First World War

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A black and white photo of a mother and her children reading a letter in 1916

Object of the Week: The family of a 16-year-old World War One hero learn of his posthumous honour

This is the moment when the mother of John Travers Cornwell – otherwise known as Jack or Boy Cornwell – was informed that he would receive a posthumous Victoria Cross.

A photo of archaeologists carrying out a dig for a Spitfire at a fenland site in Cambridgeshire

Search for World War Two Spitfire, crashed by pilot during routine flight in 1940, begins in Cambridgeshire

A week-long excavation to unearth a Mark 1 Spitfire which crashed on a routine training flight during the Second World War has begun on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

A black and white photo of a chimpanzee having her hair cut by World War One Commander Geoffrey Spicer-Simson

The Chimp who went to War: This chimpanzee accompanied a skirt-wearing, tattooed commander on an epic World War I mission

See pictures of a First World War chimpanzee, Josephine, and eating from a spoon and having her hair preened as part of a British Admiralty journey from Twickenham to Africa.

A photo of a green gas mask worn by a German soldier in the trenches during World War One

Object of the Week: A gas mask worn by a German soldier in the First World War trenches

In 1919, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum was given a collection of German military equipment gathered by the British War Trophies Commission after the Armistice - including this mask.

A photo of the folded ensign of HMS Warspite in a box

Fragile ensigns from Battle of Jutland unfurled at Portsmouth National Museum of Royal Navy

Ensigns from the First World War Battle of Jutland, some damaged in battle, have been unveiled together at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth for the first time since 1916.

A photo of a woman digging a deep trench at a First and Second World War trench at Dreghorn in Scotland

Archaeologists uncover shallow world war training trenches at wood in Scottish village

Archaeologists working on Ministry of Defence land used by soldiers preparing for the Battle of the Somme say the camouflaged trenches would have originally been used during the First World War.

a photo of two red silk poppies from a scrapbook compiled by an Edinburgh family during World War One

First World War scrapbook published online after detective work tracks down living relative

Scrapbooks compiled by an Edinburgh family during the First World War are being published online thanks to detective work by Edinburgh library staff.

A photograph of a ship

"Lucky" ship opens to tell grim story of First World War Gallipoli Campaign

"Lucky" First Wold War ship HMS M.33 is due to open to the public as a unique multimedia experience telling the story of the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign.

a photo of a form with writing on it

Volunteer project uncovers untold stories of Merchant Navy men in the First World War

100-year-old documents, transcribed by an army of volunteers, are revealing the lives and heroic deeds of merchant seamen during the First World War.

a black and white photo of a merchant boat.

Commemorative paving stone to be unveiled for first civilian to receive a VC during WWI

A memorial Victoria Cross paving stone will be laid this weekend in Islington to remember Master Frederick Parslow who died as captain of the SS Anglo Californian, which was attacked by a German......

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Public ballot announced for Battle of the Somme centenary memorial tickets

Tickets for a special centenary commemoration of the Battle of the Somme next year will be distributed by a public ballot on September 15.

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Work begins on restoration of Orkney's Kitchener Memorial

Work to restore the Kitchener Memorial, marking the death of the Secretary of War on HMS Hampshire in 1916, begins as fundraising for a memorial with names of 736 crew lost with him continues.

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