Monthly Archives: August 2014

Welsh WW1 monument unveiled at Langemark

A memorial to commemorate Welsh soldiers who were killed in the First World War will be unveiled at Langemark, Belgium, on 16 August. It will comprise a Welsh dragon atop a slate cromlech and is near the spot where Welsh … Continue reading

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Campaigners call for WW1 Chinese Labour Corps memorial

Members of Britain’s Chinese community have launched a campaign to commemorate members of the Chinese Labour Corps who served in the First World War. Dangerous work More than 100,000 men volunteered for the corps, with the first arriving on the … Continue reading

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The first Flying Corps casualties of the First World War

In August 1914 the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) began its deployment to France. On the 12th, the Corps lost its first casualties, when one of its aircraft came down soon after take off. Second-lieutenant Robin Skene and air mechanic Raymond … Continue reading

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Reservists re-join the British army in August 1914

Reservists queue to rejoin the British Army on 5 August 1914. The men are former members of the Grenadier Guards who have been recalled following the outbreak of war and are awaiting a medical examination at Wellington Barracks, Chelsea. While … Continue reading

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Step Short arch unveiled in Folkestone

The 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered the First World War has been marked by the unveiling of a memorial arch in Folkestone, Kent. The arch was commissioned for the Centenary by the Step Short charity in memory of the millions of … Continue reading

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The Briton killed within hours of outbreak of WW1

Historian Richard van Emden suggests Henry Hadley should be recognized as the first British casualty of the First World War. Hadley, a former army officer with the West India Regiment who had been educated at Cheltenham College, was working as … Continue reading

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Truth and Memory at London’s Imperial War Museum

  London’s Imperial War Museum is marking the Centenary of the outbreak of World War I with a wide-ranging and often deeply moving display of the work of British war artists of the period. Entitled Truth and Memory, it takes … Continue reading

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