World War One

World War One

How Yorkshire's middle classes tried to fund World War One effort - and why the failure was covered up

Researchers have unearthed the role of professionals across Yorkshire in attempting to finance the Government through the Great War. Chris Burn reports.
Graves at Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ypres

A ‘senseless’ campaign that led nowhere

The Battle of Passchendaele left hundreds of thousands of men dead and wounded, yet failed to achieve any significant military objective.

A fly past over Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery in Ypres, Belgium

A new generation weeps for horror of Passchendaele

A hundred years had dried the mud, but not the tears.

Lewis Moody, who lost his relative Ernest Lovejoy at Passchendaele, at Tyne Cot Cemetery

Rugby star felt like weeping for his lost relative

The rugby player Lewis Moody, who was part of the England World Cup winning side in 2003, said he almost broke down in tears when he discovered he had lost a relative at Passchendaele.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak with Victoria Wallace, Director General of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

‘Teary moment’ for William as Last Post sounded at memorial

IT HAD been a teary moment, the Duke of Cambridge admitted, when he attended the nightly Last Post ceremony on Sunday at the Menin Gate war memorial, a century on from Passchendaele.

Sapper Arthur Ayres who died at Passchendaele

Husband ‘made non-effective by death, widow told by war office

Even by the standards of the War Department, the language was clinical.

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Passchendaele:Three months of unspeakable suffering

Passchendaele:Three months of unspeakable suffering

Of the many beautiful cemeteries looked after around the world by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the largest lies on the side of in Belgium.

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The Battle of Passchendaele came to symbolise the mud and squalor of the First World War. (PA).

YP Comment: Lest we forget - Passchendaele remembered

“I died in hell. They called it Passchendaele.” In a single sentence the poet Siegfried Sassoon not only captured the sheer horror of Passchendaele, what became known as the Battle of Mud, but the Great War itself.

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Leah Swain: Remember and learn from those who were in war

Leah Swain: Remember and learn from those who were in war

‘I died in Hell, they called it Passchendaele’ – so goes the famous lines of Siegfried Sassoon’s poem. Today, July 31, marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most famous and brutal battles of the Great War. Commemorative events and exhibitions are taking place across Europe and the UK to pay respect and remember the British and Allied Forces campaign that ran from July to November at the cost of 500,000 men on all sides.

Soldiers during the First World War battle of Passchendaele.

Last post for the victims of Passchendaele

I died in hell. They called it Passchendaele. The words are those of the poet Siegfried Sassoon.

Ruined buildings in Ypres, Belgium.

Words from hell that live on for a new generation

THE war poets Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen committed to print some of the most memorable verse in the English language. Other correspondents from the trenches were less celebrated but just as impassioned.

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Anne Buckley with the book of memoirs by German PoWs in Skipton. Picture: Simon Hulme

Unearthed after a century: Remarkable story of forgotten PoW camp in the Dales

THEIR MEMORIES, like their footsteps over the Dales, had been lost in the winds of time.

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Skipton's POW camp during the Great War.

YP Comment: Vagaries of time - Poignant discovery in shoebox

For a century they lay unnoticed, lost to the vagaries of time, but the discovery of a book of memoirs in a shoebox in the town library in Skipton has opened a window onto local life during the Great War.

A dramatic recreation of a battle

Gallery: Yorkshire Wartime Experience weekend

Cleckheaton was transformed into a battlefield over the weekend as the Yorkshire Wartime Experience came to town.

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Liz Howard-Thornton dressed as a British Red Cross ward maid and Scott Knowles as a Britsh army medic. Picture by Simon Hulme

100 years on, remembering nurse Nellie Spindler, a woman among 10,000 men

At Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium lie the bodies of 10,755 casualties of the First World War - 10,754 men and one woman.

The Sheffield Pals pictured in 1914

Uncovering the secrets of Sheffield's students of the Somme

They were famously ‘two years in the making, 10 minutes in the destroying’ – but now new light is being shone on the tragic history of the Sheffield Pals. Chris Burn reports.
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Women workers of Mexborough Brickworks, circa 1916

Bringing home the lost heroes of the First World War

It was a war to end all wars, or so they said, with a sacrifice so great it was to impact upon every community.

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Prof Alison Fell looks at Commonwealth War Grave Commission documents in the Brotherton Library, at Leeds University. (Simon Hulme).

Story behind the First World War cemeteries and why they matter

It’s a century since the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was established while the Great War was still raging. Chris Bond looks at its legacy and why it also caused some controversy.

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The day the United States entered the First World War and the tide turned against Germany

It’s a hundred years since the United States entered the First World War. But why did they get involved and what impact did it have? Chris Bond reports.

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A century on, Hull honours a hero in battle and the rugby pitch

A series of commemorative events is planned to mark 100 years since one of Hull’s most famous sons fell in the First World War while single-handedly tackling a machine-gun post.

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