rose marking the Centenary of Talbot House, the First World War British soldiers' club in Flanders, has been presented to the Lord Mayor of London.  

Centenary News Lookahead: Battle of Jutland

16 June 2015

Centenary News responds to readers' questions about plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland with a preview of what we know so far about commemorations planned for May/June 2016.

Verdun Centenary - France remembers on May 29 2016

16 June 2015

France will hold international commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Verdun, one of the longest and bloodiest actions of the First World War, on May 29th 2016.

Stirling marks centenary of Scottish soldiers landing at Gallipoli

04 June 2015

The Scottish city of Stirling hosts national commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division arriving in Gallipoli. 

First Zeppelin raid on London remembered

01 June 2015

The first air raid on London during the Great War has been remembered with the unveiling of a new plaque on a house bombed by a Zeppelin 100 years ago.

Commemoration event held to mark the Quintinshill rail disaster

23 May 2015

The centenary of the Quintinshill rail disaster was commemorated today in Gretna in Scotland at an event attended by Princess Anne, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and descendents of some of those who died.

Eight Canadian First World War soldiers reburied on the Somme

19 May 2015

Eight Canadian soldiers have been reburied with full military honours in France, almost a century after they were killed in the closing months of the First World War.

Tribute to mark 30,000th Last Post at the Menin Gate - July 2015

18 May 2015

A global tribute is planned to accompany the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ypres, on July 9th 2015.

Talbot House appeals for wartime photos of the Poperinge 'Every Man's Club'

13 May 2015

Talbot House is appealing for wartime photos of the 'home from home' created for WW1 British soldiers in Belgium as part of its 2015 Centenary.

Centenary Update on remembering the Gretna troop train crash

12 May 2015

Princess Anne will attend commemorations in Scotland in May 2015 marking the centenary of the Gretna disaster which killed more than 200 troops leaving for Gallipoli.

Lusitania Centenary: Ireland's day of tribute on the Cork coast

09 May 2015

Centenary News reports from Cobh, where thousands of visitors packed the streets on May 7th 2015 for a day of tributes to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania.

Lusitania relatives gather on Irish coast to mark centenary

06 May 2015

Thousands of people are expected to take part in Lusitania centenary events on Ireland's Cork coast today (May 7th 2015), many of them descendants of the torpedoed liner's passengers and crew.

Lusitania Centenary: Irish lifeboat crew re-enacts 1915 rescue call

03 May 2015

A veteran lifeboat has been rowed to the wreck site of the Lusitania in tribute to those who went to the aid of the torpedoed liner's victims on May 7th 1915.

London lecture to examine lessons of 1918 flu pandemic

02 May 2015

The influenza pandemic which spread across the world with devastating results in the final months of the Great War will be discussed at a lecture in London on May 13th 2015.

America to commemorate sinking of Lusitania in New York and Washington

01 May 2015

The World War One Centennial Commission (the main US official body for commemorating the First World War), will be hosting two events to mark the sinking of the Lusitania on May 7th 1915.

Lusitania Centenary: Historic disaster photos on show in Cobh, Ireland

30 April 2015

More than 60 photographs capturing the aftermath of the Lusitania disaster are displayed in the Irish port of Cobh, as it prepares for commemorations next week marking the centenary of the British liner's sinking by a German submarine.

Gallipoli Centenary draws record Anzac Day crowds

25 April 2015

Tributes have been paid in Turkey and around the world to all those who fought in the Gallipoli campaign 100 years ago.

Gallipoli Centenary: summary of major events today & tomorrow

24 April 2015

A Centenary News overview of major national and international events taking place today (April 24th 2015) and tomorrow (Anzac Day) to mark the 100th anniversary of the Allied landings at Gallipoli.

Series of memorial events in Gallipoli this afternoon to mark centenary of conflict

24 April 2015

There have been two main events during the afternoon of Friday April 24th 2015 – one at the principal Turkish memorial at Canakkale and one at the Commonwealth Cape Helles Memorial.

Commemoration event marks anniversary of mass killings of Armenians

23 April 2015

The event has been held in the Armenian capital Yerevan. The Armenians describe the killings as genocide. The Turkish government rejects the use of the term.

Centenary News update: Gas attack at Ypres remembered

21 April 2015

The first use of deadly chemicals in the First World War was remembered at ceremonies in Belgium on April 22nd 2015 marking the centenary of the start of the Second Battle of Ypres.

Gallipoli: Veterans' relations travel to Turkey for Centenary tribute

21 April 2015

Fifteen descendants of veterans who took part in the Gallipoli campaign are travelling to Turkey this week to attend the  commemorations marking the centenary of the Allied landings in 1915.

Sea of Crosses to be erected in cities across New Zealand for Anzac Day

21 April 2015

The Fields of Remembrance Trust is helping to create memorials in towns and cities across New Zealand. 

Ypres: Queen pays tribute to Canadian troops who fought at Ypres

21 April 2015

Queen Elizabeth and other Royal Family members join relatives of veterans and current servicemen to honour Canadian troops on anniversary of the Second Battle of Ypres.

War memorial park opening launches Wellington's centenary Anzac Week

20 April 2015

New Zealand has opened its new Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington, launching a week of commemorations in the run-up to the Gallipoli centenary on April 25th 2015.

Six British First World War soldiers reburied in Belgium

17 April 2015

Six British soldiers who died in the opening weeks of the First World War have been reburied with full military honours in Belgium

Gallipoli Centenary: Remembrance at Edinburgh Castle, April 25

15 April 2015

The forces charity, Legion Scotland, will host commemorations at Edinburgh Castle on April 25th 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of the Allied landings at Gallipoli.

India's Prime Minister pays tribute at Neuve Chapelle Memorial

12 April 2015

The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, saluted the sacrifice of India's First World War soldiers during a visit to Neuve Chapelle in France on April 11th 2015. 

Six British First World War soldiers to be reburied in Belgium

10 April 2015

Six British soldiers, killed in action in October 1914, are to be reburied at Prowse Point military cemetery in Belgium on April 16th 2015.

Centenary Update: Irish President leads Lusitania tributes on May 7

09 April 2015

Full details have been announced of commemorations taking place in Ireland in May 2015 to mark the centenary of the British ocean liner, Lusitania, being sunk by a German submarine.

Irish government launches year of commemorations for 1916 Easter Rising

07 April 2015

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny launches Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme to commemorate 1916 Easter Rising.

Gallipoli troops remembered 100 years after parade for the King

31 March 2015

A ceremony has been held in Warwickshire to mark the centenary of thousands of British troops parading past King George V shortly before they left for Gallipoli.

Gallipoli Centenary April 25 - events preview, one month to go

26 March 2015

Final preparations are being made for ceremonies around the world on April 24th/25th 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in Turkey.

Centenary Update: more photos of Neuve Chapelle ceremonies

25 March 2015

Centenary News has more pictures of ceremonies marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle and India's sacrifice in the First World War.

'Walk of Peace'- border trail between Italy and Slovenia commemorates the Isonzo Front

23 March 2015

Italy and Slovenia launched a cross-border trail, the Walk of Peace, on March 21st 2015 to remember the battles on the Isonzo Front during the First World War.

Centenary lookahead - Ypres gas attack remembrance, April 2015

22 March 2015

Commemorations marking the first large-scale chemical weapons attack in the Great War will take place in Belgium on April 22nd 2015, the 100th anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Ypres.

Turkey starts programme of events to mark Centenary of Gallipoli campaign

19 March 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leads commemoration of Gallipoli campaign.

Gallipoli Centenary: talks, music & poetry in Ireland to remember 1915 campaign

17 March 2015

The Irish broadcaster, RTE, and organisers of the Hay literary festival in Kells are to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings with a programme of talks, music and poetry from April 24-26th 2015.

Northern Ireland Office marks Decade of Centenaries with events

16 March 2015

Northern Ireland Office press release on centenary events.

India honours the fallen at Neuve Chapelle Centenary remembrance

15 March 2015

India's Ambassador to France, Arun K.Singh, took part in commemorations on March 13th 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

Neuve Chapelle Centenary: India tribute in France

13 March 2015

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is urging people to remember India's First World War sacrifice, as commemorations are held today (March 13th 2015) to mark the centenary of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle. 

India honours its First World War soldiers

11 March 2015

India's President and Prime Minister have led Centenary tributes in Delhi to the 1.5 million Indian soldiers who fought on the Allied side in the First World War.

Neuve Chapelle Centenary: Britain's tribute to Indian forces

10 March 2015

As well as India's Centenary commemorations, Britain also honoured the First World War role of Indian soldiers on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Neuve Chapelle.

Gallipoli Centenary: Royal dates in UK and Turkey announced

09 March 2015

Queen Elizabeth and senior members of the Royal Family are to attend ceremonies on April 25th 2015 marking the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.

 

Gallipoli Centenary: Wellington's Anzac Week events unveiled

28 February 2015

New Zealand has announced plans for an 'historic' week of Anzac commemorations in Wellington to mark the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, starting on April 18th 2015.

Neuve Chapelle Centenary March 2015: France pays tribute to role of Indian troops

22 February 2015

Events are being held in France in March 2015 to remember the Indian soldiers who fought alongside the British Army at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle 100 years ago.

Australia hosts international Gallipoli conference in March 2015

19 February 2015

Leading First World War historians will gather at a major international conference in Australia in March 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings. 

'Earth and Steel' - Display of Great War archaeology coming up in Arras

14 February 2015

The French city of Arras is to host an exhibition of First World War archaeology, starting on April 9th 2015, the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Arras.

Conference in The Hague to restage Versailles Treaty talks

02 February 2015

The controversial peace treaties which ended the First World War will be renegotiated by young people as part of an international conference in The Hague from June 22nd-26th 2015.

Call For Papers: Tourism, Leisure and War at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal

29 January 2015

The Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal has issued a call for papers for its upcoming conference on Tourism, Leisure and War, which will be held from June 25th-27th 2015.

Cobh, Ireland, to commemorate the sinking of RMS Lusitania

22 January 2015

The passenger liner Lusitania, sunk by a German U-boat on May 7th 1915, will be commemorated with a series of events in the Irish port of Cobh, starting on February 1st 2015. 

Women of Empire exhibition launches for 2015

22 January 2015

An exhibition which celebrates the contribution of women from Australia and New Zealand who served in the First World War will be launched in Geelong, Victoria on February 20th 2015.

Centenary Update: UK's first air raid victims honoured in Great Yarmouth

20 January 2015

The victims of the first air raid on Britain, carried out by German Zeppelins during the First World War, were remembered in the Norfolk town of Great Yarmouth on January 19th 2015.

Descendants of Gallipoli campaign invited to take part in London commemoration event

20 January 2015

Descendants of the Galipoli campaign have been invited by the British government to take part in a commemoration event - to be held in London in April 2015

100 Years Ago Today: first air raids on UK leave four dead

19 January 2015

Britain came under attack from the air for the first time on January 19th 1915, when German Zeppelins raided the Norfolk coast, killing four people.​

Fiji holds commemoration for World War I Contingent

16 January 2015

President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau led a commemoration ceremony on December 31st 2014 in honour of the Fijians who served in World War I. 

Scotland to mark Centenary of First World War troop train disaster in 2015

14 January 2015

The worst rail crash in UK history will be remembered as part of Scotland's First World War Centenary commemorations in 2015.

Remembering the UK's first air raid casualties - Norfolk January 19

12 January 2015

The 100th anniversary of the first Zeppelin air raids on the UK will be remembered at events in Great Yarmouth and King's Lynn on January 19th 2015.

Christmas truce: Ploegsteert launches weekend of Centenary remembrance

19 December 2014

A torchlight march tonight (December 19th 2014) launches a weekend of events in Ploegsteert, Belgium, marking the Christmas truce centenary.

Christmas truce: Prince William unveils 'Football Remembers' tribute in UK

18 December 2014

The Duke of Cambridge has unveiled a memorial to the 1914 Christmas truce as part of the 'Football Remembers' tribute in the UK to those who fell in the First World War.

Centenary Update: Hartlepool also marks bombardment with day of commemorations

16 December 2014

As well as events in Scarborough, tributes were also paid today to the 130 people who were killed when German warships attacked the port of Hartlepool on December 16th 1914.

Centenary Update: more photos of centenary event at Scarborough

16 December 2014

Here are more Centenary News photos of today's remembrance event in Scarborough - 100 years after the bombardment of the town.

Scarborough remembers the bombardment of the seaside town 100 years ago today

16 December 2014

Centenary News reports from the British seaside town of Scarborough - where a remembrance event was held this morning (Tuesday December 16th 2014), exactly a 100 years after the town was shelled by German destroyers.

'All Together Now' - Christmas truce song aims for Number One in the charts

15 December 2014

'All Together Now', the hit single inspired by the Christmas truce, has been released as a new track to mark the centenary of the 1914 ceasefires on the Western Front.

Centenary update on remembrance of Coronel and Falklands battles

14 December 2014

Descendants of British and German First World War sailors took part in commemorations on December 8th 2014 marking the Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands 100 years ago.

Centenary News reports from Belgium on football's day of Christmas truce remembrance

12 December 2014

European football has paid tribute to the soldiers who took part in the Christmas truce, with the inauguration of a new memorial near Ploegsteert in Belgium on December 11th 2014.

100 years on: remembering the raids on England's North Sea coast

11 December 2014

Commemorations and events are planned over the next week in Scarborough and Hartlepool to mark the 100th anniversary of the bombardments by the Imperial German Navy on December 16th 1914.  

Christmas truce: European football chief unveils new memorial in Belgium today

11 December 2014

UEFA President Michel Platini unveils European football's memorial to the Christmas truce near Ploegsteert in Belgium today (December 11th 2014).

Christmas truce: UN chief Ban Ki-moon pays Centenary tribute

09 December 2014

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, paid tribute to the Christmas truce on December 5th 2014 at a commemorative event hosted by the UK and German missions to the UN.

100 years on: remembering the sailors lost at Coronel and the Falkland Islands

08 December 2014

British and German representatives take part in joint First World War commemorations being held on the centenary of the Battle of the Falkland Islands today (December 8th 2014). 

Christmas truce: schools host UK & German envoys for memorial opening

08 December 2014

The German and UK Ambassadors to Belgium have unveiled a new memorial to the 1914 Christmas truce at a ceremony organised by students from British and German schools.

Christmas truce: UK diplomats kick off Centenary football events worldwide

08 December 2014

British diplomats around the world are hosting a series of football matches to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War Christmas truce. 

Duke of Edinburgh opens 'First World War in the Air' at the RAF Museum, London

03 December 2014

A new exhibition exploring the rapid growth of air power during the First World War was officially opened by the Duke of Edinburgh today (December 2nd 2014) at the Royal Air Force Museum in London.

Christmas truce: countdown to Centenary events in December 2014

01 December 2014

Centenary News previews events coming up in December 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce on the Western Front.

Christmas truce: British & German schools mark Centenary with joint memorial in Belgium

22 November 2014

A memorial to the Christmas truce, inspired by friendship between pupils from British and German schools, will be inaugurated in the Belgian town of Messines (Mesen) on December 6th 2014.

Christmas truce: European football announces Centenary tribute in Belgium

20 November 2014

European football is to commemorate the centenary of the Christmas truce with the unveiling of a new memorial near Ploegsteert in Belgium on December 11th 2014.

Centenary update: France opens international memorial to the Great War fallen on Armistice Day

14 November 2014

A new memorial uniting the names of all soldiers killed in the north of France during the First World War was inaugurated by President François Hollande at Notre-Dame-de-Lorette on Armistice Day, November 11th, 2014.

World War One European Union event held in Brussels

14 November 2014

The Event, 'Overcoming the tragedy- from WW1 to the building of the European Union', was held on November 4 2014.

Prime Minister joins WFA in Armistice Day remembrance at the Cenotaph, London

11 November 2014

British Prime Minister David Cameron took part in the Western Front Association's annual remembrance service at the Cenotaph on November 11th 2014, the first Armistice Day of the Great War Centenary.

Armistice Day: International First World War memorial opens in France

11 November 2014

The 96th anniversary of the Armistice today is being marked in France with the inauguration of a new memorial at Notre Dame de Lorette, near Vimy.

Planting of last Tower of London poppy draws thousands on Armistice Day

11 November 2014

Huge crowds flocked to the Tower of London for the planting of the final ceramic poppy on November 11th 2014, the 96th anniversary of the Armistice ending the First World War.

Poppies light up Big Ben on first Centenary Remembrance Sunday

10 November 2014

Images of falling poppies were projected onto the Big Ben clocktower at the Houses of Parliament in London to mark Remembrance Sunday in the UK on November 9th 2014.

'Thousand Voices for peace' - international choirs unite for Centenary concert in Brussels

07 November 2014

More than 1,000 singers from countries involved in the First World War come together to perform a concert for peace in Brussels on November 9th 2014.

Flanders Fields Memorial Garden opens in presence of Queen Elizabeth and King Philippe

07 November 2014

The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden was dedicated in London on November 6th 2014, at a ceremony attended by Queen Elizabeth, and King Philippe of the Belgians.

Centenary update: First Anzac convoy remembered in Albany, Australia

04 November 2014

Tens of thousands of people joined First World War commemorations in Albany, Western Australia, from October 30th-November 2nd 2014, marking the departure of the first Australian and New Zealand troop convoy in 1914.

Conference at Austrian Parliament pays tribute to the women of First World War

04 November 2014

A conference at the Austrian Parliament on October 30th 2014 heard a call for women to be remembered for their role in the First World War.

UK honours Indian soldiers who fought for Britain in First World War

02 November 2014

British ministers have led tributes to Indian soldiers who fought in the First World War at ceremonies in Delhi and London.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Coronel between British and German navies in the Pacific

01 November 2014

Britain's Royal Navy suffered its worst defeat in a century at the Battle of Coronel on November 1st 1914.

Major Anzac Centenary commemorations in Australia

30 October 2014

A weekend of events in the Australian port of Albany from October 30th-November 2nd 2014 marks the departure of the first Australian and New Zealand troop convoy 100 years ago.

Mark Knopfler in Last Post guitar tribute for First World War

30 October 2014

British musician, Mark Knopfler, has performed a guitar version of the Last Post as part of Superact’s First World War centenary music project, The Last Post.

German Chancellor pays Centenary tribute in Belgium

29 October 2014

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, paid tribute to all victims of the First World War at international commemorations in Belgium on October 28th 2014.

Major Centenary events coming up today: Belgium

27 October 2014

The Belgian Federal Government hosts international commemorations in Flanders on October 28th 2014 as part of its First World War Centenary programme. 

Cenotaph vigil opens Royal British Legion's 2014 Poppy Appeal

24 October 2014

A sunrise to sunset vigil at the Cenotaph in London launched the Royal British Legion's annual Poppy Appeal on October 23rd 2014.

Centenary focus for Imperial War Museum's 2014 short film awards

24 October 2014

Films drawing on the Imperial War Museum's First World War archives are given prominent billing in IWM's Short Film Festival, which opened on October 23rd 2014.

Centenary update: 15 British soldiers being reburied in France today

22 October 2014

Fifteen British soldiers are being reburied today (October 22nd 2014) at a Commonwealth cemetery in France, 100 years after their deaths in fighting near the Belgian border.

Latest news from 'Light Front' - Belgium remembers the Centenary by torchlight

18 October 2014

Centenary News reports from 'Light Front', the torchlight event in Western Flanders on October 17th 2014, remembering the First World War battles which engulfed the region 100 years ago.

Update on 'Light Front'- tonight's torchlight Western Front commemoration in Belgium

17 October 2014

More details have been released of 'Light Front' - the torchlight remembrance event taking place on the former Western Front in Belgium tonight (October 17th 2014).

100 Years Ago Today: New Zealand troops leave for War

16 October 2014

The main body of New Zealand troops who enlisted to fight in the First World War sailed from Wellington on October 16th 1914.​

First World War Sikh and Commonwealth soldiers remembered at Leicester University

15 October 2014

Sikh and Commonwealth soldiers who fought for Britain in the First World War will be remembered in a lecture series at Leicester University on October 18th 2014.

Ireland to take part in UK Cenotaph service on Remembrance Sunday

15 October 2014

The Irish Government will a wreath for the first time at the Cenotaph Remembrance Sunday ceremony in London on November 9th 2014.

Poet Andrew Motion to read at Leeds University Centenary commemorations

14 October 2014

The former UK Poet Laureate, Sir Andrew Motion, will be taking part in events marking the First World War Centenary at Leeds University on October 22nd 2014.

First World War ‘Race To The Sea’ British soldiers to be reburied

09 October 2014

Fifteen British soldiers are to be reburied at a Commonwealth cemetery in France on October 22nd 2014, a century after they were killed in fighting near the Belgian border.

Centenary update: overwhelming interest in Antwerp's pontoon bridge

07 October 2014

Tens of thousands of people crossed a pontoon bridge in Antwerp, opened from October 3rd-5th 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the city's First World War siege.

Human chain to remember France's 'forgotten front'

04 October 2014

A human chain will line up across former battlefields in Northern France on October 18th 2014 to highlight a 'forgotten front' of the First World War.

L'Adieu aux Armes - Roubaix remembers First World War with 4-year art show

03 October 2014

The French city of Roubaix has launched a four-year programme of art exhibitions commemorating the First World War Centenary in a gallery which used to be an art deco swimming pool.

Classic film telling the story of 1914 naval battles restored for Centenary

01 October 2014

The British Film Institute's First World War commemorations continue with a special screening of The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands, an epic recreation of two key naval battles 100 years ago.

Antwerp builds Centenary pontoon bridge to mark 1914 siege

01 October 2014

The 100th anniversary of the siege of Antwerp is being marked with the opening of a peace bridge across the River Scheldt on October 3rd 2014.

Centenary of 'Race to the Sea' and 'Mademoiselle from Armentières' remembered in France

30 September 2014

The 100th anniversary of the battles known as the 'Race to the Sea' will be remembered with a historical re-enactment in the French town of Armentières in October 2014.

'Screaming Steel' - Exhibition in UK city of Newcastle captures horrors of the War

24 September 2014

An exhibition examining artistic and literary responses to the horrors suffered by First World War soldiers can be seen at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne, until December 13th 2014.

Centenary update: London 'Battle Bus' at the Last Post in Ypres

23 September 2014

London Transport Museum's 1914 'Battle Bus' took part in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres, on September 20th 2014 as part of its Centenary tour.

London 'Battle Bus' leaves for Centenary Western Front tour

18 September 2014

London Transport Museum's restored First World War bus has set off on a tour of the former battlefields of Flanders and France.

The Great War as recorded in the arts: an exhibition at London's Morley Gallery

17 September 2014

The Great War, as seen through both the fine and popular arts, is the theme of a Centenary exhibition which runs at the Morley Gallery in London until October 2nd 2014.

Centenary update: remembering the Battle of the Aisne

17 September 2014

Paul Kendall reports for Centenary News on events in France marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Aisne, where trench warfare started in September 1914.

Pope Francis delivers Centenary warning against a new world war

16 September 2014

Pope Francis has used a First World War Centenary pilgrimage to warn of the dangers of a third global conflict. 

French Prime Minister leads Centenary tribute to the fallen of the Marne

15 September 2014

The French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, has led commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of the Marne.

100 years ago: Battle of the Aisne marks start of trench warfare

14 September 2014

The Battle of the Aisne was fought 100 years ago as German troops pulled backed across northeastern France. 

Chateau recalls historic Anglo-French meeting before the Marne

04 September 2014

The Chateau which hosted a historic meeting between the British and French military commanders, as the Battle of the Marne was getting under way, is specially open to the public for a weekend of Centenary remembrance.

1914 Siege of Maubeuge to be commemorated with two days of events

02 September 2014

A two-day programme of commemorations is planned in Maubeuge to mark the siege of the French town by German troops in 1914.

New Zealand marks centenary of occupying Samoa

02 September 2014

New Zealand has held commemorations to mark the occupation of Samoa at the start of the First World War.

Kenya remembers start of East Africa campaign in 1914

01 September 2014

The spread of the First World War to East Africa has been remembered with a series of Centenary events in Kenya.

Former First World War enemies stand together in Mons to honour the fallen of 1914

25 August 2014

The Belgian town of Mons has led a day of solemn tributes to all those who fell in the opening battle between the British and German Armies on August 23rd 1914.

August 23rd 2014: Belgian King visits Dinant on Centenary of First World War massacre

23 August 2014

King Philippe of the Belgians is attending commemorations in Dinant today for 674 civilians who were shot by the invading German Army 100 years ago.

First clash between British and German troops in 1914 remembered near Mons

22 August 2014

Commemorations have been held in Belgium on the Centenary of the first shots fired by the British Army in the First World War.

 

Top officials gather in Serbia to commemorate the Battle of Cer

19 August 2014

International officials laid wreaths at a ceremony commemorating the Serb victory over the Austro-Hungarians at the Battle of Cer in 1914. 

Western Front Association day of Centenary commemorations in France for the BEF

13 August 2014

The Western Front Association is holding a series of events in France today to mark the first arrivals of British troops 100 years ago.

Battle of the Aisne Centenary to be marked with two days of commemorations in September 2014

11 August 2014

Thousands of soldiers killed at the Battle of the Aisne, where trench warfare started in 1914, are to be remembered at a special Centenary event in France.

Tahiti remembers the First World War in the Pacific

11 August 2014

Commemorations are taking place in French Polynesia today to mark the Centenary of general mobilisation for the First World War.

Western Front Association remembers first British troops sent to France in 1914

10 August 2014

The Western Front Association has begun four days of commemorations marking the Centenary of the first British troops leaving for France in 1914.

Three million UK homes answered 'Lights Out' call on centenary of war

08 August 2014

More than three million households in the UK are estimated to have taken part in the 'Lights Out' event, remembering the night Britain entered the First World War a century ago.

'Lights out' and vigils mark Britain going to war 100 years ago

04 August 2014

Lights were darkened on many buildings in Britain on August 4th 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the country entering the First World War.

August 4th 2014: call for 'Lights Out' across UK at 10pm to mark war Centenary

04 August 2014

People across the UK are invited to turn off their lights tonight  for a moment of shared reflection on the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Prince Harry opens 'Step Short' Arch remembering the millions who sailed to war from Channel port of Folkestone

04 August 2014

Prince Harry has inaugurated a commemorative arch in Folkestone, dedicated to the heroism and sacrifice of those who passed through the English Channel port on their way to the Western Front.

August 3rd 2014: Belgian King today honours soldiers killed in action as war started in 1914

03 August 2014

King Philippe of Belgium pays tribute today to the first Belgian soldier killed in the Great War on a day which also  sees commemorations for troops buried in the ruins of a Liège fortress.

Centenary update: French and German Presidents lay foundation stone for joint First World War museum in Alsace

03 August 2014

The Presidents of France and Germany have laid the foundation stone for a new museum symbolising the reconciliation between their countries on the site of a former First World War battlefield.

August 1st 2014: Bells ring across France today to mark centenary of mobilisation for war

01 August 2014

Bells will be rung at public buildings in France today to mark the 100th anniversary of the country's general mobilisation for the First World War.

Centenary Events: Where to go, what to discover around the UK and worldwide August 2nd-5th 2014

01 August 2014

Centenary News lists a selection of events taking place locally to mark the First World War Centenary in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Africa and the United States. 

Western Front Association announces major tribute to first British troops sent to France in 1914

01 August 2014

The Western Front Association has announced four days of events in August 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the British Expeditionary Force leaving for France.

Last Post Ceremony in Canberra to mark centenary of Australia going to war in 1914

30 July 2014

The Australian War Memorial's Last Post Ceremony on August 4th 2014 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Charity 'shines a light' for soldiers buried at cemetery on England's Channel coast

29 July 2014

Lanterns will be lit on the graves of 550 soldiers at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery on the Kent coast on August 4th 2014, the Centenary of Britain's entry into the First World War.

First World War Centenary: key events coming up in August 2014

27 July 2014

Centenary News provides an update of events being held globally in August 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War.

July 27: Italy launches global music event to remember Europe's last hours of peace on this day in 1914

27 July 2014

Music remembering the last day of peace in Europe in 1914 will be performed around the world today (July 27th 2014) as part of the Italian Government’s First World War commemorative programme.

Archive film release gives UK cinema audiences chance to see 1914 screen hits

26 July 2014

A special compilation of films which would have entertained cinema-goers in 1914 has been produced by the British Film Institute National Archive.

RAF Museum in London offers rare personal look at First World War archives

23 July 2014

London's Royal Air Force Museum is offering a very rare chance for the public to view original First World War documents dating from 1914.

Wilfred Owen's First World War poetry returns to Craiglockhart in Centenary musical performance

23 July 2014

Bullets and Daffodils, a musical drama based on Wilfred Owen's First World War poetry, is to be performed at Craiglockhart in Edinburgh, scene of his inspirational meeting with Siegfried Sassoon.

'We will remember them' - UK announces themes for Centenary commemorations on August 4 2014

22 July 2014

Britain has set out more details of a national day of commemoration on August 4th 2014 to mark the Centenary of its entry into the First World War. 

 

Centenary conference in Ottawa explores Canadian literature of the First World War

21 July 2014

The Canadian War Museum is marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War with an international conference devoted to Canadian literature of the period.

International Bastille Day Parade in Paris marks First World War Centenary

14 July 2014

France's major commemorations of the First World War Centenary start in earnest today (14th July 2014) at the Bastille Day parade in Paris.

Ban Ki-moon reflects on the "pain and futility" of the First World War at UN commemorative event

10 July 2014

The Secretary-General of the United Nations has reflected on the impact the First World War had on the twentieth century and the importance of diplomacy in the twenty first century.

German Parliament marks First World War Centenary

10 July 2014

Germany's Parliament, the Bundestag, has held a special session to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Tour de France commemorates First World War

10 July 2014

The Tour de France is commemorating the Centenary of the First World War by following a route which includes some of the key battlefields from the conflict.

UK and German Parliamentarians sing Centenary Concert at Westminster Hall

10 July 2014

The Choirs of the British and German Parliaments have sung together in London to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War.

Senior Chinese diplomat's visit to France to end First World War "oblivion"

09 July 2014

The South China Morning Post reports that a senior Chinese diplomat will travel to France to attend a First World War commemorative event.

Largest human poppy world record broken after two months

08 July 2014

School children from across Sefton, Merseyside, have set a new world record by making the largest human poppy.

German President warns of Europe's challenges in First World War Centenary year

07 July 2014

German President Joachim Gauck has urged Europe to 'stand up with self-confidence for all that unites us' in a speech marking the Centenary of the First World War.

Queen honours First World War volunteers on Centenary of Archduke's assassination

07 July 2014

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip have paid tribute to the thousands of men and women who volunteered during the First World War at a ceremony at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.

100 Years Ago Today: Archduke Franz Ferdinand assassinated

28 June 2014

Today marks exactly 100 years since the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on 28th June 1914.

Crowd gathers for the Assassination Anniversary in Sarajevo street

28 June 2014

The Editor of Centenary News reports from Sarajevo on how the city marked the moment when the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated.

Events in Sarajevo mark the Centenary of the Assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand

28 June 2014

The assassination of the Archduke on June 28th 1914 was remembered today in series of events in Sarajevo.  

Centenary Countdown: key dates coming up to mark 100th anniversary of the First World War

27 June 2014

Centenary News lists the major commemorations taking place in July and August 2014 to mark the outbreak of the First World War 100 years ago.

Controversial statue of Gavrilo Princip unveiled in East Sarajevo

27 June 2014

The Editor of Centenary News is in Sarajevo for the start of the First World War Centenary – and has just sent this update.

Tickets set to be released for Glasgow's First World War Commonwealth Centenary commemoration

27 June 2014

Tickets for a special ceremony in Glasgow to mark the Centenary of the First World War, with an emphasis on the Commonwealth, will be released to the general public on the 7th July 2013.

EU leaders in Ypres for First World War Centenary tribute to the fallen

26 June 2014

European Union leaders have gathered in Ypres for a First World War Centenary tribute, two days ahead of the 100th anniversary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.

Somme town of Péronne to host international opening for First World War Centenary peace garden

26 June 2014

UNESCO ambassadors and representatives from more than 80 countries will attend the inauguration of a Centenary peace garden in the Somme département of France on 2nd July 2014.

Cyclists mark Centenary of Archduke's assassination in Sarajevo

23 June 2014

The Sarajevo Grand Prix 2014 has marked the Centenary of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.

German President hosts international First World War Centenary debate in Berlin

21 June 2014

German President Joachim Gauck has invited international historians to Berlin for a day of remembrance and discussion of the First World War and its legacy.

Walks of remembrance to mark First World War Centenary at National Trust sites in UK

16 June 2014

The National Trust is inviting people to mark the First World War Centenary by joining silent walks of remembrance at 23 of the historic sites in its care across England and Wales.

Battle of Mons Centenary to be marked with day of commemorations on August 23 2014

13 June 2014

The Belgian town of Mons has announced more details of commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Mons in August 2014.

First World War Centenary to be marked in Scotland with service at Edinburgh Castle

12 June 2014

A drumhead service will be held at Edinburgh Castle to mark the Centenary of the First World War in Scotland.

Huge international history festival takes place in Moscow

12 June 2014

The fourth annual Times and Epochs international historical festival has been held in the Russian capital, with '1914-2014' as the theme.

Pope Francis announces First World War Centenary pilgrimage

10 June 2014

Pope Francis is to mark the Centenary of the First World War with a pilgrimage in September 2014 to pray for the victims of all wars.

Leading European archives to discuss their First World War exhibitions

09 June 2014

First World War exhibitions commissioned from the archives of leading European libraries will be discussed at a public event hosted by the Institut Français in London on 19th June 2014.

Young New Zealanders chosen for Paris First World War Centenary parade

05 June 2014

Four young New Zealanders have been chosen to represent their country at the Bastille Day Parade in Paris which will launch France's commemorations for the First World War Centenary in 2014. 

President of Portugal's Centenary Commission speaks to Centenary News

14 May 2014

The President of Portugal’s First World War Centenary Commission, Lieutenant-General Mário de Oliveira Cardoso, has spoken to Centenary News about his country’s plans to mark the Centenary.

Sarajevo opens restored City Hall for First World War Centenary Year

11 May 2014

Sarajevo's historic City Hall has reopened, more than 20 years after its destruction during the Bosnian War.

Centenary countdown: view of key events coming up in Summer 2014 to mark the First World War Centenary

10 May 2014

With less than two months to go before the First World War Centenary commemorations get under way in earnest, Centenary News lists key events taking place in the summer of 2014.

'Fields of Battle' photo exhibition visits Paris ahead of UK First World War Centenary tour

09 May 2014

An outdoor photographic exhibition, capturing the haunting beauty of many of the First World War battlefields as they are today, is on show at the Jardin du Luxembourg in Paris.

 

Gimmicks are insulting First World War Centenary, says historian

08 May 2014

A warfare historian has claimed events lined up to mark the Centenary of the First World War, such as a football match backed by Prince William, are gimmicks which are insulting to the heroism and horrors experienced by those who gave their lives.

 

UK Government announces latest details of First World War Centenary events

08 May 2014

The British Government has released more details of the national events taking place on 4th August 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of war starting against Germany.

UK and German Ambassadors take part in remembrance of First World War Zeebrugge Raid

02 May 2014

The British and German Ambassadors to Belgium have attended commemorations marking the 96th anniversary of the Royal Navy's Zeebrugge Raid during the First World War.

Buckingham Palace publishes Royal Family's First World War Centenary engagements

30 April 2014

Buckingham Palace has announced full details of the First World War Centenary events to be attended by senior members of the British Royal Family on 4th August 2014.

Princes William and Harry, and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, to mark First World War Centenary in Belgium

30 April 2014

It's been confirmed that Prince William, Catherine Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince Harry will be in Belgium on 4th August 2014 for events marking the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

The Sunday Times: Prince William and Catherine to attend St Symphorien First World War ceremony in Belgium

28 April 2014

The Sunday Times reports that Queen Elizabeth has asked Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge to represent the UK at a ceremony in Belgium marking the Centenary of the start of the First World War.

European football invites international leaders to Belgium for Centenary of the Christmas truce

14 April 2014

European football's governing body, UEFA, has announced plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the Christmas truce on the Western Front. 

Australia and New Zealand announce results of ballots for Gallipoli 2015 Anzac Day tickets

07 April 2014

Australians and New Zealanders who've been successful in ballots for tickets to the Centenary Anzac Day service at Gallipoli in 2015 have been notified by their governments.

St. Symphorien cemetery in Belgium: preparing for shared First World War remembrance on August 4

04 April 2014

Centenary News Deputy Editor, Peter Alhadeff, visits St.Symphorien military cemetery in Belgium as it prepares for commemorations on 4th August 2014 marking the start of the First World War 100 years ago.

Call for 'lights out' across UK on August 4 to mark First World War Centenary

28 March 2014

People across the UK will be invited to commemorate the First World War Centenary by turning off their lights on 4th August 2014, the 100th anniversary of Britain declaring war on Germany.

Professor Gary Sheffield dubs UK 'lights out' Centenary plan a "gimmick"

28 March 2014

Professor of War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, Gary Sheffield, has described an initiative which asks people to switch off their lights to mark the First World War Centenary as a "ludicrous gimmick".

'War and the Horse': English Heritage commemorates First World War Centenary

27 March 2014

The role of cavalry soldiers and their horses will be the focus for First World War Centenary commemorations in 2014 at historic sites cared for by English Heritage.

US President Obama to commemorate First World War with King Philippe on visit to Belgium

24 March 2014

President Barack Obama will travel to Belgium this week, where he will attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Flanders.

World Poetry Day launch for international Centenary cultural events and performances

19 March 2014

The impact of the poetry and literature of the First World War is to be examined in a wide programme of international cultural events and performances.

Tower of London to mark First World War Centenary with more than 800,000 ceramic poppies

14 March 2014

The Tower of London has announced that it will mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War with an art installation and programme of events.

European leaders to mark First World War Centenary with summit in Ypres

12 March 2014

European Union leaders will open their June summit in the Belgian city of Ypres to commemorate the Centenary of the the start of the First World War.

Women's roles in the First World War to be remembered in the UK

10 March 2014

The role women played in the First World War is being remembered in a series of exhibitions, debates, lectures and conferences as the Centenary gets under way.

Southwark Cathedral launch of 'The Church of England and the First World War'

24 February 2014

Southwark Cathedral in London will host the launch of the reprint of The Church of England and the First World War, by Canon Alan Wilkinson.

Centenary Chorus launches - 600 international young singers to perform at the Royal Albert Hall

23 February 2014

Sing UK is bringing together a chorus of young people from four of the former combatant nations of the First World War - Belgium, England, France and Germany - for a special Centenary concert.

Whitehall debate hears call to challenge First World War myths

21 February 2014

Centenary News Deputy Editor, Mike Swain, reports from a debate held in Whitehall, London, on the First World War Centenary and whether it is relevant to our lives today.

Australian War Memorial announces First World War Centenary programme

20 February 2014

The Australian War Memorial has announced a series of events and exhibitions to mark the Centenary of the First World War, which will include the names of Australia's First World War dead being projected onto the Memorial.

Historians to commemorate Centenary at Franschhoek Literary Festival, South Africa

17 February 2014

The Franschhoek Literary Festival, which is held annually in South Africa, will mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War as it is joined by historians Margaret Macmillan and Norman Stone.

Trent to Trenches: Great War Centenary Weekend, Nottinghamshire

12 February 2014

Nottinghamshire's Centenary programme, Trent to Trenches, will include a "commemorative living history event" on the 100th anniversary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination.

Daughter of First World War Poet Edmund Blunden to speak at Oxford

09 February 2014

Margi Blunden, daughter of the First World War poet, Edmund Blunden, will remember her father at Oxford University's WW1 Poetry Spring School in April 2014.

Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation announces Centenary plans

07 February 2014

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation has announced a series of events and exhibitions to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Applications for 2015 Anzac Day Gallipoli ticket ballot close

31 January 2014

Applications to take part in a ballot for tickets to attend Gallipoli for the Anzac Centenary in 2015 have closed.

Statue in honour of 'In Flanders Fields' poet to be erected in Ottawa to mark Centenary

31 January 2014

An initiative by the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery will see a statue of the First World War soldier, physician and poet, John McCrae, erected in Ottawa, Canada.

First World War European Tourism Fair, Italy, 2014

29 January 2014

A First World War 'Tourism Fair' will take place in Gorizia, northern Italy, where tourism sites and locations associated with the conflict will be able to promote their plans to mark the Centenary.

1914 - The Middle of Europe: The Rhineland and the First World War

20 January 2014

1914 - Mitten in Europa: Das Rheinland und der Erste Weltkrieg has been established by the Rhineland Regional Council (LVR) to mark the Centenary of the First World War in the region.

French and German Presidents to mark Centenary in Alsace on August 3 2014

19 January 2014

Centenary News learns that Germany's President, Joachim Gauck, will join French President François Hollande in Alsace to mark the Centenary of the start of the First World War.

Requiem with Durham Cathedral Choir to mark First World War Centenary

19 January 2014

Durham Cathedral Choir will commemorate the Centenary of the First World War with a special service this March.

Exhibition in European Cultural Capital - Riga, Latvia - to explore the First World War

18 January 2014

An exhibition about the First World War has opened in Riga, Latvia, as part of the city’s programme to mark its status as European Capital of Culture 2014.

'Martyrs' Memorial March': Turks commemorate Battle of Sarikamish

05 January 2014

Thousands of Turks are taking part in a march which commemorates the First World War Battle of Sarikamish.

German War Graves Commission plans youth exchange programme with Italy for Centenary

21 December 2013

The German War Graves Commission is planning a "youth exchange" programme for Germans and Italians, focusing on Germany's largest First World War PoW camp.

State Library of Queensland launches 'Q Anzac 100: Memories for A New Generation' Centenary programme

20 December 2013

The State Library of Queensland has launched a five year programme of initiatives to commemorate the First World War and Anzac Centenary.

'Sacred soil' ceremony takes place in London

30 November 2013

BBC News reports that 'sacred soil' from Belgian First World War battlefields, which was presented to the UK at a ceremony in Ypres, arrived at the Guards Museum on the 30th November 2013.

'Sacred soil' from Belgium arrives in London for Centenary memorial garden

29 November 2013

BBC News reports on the arrival of soil from First World War Belgian battlefields which will be used for a Centenary memorial garden at Wellington Barracks, London.

Seven day footrace to mark ANZAC Centenary in 2015

19 November 2013

ANZAC Ultra will stage a seven day footrace to commemorate the Centenary of the ANZACs landing at Gallipoli in 1915.

Australia and New Zealand open Anzac Centenary ticket ballot

15 November 2013

Australia and New Zealand have opened the ticketing ballot process for those wishing to attend Centenary commemorations at Gallipoli in Turkey in 2015.

Delhi War Cemetery marks Remembrance Day 2013

12 November 2013

A Remembrance Day Ceremony was held at Delhi War Cemetery on the 10th November 2013.

Poland celebrates its Independence Day as President appeals for "tribute to independence fighters"

12 November 2013

Poland marked the 95th anniversary of its independence on the 11th November 2013.

Australia and New Zealand mark Armistice Day 2013 with online archive

11 November 2013

Australia and New Zealand were among the first nations to mark the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War this year.

Élysée Palace announces French President's Armistice Day 2013 programme

10 November 2013

French President Francois Hollande will lead the country in marking the 95th anniversary of the end of the First World War tomorrow.

Sunday 11:00am: Queen leads Britain and Commonwealth representatives at London's Cenotaph

10 November 2013

Queen Elizabeth leads Britain in commemorating those who have fought in conflicts since 1914 on Remembrance Sunday 2013.

President Hollande announces French Government's plans for the Centenary

08 November 2013

The French President, Francois Hollande, has announced that Germany's head of state will take part in commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of France entering the First World War.

National World War I Museum, Kansas City, Veterans' Day weekend events

07 November 2013

The National World War I Museum in Kansas City, USA, has planned a series of events on the 10th - 11th November 2013.

'India and the Great War' Centenary commemoration project & conference

05 November 2013

The United Services Institution, Centre for Armed Forces Historical Research, has launched a project with the Indian Ministry of External Affairs to highlight India's contribution during the First World War.

International leaders invited to Belgian city of Liège for Centenary

31 October 2013

It has been announced that more than fifty heads of state will be invited to a ceremony in the Belgian city of Liège on August 4th 2014, to mark the start of the Centenary of the First World War. 

Help for Heroes 4x4 European rally to mark First World War Centenary

29 October 2013

Help for Heroes has organised a 4x4 European rally to mark the Centenary of the First World War and the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

Tour de France 2014 route with Ypres stage to mark First World War Centenary announced

23 October 2013

The Tour de France 2014 route has been announced, with a stage at Ypres to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Duke of Edinburgh to attend ceremony at Ypres as soil is gathered from Flanders Fields

09 October 2013

The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH Prince Philip, will attend a Last Post Ceremony on November 11th 2013 as soil is gathered from Flanders Fields for a memorial garden in London.

President of India pays tribute to First World War soldiers on visit to Belgium

06 October 2013

President Pranab Mukherjee of India laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Brussels, Belgium, in memory of soldiers who fought during the First World War.

Congolese President Kabila invited to Belgium to mark First World War Centenary

05 October 2013

Camer reports that the Belgian Government has invited the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Joseph Kabila, to attend First World War Centenary commemorations in Belgium.

London to Ypres trek to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War

06 September 2013

The Royal Star & Garter Homes is organising a five day trek from London to Ypres to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Mountaineering expedition in 2015 to mark Centenary of Italy's entry into the First World War

27 August 2013

On 24th May 2015 a mountaineering expedition - which will span 1500km from the Stelvio Pass to the Carso Plateau - will mark the Centenary of Italy's entrance into the First World War.

English town of Hartlepool to mark Centenary of bombardment by German Navy

02 August 2013

The BBC reports that the English town of Hartlepool will be marking the Centenary of the First World War with a £400,000 programme of events.

Tour de France 2014 to have special First World War Centenary route

02 August 2013

leJDD reports that the Tour de France will mark the Centenary of the First World War with a special route through sites of importance during the conflict in 2014.

Remains of three unknown First World War South African soldiers buried at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

09 July 2013

Flanders News has filmed the burial service of three First World War South African soldiers, which were discovered in 2011.

First World War trawler in South Georgia could return to city of Hull, England, for Centenary

20 June 2013

Merco Press reports that an historic First World War trawler on the South Atlantic island of South Georgia, originally from the English city of Hull, could be returned to city for the Centenary.

Details of official British First World War Centenary plans begin to emerge

09 June 2013

The Telegraph publishes details of UK Centenary plans, ahead of an official announcement tomorrow, which Centenary News will be reporting from.

First World War Italian soldier's diary extracts to illuminate historic military trail

07 June 2013

Il Giornale Vicenza reports that extracts from the diary of Captain Picone will illuminate a First World War military path he helped to construct.

Remains of two Austro-Hungarian First World War soldiers to be buried in Italy

07 June 2013

Following the discovery of the remains of two Austro-Hungarian soldiers from the First World War in September 2012, a remembrance and burial service will take place.

Plans to mark the First World War Centenary gain momentum in Trentino, Italy

03 June 2013

Trentino '14-'18. From war to peace is an initiative which is planning a series of events to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War in the autonomous northern Italian province of Trentino.

First Minister of Scotland announces five year programme for First World War Centenary

24 May 2013

The First Minister of Scotland has announced a five year programme of events, lasting until 2019, to mark the Centenary of the First World War in Scotland.

Belgium announces commemoration plans for the Centenary of the First World War

22 May 2013

Belgium has announced its plans to mark the Centenary of the First World War at regional and national levels.

Australia and New Zealand announce details of ticket ballot for Anzac Day commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015

13 May 2013

Australia and New Zealand announce details of the ballot system for tickets to be used for Anzac Day Centenary commemorations at Gallipoli in 2015.

'The Sunday Times' reports UK may begin Centenary commemorations in cemetery with equal numbers of British and German war dead

01 May 2013

The Sunday Times reports UK may mark start of the Centenary with a service at a cemetery with equal numbers of UK & German war dead.

Themes for First World War Centenary in Auckland, New Zealand, announced

26 April 2013

The Mayor of Auckland and the Director of the Auckland War Memorial announce "the themes forming the basis of Auckland’s contribution to the WW100 commemoration events and programmes".

Anzac Day: Remembrance services held on 98th anniversary of Gallipoli landings

25 April 2013

The 98th anniversary of the amphibious landings at Gallipoli, which saw severe losses for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, is marked with commemorations in Turkey, Australia & New Zealand.

New Zealand's Te Papa Museum sets out five year Centenary plan

20 April 2013

Scoop Independent News reports that New Zealand's Te Papa Museum has outlined its plans for the next five years to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Australian War Memorial begins redevelopment of First World War galleries for Centenary

14 April 2013

The Australian War Memorial has started a $32 million modernisation of its First World War galleries as part of its efforts to mark the Centenary.

France and Germany to fund Centenary events in Sarajevo

11 April 2013

The French Embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina has announced that a programme of events to mark the Centenary of the First World War in Sarajevo has been submitted.

'Ypres Tourism' releases brochure highlighting commemorative events for 2014-15

27 March 2013

Ypres Tourism has developed a brochure with its partners highlighting  events which are to take place in Ypres, Belgium, in 2014-15 to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Call for Centenary projects in Anjou, France

12 March 2013

Angers Mag reports that a departmental committee has been established in Anjou, France, and is calling for projects to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Driving routes retracing the front lines of the First World War under development

09 March 2013

The Great War Centenary 2014-18 project is in the process of plotting new routes which will allow motorists to explore locations of importance during the First World War in Flanders, Belgium.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to mark centenary of Archduke's assassination with concert in Sarajevo, Bosnia

04 March 2013

The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is to mark the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir apparent to the throne of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games could see city as a centre for Centenary commemorations

27 February 2013

Herald Scotland reports that discussions are underway to make Glasgow a centre for the commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War, in light of its hosting of the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Thankful villages run 2013

18 February 2013

Over the summer of 2013, two motorcyclists will be riding through each of the United Kingdom's 'thankful villages', where there is no First World War memorial, as all of those who served in the conflict, returned home.

Articles & Blogs

'Face-to-Face' in Arras with troops of the Great War

13 April 2017

A street display of pictures in Arras brings visitors close to soldiers and many others who served here during the First World War.

'War in the Sunshine: The British in Italy 1917-18'

18 January 2017

An exhibition at the Estorick Collection in London offers a rare glimpse of Britain's First World War Italian campaign, writes CN Editor Peter Alhadeff.

Painting the Somme - Centenary exhibition in London

29 June 2016

Artist Hughie O'Donoghue talks to Patrick Gregory about  'Seven Halts on the Somme' - a special display of his paintings at Leighton House Museum, London.

Centenary tribute to America's WWI pilots in France - April 20

18 April 2016

As the US and France prepare for a rededication ceremony to mark the centennial of a group of American pilots entering the First World War, Patrick Gregory looks back at the impact of the volunteer airmen. 

'Remnants' - Review of South African artist's Somme exhibition in Boston

08 March 2016

Susan Werbe reviews 'Remnants', artist Paul Emmanuel's installation remembering the missing soldiers of the Somme, at Boston University's 808 Gallery in the United States.

'Rearranging History' - US exhibition pieces together story of giant WW1 painting

23 December 2015

Missing fragments from a Great War masterpiece are back on view for the first time in decades at the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, as CN contributor Patrick Gregory discovers.

Gallipoli troops of the 'Immortal 29th Division' remembered 100 years after parade for the King

27 March 2015

A ceremony has been held in Warwickshire to mark the centenary of British troops parading past King George V before they left for Gallipoli. Lyn Edmonds, of the Gallipoli Association, tells their story.

Franco-German exhibition explores First World War in the Upper Rhine

17 March 2015

A travelling exhibition looks at life in the border region of Baden, Germany and Alsace, France during the First World War. Katherine Quinlan-Flatter reports from Baden-Baden.

'World War I: War of Images, Images of War' exhibition showing at the Getty Center

08 February 2015

CN writer, Jillian Davidson, visited the Getty Center in Los Angeles and gives an account of its centenary exhibition, 'World War I: War of Images, Images of War.' 

Reflections on three Boston World War One exhibitions

14 January 2015

Susan Werbe has written a piece for Centenary News reflecting on three WWI exhibitions currently on display at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Boston Athenaeum; and the Massachusetts Historical Society. 

Reflections on the Scarborough bombardment remembrance event

17 December 2014

On Tuesday, 16th December 2014, the Centenary News editor attended the remembrance event in Scarborough, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the bombardment of the seaside town. Here's his personal reflections of his visit.

An article about the International Speaker Series with the Canadian War Museum

02 December 2014

Centenary News writer, Christopher Harvie, spoke with Dr Andrew Burtch, Acting Director of Research for the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to discuss the museum's International Speaker Series, an initiative giving different perspectives to the history of the First World War.  

'Enemy Aliens' - Canadian War Museum explores internment during First World War

06 October 2014

The story of thousands of people identified as 'enemy aliens' in Canada during the First World War is told in a special exhibition at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. 

Reflections on remembrance in Mons, 100 years after the battle

25 August 2014

Journalist Pat Sweet offers her personal view of two days of events remembering the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Mons.

Conference kicks off interest in commemorating America's role in World War One

18 August 2014

Allison Finkelstein writes about a kickoff Centennial Trade Show and conference which brought together people interested in commemorating America's involvement in World War 1

Reuters revisits Sarajevo: "World War One. What were they thinking?"

25 July 2014

A report from a Reuters Newsmaker Event in New York, planned and moderated by Sir Harold Evans, and attended by former U.S Secretaries of State Dr Henry Kissinger and Dr Madeleine Albright.

 

Giant photographs of pebble reflect "traumatised" landscape of war

16 June 2014

Mike Swain visits Orford Ness nature reserve on the British Suffolk coast to see an exhibition of unusual photographs by installation artist Anya Gallaccio of a pebble picked from a bombing range.

Trentino remembers La Guerra Bianca as it prepares for the Centenary

05 June 2014

Mike Swain reports on plans underway in Trentino, northern Italy, to mark the 'White War', which saw thousands of Austro-Hungarian and Italian troops engage in the mountains.

President of Portugal's Centenary Commission talks to Centenary News

14 May 2014

The President of Portugal’s First World War Centenary Commission, Lieutenant-General Mário de Oliveira Cardoso, has spoken to Centenary News about his country’s plans to mark the Centenary.

Warfare historian hits out at "gimmicks" used to remember First World War centenary

09 May 2014

Dr Clare Makepeace says plans to remember the Christmas Truce with a football match are turning the Centenary into nothing more than a series of gimmicks.

Singing at Menin Gate will stir First World War family memories for London choristers

23 April 2014

Members of the London Pro Arte Choir are due to travel to Ypres in July 2014 to sing under the Menin Gate, bringing back memories of past relatives who fought in the First World War.

St. Symphorien in Belgium: preparing for shared First World War remembrance on August 4

06 April 2014

Centenary News Deputy Editor, Peter Alhadeff, visits St.Symphorien military cemetery in Belgium as it prepares to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

South African artist's work to remember soldiers killed on the Somme

17 December 2013

An installation by South African artist, Paul Emmanuel, will be displayed on the Somme as part of France's First World Centenary Commemorations.

Resources

The Last Post provides mass participation project within communities

30 October 2014

The Last Post is a mass participation project involving communities across the UK, using music to remember the First World War.

Events

Peter Barton talks about the Somme - from both sides of the wire

18 January 2017

Military historian Peter Barton will discuss German perspectives of the Battle of the Somme on 18 January 2017 as part of a free lecture series organised by the Herts at War centenary project in the UK.

'The Price of a Mile' - Anaesthesia during the Battle of the Somme

13 October 2016

The Price of a Mile, an exhibition honouring doctors who gave anaesthesia and pain relief to wounded soldiers on the Somme, opened at the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre in London with a lecture by military medical historian Dr Emily Mayhew.  

'The Danger Tree' - Digital art exhibition remembering the Somme

04 July 2016

The Danger Tree, an interactive art exhibition commemorating the Battle of the Somme, opened at a 'pop-up' venue in Greenwich, London, on July 1st 2016.

Gallipoli Centenary Education Project Schools Conference

14 March 2016

The UK-based Gallipoli Centenary Education Project is holding a national conference for schools in Birmingham on March 14th 2016.

Jutland Centenary 2016: Programme of naval lectures in London

26 January 2016

A series of lectures about the British navy in the First World World War is being held at the Army & Navy Club, London, to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland. 

Centenary Anniversary: British nurse Edith Cavell executed in occupied Belgium

12 October 2015
12th October 1915: Edith Cavell, a British nurse working in occupied Belgium, was executed by the Germans for helping Allied soldiers escape to the neutral Netherlands.

 

Somme Centenary ticket ballot - opens September 28

28 September 2015

An online ballot opens on September 28th 2015 for tickets to attend next year's Thiepval commemorations marking the Battle of the Somme Centenary.

30,000th Last Post: Ypres' UK twin town joins tribute

09 July 2015

The Kent town of Sittingbourne is taking part in the international commemoration marking the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post in Ypres. 

Stirling remembers landing of Scottish soldiers at Gallipoli

04 June 2015

The Scottish city of Stirling hosts a national commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of the 52nd (Lowland) Infantry Division arriving in Gallipoli. 

London lecture examines lessons of 1918 flu pandemic

13 May 2015

The influenza pandemic which spread across the world with devastating results in the final months of the Great War is discussed at a lecture in London on May 13th 2015.

'Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14-18' - Photographer Mike Sheil talks at Stowe School

12 May 2015

Photographer Michael St Maur Sheil will be talking about his First World War exhibition, Fields of Battle Lands of Peace 14-18, at Stowe School, near Buckingham in the UK, on Tuesday May 12th 2015.

'Beyond the 1914-1918 Centenary' lecture series: 'A Century of Deceit and Denial', Brussels

07 May 2015

Beyond the 1914-1918 Centenary's next lecture, focusing on the sinking of the Lusitania, will be held on 7th May 2015 in Brussels.

English village of Hoby holds First World War commemorative events

01 May 2015

The Hoby and District Local History Society is organised a variety of commemorative events to honour local contributions to the First World War.

Isaac Rosenberg statue appeal fundraising event

26 April 2015

On Sunday 26 April, the Jewish East End Celebration Society is hosting an event to fund-raise for the planned statue in memory of the war poet Isaac Rosenberg.

ACMI exhibition, War Pictures: Australians at the Cinema 1914-1918

10 March 2015

To commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), in association with the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, will present 'War Pictures: Australians at the Cinema 1914-1918'.

New exhibition: 'Politics & Sacrifice: NSW Parliament and the Anzacs'

07 January 2015

The Parliament of New South Wales will mark the Centenary with a free public exhibition titled 'Politics & Sacrifice: NSW Parliament and the Anzacs', exploring the political aspects of the Great War.

Christmas truce: three days of Centenary commemorations in Ploegsteert, Belgium

19 December 2014

A torchlight march launches a weekend of events in Ploegsteert, Belgium, marking the Christmas truce centenary.

Christmas truce: 'Football Remembers Week' gets under way

06 December 2014

The British Council, the Football Association, Premier League and Football League invite all involved with football to join in remembering the Christmas truce from today, December 6th 2014

Les Enfants Terribles presents The Trench theatre performance

21 November 2014

The Trench has been inspired by the story of miner who was trapped in a tunnel during the First World War. The Trench combines music, puppetry and theatrical performance.

Event at Flanders House in New York - screening of Pershing's Last Patriot

13 November 2014

Pershing’s Last Patriot, The Story of Frank W. Buckles, America’s Last Veteran of World War I, directed by David DeJonge, is to screen at Flanders House in New York on Thursday, November 13th 2014 at 6.30pm.

“A Sociedade e a Grande Guerra" - "The Great War and Society" seminar at Lisbon University

13 November 2014

An international seminar, “A Sociedade e a Grande Guerra" or "The Great War and Society” will take place at the Faculty of Letters, Lisbon University, Portugal, on November 13th 2014.

Armistice Day: France inaugurates international memorial at Notre Dame de Lorette

11 November 2014

A First World War memorial to all soldiers killed on the battlefields of northern France will be inaugurated at Notre Dame de Lorette on Armistice Day 2014.

TC Squared Theatre Company announces New York premiere of the Great War Theatre Project

09 November 2014

The TC Squared Theatre Company in New York presents ‘The Great War Theatre Project: Messengers of a Bitter Truth’ on Sunday, November 9th 2014 6.30pm.

Tideswell Male Voice Choir Present 'Never Forget' A Remembrance Spectacular

08 November 2014

The Tideswell Male Voice Choir presents a musical tribute to the centenary of the First War World.

Sport and the First World War to be marked at London Sports Writing Festival this week

23 October 2014

The role of sportsmen in the First World War will be discussed at talks being held as part of the London Sports Writing Festival, starting on October 23rd 2014 at Lord's Cricket Ground.

'Light Front 14' - Torchlight remembrance of the Western Front in Belgium

17 October 2014

Thousands of flaming torches will light up the former Western Front in Belgium on October 17th 2014, commemorating the line as it stood 100 years ago.

'The Challenging Road to Peace since the First World War' - Exhibition in Tavistock UK

15 September 2014

Tavistock Peace Action Group in the UK has created a 21 board exhibition about the slide into war in 1914, also covering enlistment, conscription and conscientious objection.

1914 Battle of the Marne remembered in Reims

12 September 2014

France marks the centenary of the Battle of the Marne with commemorations in the city of Reims on September 12th 2014.

'Apocalypse World War 1' - Great War film series at the Institut Français London

08 September 2014

A series of films examining issues raised by the First World War is to be screened at the Institut Français in London, starting on September 8th 2014.

'Painting the Great War' – Exhibition of paintings by Paul Woods

07 September 2014

Athy Heritage Centre-Museum in Ireland opens an exhibition of paintings by artist Paul Woods on September 7th 2014 as part of its First World War Centenary events.

Belgium remembers civilian atrocity victims of 1914

16 August 2014

Belgian 'Martyr Cities' will hold commemorations between August 16 and September 6 2014 to remember victims of atrocities at the start of the First World War.

 

Centenary Peace Garden opens at Péronne in the Somme

02 July 2014

UNESCO ambassadors and representatives from more than 80 countries attend the official opening of the Garden of the 6th Continent in the Somme. There will also be a day of events for the public.

International historians to debate Sarajevo 1914 'the South Slav Question' at Southampton University

26 June 2014

Southampton University in the UK is marking the Centenary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination with an international conference from June 26-28 2014.

Author Tim Butcher speaks about Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassin, Gavrilo Princip

25 June 2014

Author and journalist, Tim Butcher, discusses The Trigger - his book about Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassin, Gavrilo Princip - at Southwark Cathedral in London.

National Trust launches walks of remembrance to mark First World War Centenary at historic UK sites

17 June 2014

The National Trust invites people to mark the First World War Centenary by joining silent walks of remembrance at 23 historic sites in England and Wales.

First World War European Tourism Fair, Italy

23 May 2014

A First World War 'Tourism Fair' will take place in Gorizia, northern Italy, where tourism sites and locations associated with the conflict will be able to promote their plans to mark the Centenary.

Videos

Beyond lecture series: “Feeding the Enemy – The Hidden History of the CRB"

10 December 2014

As part of the 'Beyond the 1914-1918 Centenary' lecture series, author Gerry Docherty gave a presentation on the 'hidden history' of the Commission for the Relief of Belgium (CRB). 

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