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Memorial poppies, Westminster Abbey, November 2013

First World War

This year marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War and to commemorate there will be numerous events taking place up and down the country to mark the impact the war had on Britain and its people, both those on the frontline and those keeping the home fires burning.
The cost of the Great War in human terms was imponderable – a generation of men almost wiped out and Britain was never the same again.
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Who was George V? Why did he change the Royal Family’s name? 

King George V promoted the reach of the British Empire and encouraged the idea of a coalition between the three major political parties. He ruled from 1910-1936 

Tower of London, poppies

Tower of London poppies to tour north of England

Two parts of installation – Wave and Weeping Willow – will go on show in Yorkshire, Liverpool and Northumberland later this year.

First World War warship HMS M.33 opens to public

A small ship with a big history, this unique warship will offer a taste of the ill-fated Gallipoli with an immersive battle experience.

Highclere patients and nurse

The war that changed Britain forever

We take a poignant look at the lead up to WWI and the role of stately homes, such as Highclere Castle, in the war effort.

Photos: iconic WWI prints go on display in London

A new exhibition at London’s Osborne Samuel gallery will showcase the iconic First World War imagery of CRW Nevinson – famed for his evocative lithographs.

Sea of poppies, Tower of London. Credit: Guy Corbishley/Demotix/PA Pics

A sea of poppies at the Tower of London to mark WWI

Thousands of ceramic poppies have been planted at the Tower of London to mark the centenary of the First World War – and you can be part of this impressive art installation.

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Turn your lamps out in honour of the fallen

On 4 August everyone in the UK – and internationally – is being urged to turn their lights out to mark 100 years since Britain announced war on Germany.

WWI letters reveal story of Anglo-German Colonel

Letters revealed for the first time at Nymans detail the camaraderie between soldiers and a colonel whose German ancestry saw him debarred from active service in WWI.

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The real Downton Abbey to host charity event

Highclere Castle, the renowned setting for the award-winning period drama Downton Abbey, will commemorate this year’s centenary of WWI with a charitable event.

Britain to turn out lights for centenary of First World War

With the centenary of the First World War approaching, Britons are being urged to turn their lights out on 4 August – 100 years since Britain declared war on Germany

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