A town in Kent is honouring its links to a unique piece of wartime history. A plaque and information board in Gravesend will remember the exploits of the only German prisoner to have escaped from Britain in both world wars. Derek Johnson reports.
A hundred years ago today Norman Holbrook lead an attack on an enemy battleship, an exploit which made him the first submariner to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Four generations of his family gathered in Gosport to mark the occasion and celebrate their illustrious ancestor. Richard Jones reports.
Kent Police are trying to find the owner of a World War One medal which was found recently in Ashford. This is likely to have high sentimental value to someone and Kent Police would like to find the owner. Anyone with information should e-mail email@example.com.
The experiences of a young soldier killed in the First World War underpins new work by the world-renowned composer and University of Southampton professor, Michael Finnissy.
Remembrance Day draws on the poetry and prose of Henry Lamont Simpson, who was an officer in the Lancashire Fusiliers, and was injured in Belgium in 1917.
He was brought back to Southampton and then treated at a military hospital in Hursley Park near Winchester. Returning to The Front in 1918, he was killed by a sniper while reconnoitring No Man’s Land. He was just 21 years old.
Professor Michael Finnissy comments:
Michael Finnissy’s piece receives its world premiere at the University’s concert venue Turner Sims on 16 November. Finnissy himself will play the solo piano part, and Henry Lamont Simpson’s great nephew will be in the audience as a special guest.
Fifteen World War 1 British soldiers have been finally laid to rest 100 years after they died in Northern France. The troops were killed trying to stop the Germans capturing a small hamlet just outside Lille. Their remains were discovered by chance and they've now been laid to rest in a Commonwealth war grave cemetery. From there David Wood reports.
The ship the Queen Mary 2 arrived in Southampton today, bringing with her some soil from a World War 1 battlefield.
It is the culmination of a project that started two years ago to build a memorial garden using earth gathered from every battlefield in Flanders where soldiers of the seven regiments of the Household Division died.
School children from Aylesbury, Newbury, Southampton, Basingstoke, Brighton, Farnham, Portsmouth and Littlehampton have been involved in collecting the soil. Mike Pearse reports:
Hundreds of people have turned out in Belgium to remember soldiers from Kent killed during the Great War.
Ex-servicemen, re-enactors and the Band of the Princess of Wales's Royal Regiment joined locals in the village of Tertre near Mons - at the site of a memorial to the fallen of The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment.
The West Kents were among the very first troops to see action in Europe when the war began as Derek Johnson now reports.
We speak to: Former serviceman Arthur Healey; Col Peter White of the Queen's Own Buffs Regimental Association; Chaplain Rev Keith Fazzani; Tertre villager Elena Marredda; Peter Zieminski of The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment Living History Group and Barbrara Taylor and her daughter.
It was an amazing coincidence which has led to a family from Kent discovering how one of their ancestors fought and died in the first world war. Arthur Fisher was a young British airman shot down by the legendary Red Baron. His great nephew, Nick Yandle, from Maidstone, explains to us how the story came to light.
One hundred years ago - we saw the first mass mobilisation of troops for WW1 - and, it happened, mainly, on our rail network. Thousands of soldiers - plus weapons - even horses - were transported on trains - from Waterloo to Southampton.
To remember those in the Great War, historians have been re-eacting the transfer of troops. Meanwhile, Network Rail announced a number of new War exhibitions over the coming months. Our Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse reports.