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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.


Poll reveals public's First World War understanding

Between 1,000 and 1,200 people were surveyed online in the UK, as well as in Egypt, France, Germany, India, Russia, and Turkey about their First World War knowledge.

The poll conducted by YouGov for the British Council found:

In the UK fewer than half of the 1,081 people questioned were aware that North America and the Middle East played a part in the First World War, while less than a quarter realised that Africa and Asia were involved.

British Artilleryman during the bombardment of German trenches on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. Credit: PA Wire

The research found a widespread lack of understanding about the impact of the war - while 62% of people in the UK were aware of its connection to the rise of the Nazis in Germany, far fewer (37%) were aware of the link with the rise of Communism in Russia.

Less than a third of UK respondents associated the war with the fall of the Ottoman Empire (32%) or the creation of the United Nations (27%), and just 11% were aware of its connection with the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

Across the seven countries, almost three-quarters of people surveyed (72%) believed that their country was still affected by the consequences of the war, the research found.

There were a total of 7,488 responses to the poll - 1,052 in Egypt; 1,029 in France; 1,070 in Germany; 1,215 in India; 1,019 in Russia; 1,022 in Turkey and 1,081 in the UK.


Calls to use centenary to improve WW1 knowledge

Fewer than half of people in the UK realise the First World War extended beyond Europe, a new report has shown.

According to the report, produced from research by the British Council, most people's knowledge of the Great War - which began 100 years ago - is limited to fighting on the Western Front.

Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial in Ypres, Belgium. Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The document - Remember The World As Well As The War - reveals a lack of understanding of the global scale and impact of the war, and calls on the UK and the rest of the world to use forthcoming centenary commemorations to help people gain a better understanding of the global nature of the conflict.

Call to scrap commemorative World War One coin

The coin issued to mark the centenary of World War One has been branded "offensive" by a Welsh politician, who has called for it to be scrapped.

Calls have been made to scrap a coin marking the centenary of the First World War. Credit: PA

Plaid Cymru Welsh Assembly candidate Dai Lloyd said the Royal Mint's commemorative £2 coin, which features the iconic propaganda image of Lord Kitchener and the words "Your country needs you," glorifies war and should never have gone into circulation.

Dr Lloyd said: "It is hard to imagine a more offensive and jingoistic message to send to the rest of the world than this unfortunate image.

"It epitomises the blinkered mentality that sent millions to their deaths in the trenches, including tens of thousands from Wales."

A Royal Mint spokeswoman said: "This design was selected to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War because it has come to be strongly associated with the outbreak of the war and is recognised by much of the population.

Read: New £2 coin commemorates the First World War

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