The Great War

The Great War

Letters from the front, by a tank commander of 19

HE was just 19 but already a tank commander.

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Leeds plumber discovers secret letters from World War One trenches

Leeds plumber discovers secret letters from World War One trenches

Poignant letters penned by a soldier during the Great War have been discovered in Leeds.

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Sydney Stratford who died while serving as R.N Petty Officer 1st Class aboard the Alberta

‘One in a lifetime’ chance to honour World War One trawlerman

WHEN you think of honouring those killed in World War One - it is the soldiers fighting on the battlefields of far away fronts that immediately spring to mind.

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Outside Buckingham Palace after recieving his DSO.

Story of the Yorkshireman who fought and died in the hell of Passchendaele

Robert Hudson was one of the many thousands of British soldiers killed during the Passchendaele offensive a century ago. His grandson, Jim Paul, tells his story.

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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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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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storyteller: Bradford-based Irene Lofthouse is putting the spotlight on female poets from the Great War.

The forgotten women poets of the Great War are given a voice again

The Great War produced a string of talented female poets and, as Yvette Huddleston discovers, a number of them came from Yorkshire.

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Bravery: Betty Stevenson was just  19 when she worked as a volunteer  YMCA driver during the war. (Supplied by Hew Stevenson).

Honouring the women volunteers behind the Grear War effort

The role of the Women’s Auxiliary in the YMCA during the First World War has long been overlooked. But it deserves greater recognition, an historian tells Chris Bond.

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Sue Padgham, librarian at Harlow Carr, with her grandfather's Ruhleben medal.

The Great War PoWs who found solace in gardening

A new exhibiton opens next month at Harlow Carr telling the story of British prisoners of war who gardened through the Great War. Chris Bond reports.

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Harlow Carr tells the story of gardening behind enemy lines

Harlow Carr tells the story of gardening behind enemy lines

A new exhibition at a Yorkshire garden will tell the story of how horticulture helped British prisoners survive wartime internment.

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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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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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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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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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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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