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First WW1 British casualty may have been victim of friendly fire

Private John Parr of the Middlesex Regiment, the first British soldier to be killed in the First World War, may have been a victim of ‘friendly fire’. Speaking to The Sunday Times historian Jon Cooksey said: ‘There was no German … Continue reading

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President Obama speaks at Flanders Fields Memorial, Belgium

US President Barack Obama has laid a wreath at the Flanders Fields Memorial in Belgium. Obama, Belgian King Philippe and Belgian Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo all placed wreaths. The king said in a speech: ‘Our countries have learned the … Continue reading

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Ten missing First World War British soldiers identified

Ten missing British soldiers who were killed in the early months of the First World War have been positively identified after almost 100 years. The men were members of 2nd Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment and were killed on … Continue reading

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First World War exhibition at Royal Museum of the Army and of Military History, Brussels

A new exhibition at the Royal Museum of the Army and of Military History entitled 14-18, It’s Our History, explores the role of Belgium in the wider context of the First World War. The displays fit into five subject areas: … Continue reading

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Exhibition focuses on Gordon Highlanders in the First World War

An exhibition focusing on the Gordon Highlanders and their experience during the first months of the First World War has opened at the regiment’s museum in Aberdeen. Shattered Hopes: The Gordon Highlanders in 1914 follows the unit throughout the battles … Continue reading

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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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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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Life behind the lines in World War I

Norman Gladden, of the 11th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, recalls the ordinary soldiers’ experience in an area behind the British lines near Ypres in 1917. ‘One day we marched to the Brigade Baths which had been set up in a small … Continue reading

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Archive lists Irish casualties of World War I

An archive that lists the 49,000 soldiers from the island of Ireland who died during World War I or as a result of wounds sustained during battle has been made available to the public. The archive, entitled Ireland’s Memorial Records, … Continue reading

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A British Tommy recalls Christmas Truce of 1914

Sergeant Alfred Anderson is believed to have been the last survivor of the Christmas Truce. He was aged 18 on 24 December 1914 and serving as a private in the Black Watch on the Western Front. Some 90 years later … Continue reading

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