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The World War 1 wreck lying off the Kent coast

German First World War U-boat lying exposed on mudflats on the River Medway in Hoo, Kent Credit: English Heritage/PA Wire

Experts have known that the wreckage of the First World War submarine has lain on the banks of the River Medway in Hoo for nearly a century. But the vessel has been gaining more interest lately as it sits exposed, existing as a reminder of the war ahead of next year's 100th anniversary.

Mark Dunkley, from English Heritage, said it was unclear why the U-boat was not cut up and scrapped at the end of the war, like most others at the time. There are no plans to conserve it, but its history will be examined in more detail after the end of the First World War commemorations.

As part of their research, marine archaeologists at English Heritage are aiming to locate dozens of British and German submarines that sank within territorial waters 12 miles off the English coast during the First World War.



Candlelit vigil to mark centenary of outbreak of WW1

On 4th August 2014 it will be 100 years since war was declared, pitching the nation into one of its hardest and darkest chapters.

Ministers are due to announce how the centenary will be marked over including a candlelit vigil at Westminster Abbey finishing, with the last candle being extinguished at 11pm - the moment war was declared.

Undated file photo of British infantrymen occupying a shallow trench during the Battle of the Somme.
Undated file photo of British infantrymen occupying a shallow trench during the Battle of the Somme. Credit: PA/PA Wire

It is understood the Government is in talks with various churches, faiths and other organisations to see if the vigil could be replicated around the country.

The idea to commemorate the start of the war with the vigil came from a remark attributed to former foreign secretary Viscount Edward Grey.

He is supposed to have said on the eve of the Great War: "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our time."

Memorial service to Indian soldiers wounded in Great War

12 thousand Indian soldiers were wounded fighting alongside the British in World War One. Many of them were then treated in hospitals in Brighton including one set up in the Royal Pavillion.

Hundreds attended the ceremony today held at the Chattri Memorial at Patcham in the South Downs. It has been built on the site where the bodies of Indian troops were cremated.Fifty three Hindus and Sikhs were cremated at the site of the Chattri Memorial .


Do you know who owns these WWI medals?

Three WWI medals
Police want to know who the rightful owner is of these unclaimed WWI medals

The police are trying to trace the owner of three medals. The World War I honours have a name engraved on them. They were seized in March this year.

PC Sian Lewis from Thames Valley Police said “Unfortunately, we have no records of where these medals may have been taken from or who they belong to.

“I am keen to give them back to their rightful owner and am appealing for anyone who believes they could be their medals to contact me.”

Anyone with information should contact the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre on 101 and ask to speak to PC Lewis at Newbury police station.


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