World War One

World War One

A century on, Leeds marks a terrible tragedy on the home front

It was a tragedy that devastated families across a Yorkshire city who were already facing up to the heartache of their loved ones being sent to fight in the First World War.

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Soldiers lay a wreath during a service at the Thiepval Memorial in northern France to mark the centenary of the final day of the Battle of the Somme

100 years after guns fell silent at the Somme, the world pauses to remember

UP TO 2,000 guests fell silent to remember the fallen at a service in France marking the 100th anniversary of the final day of the Battle of the Somme.

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Bugler Stan Wilkinson plays the Last Post during a remembrance service on Armistice Day at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. Picture Tony Johnson

Moving Armistice Day service pays tribute to Leeds explosion victims

A moving Armistice Day ceremony was held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds this morning to commemorate those who have sacrificed their lives in war.

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At the eleventh hour, Yorkshire remembers its fallen, and those left behind

VETERANS decorated in medals who fought on the beaches of Normandy, serving soldiers, schoolchildren and the families of those who sacrificed their lives in war – people of all ages stood side by side across Yorkshire in a show of respect on Armistice Day.

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Donald Bell VC: The only professional footballer to  be awarded the Victoria Cross in World War One.

YP Comment: Donald Bell legacy

TO the discredit of football, and the unseemly war of words between Fifa and FA over whether England and Scotland’s players can wear a poppy during their World Cup qualifier on Armistice Day, one name – Donald Simpson Bell – has not been mentioned.

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Tragic tale of Leeds golfing brothers who died at the Front

Tragic tale of Leeds golfing brothers who died at the Front

The tragic story of three golfing brothers from Guiseley who died in World War One has been uncovered by a researcher from the Professional Golfers’ Association.

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Ian Hislop and Nick Newman in Sheffield. (Scott Merrylees).

Laughing in the face of war - The Wipers Times comes to Yorkshire

Ian Hislop and Nick Newman’s play about the story of a satirical newspaper created amidst the horrors of the Western Front is coming to Yorkshire. Chris Bond went to meet them.

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Poignant letters home from Leeds’s Great War chaplain

Poignant letters home from Leeds’s Great War chaplain

A new book will tell the story of a Methodist minister from Leeds who became one of the youngest army chaplains of the Great War.

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Church remembers wartime vicar whose family paid the ultimate price

Church remembers wartime vicar whose family paid the ultimate price

A West Yorkshire church has held a special service in honour of its World War One vicar who lost two of his sons in the conflict.

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Leeds First World War factory given protection.

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YP Comment: Wartime heroines

THEY were a vital cog in Britain’s war effort, but for years they were the secret victims of a home front tragedy.

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Leeds Pals pictured at Colsterdale

WATCH: Leeds Pals battalion train in Colsterdale in 1916

The name of the Leeds Pals battalion is synonymous with one of the bloodiest phases of World War One.

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Forgotten story: A postcard showing HMS Falmouth at sea in 1911. (WD Cocroft/Historic England/PA Wire).

First World War wreck off Yorkshire’s coast brought back to life

A century after it was sunk off the Yorkshire coast during the First World War, HMS Falmouth’s final resting place has been digitally recreated. Chris Bond reports.

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Gary Hancock, museum technician, infront of the refurbished  bi-plane, which was transported to the International Somme Commemoration event at Thiepval, in Northern France.

Picture James Hardisty

First World War bi-plane returns from Somme commemorations for York exhibition

A Comprehensive exhibition covering the land and air campaigns of the Battle of the Somme has returned to the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington, after it was seen by 10,000 people in Thiepval, France.

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Archivist Alison Kay is pictured on the Ambulance Train.
Picture by Simon Hulme

Life on board an ambulance train recreated - 100 years on from their busiest time

A WEEK after the start of the bloodiest battle in British military history, 6,000 men were loaded onto ambulance trains at Southampton ready to be taken to hospitals up and down the country for treatment.

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Donald Bell

Football’s real hero: A woodland remembrance for Bradford Park Avenue’s Donald Bell

FOOTBALLERS who went to fight in the First World War are being commemorated in a woodland planted to mark the conflict’s centenary.

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Outrage as Somme commemoration poppies flogged on eBay

Outrage as Somme commemoration poppies flogged on eBay

Limited edition golden poppies made to commemorate the men who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme are already selling on eBay - for more than ten times their original value.

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VIDEO & 360 PHOTOS: Barnsley Pals back from Somme in art unveiled at centenary memorial

Barnsley Pals who died in the Battle Of The Somme 100-years ago are back home and on parade - their faces engraved on panels outside the Town Hall.
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Thousands of poppies cast a red sea of colour over a field on the edge of Leeds, West Yorkshire, ahead oe events to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Chris Bond: The Somme’s full truth is even more haunting and humbling

IT HAS been said that journalism is “the first draft of history”.

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Garden Caretaker 1st Class Nick Holden at the Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery in North Yorkshire, where 23 First World War servicemen are buried or commemorated, as preparations are made to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

YP Letters: Somme commemoration especially significant

From: Edward Grainger, Botany Way, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.

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The worst day: How Yorkshire joined our nation in marking 100 years of The Somme

Yorkshire and the nation has fallen silent to honour thousands of soldiers killed in the Battle of the Somme 100 years after the bloodiest day in British military history.

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