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Project to trace missing soldiers of World War I

London’s National Army Museum has launched a campaign to identify forgotten casualties of World War I. The Daily Telegraph reports the museum has established a dedicated unit to investigate cases where the deaths of soldiers, sailors and airmen from the … Continue reading

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Remains of missing World War I soldier found on Somme battlefield

Remains of a missing World War I soldier were discovered last week near the Ulster Tower memorial on the Somme battlefield. They were found as a mechanical digger was operating as part of plans to improve the parking area and … 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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Royal Fusiliers badge at Ploegsteert

  The Royal Fusiliers’ badge on a headstone at the CWGC cemetery at Ploegsteert, Belgium. In 1915 and 1916 this was deemed a relatively quiet area, but there are still more than 11,000 names on the memorial to the missing … Continue reading

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Retreat from Mons Remembrance Trail

CWGC has launched a Retreat from Mons Remembrance Trail. The Battle of Mons was fought on 23 August 1914. Heavy fighting took place in the city and the surrounding area and by the evening the British Expeditionary Force had begun … Continue reading

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Photograph at Abbeville CWGC cemetery

  I stopped off at the CWGC cemetery at Abbeville, Picardy, last week. Lying on one of the grass paths was this photo, depicting the Irvine Victoria football team presumably of some time around 1914. I expect it had blown … Continue reading

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CWGC searches for family of World War I NCO

Research by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence (MOD) has identified the grave of Company Serjeant Major (CSM) Andrew Gale of The Queen’s (Royal West Surrey Regiment) in Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, Belgium. CSM Gale … Continue reading

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Rare private war memorial, College Yard, London NW5

A rare example of a private World War I memorial can be found in Kentish Town, London NW5. It’s on a row of what are reputed to have been railwaymen’s cottage on College Yard and is in pretty poor condition. … Continue reading

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Body of missing British officer to be reburied in France

A British officer is to be buried in France after his remains were discovered by a farmer, according to the Daily Mirror. The newspaper reports how Didier Guerle uncovered the remains of Acting captain John Pritchard, along with five other … Continue reading

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Unknown New Zealand soldier to be buried at Messines

An unknown New Zealand soldier of the First World War will be buried at Messines Ridge British Cemetery in Belgium on 25 February. Archeologists discovered the remains in April 2012 and were able to identify him as a New Zealander … Continue reading

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