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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.

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. 

'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.

'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.

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.

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. 

Three more WW1 Victoria Crosses displayed at the Australian War Memorial

07 March 2017

Victoria Cross medals awarded to three Australian soldiers in 1917-18 have been added to the Centenary display in the Australian War Memorial's Hall of Valour.

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.

Remembering the SS Mendi - South Africa leads centenary tributes

22 February 2017

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

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

21 February 2017

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

Appeal for information about 15 First World War soldiers

18 February 2017

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

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

15 February 2017

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

US national ceremony to mark WWI Centennial - April 2017

08 February 2017

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

WW1 Submarine Centenary: UK memorial wins added heritage protection

06 February 2017

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

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

03 February 2017

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

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

12 January 2017

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

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

11 January 2017

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

NZ's new Prime Minister visits WW1 battlefields in Belgium

10 January 2017

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

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

09 January 2017

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

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.

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.

Execution of first British officer in WW1 - December 10 1916

10 December 2016

Second lieutenant Eric Poole, shot by firing squad on 10 December 1916, was the first British army officer to be executed in the Great War, despite evidence of shell shock. 

'A legacy for future generations' - Auckland Museum's new remembrance gallery

02 December 2016

A new gallery for New Zealanders to discover and commemorate those who've served their country in war has opened at Auckland War Memorial Museum.

'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.

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.

Verdun, 100 years ago - France recaptures Fort Douaumont

24 October 2016

French colonial troops entered Fort Douaumont on 24 October 1916, ending an eight-month German occupation of the biggest of the Verdun fortresses. 

Munitions site protected in tribute to women killed in WW1 blast

20 October 2016

The UK Government has protected the site of a First World War munitions factory in Leeds where 35 women were killed in an explosion in December 1916.

Leicester University remembers fallen soldier commemorated with its founding

15 October 2016

Archive material has uncovered one of the stories that inspired Leicester University's foundation as a 'living memorial' to the dead of the First World War.

CWGC launches Somme battlefield guide

13 October 2016

Centenary News reports from an event at the Canadian High Commission in London, marking publication of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Somme Battlefield Companion. 

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.

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.

100 Years Ago: UK Prime Minister's son killed in action

15 September 2016

British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith suffered a personal tragedy on 15 September 1916 when his eldest son, Raymond, was killed on the Somme.

Families of tank pioneers mark WW1 Tank Centenary

14 September 2016

Descendants of soldiers who took Britain's early tanks into battle gathered in London ahead of this week's centenary of the first ever-tank action during the Great War.

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.

100 Years Ago Today: First German airship shot down over UK

03 September 2016

William Leefe Robinson became the first British pilot to shoot down a German airship over England in the early hours of September 3rd 1916.

'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.

'100 Cities' campaign to restore US war memorials for 2017 Centennial

04 August 2016

The US Centennial Commission and Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library have launched a new initiative ahead of next year’s centennial commemorations to restore old World War I monuments.

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.

'India Remembers' - campaign to highlight Indian sacrifice since 1914

24 July 2016

A campaign 'to transform the culture of remembrance' in India has been launched in Delhi on the centenary of a noted Indian cavalry charge during the Battle of the Somme.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

UK online tribute to overseas Victoria Cross winners

22 June 2016

A digital archive telling the stories of 175 overseas recipients of Britain's highest award for valour has gone online as part of the UK Government's First World War Centenary programme. 

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.

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.

100 Years Ago Today: Lord Kitchener & more than 730 die in HMS Hampshire sinking

05 June 2016

Britain's War Minister, Field Marshal Lord Kitchener, was killed at sea on June 5th 1916 soon after sailing from Orkney on a secret diplomatic mission to Russia.

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.

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.

Jutland Centenary - IWM call to share remembrance online

21 May 2016

Ahead of the Battle of Jutland Centenary, the public are being to urged discover and share stories of the men who fought on Imperial War Museums' digital memorial, Lives of the First World War.

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.

Designs sought for remembrance path marking Somme Centenary

10 May 2016

The UK government is inviting people to make their mark on a remembrance path being laid in Manchester for the Battle of the Somme Centenary on July 1st 2016.

Canada's Vimy Oaks returning to France for 2017 Centennial

06 May 2016

A project is under way in Canada to 'repatriate' descendants of French oak trees for the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.

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.

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.

Actor Hugh Dennis joins CWGC call to remember war dead commemorated in UK

13 April 2016

Centenary News reports from the launch of a Commonwealth War Graves Commission initiative encouraging the British public to explore 'forgotten' memorials in the UK during the Somme Centenary.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

British & French leaders pay tribute on the Somme

08 March 2016

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and President François Hollande of France remembered the fallen of the Somme during a visit to a Commonwealth cemetery on March 3rd 2016, ahead of this year's centenary commemorations.

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.

Song released for memorial to African & Caribbean veterans of both world wars

02 March 2016

A fund-raising single has been released by the Nubian Jak Community Trust in the UK in aid of a new memorial honouring African and Caribbean troops who fought for Britain in the First and Second World Wars.

Latest Manx WW1 stamps mark Somme & Jutland Centenaries

29 February 2016

Stamps remembering the Battles of the Somme and Jutland have been released by the Isle of Man Post Office in its latest issues marking the First World War Centenary.

Britain's Verdun Centenary tribute to French war memorials

24 February 2016

Three memorials in the UK dedicated to the bravery and sacrifice of French First World War soldiers have been given added conservation status to mark the centenary of the Battle of Verdun.

Museum honouring Verdun's fallen reopens after €12.5m centenary renovation

21 February 2016

Verdun's Memorial Museum is reopening after major redevelopment, part of events today remembering the devastating offensive launched by German troops in eastern France on February 21st 1916.

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.

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.

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.

Winning US World War I Memorial design unveiled in Washington

29 January 2016

America's Centennial Commission has announced the winning design for Washington's national memorial to US soldiers who fought in the First World War.

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.

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.

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.

Finalists' designs for new US World War I Memorial showcased in Washington

15 December 2015

America's Centennial Commission is exhibiting the finalists' entries in the design competition for the planned National World War I Memorial in Washington.

HMS Hampshire memorial project: full list of 746 names published

14 December 2015

The names have been released of all the men who'll be remembered on a new memorial to the loss of the British warship, HMS Hampshire, off Orkney in June 1916.

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.

French memorial planned for New Zealand capital Wellington

09 December 2015

The ties forged between France and New Zealand during the First World War are to be commemorated with a monument in Pukeahu National War Memorial Park in Wellington.

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.

Centenary News focus on new Lens 14-18 museum in France

29 November 2015

Centenary News profiles Lens' 14-18 - Centre d'Histoire Guerre et Paix, a museum opened in 2015 to remember all those who fought in Northern France during the Great War.

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. 

More sailors to be remembered on HMS Hampshire memorial in Orkney

18 November 2015

Volunteers creating a memorial to the crew of a British warship sunk off Orkney in June 1916 will also include the names of nine more men, lost on a mine-sweeping vessel days later.

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.

UK Remembrance Sunday: Big Ben lit with poppies & 1915 battles

09 November 2015

Poppies have again been screened onto the UK Parliament's BIg Ben clock tower for Remembrance Sunday, focussing this year on the battles of 1915.

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.

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.

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.

Survey reveals WW1 Irish Sea shipwrecks

19 October 2015

Scientists have captured the 'most detailed images ever' of First World War shipwrecks in the Irish Sea, says Ulster University's Dr Ruth Plets who has led a survey marking the Centenary.

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.

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. 

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. 

Loos Centenary - CWGC launches battlefield remembrance trail

23 September 2015

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a remembrance trail for visitors to the battlefields of Loos ahead of this week's Centenary commemorations.

Loos Centenary - charity republishes soldier's first-hand story of the battle

23 September 2015

A British soldier's description of the Battle of Loos has been republished for the Centenary by the charity, Blind Veterans UK. 

First World War Victoria Cross presented to the Australian War Memorial

22 September 2015

The medals of Australia’s most decorated First World War soldier are to go on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

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.

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.

Finalists named for US World War I memorial design contest

24 August 2015

The US World War One Centennial Commission has announced the five finalists for the competition to design a national memorial to America's First World War troops.  

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.

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.

Gallipoli veteran HMS M.33 opens on centenary of August offensive

08 August 2015

Britain's only surviving warship from the Gallipoli campaign has opened to the public after a £2.5 million restoration project at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

Help remember every soldier who fought at Battle of the Somme - IWM

03 August 2015

Ahead of the Somme Centenary, Imperial War Museums is appealing for help to complete the stories of soldiers who fought in the 1916 battle on its digital memorial, Lives of the First World War.

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. 

Tower of London poppies - first UK display venues announced

31 July 2015

The Tower of London poppy sculptures will begin a First World War Centenary tour of the UK in northern England in autumn 2015.

$40 million project to 'complete original vision' for Sydney's Anzac Memorial

22 July 2015

The New South Wales Government has unveiled plans for the redevelopment of the Anzac Memorial in Sydney, including a new water feature and educational centre.

Veterans honour First World War dead from Trinidad & Tobago

20 July 2015

Forces veterans tell Centenary News about their project to commemorate First World War troops from Trinidad & Tobago on the dates they died. 

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.

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. 

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 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.

Auckland War Memorial Museum creates community lead online cenotaph

15 June 2015

Auckland War Memorial Museum is leading a community driven online cenotaph to commemorate those from the New Zealand province who served in the First World War.

US launches design contest for World War l Memorial in Washington

09 June 2015

The US World War One Centennial Commission has launched a design competition for a national memorial to American troops who fought in the First World War.

Centenary Update: CWGC starts Thiepval restoration

08 June 2015

Major works are starting to restore the Thiepval Memorial ahead of next year's Battle of the Somme centenary commemorations. 

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.

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.

Thousands who refused to take up arms remembered online by IWM

15 May 2015

The names of 16,500 conscientious objectors were added to the Imperial War Museum's Centenary memorial website today (May 15th 2015) - International Conscientious Objectors Day. 

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.

Gallipoli war memorials in England given added status

11 May 2015

War memorials associated with the Gallipoli campaign have been given additional protected status by conservation body Historic England.

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.

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.

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.

100 Years Ago Today: First lethal gas attack at Ypres

21 April 2015

Germany launched its only Western Front offensive of 1915 at Ypres on April 22nd, extensively using deadly chemicals for the first time.  

 

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

Turkish school project connects children with ANZAC families

16 April 2015

The school project, 'Two Trenches, One Letter', aims to educate students about the Gallipoli campaign and to promote the understanding of shared sacrifice between Turkish and Anzac families.

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.

Vatican in row with Turkey over Pope's Armenia 'genocide' comments

14 April 2015

Pope Francis has sparked a diplomatic row with Turkey by describing the mass killings of Armenians during the First World War as 'genocide.'

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.

New Orkney memorial to honour Lord Kitchener and men lost on HMS Hampshire

08 April 2015

The Orkney Heritage Society is leading a fundraising project to restore and add to a memorial on the Island of Birsay commemorating those lost on HMS Hampshire in June 1916.

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.

Edinburgh petition for centenary memorial to conscientious objectors

30 March 2015

Campaigners are calling for the creation of a memorial to conscientious objectors in Edinburgh in 2016, the centenary of Britain introducing conscription during the First World War.

Book launch: remembering the Chinese labourers on the Western Front

29 March 2015

A Chinese language version of a book on the Chinese labourers of the First World War has been released. 

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.

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.

Britain pays tribute to First World War Victoria Cross winners from overseas

09 March 2015

First World War holders of the Victoria Cross born overseas are remembered on 145 commemorative paving stones, unveiled at the UK's National Memorial Arboretum on March 5th 2015.

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.

 

Centenary drives up 2014 UK visitor numbers

04 March 2015

The First World War Centenary commemorations helped boost UK visitor numbers to a record high in 2014, according to new figures.

Centenary surge of visitors to Flanders

04 March 2015

The number of tourists visiting West Flanders almost doubled in 2014, as the First World War centenary commemorations got under way. 

Blog chronicling 100 New Zealand World War One memorials

25 February 2015

Helen Vail has visited 100 of New Zealand's WWI memorials and collected information and stories of the men and women who gave their lives. She shares these accounts on her blog.  

Appeal finds family of Royal Navy's first Great War Victoria Cross winner

24 February 2015

A public appeal in the UK has successfully traced descendants of the first member of the Royal Navy to receive the Victoria Cross during the First World War.

Launch of new website for information on all UK war memorials

08 February 2015

Britain's First World War Minister, Helen Grant, has announced a four-year programme to create ukwarmemorials.org, a 'one stop shop' for information on all UK war memorials. 

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. 

Wilfred Owen’s home given special status on National Heritage List

21 January 2015

The last permanent home of the celebrated First World War poet, Lieutenant Wilfred Owen MC, has been listed as a Grade II protected building by British Heritage Minister Ed Vaizey.

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.

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.

Thiepval Memorial to be restored for 2016 Somme Centenary

06 January 2015

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced a major project to restore the Thiepval Memorial in France in readiness for the Battle of the Somme Centenary in 2016.

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.

Dassault Aviation to sponsor renovations of the Verdun Memorial

15 December 2014

Dassault Aviation signed a sponsorship agreement with the French First World War Centenary Partnership on December 16th 2014 to help renovate the Verdun Memorial.

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).

Blog talks of rethink about the role of the Indian soldiers in the First World War

10 December 2014

Shashi Tharoor, an author and member of the Indian National Congress, has written a blog about the 1.3 million Indian troops who served in the First World War.

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. 

Australian War Memorial opens refurbished First World War Galleries

05 December 2014

The Australian War Memorial's redeveloped First World War Galleries have opened to the public, featuring a permanent exhibition, Australia in the Great War.  

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.

‘The Unknown Warrior’ locomotive project steams towards target

28 November 2014

A UK charity raising money to build a memorial steam locomotive has reached the £1 million mark in the Centenary year of the First World War.

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.

New Mobile Apps to commemorate Centenary

18 November 2014

There are two new smartphone apps designed to guide users in finding sites of remembrance and discovering stories of the First World War. 

Britain honours First World War Victoria Cross soldiers in Pakistan

16 November 2014

The British Government has unveiled a plaque in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, honouring three soldiers awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. 

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.

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.

Somaliland marks First World War Centenary

11 November 2014

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission reports that in East Africa, the Centenary of the First World War was remembered at Hargeisa War Cemetery, Somaliland.

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.

Tower of London poppies - some will stay throughout November 2014

08 November 2014

Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, announces today that some of the ceramic poppies at the Tower of London will stay on view until the end of November 2014, before starting a First World War Centenary tour.

'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.

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.

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.

Pioneering footballer and WW1 soldier Walter Tull honoured with plaque in London

23 October 2014

Walter Tull, the footballer who became the first black officer in the British Army during the First World War, has been honoured with a commemorative blue plaque in London.

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.

Victoria Wallace becomes first woman to lead the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

22 October 2014

Victoria Wallace became the first woman Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) when she took up her post on October 20th 2014.

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.

Queen Elizabeth visits Tower of London's Centenary poppies

17 October 2014

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh paid tribute to the dead of the First World War during a visit to the Tower of London's ceramic poppy fields on October 16th 2014.

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).

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.

£92,000 UK lottery grant announced for project remembering Edith Cavell

13 October 2014

The story of the executed First World War Nurse, Edith Cavell, is to be told by the Cavell Nurses' Trust with a grant totalling almost £92,000 from the UK Heritage Lottery Fund.

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.

Four Canadian soldiers who fell in France in 1918 identified

08 October 2014

The remains of four Canadian First World War soldiers found in France have been identified after eight years of  painstaking research.

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.

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.

War Graves Commission founder Fabian Ware remembered with Blue Plaque

25 September 2014

Sir Fabian Ware, founder of the Imperial War Graves Commission, has been honoured today (September 25th 2014) with the unveiling of an English Heritage blue plaque at his former London home.

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.

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. 

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.

Royal Canadian Navy remembers launch of submarine service in 1914

29 August 2014

The Royal Canadian Navy has marked 100 years of service in submarines which began within hours of Canada entering the First World War.

Ministers lead tributes at laying of first Victoria Cross paving stones

27 August 2014

Tributes have been paid to First World War holders of the Victoria Cross at ceremonies to mark the laying of the first commemorative paving stones in their honour.

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.

 

Polish independence leader Jozéf Piłsudski honoured with Centenary statue in Kielce

21 August 2014

Jozéf Piłsudski, the political and military leader who championed Polish independence during the First World War, has been honoured with a statue in the city of Kielce.

Royal British Legion urges remembrance of every Commonwealth man and woman lost in First World War

20 August 2014

The Royal British Legion is marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War with an online call for tributes to all UK and Commonwealth dead. 

 

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.

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.

Centenary poppies spread around Tower of London in memory of First World War dead

06 August 2014

The Tower of London moat is filling with hundreds of thousands of ceramic poppies, each commemorating a British or colonial military death during the First World War.

'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.

Canadian Prime Minister leads Centenary tribute on August 4th 2014

04 August 2014

Canada's Prime Minister has paid tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of Canadians and Newfoundlanders who fought in 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 2nd 2014: Luxembourg marks Centenary of German invasion in 1914 today

02 August 2014

Sirens will sound across Luxembourg today to remember the start of the German occupation 100 years ago.

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.

Cross of Sacrifice dedicated to Ireland's dead of both World Wars unveiled in Dublin

31 July 2014

A Cross of Sacrifice honouring Irishmen and women who died serving in the First and Second World Wars has been unveiled at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin.

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.

Sirens to sound across Luxembourg for First World War Centenary on August 2 2014

23 July 2014

The Luxembourg Government has announced that sirens will sound across the country on August 2nd 2014 to mark the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Battle of Fromelles Museum opens with tribute to Australia's Western Front sacrifice

21 July 2014

A museum commemorating the First World War Battle of Fromelles has been officially opened at a ceremony attended by Australia's Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Michael Ronaldson.

Australian 'Sacred Soil' project seeks to engage young people

11 July 2014

The Sacred Soil project in Australia is proposing to send students to the battlefields of the Western Front and to Gallipoli to mark 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.

South Africa's Deputy President marks 98th anniversary of the Battle of Delville Wood

09 July 2014

South Africa's Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has commemorated the 98th anniversary of the Battle of Delville Wood.

Details of £5 million fund to ensure First World War memorials are "fitting tributes to the fallen" announced

08 July 2014

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and the Culture Secretary, Sajid Javid, have given further details of a £5 million fund to preserve First World War memorials.

First World War Centenary arch erected in Folkestone

08 July 2014

A memorial arch has been contructed in Folkestone, England, to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

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.

Executed nurse Edith Cavell to feature on UK First World War Centenary coin

05 July 2014

Edith Cavell, the British nurse executed during the First World War, is to be commemorated on a new £5 Centenary coin.

Details of 600,000 Canadians added to Lives of the First World War digital database

04 July 2014

The details of 600,000 Canadian men and women have been added to the Lives of the First World War digital database for people to add pictures and memories.

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.  

Britain honours overseas recipients of the Victoria Cross

27 June 2014

Britain has unveiled plaques commemorating 175 men from overseas who were awarded the UK's highest military honour - the Victoria Cross - during the First World War.

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.

British Culture Secretary Sajid Javid sends letter to Unknown Soldier

26 June 2014

British Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has added his letter to more than 3,000 that have been sent to an Unknown Soldier whose statue stands on London's Paddington station.

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.

United Nations agency calls for Centenary remembrance of lives lost at sea during First World War

24 June 2014

UNESCO is urging ships around the world to mark the Centenary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination on 28th June 2014, the event which triggered the First World War.

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.

Restoration of burial ground for First World War Muslim soldiers

12 June 2014

A burial ground for Muslim First World War soldiers in Woking, England, has been restored ahead of the Centenary.

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.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says Australians should remember Western Front as much as Gallipoli

09 June 2014

Australians should remember the service and sacrifice of their troops on the Western Front just as much as Gallipoli, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said during a visit to France.

Kaliningrad unveils new First World War monument to mark the Centenary

06 June 2014

Russia's westernmost region - an enclave in Eastern Europe - has unveiled a monument commemorating the First World War as part of its efforts to mark the Centenary.

New woodland in the Pentland Hills, Scotland, to mark First World War Centenary

06 June 2014

A new woodland is to be established in the Pentland Hills, south of Edinburgh, to honour Scotland's First World War soldiers.

Twin sculptures at St. Paul's Cathedral commemorate First World War Centenary

06 June 2014

Twin sculptures have been installed at St. Paul's Cathedral in London to mark 100 years since the start of the First World War.

Heritage chief becomes first woman to lead Commonwealth War Graves Commission

22 May 2014

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has appointed Victoria Wallace, Chief Executive of Leeds Castle, as its next Director General. She succeeds Alan Pateman-Jones who's standing down in June 2014. 

First World War Centenary garden 'No Man's Land' at Chelsea Flower Show

21 May 2014

ABF - The Soldier's Charity has developed a special garden for the 2014 Chelsea Flower Show to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Australian Government commits $6.9 million to Western Front Interpretive Centre at Villers-Bretonneux

20 May 2014

The Australian Government has committed $6.9 million for a Western Front Interpretive Centre at Villers-Bretonneux, in the first budget of Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

New Zealand locomotive 'Passchendaele' returns to active service for First World War Centenary

20 May 2014

A steam locomotive named 'Passchendaele' in memory of New Zealand Railways staff who died in the First World War has been restored in time for the Centenary.

Prince William backs plans to mark First World War Christmas Truce

08 May 2014

Prince William, who is President of the Football Association, has lent his support to a series of educational  initiatives and a memorial design competition to mark the First World War Christmas Truce.

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.

Largest human poppy to mark First World War Centenary breaks Guinness World Record

03 May 2014

Members of the local community in Hampshire, England, joined staff and students at the Sixth Form College Farnborough to create a human poppy to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

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.

Schoolchildren plant poppy seeds at home of British Prime Minister to remember First World War

28 April 2014

Schoolchildren planted poppy seeds in the garden of Number 10 Downing Street, the home of the British Prime Minister, to remember 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.

Anzac Day: Prince William and Catherine take part in Australia's commemorations of Gallipoli campaign

25 April 2014

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have taken part in Anzac Day ceremonies in the Australian capital, Canberra, marking the 99th anniversary of the Allied landings at Gallipoli.

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. 

Cross-Channel art project explores the First World War

12 April 2014

Four institutions from England and France are producing a series of interconnected exhibitions exploring how contemporary artists view the First World War and war in general.

Duke of Kent honours Commonwealth First World War dead in Bulgaria

11 April 2014

The Duke of Kent has paid tribute to First World War servicemen who're buried in Commonwealth cemeteries in Bulgaria.

British minister plants poppies in Brussels in memory of First World War nurse Edith Cavell

05 April 2014

British government minister, Mark Simmonds, has planted poppies at the Brussels memorial to Edith Cavell, the nurse executed by the Germans in 1915 for helping Allied soldiers to escape.

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.

Work to rebuild British First World War cemetery underway in Poland

03 April 2014

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is rebuilding a cemetery in Poland where 39 British soldiers were buried during the First World War.

British and Irish ministers lay foundation stone for Cross of Sacrifice at Glasnevin Cemetery

01 April 2014

British and Irish ministers have laid the foundation stone for the Cross of Sacrifice which will be constructed at a Dublin cemetery.

English football chiefs visit France to remember the dead of the First World War

01 April 2014

Senior English football representatives have visited Northern France to pay tribute to the players, officials and fans who fought and died in the First World War.

Moscow announces plans for restoration & construction of new First World War memorials

30 March 2014

Moscow City Government's Department of Cultural Heritage is developing plans to renovate existing First World War memorials and to construct new ones in preparation for the Centenary.

London rail station honours First World War soldier who won the Victoria Cross

29 March 2014

A plaque honouring a railwayman who won the Victoria Cross for bravery during the First World War has been unveiled at Euston station in London.

President Obama, Prime Minister Di Rupo and King Phillipe honour First World War dead

26 March 2014

President Obama has visited Flanders Field Cemetery in Belgium, where he was accompanied by King Phillipe of the Belgians, and the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo.

British Ministry of Defence identifies ten First World War soldiers

22 March 2014

The UK's Ministry of Defence has successfully identified ten soldiers who died during the First World War, after analysis of DNA samples from relatives of the men.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission launches 'Virtual Cemetery' teaching resource for Centenary

20 March 2014

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a new education resource, which aims to help teachers engage students during the First World War Centenary.

British First World War soldiers reburied at Loos, France

18 March 2014

Twenty British First World War soldiers were reinterred in northern France last week, almost 100 years after they were killed.

Millions of trees to be planted across the UK in First World War Centenary Woods project

11 March 2014

The Woodland Trust has launched its First World War Centenary Woods project, which will see millions of trees planted across the United Kingdom.

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.

First Minister of Wales unveils design for First World War memorial in Belgium

12 February 2014

First Minister Carwyn Jones has unveiled the design of a new memorial to commemorate Welsh soldiers who fought during the First World War.

American art historian sets out to locate First World War memorials across the country

10 February 2014

An article in The Washington Post highlights the work of art historian Mark Levitch to locate First World War memorials across the United States, in a project he calls the World War I Memorial Inventory Project.

British and German ambassadors visit Saint-Symphorien cemetery near Mons ahead of Centenary

07 February 2014

The British and German ambassadors to Belgium have visited Commonwealth War Graves Commission St Symphorien Military Cemetery near the city of Mons.

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.

Petition to honour executed nurse Edith Cavell on UK Centenary coin passes 50,000 names

29 January 2014

Almost 51,000 people have now backed a campaign to have the executed British nurse, Edith Cavell, honoured on a £2 coin commemorating the First World War Centenary. 

Britain's National Army Museum starts Centenary project to honour the "forgotten" casualties of both World Wars

23 January 2014

The National Army Museum in London has appointed two expert researchers to help honour unrecorded casualties of the First and Second World Wars.

Campaign for statue of Canadian General Sir Arthur Currie to mark Centenary receives funding boost

30 December 2013

A campaign to erect a statue of the first Canadian general to lead Canadians in the First World War has received a $50,000 boost.

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.

British PM and Irish Taoiseach visit First World War memorials in Belgium

20 December 2013

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his Irish counterpart, Enda Kenny, visited First World War memorials in Belgium on the 19th December 2013.

British Prime Minister and Irish Taoiseach to visit First World War memorials in Belgium

19 December 2013

The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, and his Irish counterpart, Enda Kenny, are to visit First World War memorials in Belgium today.

UK Prime Minister announces £5 million for First World War memorial restorations

19 December 2013

The UK Prime Minister has announced that £5 million will be made available over the Centenary to help conserve, repair and protect First World War memorials and burial sites.

Australian War Memorial to open 'ANZAC Voices' exhibition

25 November 2013

The Australian War Memorial's new First World War exhibition - Anzac Voices - opens on the 29th November 2013.

Belgium's Princess Astrid pays tribute to First World War soldiers on trip to India

25 November 2013

News Track India reports that Princess Astrid of Belgium has paid tribute to First World War soldiers as she leads a trade delegation to India.

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.

English Heritage to grant 'listed' status to hundreds more First World War memorials ahead of Centenary

10 November 2013

The Telegraph has reported that English Heritage intends to grant 'listed' status to hundreds of First World War memorials ahead of the Centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission campaigns for UK's "forgotten" cemeteries

06 November 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched an initiative to raise public awareness of tens of thousands of war graves in its care across the UK.

First World War Nurse Edith Cavell remembered 98 years after her execution

13 October 2013

ITV reports that a memorial service has been held in Norfolk, England, in memory of the British nurse, Edith Cavell.

Serbian Prime Minister marks anniversary of Serbian retreat to Greek islands during the First World War

26 September 2013

The Serbian Prime Minister, Ivica Dacic, has attended a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Serbian army landing on the Ionian islands of Corfu and Vido during the First World War.

Russian President to inaugurate monument in France dedicated to First World War soldiers

21 September 2013

France Bleu reports that the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, will visit northern Rheims in France in 2014 to inaugurate a memorial dedicated to the First World War Russian Expeditionary Force.

Scottish Highland war memorials will not be restored in time for 2014, but communities will be "consulted"

20 September 2013

The Highland Council in Scotland announces that plans to restore First World War memorials in the local authority in time for the Centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will no longer go ahead.

Restoration of Scottish Highland First World War memorials may not be complete in time for Centenary

19 September 2013

Highland News reports that a local authority in Scotland - the Highland Council - may reverse plans for First World War memorials to be restored in time for the Centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.

Welsh First Minister announces support for new First World War memorial in Belgium

19 September 2013

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, announced Welsh Government financial support for a new memorial in Belgium to remember the Welsh who served during the First World War.

Momentum gathering for Scottish First World War memorial in France

10 September 2013

Herald Scotland reports that there are new hopes for a national monument in honour of First World War Scottish soldiers in France.

Oklahoma recognises role of First World War Chocktaw Code Talkers as stretch of highway is renamed

05 September 2013

NewsOK reports that a stretch of highway in Oklahoma, USA, will be renamed in honour of Native Americans who fought for America during the First World War.

Restoration work to take place at First World War cemetery near Berlin

31 August 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced that it is carrying out major renovations at a cemetery near Berlin where almost 1,200 First World War servicemen are buried.

Butte de Warlencourt First World War burial mound to be "renewed and preserved" for Centenary

30 August 2013

The Western Front Association has announced that it will "extensively improve" the burial mound at the Butte de Warlencourt in France, which was the scene of British losses during the Battle of the Somme.

Centenary restoration in Belgium stalls due to funding concerns

28 August 2013

L'avenir reports that efforts to rebuild a monument at the Cimetière de Foqueux have been halted due to the Wallonian government's inability to fund the project. 

UK plans to honour Victoria Cross recipients for the Centenary sees soldier excluded due to "loophole"

25 August 2013

The BBC reports that British plans to honour VC recipients during the Centenary, announced in early August 2013, will see those born overseas, but who later lived in the UK, excluded.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission releases photographs of First World War soldier burials

23 August 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has made available photographs from the burial services of five unknown First World War soldiers and the rededication service of another.

Five unknown First World War soldiers to be buried in services in France this week

19 August 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced that the remains of five unknown First World War soldiers, and a rededication service for another, will take place in August 2013.

Indian village seeks recognition from British Government during Centenary

19 August 2013

Daily News & Analysis India reports relatives of soldiers who fought for Britain during the First World War from Apshinge Military village, in India's Satara district, are trying to contact the British Government.

Remains of French First World War soldier unearthed during trench restoration

17 August 2013

The Huffington Post has reported that the remains of a French First World War soldier - Albert Dadure - have been unearthed during a Centenary project to restore trenches from the conflict.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission announces plans to mark Centenary

05 August 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced details of "projects and new initiatives to mark the historic four year period" of the Centenary.

British Government announces commemoration plans which will "put Victoria Cross Winners at the heart of the Centenary"

04 August 2013

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has announced today that it plans "to put Victoria Cross Winners at the heart of plans to mark the Centenary".

Remains of 21 German First World War soldiers buried in northern France

24 July 2013

The remains of 21"perfectly preserved" First World War German soldiers have been buried at a service in France.

Restoration work on London's Cenotaph completed in preparation for Centenary

23 July 2013

After three months of work, English Heritage has completed the restoration of London's Cenotaph, ahead of Remembrance Day 2013.

Battle of Fromelles remembrance trail opens in France

20 July 2013

Nord Tourism and Nord-Pas de Calais Regional tourism board have developed the Battle of Fromelles walking trail in France, to commemorate the 1916 battle.

Schoolchildren to record the names of all 62,000 soldiers on Australia's First World War Roll of Honour for Centenary

16 July 2013

News.com.au reports that the names and ages of all 62,000 soldiers on Australia's First World War Roll of Honour will be recorded by schoolchildren as a "vocal tribute" during the Centenary.

Call to restore First World War memorial oak trees in time for Centenary in North Otago, New Zealand

12 July 2013

Radio New Zealand reports that there are growing calls for oak trees which were planted in memory of First World War soldiers to be replanted and protected in time for the Centenary.

Residents of Rajasthan’s Pali district, India, oppose plans for Turkish First World War memorial

12 July 2013

The Hindustan Times reports that residents of Sumerpur in Rajasthan’s Pali district in India are opposing plans by the Turkish Government to establish a First World War memorial in the area.

Welsh Mametz Wood red dragon memorial to be restored for First World War Centenary

12 July 2013

The BBC reports that the Mametz Wood memorial in northern France, dedicated to Welsh troops who fought at the Battle of the Somme in 1916, is to be restored.

Video: London's Cenotaph restored for First World War Centenary - Centenary News speaks to English Heritage

10 July 2013

Centenary News has filmed the Cenotaph in London, where restoration work has been carried out in preparation for the Centenary of the First World War.

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.

Australians on the Western Front 1914-1918: The Australian Remembrance Trail in France and Belgium

08 July 2013

The Australian Government is developing a 'Remembrance Trail' in France and Belgium, as part of its efforts to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

German Ambassador says reopened military cemetery in Belgium is "a place of hope for reconciliation and peace"

03 July 2013

The German military cemetery in Hooglede, Belgium - which holds the remains of 8, 247 German First World War soldiers - has been reopened.

Fleetwood's First World War Memorial Park receives £2.4 million from Heritage Lottery Fund

02 July 2013

Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund have provided £2.4 million for the restoration of the Memorial Park in Lancashire, England.

Reburial of South African First World War soldiers to take place at Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium

02 July 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced that three unknown First World War South African soldiers will be re-interred in Belgium.

British and Irish ministers attend services in France for 97th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

01 July 2013

Services are being held to mark the 97th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with British and Irish politicians amongst the representatives in France.

Canadian politicians mark 97th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in France

01 July 2013

The Wall Street Journal reports that Canadian officials, including the Minister of Veteran Affairs & the Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador, have attended commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary.

Belgian royalty oversee inauguration of British First World War HMS Vindictive memorial

25 June 2013

The King and Queen of Belgium have overseen a ceremony in Belgium at the HMS Vindictive memorial, after its restoration and relocation.

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.

New Zealand National War Memorial Park

18 June 2013

The New Zealand Government has announced that work on the National War Memorial Park "is progressing well and is on target for the opening to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings on 25 April 2015".

Plans to construct memorial arch dedicated to First World War soldiers in Folkestone, England

16 June 2013

The BBC has reported that a "memorial arch" in honour of First World War troops will be built to mark the Centenary of the outbreak of the conflict.

UK Government announces battlefield visits for schoolchildren to mark First World War Centenary

10 June 2013

Further details have been released about plans to provide "student ambassadors" from schools in England and Wales the opportunity to visit First World War battlefields to mark the Centenary.

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.

Remembrance trail 'Following in Wilfred Owen's Footsteps' opens in France

04 June 2013

A new audio-guided walking trail has been opened by Nord Tourisme in France, which plots a six kilometre (3.7 miles) route in memory of the poet Wilfred Owen's life.

Australian War Memorial to sell "special range of promotional merchandise" for Centenary

23 May 2013

The Canberra Times has reported that the Australian War Memorial will sell "promotional merchandise" during the Anzac Centenary.

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead launches Centenary research project

23 May 2013

A project to mark the Centenary in the English borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will map the 186 memorial sites in the area and list the names of fallen soldiers on an interactive website.

Australian War Memorial Centenary digitisation project 'ANZAC Connections' underway

20 May 2013

The Australian War Memorial is currently undertaking a digitisation project "to create a comprehensive digital archive of the ANZACs and their deeds, and of the wider Australian experience of war".

Budget cuts in the US lead to cancellation of annual First World War memorial service

14 May 2013

An annual memorial service held at the District of Columbia War Memorial in honour of those who served during the First World War has been cancelled due to budget cuts.

Canadian Government invests in permanent visitor centre at the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial in France for Centenary of battle

14 May 2013

Canada's Government announces $5 million investment for a permanent visitor centre at Canadian National Vimy Memorial, France.

London's Cenotaph under restoration in preparation for First World War Centenary

05 May 2013

English Heritage has announced that it is restoring the Cenotaph in London in preparation for the Centenary of the First World War next year.

'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.

98th anniversary of Gallipoli landings marked in London

29 April 2013

The 98th anniversary of the start of the First World War Gallipoli Campaign was marked with services at Hyde Park Corner, St. Paul's Cathedral, the Cenotaph and Westminster Abbey in London on 25th April 2013.

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.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission press release gives details of British and unknown First World War soldier burials

24 April 2013

The remains of two First World War British soldiers were re-interred at the Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery in Ecoust-St. Mein near Arras in France, on 23rd April 2013.

Burial of British First World War soldiers at Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery in France

23 April 2013

The BBC is providing live coverage of the burial of two British First World War soldiers at the Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery in Ecoust-St. Mein near Arras in France.

Remains of five Australian First World War soldiers killed at Fromelles in 1916 identified

16 April 2013

The Australian Minister for Defence Science and Personnel has announced that the remains of five Australian soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Fromelles in France in 1916 have been identified.

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.

British First World War soldiers to be re-interred at cemetery in France

14 April 2013

The British Army has announced that two British First World War soldiers, alongside the remains of two unidentified soldiers, are to be re-interred at the Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery in France.

City of Sydney requests designs for Indigenous war memorial for Anzac Day 2015

09 April 2013

The City of Sydney has called for designs for a new monument dedicated to Aboriginal and Strait Islander service men and women, to be unveiled on Anzac Day 2015.

China's ambassador to France honours First World War Chinese workers

05 April 2013

China's ambassador to France, Mr. Kong Quan, honours Chinese workers who died during the First World War in a service held at a French cemetery.

Black Watch statue to be unveiled in Belgium for Centenary

04 April 2013

The BBC reports that a statue dedicated to the 8,000 Black Watch officers and soldiers who died in the First World War will be unveiled in Belgium in 2014.

Search for location of Gallipoli war cemeteries underway

17 March 2013

World Bulletin reports that efforts are underway to locate 18 soldier cemeteries in Turkey used by Entente forces during the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915-16.

First World War memorial to be unveiled in Moscow, Russia

05 March 2013

The Voice of Russia reports that a new memorial is to be unveiled in Moscow, Russia, in honour of those who lost their lives in the First World War.

Centenary News reports on research being carried out into soldiers whose names appear on the English town of Carshalton’s war memorial

02 March 2013

Researcher Andrew Arnold is conducting a detailed study of those whose names appear on the war memorial in Carshalton.

First World War memorial in Tiruchirappalli, India, to be restored

01 March 2013

The Hindu reports that five shops blocking access to the war memorial in Gandhi Market, Tiruchirappalli, India, have been closed and the memorial is set to be restored.

Legal settlement to pay for Mametz Wood Memorial upkeep, France

01 March 2013

This is South Wales reports that the sculptor of the Mametz Wood Memorial has won a legal case for breach of copyright and that the legal settlement will pay to maintain the memorial.

Unknown First World War New Zealand soldier buried at Messines Ridge, Belgium

26 February 2013

The New Zealand Herald has reported that an unknown First World War New Zealand soldier has been buried at Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium.

Duke of Kent unveils new hi-tech memorial panels in Portsmouth, England

21 February 2013

The BBC has highlighted that the Duke of Kent has unveiled a new series of high tech information panels at Portsmouth Naval Memorial, England.

Names of First World War fallen added to memorial in Manchester, England

21 February 2013

The Manchester Evening News has reported that three names of First World War soldiers have recently been added to the Heywood war memorial, Manchester, England.

Information about Scottish rugby player & First World War casualty to be made available at memorial with new technology

15 February 2013

The Scotsman reports that new hi-tech information panels will be installed at Portsmouth Naval Memorial.

Unknown First World War New Zealand soldier to be reburied at Messines Ridge, Belgium

08 February 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has reported that the remains of an unknown New Zealand soldier from the First World War are set to be reburied at Messines Ridge, West Flanders, Belgium.

American Battle Monuments Commission: World War 1 Database

02 February 2013

The AMBC enables the public to search through its database of fallen or missing soldiers of the First World War.

Restoration of Scottish war graves

01 February 2013

STV Motherwell has reported that the Commonwealth War Graves Commission plans to restore 12 war graves in Motherwell’s Globe Cemetery.

Articles & Blogs

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. 

The 'Mothers of the Missing' and the unveiling of the Menin Gate in 1927

28 July 2015

The 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate in July 2015, reminded Dr Viv Newman of the unveiling ceremonies held in Ypres on July 24th 1927. In an article for Centenary News, she explains how one very special group attended the unveiling.

Article: Australian War Memorial: the remarkable rise of the nation's secular shrine

15 June 2015

The Guardian's Paul Daley talks to the Director of the Australian War Memorial about 'the rise of the nation's secular shrine'.

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.

New French museum remembers Australian & British war dead at Fromelles

28 October 2014

Centenary News visits the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles, which tells the story of how the remains of 250 soldiers were recovered, almost a century after they fell in France.

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.

More than 500 UK First World War projects funded by Heritage Lottery Fund

11 August 2014

As the centenary gets under way, The Heritage Lottery Fund has revealed that it has supported more than 500 projects across the UK exploring stories from the First World War.

Punch magazine digital archive will help researchers study First World War

21 July 2014

Mike Swain reports on a new digital archive which sees 150 years of British satirical magazine Punch made available online including its' influential period during the First World war. 

Flanders House holds annual memorial service at Manhattan’s DeWitt Clinton Park

02 June 2014

Dr. Jillian Davidson writes for Centenary News about Flanders House's annual memorial service at the Clinton War Memorial as the Centenary approaches.

Historian's Centenary mission to find 10,000 World War One memorials across America

25 May 2014

Washington Art historian Mark Levitch has embarked on an ambitious Memorial Inventory Project to uncover the 10,000 or more American World War One memorials scattered across the country.

Centenary News given rare view of Iraqi Commonwealth First World War Cemetery

17 May 2014

Author Sean McLachlan writes about his visit to Baghdad North Gate Cemetery where Commonwealth and Turkish First World War dead are buried.

Lives of the First World War remembered forever in Centenary online memorial

12 May 2014

Families can remember for forever their ancestors who served in the First World War in what is being billed as the biggest online project of the Centenary.

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.

Memorial book in church reveals tragic First World War sacrifices of families living in Belfast Shankill Road community

18 April 2014

A memorial book which lists the First World War killed and wounded from streets round the Shankill Road area of Belfast reveals the terrible impact on families in a small community.

 

97th anniversary of Vimy Ridge: The Vimy Foundation prepares for the Centenary

09 April 2014

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a battle considered a ‘coming of age’ for Canada.

Vimy Ridge: "The birth of a nation" - but how much do Canadians know about the battle?

08 April 2014

The Vimy Foundation has commissioned a poll, carried out by Ipsos Reid, to find out what Canadians know about the Battle of Vimy Ridge on its 97th anniversary.

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.

Australia's fallen remembered in an English country churchyard

02 January 2014

Inspired by a call to remember the Commonwealth dead of the First World War buried in the UK, Centenary News' Peter Alhadeff visited Wiltshire. 

Restoration of headstones in Flanders, Belgium, in preparation for the First World War Centenary

07 August 2013

An article in Flanders Today reports on efforts underway to restore headstones of First World War soldiers in the area.

Research carried out into Worstead and Westwick war memorials in Norfolk, England

26 July 2013

Steve Smith discusses the research he has carried out into two war memorials in eastern England and the book which is based on his findings.

Advice on how to carry out research on your local First World War memorial

15 July 2013

Centenary News contributor Andrew Arnold offers advice on how to find out more about the names on your local war memorial.

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.

300,000 Commonwealth war grave records put online for First World War Centenary

12 July 2014

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched new online resources to make it easier to locate and visit memorials of relatives killed in the First World War.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission 'Virtual Cemetery' teaching resource

20 March 2014

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a new education resource, which aims to help teachers engage students during the First World War Centenary.

Events

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.

 

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. 

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

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.

'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.

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.

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.

 

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.

Videos

'Above the Battlefield' - new videos explore Western Front from the air

20 November 2014

Military historian Paul Reed has started filming First World War battlefields from the air for his new website WW1 Revisited.

First World War Centenary arch erected in Folkestone

08 July 2014

A memorial arch has been constructed in Folkestone, England, to mark its role as a major port for troops departing to the battlefields of Europe during the First World War.

Royal British Legion video encourages 'lights out' for Centenary

04 July 2014

The Royal British Legion has released a video which encourages people to take part in the 'lights out' mass commemoration on the 4th August 2014.

London's Cenotaph restored for Centenary: Centenary News speaks to English Heritage

09 July 2013

Centenary News has filmed the Cenotaph in London, where restoration work has been carried out in preparation for the Centenary of the First World War.

British and Australian First World War soldiers reburied at Fromelles

02 November 2011

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has recorded the reburial of 250 British and Australian soldiers at the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetary in France.

 

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