Air Battalion officers pictured in an undated photograph.

First World War airmen's records released

Nearly 450,000 service records of Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force men have been released to mark the First World War's centenary.

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Poll reveals poor understanding of World War One

Around one fifth of people do not know why the First World War started, according to a poll by publishers DK.

Read: First World War troops to be laid to rest after being identified

2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One. Credit: PA

Read: WW1 grenade kills two on construction site in Ypres

Some 22% of the 2,314 people quizzed admitted they did not know the 1914 assassination of Austro-Hungarian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was the catalyst for the four year long war.

Less than two in five (39%) knew that Britain entered the conflict due to a promise to defend Belgium, while just three in 10 (29%) knew that Lord Kitchener, Britain's Secretary of Sate for War died by drowning.

Asked which country did not take part in the war, out of a list of Japan, Portugal, Spain, the United States or none of these four, just under a fifth (19%) knew that it was Spain that remained neutral.

The poll was conducted by publishers DK to mark the launch of their new book World War I: The Definitive Visual Guide.

Read: World War One centenary plans unveiled


WW1 soldier's family say he can finally rest in peace

The family of a World War One soldier, whose body has been found in France, say he can finally rest in peace, 100 years after his death.

Private John Brameld was one of ten men, serving with the York and Lancaster Regiment whose remains have been found close to a battlefield. Rachel Townsend reports.


MoD: Five more sets of remains yet to be identified

Experts are working to identify the remaining five sets of remains after ten First World War soldiers were named, the Ministry of Defence said.

Defence Minister Lord Astor of Hever said:

Our thoughts remain with all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.

Although these soldiers fell almost a century ago, the Ministry of Defence still takes its responsibility extremely seriously to identify any remains found, trace and inform surviving relatives and to provide a fitting and dignified funeral so they rest in peace.

Read: First World War soldier 'deserved proper burial'

WWI soldiers to be reburied with full military honours

Ten soldiers who were killed during the First World War are to be reburied with full military honours at a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in October in an event to be organised by the 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, which traces its history back to the earlier regiment.

The soldiers have been identified as:

  • Private Herbert Ernest Allcock, 32, born in Leeds, and family now living in Lancashire
  • Private John Brameld, 30, born in Sheffield and family now living in Yorkshire
  • Corporal Francis Carr Dyson, 26, born in Wakefield and family now living in Derbyshire
  • Private Walter Ellis, 31, born in Doncaster and family now living in Yorkshire
  • Private John Willie Jarvis, 34, born in Rotherham and family now living in Yorkshire
  • Private Leonard Arthur Morley, 22, born in Boxhill, Surrey and family now living in Canada
  • Private Ernest Oxer, 28, born in Rotherham and family now living in Yorkshire
  • Private John Richmond, 28, born in Nottingham and family now living in Nottinghamshire
  • Private William Alfred Singyard, 30, born in Newcastle upon Tyne and family now living in Lincolnshire
  • Lance Corporal William Henry Warr, 27, born in Dorset and family now living in Somerset

Ten First World War victims formally identified

Relatives have expressed shock and relief after receiving news of the formal identification of 10 soldiers who were killed during the First World War.

Corporal Stuart Gillies of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland plays the bagpipes. Credit: Reuters

The remains of the troops were found during construction work near the French village of Beaucamps-Ligny in 2009 and were identified after their relatives provided DNA samples.

The soldiers were serving with 2nd Battalion The York and Lancaster Regiment and were killed in battle on October 18 1914. The discovery will allow relatives to see them laid to rest 100 years on from the outbreak of the war.


WWI grenade kills two on construction site in Ypres

A grenade from WWI exploded in Ypres this afternoon, leaving two people dead and one seriously injured. The grenade was found in Belgium by four workers on a construction site alongside a canal.

The Removal and Destruction of Explosives Service (SEDEE ) have currently arrived on site to search for more.

Fatal incidents from buried war grenades are extremely rare around Europe.

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