Monthly Archives: January 2014

Reading footballer Joe Dickinson remembered for the Centenary of World War I

Joe Dickinson was one of 44 Reading Football Club players to serve in World War I and one of 11 who never returned home. Dickinson had been a regular army soldier prior to his stint at the club, serving with … Continue reading

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RAF Museum announces World War I Centenary events

Throughout 2014 the Royal Air Force Museum will be hosting various events that will commemorate the outbreak of World War I. Three events have already been announced A story workshop for children, entitled Where the Poppies Now Grow, will be … Continue reading

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Scottish football club unveils World War I Centenary kit

Scottish football club Raith Rovers has unveiled a new away strip that commemorates the sacrifice made by its players during World War I. The Kirkcaldy club wanted to mark the Centenary of World War I and to pay tribute to … Continue reading

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British MOD attempts to identify soldier found on battlefield

The living relatives of a World War I soldier whose remains were discovered in northern France are being sought by the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The body was found in a garden near Beaurains in June 2012. It is thought … Continue reading

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British National Archives digitises World War I diaries

Britain’s National Archives has begun to digitise the more than 1.5 million pages of World War I diaries in its collection. Most of this comprises official diaries, recording the day-to-day activities of British army units during the war. They include … Continue reading

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British World War I conscription appeals go online

The digitised records of over 8,000 Britons would sought exemption from conscription into the army in the county of Middlesex during World War I have been made available online by the UK’s National Archives. The conscription appeal records are from … Continue reading

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Real World War I casualty figures may be much higher, says historians

More soldiers may have died in World War I than official records show and the numbers of veterans suffering shell shock was also hugely underestimated, suggest two leading historians. Antoine Prost, professor of history at the University of Paris, says … Continue reading

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Medal lost for 40 years appears on auction site

A man has discovered a missing World War I Victory medal on auction site Ebay 40 years after it disappeared. Terry Snow, from Devon, accidentally lost track of the medal during a house move and has since searched for it … Continue reading

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West London call for World War I memorabilia

Officials at the London Borough of Hillingdon are asking local residents to share their World War I memorabilia. The west London council is planning its commemoration of the Centenary and local historians are looking for anyone with letters, photographs, diaries, … Continue reading

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A draft of reinforcements arrives at Ypres

Norman Gladden recalls how a new draft of men arrived at the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers near Ypres in 1917. The battalion had suffered considerable casualties at the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917. The nature of the new … Continue reading

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