Monthly Archives: September 2013

RBL poppy planting campaign saved after HLF snub

A Royal British Legion project to plant poppies across the UK has been saved, despite its being turned down for Heritage Lottery Funding. The project had applied for £92,000, but this was rejected by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) because … Continue reading

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VC winners commemorated in home towns

Each World War I Victoria Cross recipient in Britain will have a stone laid in his or her home town as part of the World War 1 Centenary commemorations in 2014. In Nantwich, Cheshire, for example, second lieutenant Stanley Henry … Continue reading

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Charity searches for relatives of first British casualty

The Barnet War Memorials Initiative Trust is looking to install a memorial to private John Parr, of 4th Battalion the Middlesex Regiment, who was the first British soldier to be killed in World War I. It is also hoping to … Continue reading

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How the Kaiser freed British officer to visit dying mother

Historian Richard Van Emden has uncovered the story of how captain Robert Campbell was freed by the German Kaiser so he could visit his dying mother. The Daily Telegraph reports how the 29-year-old Campbell was captured at the battle of … Continue reading

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Butte de Warlencourt Centenary restoration plans

The Butte de Warlencourt, once a strongpoint in the German army’s defences on the Somme front, is set to be restored as a visitor attraction for the Centenary of World War I, reports the Daily Mail. The Western Front Association … Continue reading

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