Tag Archives: Centenary of World War I

Charity takes on Reading University to save First World War building

The Victorian Society has launched a campaign to try to stop Reading University from knocking down St Patrick’s Hall – a building that was used by air cadets during the First World War. Among those who lived there was William … Continue reading

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Snipers shot British soldiers on Christmas Day 1914

The Centenary of the Christmas Truce of 1914 is receiving much media coverage, but it was not universally observed. At one point of the British front line, near the French village of Festubert, there was no fraternising and the war … Continue reading

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Duke of Edinburgh opens First World War exhibition

The Duke of Edinburgh has opened the new permanent First World War exhibition at the Royal Air Force Museum in north London. Entitled The First World War in the Air, the exhibition focuses on the often overlooked role of air power during the … Continue reading

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War Memorial at Lyddington, Rutland

The war memorial at the Rutland village of Lyddington includes seven names from the First World War. Among them are private Walter Hinch of 2nd Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment whose name appears on the Basra Memorial in Iraq. There are also two … Continue reading

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Shot at dawn pamphlet published online

A campaigning contemporary pamphlet, designed to draw attention to the British army’s relatively common and often arbitrary use of the death penalty, has been made available online. Entitled Shootings at Dawn and written by Ernest Thurtle MP, it uses extracts … Continue reading

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Family recovers medals of Australian Aboriginal soldier

The family of an Australian Aboriginal soldier who was killed during the First World War have been reunited with his war medals. Private Arthur Walker’s great-grandson, John Lochowiak, was given the medals by a relative after she saw him at … Continue reading

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UK communities focus on Last Post project

The Last Post, a mass participation music project for 300 communities, will take place in the UK during each year of the Centenary of the First World War from 2014 to 2018. For a fortnight either side of Remembrance Sunday, … Continue reading

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