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Huge scrap-metal soldier statue on show in Dorset

A huge statue of a First World War soldier has been created from scrap metal to commemorate the men who lost their lives in the conflict. The Daily Mail reports that the figure, known as The Haunting, stands more than six … Continue reading

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UK government unveils Battle of Jutland centenary plans

Warships from Britain and Germany will lay wreaths in the North Sea to mark the commemoration of the centenary of the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 2016. Fought off the Danish coast, the battle was one of a relatively … Continue reading

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Band tells story of Welsh soldier shot at dawn

The story of a young soldier who was shot for desertion after he turned himself in at a police station has been re-told by the Welsh rock/folk band Trenchfoot. Private William Jones, of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers, had volunteered for … Continue reading

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Lost VC goes on show in Brighton

A ‘mislaid’ Victoria Cross has gone on show at the Brighton Museum in Sussex. The medal was awarded posthumously to 42-year-old Major George Godfrey Massy Wheeler of the 7th (Hariana ) Lancers. It was found by museum staff who were searching … Continue reading

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English town axes idea of streets named after WW1 soldiers

An English town council has rejected a proposal to name new streets after local men who were decorated for bravery in the First World War. Milton Keynes, in Buckinghamshire, is due to expand by at least 3,000 houses over the … 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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