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Premier League to finance football pitch in Ypres

The Premier League is to build an all-weather football pitch in Belgium as part of World War I Centenary commemorations. The Daily Mirror reports that a high-tech ‘3G’ pitch will be opened in Ypres and will be the venue for … Continue reading

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Real life in the trenches of World War I

Lieutenant Hugh Butterworth, 9th Battalion, Rifle Brigade writes home on 10 June 1915. ‘Men look fearsome ruffians in the trenches. The water is bad for shaving, as if you cut yourself you may get a bit poisoned, so they mostly … Continue reading

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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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Queen Victoria’s Rifles HQ, 56 Davies Street, London

The badge of the Queen Victoria’s Rifles provides a reminder of World War I in one of London’s most well-heeled districts. It adorns the wall of 56 Davies Street, where the unit (officially the 9th County of London Battalion) was … 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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Ypres ceremony links to Flanders Fields Memorial Garden

On Monday 11 November, 62 British and Belgian schoolchildren will participate in a special ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres as part of the Flanders Fields Memorial Garden project. The Flanders Fields Memorial Garden is being built alongside the … Continue reading

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Egypt-born VC winner to receive Manchester commemoration

Sergeant Issy Smith, an Egypt-born Victoria Cross winner, will be commemorated in his adopted home city of Manchester, following a campaign by the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women (Ajex). The government plans to commemorate all the British-born VC winners … Continue reading

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