Centenary News in Brief: 21st - 27th June 2014

Posted on centenarynews.com on 27 June 2014
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Centenary News in Brief this week includes: The namesakes of Blackadder's First World War characters have been revealed in records from the conflict; Leicester's Cenotaph is being restored for the Centenary; the US National World War I Museum's ​Museum Archivist vists Vienna & Sarajevo; singer Lucy Ward marks the Centenary at the music festival Glastonbury.


Research by Forces War Records has revealed that many characters from the popular television programme Blackadder had namesakes who fought in the First World War.

Blackadder Goes Forth was set during the First World War, and characters including Blackadder, Darling and Baldrick all had namesakes who fought. Records reveal a Captain Blackadder of the North Scottish regiment; a Captain Darling; and Captain John Clive Baldrick who won the Distinguished Service Order.


Leicester's Cenotaph is being restored in order to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Leicester City Council is spending £84,000 on the restoration, which will see the Cenotaph as a focal point in the city's commemoration of the conflict.

National World War One Museum

The National World War One Museum's archivist is in Sarajevo and Vienna for the Centenary.

Jonathan Casey is traveling to between the Bosnian and Austrian capitals from the 23rd June - 3rd July to mark the Centenary of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination. He will be filing daily reports on his travels.

You can follow his progress here.


The Guardian's Martin Chilton has reported that singer Lucy Ward will be performing a new song at Glastonbury written to mark the Centenary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Along with Mat Skinner, O'Hooley & Tidow, Robb Johnson and Sam Duckworth will all play new songs they have composed about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand.

Image courtesy of the BBC

Posted by: Daniel Barry, Centenary News