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UK government accused of Centenary political correctness

More controversy shrouds the UK’s commemoration of World War I as government ministers are accused of playing down the role of Australian and New Zealand soldiers in favour of the contribution from ‘New Commonwealth’ nations. The Daily Telegraph reports that … Continue reading

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The Economist warns 2014 similar to 1914

An editorial in British news periodical The Economist draws uncomfortable parallels between the world of today and that of 100 years ago. As the Centenary of World War I approaches, the newspaper suggests that as 1913 came to a close … Continue reading

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British soldier bids farewell to his mother at end of leave

Rather staged-looking, but poignant nonetheless, this photograph from the Imperial War Museum’s archive shows a soldier of the Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) bidding farewell to his mother prior to returning to the Western Front. The photo was one … Continue reading

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Campaign to honour Ipswich VC winner

A campaign has been launched to commemorate VC winner Private Samuel Harvey in his adopted home town of Ipswich. Private Harvey, of 1st Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, won his medal at the Battle of Loos in 1915. An account … Continue reading

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USA World War I memorials in danger

World War I memorials across the US are falling into disrepair, reports the Washington Times. The newspaper takes the example of the Waikiki Natatorium, built in 1927 as a tribute to 10,000 Hawaiians who served during the war. The saltwater … Continue reading

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Lieutenant Commander Jack Bassano Hyde, Royal Navy

Engineer Lieutenant Commander Jack Bassano Hyde, of HMS Sable, died on 25 October 1918, aged 31. Jack was the son of Captain John Francis Hyde and Marianne Hyde of 131 Adelaide Rd, London. He was born at Hyde End, Berkshire, … Continue reading

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Controversy over Battle of Loos wind farm plans

The remains of British soldiers could be disturbed if a plan to build a wind farm on the site of the Loos battlefield goes ahead. The Daily Mirror reports that Energy firm InnoVent wants to build 10 turbines on the … Continue reading

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