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London soldier to be buried with military honours

100 years after he was killed in action, a London soldier will finally get the recognition he deserves when he is buried with full military honours later.

Private Leonard Morley Credit: Ministry of Defence

Private Leonard Morley from Boxhill served with the York and Lancaster Regiment.

On 18th October 1914 the 2nd Battalion of the York and Lancaster Regiment advanced on the small hamlet of Beaucamps-Ligny west of Lille and encountered an enemy force vastly superior in numbers.

In the engagement that ensued, the Battalion suffered substantial casualties with 93 wounded and 34 killed in action.



New map shows where Blitz bombs fell in London

A mysterious explosion demolished a block of flats at Elephant and Castle on June 6 1942. Credit: AP Photo

An interactive map has been created showing where German bombs landed on London during eight months of the Second World War Blitz.

The year-long mapping project, devised by geographer Dr Kate Jones of the University of Portsmouth, uses red bomb symbols to illustrate where each bomb landed.

The map shows how the entire greater city, from Egham in the west to Dartford in the east, Potters Bar in the north and Caterham in the south, was obliterated.

Dr Jones said: "When you look at these maps and see the proliferation of bombs dropped on the capital, it does illustrate the meaning of the word 'blitz', which comes from the German meaning lightning war.

"It seems astonishing that London survived the onslaught."The Bomb Sight project demonstrates the clustering together of lots of different data using the power of geography."

Dr Jones chose to focus on the period of the Blitz which saw the most intensive bombing period by the Luftwaffe which killed thousands and destroyed more than a million homes.

The Bomb Sight project uses a slightly longer timeframe for mapping what bombs fell where because it uses maps of the London Second World War bomb census, taken between October 1940 and June 1941 which until now has only been available to view in the reading room at the National Archives.

To view the map, visit the website at

Tribute to Japanese prisoners of war

A permanent monument has been unveiled in memory of Japanese prisoners of war. This is a long-awaited tribute to them. The capital's newest war memorial was unveiled in north London. It commemorates the suffering of British prisoners held by the Japanese during the Second World War.

Many died as they were forced to build a railway across Burma. Former POWs were on hand to see new the memorial on Camden High Street. Julie MacDonald went to meet the stars.