Tag Archives: 1917

Medal of Staffordshire Regiment soldier found in Midlands garden

A British gardening enthusiast has discovered two long-lost World War I medals in his potato patch. Roger Aston, of Smethwick in the West Midlands, found one German and one British medal. The latter was awarded to 33-year-old Private Francis Hubball, … Continue reading

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Northampton soldiers honoured by local newspaper

The Northampton Herald and Post has published a list of five famous World War I soldiers from the town. Lieutenant Walter Tull was the first black officer in the British Army. From 1911-1914 he played 111 matches for Northampton Town … Continue reading

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Remembering a Seaforth Highlander of World War I

Corporal John MacKenzie of the Seaforth Highlanders was killed in action in Belgium on 1 August 1917. His descendants say the 20-year-old from Sutherland had been awarded the Military Medal four months earlier and have letters written by his officers … Continue reading

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Memorial Museum Passendaele 1917 announces 2014 plans

The Memorial Museum Passendaele 1917 opened in July 2013. It focuses in particular of the 1917 Battle of Passendaele and is situated in the village of Zonnebeke. On display are a wide variety of uniforms, weaponry, memorabilia, artworks and battlefield … Continue reading

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National Museum Cardiff announces World War I exhibition

A collection of World War I-era prints will be exhibited at the National Museum Cardiff as part of commemorations of the Centenary. The artworks were commissioned by the Ministry of Information (MOI) in 1917 to help prevent support for the … Continue reading

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Tour de France route 2014 includes World War I sites

Tour de France organisers have announced a four-country route for the 2014 event, starting in England and featuring stretches in the north and east of France to commemorate the Centenary of World War I. Belgium and Spain will be the … Continue reading

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Mata Hari birthplace in Leeuwarden burned down

The Netherlands birthplace of exotic dancer and World War I spy Mata Hari has been gutted by fire. Hari was born in the Frisian city of Leeuwarden, about 90 miles north of Amsterdam, as Margaretha Geertruida Zelle on 7 August … Continue reading

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British prisoners at Arras, May 1917

A interesting photograph from the Imperial War Museum’s collection showing British prisoners being transported to camps in Germany after the Battle of Arras in May 1917. The prisoners’ expressions range from relief, to hostility, to worry. The German guard smokes … 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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Canadian soldiers added to Dorchester memorial

The names of two Dorset men who lost their lives fighting with the Canadian forces in World War I have been added to a war memorial in Dorchester. Charlie Cutt and George Quinton were omitted from the monument when it … Continue reading

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