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Belgium & Canada honour last Commonwealth soldier killed in WW1

11 November 2018

Centenary News watches the official opening of the George Price Memorial, near Mons, commemorating the death of the last Commonwealth soldier to die in action in World War 1 before the Armistice took effect.

St Symphorien tributes to the fallen of 1914 and 1918

11 November 2018

The first and the last British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in action in the Great War have been remembered in Armistice Centenary ceremonies at the cemetery in Belgium where they lie together.

Centenary tribute to Wilfred Owen on the Sambre-Oise Canal

04 November 2018

Centenary News joined a commemorative procession in Northern France on November 4, honouring the poet and soldier Wilfred Owen, 100 years to the day after he was killed in action in one of the last battles of the First World War.

New Zealand commemorates 1918 liberation of Le Quesnoy

04 November 2018

New Zealanders gathered in the French town of Le Quesnoy on 4 November 2018 for events commemorating the 100th anniversary of their last major action of the First World War.

Armistice Centenary - Light to shine on Artois 'Great Vigil' for the fallen

25 October 2018

Candle-lit vigils will be held at 270 cemeteries and memorials across Artois at nightfall on 10 November 2018 to commemorate all those who didn't live to see the Armistice ending the Great War.

100 Years Ago - 'Tout Le Monde à La Bataille', Allies strike across Western Front

26 September 2018

In the dying days of September 1918, an Allied onslaught in Northern France and Flanders, coupled with defeats for the Central Powers on other fronts, forced German overtures for an armistice.

The Meuse-Argonne: Remembering America's biggest battle

26 September 2018

Patrick Gregory reports from US commemorations in France, marking the Centennial of the battle that opened the last Allied campaigns on the Western Front.

Armistice Centenary - Update on French events

23 September 2018

President Macron will meet the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, at Compiègne - and also tour regions of France devastated by the First World War as part of nationwide events marking the Armistice Centenary. 

'Battle of the Ancre' film in Bristol for Armistice Centenary

21 September 2018

The official film of the British Army’s autumn campaign on the Somme in 1916 will be screened in Bristol, with live music, as part of an Armistice Centenary tour in November.

New Zealand events marking Le Quesnoy Centenary

16 September 2018

New Zealand announces more details of events taking place in France on November 4 to mark the centenary of its last major First World War action - the liberation of Le Quesnoy.

100 Years Ago - Last Push against Bulgaria from Salonika

14 September 2018

Allied troops started their final advance on the Macedonian Front on 15 September 1918, knocking Bulgaria out of the First World War two weeks later.

The Battle of Amiens, and what it meant for ending WW1

10 August 2018

Dr Glyn Prysor, Chief Historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - talking to Centenary News - summarises the significance of the Battle of Amiens.

Royal tribute for Battle of Amiens Centenary

09 August 2018

At this week’s centenary commemorations, the Duke of Cambridge paid tribute to Allied cooperation delivering the success of the Battle of Amiens in August 1918. 

100 years ago - Battle of Amiens & start of the 'Hundred Days'

08 August 2018

The first in a series of Allied offensives which culminated in the First World War Armistice was launched against German positions near the French city of Amiens on 8 August 1918.

'Storming the Skies' - The First World War in Italy in photos

01 August 2018

Centenary News toured an exhibition of photographs at the Army & Navy Club in London offering a rare glimpse, for UK eyes, of the First World War campaigns on the Italian Front.

New film remembers 'forgotten' Salonika campaign

27 July 2018

A newly-released short film focusses on the First World War campaign in the Balkans which drew in 600,000 Allied troops from across the globe.

Turn of the tide on the Marne - July 1918

25 July 2018

Battles in northeastern France 100 years ago signalled a crucial shift in the First World War, as the Allies gained the advantage over the Germans.

CWGC staff return to Iraq after 12 years

23 July 2018

Commonwealth War Graves Commission staff have made their first working visit to Iraq since 2006 to inspect CWGC memorials and cemeteries around Basra.

WW1 British sailor laid to rest on Arras battlefield

11 July 2018

A Royal Navy sailor of the Great War has been buried with full military honours in France, more than 100 years after he was killed in action at the Battle of Arras.

Centenary News countdown to the Armistice

04 July 2018

A reminder of some of the main events shaping the last four months of the First World War in 1918 - together with an update on forthcoming centenary commemorations. 

Flanders exhibitions, '1918 - The Final Offensive'

10 May 2018

Three exhibitions now under way in Zonnebeke, Heuvelland and Waregem highlight different aspects of the last year of the First World War in Flanders.

Navies pay combined tribute to 'Tuscania' and 'Otranto' off Islay

04 May 2018

Scotland’s commemorations for the American and British dead of the WW1 troopships SS Tuscania and HMS Otranto got under way with tributes at sea by the British, US, French and German navies.

Australia's new Sir John Monash Centre at Villers-Bretonneux

25 April 2018

Australia has opened a new multi-media visitor centre in France, commemorating Australian forces on the Western Front at the scene of some of their most successful WW1 actions.

German push halted at Villers-Bretonneux, 25 April 1918

25 April 2018

Australian troops, supported by British units, scored a notable victory on Anzac Day 1918, halting a German advance towards  Amiens with its strategically important railway junction.

Blankenberge's tribute to George Nicholson Bradford VC

24 April 2018

The family of Lt Cdr George Bradford - one of the only pair of brothers both to receive the Victoria Cross in WW1 - have expressed their ‘heartfelt thanks’ for a new memorial to him in Flanders marking the Zeebrugge Raid Centenary. 

Zeebrugge honours fallen of 1918 naval raids

23 April 2018

Centenary News watched Zeebrugge's commemorations marking the 100th anniversary of the British naval attacks targeting German First World War U-boat operations in Flanders. 

100 Years Ago - The Royal Navy raids on Zeebrugge & Ostend

21 April 2018

As cross-channel commemorations get under way, Centenary News reports from the Flanders coast on Britain’s daring attempt to cut off German submarine bases at a critical moment in the First World War.

100 Years Ago - Field Marshal Haig calls for 'Backs to the Wall' fight to the last

11 April 2018

'There is no other course open to us but to fight it out,' British commander Sir Douglas Haig ordered on 11 April 1918, rallying his troops against fresh German advances threatening the Channel ports.  

French & Portuguese leaders mark Battle of the Lys Centenary

09 April 2018

President Macron and his Portuguese counterpart, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, led tributes at Richebourg today (9 April 2018) to Portuguese soldiers who fell on the Western Front.

100 Years Ago: German Spring Offensive launched

21 March 2018

German forces began a thrust across Northern France on 21 March 1918, initially threatening to overwhelm the Allies.

Update on Zeebrugge Raid conference at Royal Navy Museum

16 March 2018

The National Museum of the Royal Navy announces more details of its April conference marking the centenary of Britain's attempt to block German U-boat bases in Flanders.

Battle of Amiens Centenary - Ballot opens for August commemorations

10 March 2018

A ticket ballot opens today (March 9) for commemorations in France marking the centenary of the Battle of Amiens, the UK Government announces.

France invites New Zealanders to create Le Quesnoy peace garden

13 February 2018

New Zealand landscapers are invited to submit plans for a memorial peace garden in Le Quesnoy, the French town liberated by New Zealand troops in the last week of the First World War.

New Cambrai tank museum opens, March 2018

12 February 2018

A museum built to mark the Battle of Cambrai Centenary will open to the public on March 15, with the British tank Deborah as its centrepiece.

Argonne project remembering America's bloodiest WWI battle

24 January 2018

A project highlighting key sites in the US Meuse-Argonne Offensive of 1918 has been launched by France's National Forestry Office.

Urgent appeal to find British WW1 soldier's family

15 January 2018

British military officials trying to identify a First World War soldier's remains want to trace the family of Edward Norton, a Durham Light Infantry sergeant killed in France in September 1918.

Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2018

04 January 2018

A Centenary News summary of major anniversaries that shaped 1918, the final year of the First World War - and news of some of the 2018 event programmes announced so far.

Focus on Armistice Centenary - Mons 2018

02 January 2018

Two days of commemorations are planned in Mons on November 10 & 11 to mark the centenary of the Belgian city's liberation at the very end of the First World War.

Review of WW1 Centenary year 2017

27 December 2017

Centenary News looks back at some of many events in 2017 commemorating the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Cambrai tank veteran 'Deborah' keeps vigil in new home

22 November 2017

A first glimpse of the Battle of Cambrai veteran Deborah in her final resting place, 100 years after she fought in the first mass tank attack.

Cambrai Centenary - tank tribute at London's Cenotaph

20 November 2017

Soldiers and veterans of Britain's Royal Tank Regiment paraded before a replica Mark IV tank at the Cenotaph in tribute to their predecessors who fought at the Battle of Cambrai 100 years ago.

Zeebrugge Raid Centenary 2018 - Call for Papers

13 November 2017

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is inviting papers for an April 2018 conference marking the centenary of Britain's attempt to seal off German U-boat bases on the Belgian coast.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Passchendaele ends

10 November 2017

Canadian troops completed the capture of Passchendaele on 10 November 1917, ending the Allied offensive in Flanders known also as the Third Battle of Ypres.

First World War Italian campaign photos discovered in Australia

24 October 2017

Centenary News reader Vick Kristoff tells us about his discovery of hundreds of glass photographic negatives revealing scenes from the Italian front in the Great War.

100 Years Ago - Italy defeated at Battle of Caporetto

23 October 2017

The Central Powers launched an offensive against Italy on 24 October 1917, achieving a significant breathrough after more than two years of fighting on the Isonzo river.

Candles light Tyne Cot in memory of Passchendaele

16 October 2017

More than 7,000 people have taken part in a candle-lit evening of reflection at Tyne Cot Cemetery, remembering soldiers killed at the Battle of Passchendaele 100 years ago.

New Zealand commemorates its 'darkest day' at Passchendaele

13 October 2017

New Zealanders gathered in Belgium this week to pay tribute to their soldiers who fell at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.

19 First World War soldiers buried at Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium

03 October 2017

Nineteen soldiers of the British Army who fell on the battlefields of Flanders have been laid to rest at New Irish Farm CWGC cemetery near Ypres.

Somme ceremony honours Indian troops of the Great War

24 September 2017

Tributes have been paid in France to 320 Indian First World War troops buried at La Chapelette British & Indian cemetery near Péronne.

Tyne Cot soldiers' names to be lit in Passchendaele Centenary tribute

08 September 2017

Organisers of an evening of music and reflection commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele are seeking participants to help illuminate the event at Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium.

Call for Papers: '1914-1918-online' encyclopaedia

04 September 2017

Academics are invited to contribute articles to '1914-1918-online', an international English-language reference work covering the First World War.

German U-boat wreck protected in the North Sea

29 August 2017

The wreck of a German mine-laying submarine sunk in the closing stages of the First World War has been protected on the advice of Historic England.

Surviving Battle of Cambrai tank moves to new home

04 August 2017

'Deborah', the British tank unearthed in France 19 years ago, has arrived at a new museum opening in November 2017 for the Battle of Cambrai Centenary.

Tyne Cot Centenary service remembers Passchendaele loss & sacrifice

01 August 2017

The world's largest Commonwealth cemetery was the setting for commemorations on 31 July 2017 honouring those who fought and died at the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago: Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele starts

31 July 2017

British-led forces began an offensive in Flanders on 31 July 1917 that is still mired in controversy.

Eve-of-Centenary commemorations in Ypres for 1917 battle

30 July 2017

Events have been taking place in Ypres tonight (Sunday July 30) on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele.

The unveiling of the Menin Gate - how blind veterans told the story

24 July 2017

Two blind soldiers' accounts of the unveiling of the Menin Gate 90 years ago today have been voiced for the charity, Blind Veterans UK, founded as St Dunstan's during WW1.

UK sites protected in memory of New Zealanders lost at Messines

17 July 2017

Two monuments commemorating New Zealand's WW1 soldiers have been protected on the advice of conservationists Historic England to mark the June 2017 Battle of Messines Centenary.

New 'War Horse' reading for 2017 Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary

16 July 2017

Author Michael Morpurgo will read a new short story in Ypres on Sunday 30 July at the start of commemorations for the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele. 

CWGC given €3.9m to restore Flanders cemeteries

15 June 2017

The Flanders Government is giving the Commonwealth War Graves Commission more than €3.9 million towards restoration projects at 24 cemeteries in the Ieper (Ypres) area.

UK & Ireland join in Messines Centenary tribute

09 June 2017

Prince William and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny took part in commemorations marking the centenary of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 2017.

Messines Centenary - New Zealand remembers

08 June 2017

New Zealanders gathered for ceremonies in Belgium on June 7 honouring the service and sacrifice of their soldiers who fought at the Battle of Messines.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Messines

07 June 2017

The capture of Messines Ridge by Allied forces in June 1917 was a dramatic prelude to the British-led Flanders offensive later that summer.

100 Years Ago: Commonwealth War Graves Commission founded

21 May 2017

The Imperial War Graves Commission - later renamed the Commonwealth War Graves Commission - was created by Royal Charter on 21 May 1917 to remember the Great War dead of Britain and its Dominions in perpetuity.

Rare Ottoman Great War carpet for Australian War Memorial

11 May 2017

A silk carpet commemorating Turkey's victory over Allied naval power in the Dardanelles in March 1915 has been acquired by the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.

Cambrai tank veteran 'Deborah' prepares for Centenary move

08 May 2017

A British tank discovered under the battlefields of Cambrai is about to start its final  journey to a new museum opening for the November 2017 Centenary.

Australian Memorial Garden opens in Passchendaele

02 May 2017

The latest commemorative garden to open at the Passchendaele Memorial Park in Belgium honours Australian soldiers of the Great War.

Arras tunnels survey presented for 2017 Centenary

29 April 2017

Surveyors from the University of Otago have carried out a complex study of the First World War tunnels dug beneath Arras by New Zealand troops.

UK & Ireland to share Messines Centenary remembrance

23 April 2017

Britain and Ireland are to hold a joint tribute to soldiers from nationalist and unionist traditions who fought side by side at the Battle of Messines in the summer of 1917.

100 Years Ago: The Chinese Labour Corps arrives

19 April 2017

Chinese workers recruited to support Britain's war effort on the Western Front started arriving in France on 19 April 1917.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Chemin des Dames

16 April 2017

French forces launched a disastrous attack on the Chemin des Dames on 16 April 1917, triggering a crisis of morale and a controversial First World War legacy.

Battle of Arras/Vimy Ridge Centenary - Dawn tribute to tunnellers

13 April 2017

Arras and Vimy Ridge hosted a day of commemorations on 9 April 2017 bringing together the nations who fought in the Allies' first concerted Western Front offensive of 1917. 

Canada marks 'pivotal' Battle of Vimy Ridge

12 April 2017

Thousands of Canadians gathered at Vimy Ridge for the centenary of a First World War victory seen as a defining moment in their country's birth as an independent nation.​

Scotland remembers the Battle of Arras

11 April 2017

Scotland paid tribute to its dead in Arras with commemorations at Faubourg d'Amiens Commonwealth Cemetery, and a Beating Retreat Ceremony in the city centre attended by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 

100 Years Ago: Battle of Arras & Vimy Ridge

09 April 2017

British and Commonwealth forces attacked the German lines at Arras on 9 April 1917, in a renewed attempt to break the deadlock on the Western Front.

Royal Navy Museum conference charts Jutland legacy

26 March 2017

A three-day international conference exploring the legacy and wider impact of the Battle of Jutland has been announced by Britain's National Museum of the Royal Navy, Portsmouth.

'Safeguarding the underwater heritage of WW1' - UN schools' initiative

25 March 2017

Materials for schools promoting awareness of First World War shipwrecks have been released for the Centenary by the United Nations agency, UNESCO.

100 Years Ago: German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line

20 March 2017

German troops pulled back to new defensive positions on the Western Front in spring 1917 as they prepared to face renewed Allied onslaughts in France.

Passchendaele Centenary opening for 'Zonnebeke Church Dugout'

17 March 2017

A preserved WW1 dugout will be specially opened to the public for the Battle of Passchendaele Centenary in 2017, the Memorial Museum Passchendaele announces.

Matching Centenary tributes to fallen Durham soldier

06 March 2017

The family of a British soldier killed on the Somme battlefields in March 1917 have marked the centenary of his death with simultaneous wreath layings in the UK and France.

Battle of Chemin des Dames: Centenary dossier from Mission Centenaire

27 February 2017

Articles and videos explaining the Battle of the Chemin des Dames have been released together online by Mission Centenaire for the April 2017 Centenary.

'Passchendaele Remembered' - 3rd Battle of Ypres Centenary events update

15 February 2017

The latest on commemorations coming up in Flanders in 2017 to mark the centenary of a WW1 campaign fought in some of the most atrocious conditions on the Western Front.

New Zealand marks Battle of Messines Centenary - June 2017

14 February 2017

New Zealand will hold events in Belgium on June 7 to commemorate its role in the Battle of Messines, a dramatic prelude to the main Allied offensive at Ypres in 1917.

France prepares for Battle of Chemin des Dames Centenary

10 February 2017

Commemorations will be taking place in the Aisne region at Easter to mark the centenary of the First World War battle that shook French morale to the core in April 1917.

'Salonika Remembers' - schools invited to explore CWGC sites in Greece

03 February 2017

A project for schools commemorating the centenary of the Salonika Campaign has been launched by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in partnership with the British Council in Greece.

Battle of Vimy Ridge Centenary - Canada pays tribute, April 2017

12 January 2017

Canada will hold ceremonies on 9 April 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the First World War victory seen as a defining moment for the country.

'The Earth Remembers' - Arras honours New Zealand tunnellers for 2017 Centenary

11 January 2017

A new memorial honouring New Zealand's WW1 tunnellers is due to be inaugurated during the Battle of Arras Centenary commemorations in France in April 2017.  

NZ's new Prime Minister visits WW1 battlefields in Belgium

10 January 2017

New Zealand's recently appointed Prime Minister, Bill English, has made an early visit to First World War memorials at the centre of Centenary commemorations in 2017.

Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele Centenary - UK ticket ballot opens

03 January 2017

Descendants of those who fought at the Third Battle of Ypres/Passchendaele are invited to apply for tickets to attend the UK's centenary commemorations in Belgium on 31 July 2017.

Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2017

01 January 2017

The penultimate year of the Great War unleashed events that would reshape the world in the 20th century.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Verdun ends after 10-month struggle

18 December 2016

The longest battle of the First World War ended at Verdun on 18 December 1916, after a campaign costing hundreds of thousands French and German casualties. 

Bucharest falls to the Central Powers - December 6 1916

06 December 2016

Bucharest became the latest European capital to fall to the Central Powers during the Great War when German-led troops entered the city 100 years ago.

'Shrouds of the Somme' - Artist's Centenary tribute in Bristol

19 November 2016

As the 2016 Somme commemorations draw to a close, Centenary News finds the public deeply moved during another display of the 'Shrouds of the Somme' installation following its July debut in Exeter.

100 Years Ago: Battle of the Somme ends

18 November 2016

The Battle of the Somme drew to a close on 18 November 1916 after more than four months of fighting, and more than a million casualties on all sides.

Lens' 14-18 Museum hosts November 2016 Armistice commemorations

04 November 2016

A weekend of Armistice commemorations at the Lens'14-18 Museum will include a torchlight ceremony at the new 'Ring of Remembrance' memorial overlooking the former battlefields of Artois.

Verdun, 100 years ago - France recaptures Fort Douaumont

24 October 2016

French colonial troops entered Fort Douaumont on 24 October 1916, ending an eight-month German occupation of the biggest of the Verdun fortresses. 

Leicester University remembers fallen soldier commemorated with its founding

15 October 2016

Archive material has uncovered one of the stories that inspired Leicester University's foundation as a 'living memorial' to the dead of the First World War.

CWGC launches Somme battlefield guide

13 October 2016

Centenary News reports from an event at the Canadian High Commission in London, marking publication of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission's Somme Battlefield Companion. 

CWGC highlights 'forgotten' Salonika Front

06 October 2016

A remembrance service has been hosted by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Greece as part of a joint effort with the British Embassy in Athens to raise awareness of those lost in the Salonika campaign.

Two unknown WW1 soldiers buried at Commonwealth cemetery in France

05 October 2016

Two British First World War soldiers whose identities remain unknown a century after they fell have been laid to rest on the former battlefields of Loos in Northern France.

Wreck of Jutland warship HMS Warrior found in North Sea

28 September 2016

Marine archaeologists have discovered the last missing wreck from the Battle of Jutland, 100 years after the biggest naval clash of the First World War.

Somme Centenary events in France honour New Zealand's Fallen

19 September 2016

New Zealand held a series of commemorations in France on 15 September 2016 to mark the centenary of the New Zealand Division joining the Battle of the Somme.

'The Price of a Mile' - exhibition honouring Somme doctors

16 September 2016

Booking is open for the London preview of a new exhibition paying tribute to doctors who administered anaesthetics and pain relief to the wounded at the Battle of the Somme.

100 Years Ago: UK Prime Minister's son killed in action

15 September 2016

British Prime Minister Herbert Asquith suffered a personal tragedy on 15 September 1916 when his eldest son, Raymond, was killed on the Somme.

Families of tank pioneers mark WW1 Tank Centenary

14 September 2016

Descendants of soldiers who took Britain's early tanks into battle gathered in London ahead of this week's centenary of the first ever-tank action during the Great War.

Somme Centenary - New Zealand remembers at Longueval Sept 15

07 September 2016

Prince Charles is to join New Zealanders in France next week for commemorations honouring those who fought at the Battle of the Somme a century ago.

100 Years Ago Today: Romania enters First World War

27 August 2016

Romanian troops attacked Transylvania on August 27th 1916, opening a new front against Austria-Hungary in the Balkans.

Battle of Chemin des Dames Centenary 2017 - Aisne call for projects

01 August 2016

Centenary News looks ahead to a significant French anniversary, as the Aisne region prepares for commemorations marking the Battle of the Chemin des Dames, also known as the Nivelle Offensive and the Second Battle of the Aisne.

Three unknown soldiers buried as Australia marks Pozières Centenary

26 July 2016

Australia has remembered its first action on the Somme with commemorations on July 23rd marking the Battle of Pozières in the summer of 1916.

Australia honours the Fallen at Fromelles

25 July 2016

Australia is holding commemorations in Northern France marking the first major battles fought by its forces on the Western Front a century ago.

Somme Centenary: Memorial honouring all South Africans unveiled at Delville Wood

19 July 2016

President Jacob Zuma inaugurated a new memorial at Delville Wood on July 12th 2016 honouring South Africans of all races who fought in the First and Second World Wars.

Team building full scale replica of British tank appeal for funds

14 July 2016

Enthusiasts in a Belgian village just outside Ypres are building a full-scale working replica of a British tank which took part in the Battle of Paschendaele – and have issued an appeal for funds.

Somme Centenary: Welsh troops remembered at Mametz Wood

12 July 2016

Wales has paid tribute to its soldiers who fell in fighting for control of Mametz Wood during the opening days of the Battle of the Somme.

Royal family join Newfoundland tributes to 'defining moment' on the Somme

03 July 2016

Princess Anne attended Newfoundland's centenary commemorations on July 1st 2016 remembering soldiers of the Newfoundland Regiment who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Somme Centenary – British & French leaders attend National Commemorative Event at Thiepval Memorial in France

03 July 2016

The British National Event to remember the Battle of the Somme was held in front of the Thiepval War Memorial during the morning of July 1st 2016 – 100 years after the start of the battle.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of the Somme

01 July 2016

One of the most controversial battles of the First World War started on July 1st 1916, with a massive British-led attack on German positions in the Somme region of Northern France.

100 Years Ago: German offensives peak at Verdun

23 June 2016

French troops defending Verdun came under renewed pressure in June-July 1916 as the German Army made its closest advances to the town.

Centenary events to mark Battle of the Boar's Head in France

15 June 2016

Commemorations are planned at Richebourg in Northern France, marking the centenary of an attack which cost British troops heavy losses on the eve of the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Somme Centenary - CWGC launches 'Thiepval App'

13 June 2016

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched an app for the Battle of the Somme Centenary, helping visitors to locate soldiers' names on the Thiepval Memorial.

Centenary app explores Battle of the Somme

12 June 2016

The events of the Battle of the Somme as they unfolded in 1916 are told in a new app released by the Royal British Legion and tv historian Dan Snow.

'Perspectives on the Somme' - Western Front Association Conference

11 June 2016

The Western Front Association will be commemorating the Battle of the Somme with a centenary conference in the UK on July 9th 2016.

100 Years Ago: Russia's Brusilov Offensive on Eastern Front

04 June 2016

General Aleksei Brusilov launched one of Russia's most successful attacks of the Great War on June 4th 1916, advancing against Austro-Hungarian forces in present-day Western Ukraine.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Jutland

31 May 2016

The British and German fleets fought the biggest naval battle of the First World War off the coast of Denmark on May 31st/June 1st 1916.

Centenary of the Battle of Jutland remembered in UK and at sea

31 May 2016

The British Prime Minister David Cameron and the German President Joachim Gauck attended a national remembrance event in Scotland today, Tuesday 31st May 2016.

French & German leaders in Verdun for Centenary

29 May 2016

President François Hollande and the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, lead France's official commemorations today (May 29th 2016) marking the Centenary of the Battle of Verdun.

Jutland families unite in Trafalgar Square tribute to the Fallen

24 May 2016

Descendants of the Battle of Jutland commanders paid tribute to all those who died in the biggest naval clash of the First World War at a ceremony in London's Trafalgar Square on May 23rd 2016.

Jutland Centenary - IWM call to share remembrance online

21 May 2016

Ahead of the Battle of Jutland Centenary, the public are being to urged discover and share stories of the men who fought on Imperial War Museums' digital memorial, Lives of the First World War.

UK navy museum explores 'misunderstood' Battle of Jutland

19 May 2016

Britain's Royal Navy Museum has opened its major Centenary exhibition '36 Hours: Jutland 1916, The Battle that Won the War' at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

'Jutland: The Unfinished Battle' - Centenary exhibition in Germany

11 May 2016

A special exhibition opens at the Deutches Marinemuseum on May 29th 2016 as part of a weekend of remembrance in Wilhelmshaven marking the centenary of the Skagerrakschlacht/Battle of Jutland.

Canada's Vimy Oaks returning to France for 2017 Centennial

06 May 2016

A project is under way in Canada to 'repatriate' descendants of French oak trees for the centenary commemorations of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017.

Somme motorway break for battlefield photo exhibition

02 May 2016

A Somme motorway service area is the latest destination for photographer Michael St Maur Sheil's centenary touring exhibition, Fields of Battle - Lands of Peace 14-18.

CWGC marks Siege of Kut Centenary

30 April 2016

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has published an article and audio clips on its website, remembering the fall of Kut 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago Today: Siege of Kut ends in Ottoman victory

29 April 2016

The Ottoman Army captured the Mesopotamian town of Kut-al-Amara on April 29th 1916 when British-led forces surrendered after almost five months under siege. 

Jutland Centenary: Latest events round-up

27 April 2016

A reminder from Centenary News of some of the many Battle of Jutland Centenary commemorations taking place on May 31st 2016.

IWM focus on historic Somme film for 2016 Centenary

22 April 2016

The pioneering documentary,The Battle of the Somme, is at the centre of Imperial War Museums' events marking the centenary of the 1916 offensive.

'Changing the Landscape' - artist's personal quest for great uncle killed on the Somme

19 April 2016

Centenary News visits artist Sarah Kogan's exhibition telling the story of her great uncle who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Shell shock on the Somme - Centenary News speaks to Taylor Downing, author of 'Breakdown'

11 April 2016

Centenary News' Books Editor, Eleanor Baggley, talks to Taylor Downing about Breakdown, his new book focusing on 'the Crisis of Shell Shock on the Somme', and how it challenged preconceived notions of mental illness.

Jutland Centenary - New CWGC guides to remembering thousands lost at sea

06 April 2016

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is encouraging people to remember the Battle of Jutland, with the launch of new commemorative resources for the May 2016 Centenary.

Centenary study doubles New Zealand troop numbers at Gallipoli

31 March 2016

The number of New Zealanders who fought at Gallipoli is 'certain to have been more than 16,000', military historians in New Zealand say. 

Somme Centenary - CWGC update on visiting Thiepval, June-July 2016

22 March 2016

Access to the Thiepval Memorial will be restricted over the immediate Somme Centenary period, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission announces.

100 Years Ago: Russia's Lake Naroch offensive against the German Army

18 March 2016

Russia attacked on the Eastern Front on March 18th 1916, in a failed attempt to ease German pressure on France at Verdun.

British & French leaders pay tribute on the Somme

08 March 2016

UK Prime Minister David Cameron and President François Hollande of France remembered the fallen of the Somme during a visit to a Commonwealth cemetery on March 3rd 2016, ahead of this year's centenary commemorations.

100 Years Ago Today - Fort Douaumont falls at Battle of Verdun

25 February 2016

French forces defending Verdun suffered a disaster on February 25th 1916, when the biggest of the fortresses fell to a few German troops without a fight.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Verdun starts

21 February 2016

A massive artillery bombardment on the morning of February 21st 1916 signalled the start of the German attack on Verdun, the longest single battle of the First World War.

100 years ago in Caucasus campaign - Erzurum falls to Russia

16 February 2016

Russian troops captured the fortress town of Erzurum on February 16th 1916, a month after launching a surprise midwinter offensive against Turkey.

France prepares for Verdun Centenary - February 2016

08 February 2016

France embarks on a year of commemorations in February 2016, marking the Centenary of the Battle of Verdun. 

Western Front centenary focus for New Zealand in 2016

04 February 2016

New Zealanders who fought at the Battle of the Somme will be remembered during the country's 2016 programme of international First World War commemorations focussing on France and Belgium.

Centenary update - Navy Museum to challenge 'belief Jutland was a German victory'

24 January 2016

The National Museum of the Royal Navy says its Jutland Centenary exhibition, opening on May 19th 2016, will challenge "the belief that the battle was a German victory." 

New Zealand honours its Great War tunnellers with new memorial

21 January 2016

The soldiers of the New Zealand Tunnelling Company are being remembered with the dedication of a new memorial in the former mining town of Waihi.

News of My Boy Jack? - Solving the mystery of John Kipling

19 January 2016

A century of mystery about the fate of author Rudyard Kipling's son, Jack, during the Battle of Loos in 1915 may have been solved, according to new research published by the Western Front Association. 

100 Years Ago Today: The Gallipoli campaign ends

09 January 2016

The last Allied positions were evacuated at Cape Helles on January 9th 1916, ending the controversial Gallipoli campaign.

Somme Centenary: February ticket deadline for July 1 Lochnagar ceremony

07 January 2016

Ticket applications for admission to the Somme Centenary commemorations at Lochnagar Crater in France will close on February 15th 2016, organisers announce.

Jutland Centenary naval lecture series for 2016 in London

06 January 2016

A series of lectures about the British navy in the First World World War will be held at the Army & Navy Club, London, to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Jutland. 

Centenary News countdown to First World War anniversaries in 2016

01 January 2016

Centenary News looks ahead to the some of the major First World War anniversaries which will be remembered in 2016.

Focus on Marmolada Grande Guerra: Italian museum remembering Alpine war

27 December 2015

Centenary News profiles Marmolada Grande Guerra, a museum remembering Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops who fought in the ice and snow of the Dolomite Mountains.

100 Years Ago Today: Last Allied soldiers leave Anzac Cove & Suvla

20 December 2015

The withdrawal of Allied troops from Suvla and Anzac Cove on Turkey's Gallipoli peninsula was completed on December 20th 1915. 

Jutland Centenary: Descendants invited to UK commemorations

11 December 2015

Relatives of First World War sailors are invited to attend Britain's commemorations in Orkney marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland in 2016.

100 Years Ago Today: British ministers order Gallipoli pull-out

07 December 2015

The British Government ordered the withdrawal of Allied troops from Anzac Cove and Suvla on December 7th 1915, signalling the end of the Gallipoli campaign.

100 Years Ago Today: Ottoman siege of Kut starts in Mesopotamia

07 December 2015

Ottoman troops trapped a British-Indian force in the town of Kut-al-Amara on December 7th 1915, heralding a siege that lasted almost five months. 

Gallipoli Centenary Education Project completes battlefield tours programme

06 December 2015

Staff and students from a Devon school in the UK have visited the battlefields of the Dardanelles on the third and final tour of a programme organised by the Gallipoli Centenary Education Project.

Centenary News explores Nick Jellicoe's Jutland anniversary website

01 December 2015

A new website telling the story of the Battle of Jutland has been launched for the 2016 Centenary by Nick Jellicoe, grandson of Britain's First World War naval commander, Admiral Sir John Jellicoe.

100 Years Ago: Ottomans halt British/Indian advance in Mesopotamia

22 November 2015

British and Indian troops were halted in their march towards Baghdad at the Battle of Ctesiphon from November 22nd-25th 1915.

100 years Ago: UK War Minister backs Gallipoli pull-out & Churchill resigns

19 November 2015

Britain's War Minister, Lord Kitchener, visited Gallipoli and Winston Churchill left the Government in November 1915 amid fading support for the Dardanelles campaign.

Somme Centenary: Closing day for Thiepval ticket ballot

18 November 2015

The ballot closes today (November 18th) for tickets to attend next year's Battle of the Somme Centenary commemorations at the Thiepval Memorial in France.

French Western Front app explores Bethune & the Artois battles

12 November 2015

A new app explores First World War sites at the centre of events in the Béthune area of Northern France a century ago.

Somme Centenary - Ticket bids invited for 2016 Lochnagar Crater service

29 October 2015

Tickets can now be requested for admission to the Lochnagar Crater centenary ceremony on July 1st 2016, organisers have announced.

New Zealand's latest WW1 trail guide follows the Western Front

28 October 2015

New Zealand has released its latest interactive guide to First World War battlefields of significance for New Zealanders, this time exploring the Western Front.

President of Mali honours the fallen at Verdun

25 October 2015

President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta has visited Douaumont to remember soldiers from Mali who were killed fighting for France at the Battle of Verdun in 1916.

Jutland Centenary - UK navy museum to mark 'defining naval battle' of First World War

23 October 2015

Britain's National Museum of the Royal Navy has announced a major exhibition next year marking the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

100 Years Ago: Gallipoli commander Sir Ian Hamilton ordered home

16 October 2015

General Sir Ian Hamilton, British commander-in-chief at Gallipoli, was recalled on October 16th 1915 amid arguments about the future of the campaign.

Battle of Jutland Centenary 2016 - UK Government announces plans

13 October 2015

British and German ships are to lay wreaths in the North Sea and Orkney will host commemorations as part of the UK's plans, announced today, to mark the Battle of Jutland Centenary on May 31st 2016.

100 years ago: Belgrade falls, Bulgaria enters war & Allies land at Salonika

09 October 2015

The Central Powers captured Belgrade on October 9th 1915 as the Allies launched a belated attempt to help Serbia by landing troops in neighbouring Greece.

Battle of Loos 'behind the scenes' revealed in Army HQ diaries

08 October 2015

The UK National Archives mark the Battle of Loos Centenary with the online release of diaries shedding light on the tactics and decisions of top military commanders.

1915 Battle of Loos remembered in Artois

06 October 2015

Commemorations have been taking place in France to remember the Battle of Loos, fought as part of Allied Western Front offensives in autumn 1915.

100 Years Ago Today: Kut falls to British/Indian force in Mesopotamia

28 September 2015

British and Indian forces captured the town of Kut al-Amara on September 28th 1915 during their advance up the Tigris Valley towards Baghdad.


Battle of Loos 1915 - Scotland's tribute to the fallen in Dundee

26 September 2015

Centenary News reports from Dundee on Scotland's commemorations, attended by Prince Charles and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, marking the Centenary of the Battle of Loos. 

100 Years Ago Today: start of 3 major Anglo-French offensives in Champagne, Artois and Loos

25 September 2015

The offensives that started on September 25th 1915 were the Second Battle of Champagne, the Third Battle of Artois and the Battle of Loos.

Loos Centenary - CWGC launches battlefield remembrance trail

23 September 2015

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a remembrance trail for visitors to the battlefields of Loos ahead of this week's Centenary commemorations.

Loos Centenary - charity republishes soldier's first-hand story of the battle

23 September 2015

A British soldier's description of the Battle of Loos has been republished for the Centenary by the charity, Blind Veterans UK. 

French maritime museum explores the Mediterranean sea war of WW1

18 September 2015

A new exhibition at France's National Maritime Museum in Toulon invites visitors to discover the 'still unknown' role of sea power during the First World War. 

Three unknown British WW1 soldiers buried at CWGC cemeteries in France

17 September 2015

Three British soldiers of the First World War have been buried at Commonwealth cemeteries after the discovery of their remains in France.

Verdun Centenary - Project launches for French & German schools

16 September 2015

French and German school students are being invited to take part in a joint project reflecting on the historic significance of the Battle of Verdun in 1916.

100 Years Ago: Tsar Nicholas takes Russian supreme command

10 September 2015

Russia entered September 1915 with Tsar Nicholas II as the new commander-in-chief of his armies, replacing Grand Duke Nicholas, a fellow member of the royal family.

Battle of Loos Centenary - update on September events in France

03 September 2015

More details have been announced of commemorations in Northern France marking the centenary of the Battle of Loos in September/October 2015.

Gallipoli Centenary: New Zealand pays tribute at Chunuk Bair

12 August 2015

New Zealand marked the centenary of its most significant action of the Gallipoli campaign with commemorations at Chunuk Bair on August 8th 2015.  

Gallipoli Centenary: Australia remembers the Battle of Lone Pine

10 August 2015

Australia held commemorations on August 6th 2015 marking the centenary of the battle for Lone Pine, one of its best known actions of the 1915 Gallipoli campaign.

100 Years Ago Today: August offensive starts at Gallipoli

06 August 2015

The last major Allied offensive at Gallipoli was launched on August 6th 1915, with an attempt to break out of Anzac Cove and a British landing at Suvla Bay.

100 Years Ago: Warsaw falls to the German Army

04 August 2015

The German Army captured Warsaw on August 4-5th 1915 as part of an offensive against the Russians across the Eastern Front. 

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Nasiriyah in Mesopotamia campaign

24 July 2015

British and Indian forces advancing into Turkish-ruled Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) took the town of Nasiriyah on July 24th 1915.

Battle of Loos Centenary events - September 2015

16 July 2015

First details have been announced of commemorations in France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Loos, fought in September/October 1915.

Somme Centenary 2016 - ticket limit for Lochnagar Crater service

16 July 2015

Entry to the Somme commemoration service at Lochnagar Crater on July 1st 2016 is to be restricted to 5,000 ticket holders for safety reasons. 

Global tributes mark 30,000th Last Post in Ypres

11 July 2015

Worldwide tributes accompanied the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, in Ypres, on July 9th 2015.

30,000th Last Post at the Menin Gate tonight

09 July 2015

The buglers of Ypres will sound the 30,000th Last Post tonight, with the event streamed live worldwide.

30,000th Last Post: More than 150 fire stations join July 9 tribute

07 July 2015

More than 150 fire stations and other organisations worldwide have announced events on Thursday (July 9th) marking the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post at the Menin Gate, Ypres. 

100 Years Ago Today: the start of the First Battle of Isonzo

23 June 2015

On June 23rd 1915, Italy began the First Battle of Isonzo by launching an offensive from northeast Italy across the border into Austria-Hungary.

British Navy captures 3D images of Battle of Jutland wrecks

22 June 2015

Warships sunk during the Battle of Jutland in 1916 have been scanned with the latest sonar technology by Britain's Royal Navy ahead of next year's centenary.

New photo book of Italian and Austro-Hungarian fortifications

17 June 2015

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First World War, a new photobook has been published featuring the remains of fortifications in Italy.

Centenary News Lookahead: Battle of Jutland

16 June 2015

Centenary News responds to readers' questions about plans to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland with a preview of what we know so far about commemorations planned for May/June 2016.

100 Years Ago Today: Russians ousted from Przemyśl

03 June 2015

German and Austro-Hungarian forces recaptured the fortress town of Przemyśl in southern Poland on June 3rd 1915.

100 Years Ago Today: Gallipoli truce to bury the dead

24 May 2015

A brief truce took place in the fighting between Anzac forces and Turkish troops at Gallipoli on May 24th 1915.

100 Years Ago Today: Italy enters the First World War

23 May 2015

Italy entered hostilities on the Allied side on May 23rd 1915, declaring war on the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Aubers Ridge - and a UK political crisis

10 May 2015

Britain launched a new offensive at Aubers Ridge on May 9th 1915, triggering a political crisis, the formation of a coalition government and a new munitions ministry under David Lloyd George.

100 Years Ago Today: Gorlice-Tarnów offensive starts against Russia

02 May 2015

German and Austro-Hungarian troops launched a joint offensive in Galicia (present-day Poland) on May 2nd 1915, achieving a major breakthrough against the Russian Army.

100 Years Ago Today: Allied troops land at Gallipoli

25 April 2015

One of the most controversial campaigns of the First World War began on April 25th 1915, when the Allied powers invaded the Gallipoli peninsula with the aim of knocking Turkey out of the war.

Gallipoli Centenary: summary of major events today & tomorrow

24 April 2015

A Centenary News overview of major national and international events taking place today (April 24th 2015) and tomorrow (Anzac Day) to mark the 100th anniversary of the Allied landings at Gallipoli.

100 Years Ago Today: First lethal gas attack at Ypres

21 April 2015

Germany launched its only Western Front offensive of 1915 at Ypres on April 22nd, extensively using deadly chemicals for the first time.  


Gallipoli: Historian's quest for a Newfoundland soldier continues

19 April 2015

A New Zealand historian is asking for the public's help in identifying a Newfoundland soldier in the run up to the Gallipoli anniversary.

Namibia explores impact of colonial South-West Africa campaign

11 April 2015

Museums in Namibia are developing an education project with UK funding to highlight how the First World War shaped the country's history.

Gallipoli Centenary April 25 - events preview, one month to go

26 March 2015

Final preparations are being made for ceremonies around the world on April 24th/25th 2015 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in Turkey.

100 Years Ago Today: Russians capture fortress of Przemyśl

22 March 2015

The Austro-Hungarian fortress of Przemyśl in Galicia (present-day Poland) fell to Russian forces on March 22nd 1915 after a siege lasting more than four months.

Centenary lookahead - Ypres gas attack remembrance, April 2015

22 March 2015

Commemorations marking the first large-scale chemical weapons attack in the Great War will take place in Belgium on April 22nd 2015, the 100th anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Ypres.

New Zealand launches Gallipoli Centenary app

19 March 2015

New Zealand has released a new computer app exploring the Gallipoli campaign as part of its Centenary commemorations.

Turkey starts programme of events to mark Centenary of Gallipoli campaign

19 March 2015

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan leads commemoration of Gallipoli campaign.

100 Years Ago Today: Allied naval assault on the Dardanelles

18 March 2015

An armada of British and French warships attempted to force the Turkish Dardanelles Strait on March 18th 1915.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Neuve Chapelle

10 March 2015

Britain launched its first set-piece offensive on the Western Front on March 10th 1915, attacking the Germans at Neuve Chapelle in Northern France.

Centenary Update: UK's first air raid victims honoured in Great Yarmouth

20 January 2015

The victims of the first air raid on Britain, carried out by German Zeppelins during the First World War, were remembered in the Norfolk town of Great Yarmouth on January 19th 2015.

Descendants of Gallipoli campaign invited to take part in London commemoration event

20 January 2015

Descendants of the Galipoli campaign have been invited by the British government to take part in a commemoration event - to be held in London in April 2015

Dassault Aviation to sponsor renovations of the Verdun Memorial

15 December 2014

Dassault Aviation signed a sponsorship agreement with the French First World War Centenary Partnership on December 16th 2014 to help renovate the Verdun Memorial.

Centenary update on remembrance of Coronel and Falklands battles

14 December 2014

Descendants of British and German First World War sailors took part in commemorations on December 8th 2014 marking the Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands 100 years ago.

Centenary News reports from Belgium on football's day of Christmas truce remembrance

12 December 2014

European football has paid tribute to the soldiers who took part in the Christmas truce, with the inauguration of a new memorial near Ploegsteert in Belgium on December 11th 2014.

100 years on: remembering the raids on England's North Sea coast

11 December 2014

Commemorations and events are planned over the next week in Scarborough and Hartlepool to mark the 100th anniversary of the bombardments by the Imperial German Navy on December 16th 1914.  

Christmas truce: European football chief unveils new memorial in Belgium today

11 December 2014

UEFA President Michel Platini unveils European football's memorial to the Christmas truce near Ploegsteert in Belgium today (December 11th 2014).

Archaeologists survey Britain’s largest airfield during First World War

10 December 2014

Archaeologists in the UK have completed the first comprehensive survery of RAF Narborough, a military aerodrome, the largest of its kind used during WW1.

100 years ago: Battle of Łodz on the Eastern Front

24 November 2014

German and Russian troops fought a prolonged battle near the Polish city of Łodz in November 1914 as winter was setting in on the Eastern Front.

New Mobile Apps to commemorate Centenary

18 November 2014

There are two new smartphone apps designed to guide users in finding sites of remembrance and discovering stories of the First World War. 

Trail of Poppies Expedition

28 October 2014

From April 2015 Phil Brotherton will spend roughly three months travelling across 12 countries to raise money for the Royal British Legion and the German Volksbund.

Battle of the Aisne Centenary to be marked with two days of commemorations in September 2014

11 August 2014

Thousands of soldiers killed at the Battle of the Aisne, where trench warfare started in 1914, are to be remembered at a special Centenary event in France.

Australian 'Sacred Soil' project seeks to engage young people

11 July 2014

The Sacred Soil project in Australia is proposing to send students to the battlefields of the Western Front and to Gallipoli to mark the Centenary of the First World War.

Huge international history festival takes place in Moscow

12 June 2014

The fourth annual Times and Epochs international historical festival has been held in the Russian capital, with '1914-2014' as the theme.

Finnish wreck diving team find German First World War submarine

06 June 2014

The wreck of the German submarine SM U-26 has been found in the Gulf of Finland.

Replica trench system to be constructed in New Zealand granted $156,000

13 May 2014

Plans to construct a First World War replica trench system to mark the Centenary of the conflict have received a $156,000 boost.

Gallipoli Centenary Education Project receives £100,000 Heritage Lottery Fund support

08 May 2014

A research project which will bring together young people from Britain, Australia, New Zealand, France, and Turkey to commemorate the Gallipoli Campaign has received £100,000 funding support.

New poll highlights many Canadians are unaware of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

08 April 2014

The Vimy Foundation has commissioned a new poll, carried out by Ipsos Reid, which shows that just under half of Canadians can correctly identify that the Battle of Vimy Ridge took place during the First World War.

New details of German poison gas attack against Irish First World War soldiers

31 March 2014

Journalist Ronan McGreevy of The Irish Times reports that new details have been released by the UK National Archives on a German gas attack on Irish First World War soldiers.

President Obama, Prime Minister Di Rupo and King Phillipe honour First World War dead

26 March 2014

President Obama has visited Flanders Field Cemetery in Belgium, where he was accompanied by King Phillipe of the Belgians, and the Belgian Prime Minister, Elio Di Rupo.

US President Obama to commemorate First World War with King Philippe on visit to Belgium

24 March 2014

President Barack Obama will travel to Belgium this week, where he will attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Flanders.

British Ministry of Defence identifies ten First World War soldiers

22 March 2014

The UK's Ministry of Defence has successfully identified ten soldiers who died during the First World War, after analysis of DNA samples from relatives of the men.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission launches 'Virtual Cemetery' teaching resource for Centenary

20 March 2014

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a new education resource, which aims to help teachers engage students during the First World War Centenary.

British First World War soldiers reburied at Loos, France

18 March 2014

Twenty British First World War soldiers were reinterred in northern France last week, almost 100 years after they were killed.

First World War training trenches found in Northern Ireland

16 March 2014

Trenches used to prepare soldiers for the Western Front have been discovered at a British Army training ground in Northern Ireland.

Hidden Great War battlefield training site found on England's South Coast

07 March 2014

A practice battlefield used to train soldiers before they were sent to the Western Front has been discovered on England's South Coast after being hidden for decades in dense undergrowth.

French and German Presidents to mark Centenary in Alsace on August 3 2014

19 January 2014

Centenary News learns that Germany's President, Joachim Gauck, will join French President François Hollande in Alsace to mark the Centenary of the start of the First World War.

'Martyrs' Memorial March': Turks commemorate Battle of Sarikamish

05 January 2014

Thousands of Turks are taking part in a march which commemorates the First World War Battle of Sarikamish.

Plans to construct First World War museum - including a system of trenches - in Cambridgeshire, England

07 October 2013

Cambridge News reports that a trench-lined battlefield the size of two football pitches could be constructed in the Cambridgeshire countryside to mark the Centenary.

Model of First World War battlefield built by German PoWs to be excavated

02 September 2013

The Telegraph reports that a model of a First World War battlefield, which was built by German prisoners of war, is to be excavated and rebuilt.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission releases photographs of First World War soldier burials

23 August 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has made available photographs from the burial services of five unknown First World War soldiers and the rededication service of another.

Five unknown First World War soldiers to be buried in services in France this week

19 August 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has announced that the remains of five unknown First World War soldiers, and a rededication service for another, will take place in August 2013.

British and Irish ministers attend services in France for 97th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme

01 July 2013

Services are being held to mark the 97th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, with British and Irish politicians amongst the representatives in France.

Survey of First World War Dreghorn Trenches in Edinburgh "prompts preservation calls"

26 June 2013

Archaeologists from the British Ministry of Defence and the City of Edinburgh Council have surveyed the First World War Dreghorn Trenches in Edinburgh, Scotland.

UK Government announces battlefield visits for schoolchildren to mark First World War Centenary

10 June 2013

Further details have been released about plans to provide "student ambassadors" from schools in England and Wales the opportunity to visit First World War battlefields to mark the Centenary.

Remains of French First World War soldiers unearthed in forests of Verdun

02 June 2013

The Daily Mail reports that a group of hikers has discovered the remains of more than 20 French First World War soldiers in Verdun, France.

Scottish schools receive funding for First World War battlefield visits

20 May 2013

A £1 million fund by the Scottish Government will help every secondary school in Scotland to cover the costs of sending students on educational visits to European battlefields to mark the Centenary.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission press release gives details of British and unknown First World War soldier burials

24 April 2013

The remains of two First World War British soldiers were re-interred at the Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery in Ecoust-St. Mein near Arras in France, on 23rd April 2013.

Burial of British First World War soldiers at Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery in France

23 April 2013

The BBC is providing live coverage of the burial of two British First World War soldiers at the Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery in Ecoust-St. Mein near Arras in France.

Remains of five Australian First World War soldiers killed at Fromelles in 1916 identified

16 April 2013

The Australian Minister for Defence Science and Personnel has announced that the remains of five Australian soldiers who were killed at the Battle of Fromelles in France in 1916 have been identified.

British First World War soldiers to be re-interred at cemetery in France

14 April 2013

The British Army has announced that two British First World War soldiers, alongside the remains of two unidentified soldiers, are to be re-interred at the Honourable Artillery Company Cemetery in France.

Northern Ireland Ulster Unionist Party Leader's call to mark Somme Centenary

25 March 2013

Mike Nesbitt, Party Leader of Northern Ireland's Ulster Unionist Party, states Centenary of the Battle of the Somme is an opportunity to educate schoolchildren and to help reconciliation efforts.

German soldiers found "perfectly preserved" in First World War shelter

05 March 2013

The Telegraph reports that the "perfectly preserved" bodies of twenty one German soldiers have been discovered in Alsace, France.

Unknown First World War New Zealand soldier buried at Messines Ridge, Belgium

26 February 2013

The New Zealand Herald has reported that an unknown First World War New Zealand soldier has been buried at Messines Ridge British Cemetery, Belgium.

Archaeological dig on Scottish training trenches from the First World War begins

08 February 2013

The Edinburgh Evening News reports that a survey of a series of trenches in Dreghorn Woods, Edinburgh, Scotland is underway.

Unknown First World War New Zealand soldier to be reburied at Messines Ridge, Belgium

08 February 2013

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has reported that the remains of an unknown New Zealand soldier from the First World War are set to be reburied at Messines Ridge, West Flanders, Belgium.

British Army’s use of ‘spy trees’ during the First World War

07 February 2013

The Daily Mail has reported that the British Army deployed ‘spy trees’ on the Western Front during the First World War.

Articles & Blogs

Kick-starting the Meuse-Argonne: The American Army goes again on Western Front

07 October 2018

Patrick Gregory on the relaunch of America's stalled offensive in northeastern France 100 years ago.

100 Years Ago: Meuse-Argonne Offensive begins

26 September 2018

The opening stages of the First World War campaign that remains the largest single battle in US history, described by Patrick Gregory.

The Battle of Megiddo - Ottoman Army in Palestine destroyed

19 September 2018

Major Paul Knight on the Allied attack in September 1918 that dealt a fatal blow to the Central Powers in the Middle East.

St Mihiel Campaign - The US First Army goes into battle​

12 September 2018

The newly created First Army of the American Expeditionary Force went into battle for the first time in northeast France on 12 September 1918, as Patrick Gregory explains.

The American First Army comes into being

08 August 2018

Patrick Gregory on the creation of the American First Army in August 1918,  a sign of growing US strength in World War I.

The Aisne-Marne counter-attack: America’s part in rolling back German forces

24 July 2018

The significance of the US Army's actions at the Battle of Soissons in July 1918, discussed by Patrick Gregory.

US Marines in battle for Belleau Wood - June 1918

07 June 2018

100 years ago, a fight against the German advance to the Marne was developing into a defining moment for the US Marines, as Patrick Gregory explains:

100 years ago: Battle of Cantigny - America shows its mettle

28 May 2018

The first full US-led offensive of the Great War began at Cantigny in the Somme on 28 May 1918, as Patrick Gregory reports.

Seicheprey – America's WWI Baptism of Fire

20 April 2018

On the Centennial of America's first significant clash of the Great War, Patrick Gregory tells the story of the encounter at Seicheprey, on  20 April 1918.  


The Defence of Givenchy - holding the German Spring Offensive, April 1918

09 April 2018

Major Paul Knight describes how British troops of the 55th (West Lancashire) Division held the line against a German push towards the Channel ports 100 years ago.

How 1918 unfolded - Year of Decision in the Great War

03 January 2018

Centenary News considers how years of deadlock came to an end in 1918, as first the Germans and then the Allies went on the attack.

100 Years Ago: Jerusalem falls to British-led forces

11 December 2017

General Sir Edmund Allenby entered Jerusalem on 11 December 1917 after a six-week campaign against the Ottomans in Palestine, as Major Paul Knight explains.

100 Years Ago: Battle of Beersheba opens Allied way to Palestine

31 October 2017

Allied fortunes in the Sinai campaign turned following the arrival of a new commander, and victory at Beersheba on 31 October 1917, writes Major Paul Knight.

Centenary visit to France honours Edward Foster VC

03 August 2017

Evelyn McDermott joined a delegation from Wandsworth honouring a south London soldier awarded the Victoria Cross in 1917, forging post-WW1 ties with Villers Plouich, near Cambrai.

From Parsonage to Passchendaele - A British nurse under fire in Flanders

30 July 2017

As the Passchendaele commemorations start, ex-BBC correspondent Tim Luard recalls the harrowing experiences of his great aunt as a senior nurse at the Third Battle of Ypres.

Article: Czechs remember Battle of Zborov Centenary - Radio Prague

09 July 2017

An action won by Czechoslovak Legionaries during Russia's Kerensky Offensive marked a crucial moment in the fight for independence from Austria-Hungary, reflects Radio Prague.

'Face-to-Face' in Arras with troops of the Great War

13 April 2017

A street display of pictures in Arras brings visitors close to soldiers and many others who served here during the First World War.

100 Years Ago: Baghdad falls to British/Indian forces

11 March 2017

Major Paul Knight considers how a renewed Allied campaign in Mesopotamia resulted in Baghdad's capture on 11 March 1917.

Focus on Prague photographer's tribute to the Czechoslovak Legionnaires

09 December 2016

Centenary News views Milan Kabelka's photos, evoking actions fought by Czech and Slovak volunteers who sided with the Allies in pursuit of independence.

'France at War' - Kipling reports from the Front, 1915

29 October 2016

Collector Andy Moreton delves into his prized copy of a book of reports from the Western Front by the British writer Rudyard Kipling.

100 Years Ago Today: Battle of Lukigura in East Africa

24 June 2016

Inspired by the story of his soldier grandfather and the Kashmir Rifles, Andrew Kerr discusses the gruelling East Africa campaign on the centenary of the Battle of Lukigura.

Lt General Sir Frederick Stanley Maude – the 'unknown victor' in the Middle East

26 May 2016

The General who rebuilt British and Indian forces for the Mesopotamia Campaign after the fall of Kut in April 1916 is discussed by Paul Knight.

100 Years Ago: Battle of the St Eloi Craters

24 March 2016

March 27th 2016 marked the centenary of the largely forgotten ‘Battle of the St Eloi Craters’, fought in a landscape pitted by mine explosions near Ypres. Matt Warner tells the story. 

Kut-al-Amara: How & why the siege began

07 December 2015

General Sir Charles Townshend's controversial decision to stand against the Ottomans at Kut-al-Amara in December 1915 is discussed in this article by Major Paul Knight.

100 Years Ago: The Latvian Rifles go into battle on the Eastern Front

12 November 2015

Newly-formed Latvian units went into action with the Imperial Russian Army 100 years ago to resist a German push. Patrick Gregory has recently visited the Baltic, and tells the story of the Latvian Rifles. 

WW1 photographer Jeff Gusky reveals his new pictures of the hidden Somme

21 August 2015

Jeff Gusky has shared with Centenary News his latest remarkable pictures of underground inscriptions carved by First World War soldiers fighting on the Somme a century ago. Dr Gusky spoke to CN Deputy Editor Peter Alhadeff.

Call to remember soldiers lost on Gallipoli troopship 'Royal Edward' 100 years ago today

13 August 2015

David Crampin renews his call for recognition of more than 860 British soldiers who died when the troopship Royal Edward was torpedoed by a German U-boat on August 13th 1915.

Your Loving Son: The letters home of Cuthbert H T Lucas. What a difference a month makes

04 January 2015

It took just a month for the realities of war to strike home for Captain Cuthbert Lucas. Here, in a third extract for Centenary News from his letters home, he describes the increasingly desperate conditions his 'Biscuit Boys' were facing.

New French museum remembers Australian & British war dead at Fromelles

28 October 2014

Centenary News visits the Museum of the Battle of Fromelles, which tells the story of how the remains of 250 soldiers were recovered, almost a century after they fell in France.

Your Loving Son: The letters home of Cuthbert H T Lucas August 1914

13 October 2014

Captain Cuthbert Lucas’s arrival in France was obviously an auspicious one. Very much the advance party for the BEF, he had been sent to provide the coordination for the successful disembarkation. 

The Story of John Miller Coutts Weir, M.M.,M.C - a family hero

29 July 2014

Centenary News contributor Ottilia Saxl tells the story of her great-uncle John Miller Coutts Weir, who was awarded both the Military Medal in 1916 and Military Cross in 1917 and served in all three services.

Sex and the Somme. Soldiers visited brothels to escape the "lunatic world of war."

20 June 2014

Mike Swain listens to a lunchtime lecture given by UCL Teaching Fellow Dr Clare Makepeace entitled "Sex and the Somme" about the hundreds of thousands of First World War soldiers who used brothels.

Trentino remembers La Guerra Bianca as it prepares for the Centenary

05 June 2014

Mike Swain reports on plans underway in Trentino, northern Italy, to mark the 'White War', which saw thousands of Austro-Hungarian and Italian troops engage in the mountains.

Arthur Machen and his regret at starting the First World War myth of the Angels of Mons

29 May 2014

Rosalie Parker, publicity officer of The Friends of Arthur Machen, explains how the First World War myth of the Angels of Mons grew out of a fictional story by the Welsh writer.

97th anniversary of Vimy Ridge: The Vimy Foundation prepares for the Centenary

09 April 2014

Today marks the 97th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, a battle considered a ‘coming of age’ for Canada.

Vimy Ridge: "The birth of a nation" - but how much do Canadians know about the battle?

08 April 2014

The Vimy Foundation has commissioned a poll, carried out by Ipsos Reid, to find out what Canadians know about the Battle of Vimy Ridge on its 97th anniversary.

Australia's fallen remembered in an English country churchyard

02 January 2014

Inspired by a call to remember the Commonwealth dead of the First World War buried in the UK, Centenary News' Peter Alhadeff visited Wiltshire. 

Liege’s Fort Loncin tells tale of 1914 Belgian resistance

22 November 2013

Centenary News contributor Dan Hayes reports on how the garrison of Fort Loncin, near Liège, secured an enduring place in Belgian history.

Plugstreet 1914-1918 Experience to open in Belgium, November 2013

14 November 2013

A new interpretation centre - scheduled to open in November 2013 - looks to guide visitors around the Ploegsteert area of Belgium, reports Centenary News' Dan Hayes.

Developer of serious gaming platform 'WW1 Virtual Trench' speaks to Centenary News

24 June 2013

Gaia Technologies speaks to Centenary News about the development of its new serious gaming platform for the Centenary, WW1 Virtual Trench.

'Will platoon of Gallipoli films give Turkish audiences battle fatigue?'

10 May 2013

An article in The Guardian highlights a total of six films centred around the Gallipoli Campaign either recently released or to be released in time for the Centenary of the landings in 2015.


Commonwealth War Graves Commission 'Virtual Cemetery' teaching resource

20 March 2014

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has launched a new education resource, which aims to help teachers engage students during the First World War Centenary.


Peter Barton talks about the Somme - from both sides of the wire

18 January 2017

Military historian Peter Barton will discuss German perspectives of the Battle of the Somme on 18 January 2017 as part of a free lecture series organised by the Herts at War centenary project in the UK.


Hidden Great War battlefield training site found on England's South Coast

07 March 2014

Historian Dan Snow talks to Centenary News Deputy Editor, Peter Alhadeff, about a First World War practice battlefield  discovered in undergrowth on the south coast of England.

World War One Battlefields educational video for schools

07 December 2012

Rumble TV has produced an educational video about the First World War and war cemeteries to "raise awareness of the sacrifices made in war for the life we have today".

Australian War Memorial footage shows final Australian campaign of the First World War

07 December 2012

This group of videos from the Australian War Memorial's channel on YouTube includes footage of Australian's final campaign of the First World War in 1918.

British and Australian First World War soldiers reburied at Fromelles

02 November 2011

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission has recorded the reburial of 250 British and Australian soldiers at the Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetary in France.



Book Review - The Western Front: Landscape, Tourism and Heritage

03 March 2017

Battlefield guide Victor Piuk discovers new perspectives in this study of how the landscapes of the Great War have influenced a century of commemoration and tourism.

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