world war one

Historic commemorative WW1 art project figures go on sale

Authored by Alexis Bowater

THE first shrouded figures in an astonishing grand-scale art installation in memory of those who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme have gone on sale.

Artist Rob Heard is creating 19,240 hand-stitched figurines to represent each man who died on that day, one hundred years ago, at the beginning of the notorious World War I battle.

For each one completed he crosses...

India, Empire and First World War Culture: Words, Image, Music

Dr Santanu Das, Reader in the Department of English, King’s College London

India joined WW1 as part of the British empire, contributing nearly one and half million men, including 900,000 combatants and 600,000 non-combatants, who served in places as far-flung as France, Gallipoli, Mesopotamia, East Africa, Egypt and the Far East.

Drawing from archives in Europe and India – letters, diaries, original sound-recordings from German POW camps, photographs, paintings, and literary representations by both British and Indian writers – this lecture will investigate the Indian war...

Tell England (1931)

Running time: 85 minutes Certificate: UK Language: English

Director: Anthony Asquith, Geoffrey Barkas Cast: Fay Compton, Carl Harbord, Dennis Hoey. Introduction by Dr Simon Topping, Plymouth University

Tell England is set before the outbreak of WW1 and shows the friendship between two men before they enlist. Both directors had close memories of Gallipoli, as did Fay Compton's brother, Compton Mackenzie. Asquith's father H. H. Asquith had been Prime Minister at the time of the Gallipoli Landings, a fact which drew press attention to the film, while Geoffrey Barkas...

The Peace Ship 1916: Henry Ford's Bid to End the Great War

Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt, Lecturer in American History, University of Exeter

Dr Kristofer Allerfeldt is an expert on modern American history from the end of the Civil War to the bombing of Pearl Harbour, and specialises in deviancy and bigotry, working on all aspects of crime and racism, nativism and prejudice. He has published works on anti-immigrant sentiment, visions of Americanism, the Ku Klux Klan and crime in general. His lecture looks at the Henry Ford Peace Expedition which carried a delegation of Americans to Norway, Sweden, and Holland to meet with fellow European...

Forgotten or Misremembered? The First World War in Africa and its Cultural Legacy

Dr Daniel Steinbach, King's College London

In this lecture Dr Steinbach will explore the campaigns in Africa where German and Allied troops fought for the entire duration of WW1. This conflict not only challenged the colonial balance of power, but had severe economic, political, and social effects on the local population – colonised Africans and colonising Europeans alike. However, while the war in Africa is not entirely forgotten, the selective way in which this complex conflict is remembered highlights the challenges to integrate the non-European aspects of the First World...

Students mark solemn centenary

Authored by Mary

A Plymouth secondary school has marked 100 years since the start of World War I with a special week of remembrance throughout the College.

The events at Stoke Damerel Community College began on 17 October with a non-uniform day for students, their £1 donations going to the Royal British Legion (RBL).

The culmination of the week was a Remembrance Fair in The Street on 23 October...

More unexploded ordinance found in Devon

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

More unexploded bombs have been unearthed on the South West coast today during post-storm clear ups ongoing throughout the region.

A device was found at Mount Batten Point in Turnchapel near Plymouth marking the third device found on Devon’s beaches this month.

The device was found at around 2.15pm on Tuesday (18 February) and reported to the police.

Police, HM Coast...