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Letter home tells of dangers of Ypres in 1915

A letter home from lieutenant Hugh Butterworth of the 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. In it, he displays a characteristic joviality and dry wit despite the dangers of his situation. Trenches Sunday, June 20th, 1915. 3.15am What a night! We left … Continue reading

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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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Cruise ship prepares for April 2015 Gallipoli visit

On 25 April 2015, cruise ship Saga Sapphire will be anchored off Anzac Cove – 100 years to the day that the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps went ashore there. Passengers will be able to take part in trips … Continue reading

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Herts at War seeks lottery funding for Centenary commemoration

Centenary community project Herts at War is in the process of seeking funding from the UK’s National Lottery Heritage Fund. If successful, it hopes to set up an exhibition on Hertfordshire’s experience in World War I. This will open as … Continue reading

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Francois Hollande announces France’s Centenary plans

French leader Francois Hollande has announced that France will invite representatives from all 72 countries involved in World War I to take part in its annual Bastille Day military parade in July 2014. Hollande added that Germany’s president, Joachim Gauck, … Continue reading

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World War I airshow planned for Amiens Glissy, France, in 2014

French commemorations of the Centenary of World War I will include the recreation of an airfield at Amiens Glissy, in the Somme region. The aerodrome will be the site of a major airshow from 12-14 September 1914. The plan is … 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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Major dates announced for UK commemoration of World War I

The UK’s First World War Centenary Partnership, led by Imperial War Museums (IWM), will mark the Centenary of World War I by leading four-year cultural programme that includes over 500 new exhibitions and 1,500 events. James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive … Continue reading

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CWGC restores Ypres’ Menin Gate for Centenary

Commonwealth War Graves Commission staff are working to prepare the Menin Gate in Ypres for the Centenary of World War I in 2014. Since early spring, horticultural staff have carried out turf renovation in and around the site. In addition, … Continue reading

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World War I trenches may be restored near Sheffield

Remains of World War I training trenches could be restored as part of the Yorkshire city of Sheffield’s commemorations of the Centenary of World War I. The Sheffield Telegraph reports that the trenches were dug at Redmires, to the west … Continue reading

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