First World War

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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.

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"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.

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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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Culture24's Top Ten re-enactments and living history events for summer 2015

Summer is the best time to visit a living history event, with this year boasting some of the grandest ever productions. From elegant Victorian tea parties to epic Civil War recreations, Culture24......

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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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Historic ambulance train transformation on track for National Railway Museum commemoration of Battle of Somme

The National railway Museum in York is restoring a First World War ambulance train in time for the July 2016 anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

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First World War 'acoustic mirror' built to warn of Zeppelin attacks restored in Sunderland

A First World War structure built as an early warning device against Zeppelin attacks has re-opened to the public in Sunderland following a £68,000 restoration by Historic England.

a black and white photo of a policeman sat astride a large circular bomb

Plaque in Stoke Newington commemorates first bombs dropped on London during First World War

A new plaque in Stoke Newington has been unveiled to commemorate the first bombs dropped on London during the First World War.

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