First World War Centenary

100 years after the start of World War 1, ITV Tyne Tees takes a look at how the Great War affected the North East and North Yorkshire.

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Whitby and Scarborough mark 100 years since WW1 bombardments

Scarborough became the site of the first attack of the First World War on British soil on 16 December 1914 Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Tributes will be paid this morning to those killed on the North Yorkshire coastline in the First World War bombardments exactly 100 years ago.

Hundreds of shells rained down on Scarborough before German warships attacked Whitby in 1914. 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

Lindy Rowley is from the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.


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Scarborough remembers WW1 bombing victims

Nine days before Christmas in 1914 was the major turning point in the Great War resulting in thousands signing up to fight.

That is because it was the first time the Germans had killed civillians on home soil. The seaside town of Scarborough was one target and 18 people were killed there.

Now a group of volunteers are trying to trace their relatives in time for a special centenary next month. Sarah Clark reports.

Troops to parade through York to commemorate WW1

Soldiers from another regiment, 2 Signals, during a previous Freedom parade through York Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

Troops from Catterick Garrison are due to parade through the City of York this morning (Friday, 15th August) as part of continuing events to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The soldiers are all members of the Royal Dragoon Guards based at Alma Lines, Munster Barracks, which is the only armoured cavalry regiment based in Yorkshire.

More than 150 servicemen and women will take part, before attending a service at York Minster. A flypast is planned by RAF Typhoon fighter jets during a review of the troops at 9:30am.

"The officers and soldiers of the Royal Dragoon Guards have a unique link to the initial British actions of the First World War and to the great city of York.

"Our predecessors from all four antecedent Regiments saw action but notably lay claim to both Britain's opening shots of the war and its last cavalry charge."

– Lieutenant Colonel Tom Bateman, Commanding Officer of the Royal Dragoon Guards


The man behind the medal: The Story of Herbert Butler

Kenny Toal sets out to tell the story of a soldier from the Great War.

After sourcing a victory medal on an internet auction site, we try and find out more about the man who once owned it.

Herbert Butler served with the Durham Light Infantry. In the first of two special reports we try and find out more about him and begin a search for surviving relatives to reunite them with the medal.

More than just a job: the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

They leave a lasting impression on anyone who has visited them. The war graves of France and Belgium are an incredible sight.

But the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission isn't limited to just there. It looks after 23,000 locations in 153 different countries.

Kenny Toal was granted special access to the teams whose job it is to maintain the memorials. You can watch his full report here.

A CWGC cemetery on the Somme Credit: ITV News
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Ripon remembers: ceremony at racecourse

A remembrance service has been held at Ripon Racecourse to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

The parade at Ripon Racecourse

The service was especially poignant Ripon was one of three racecourses which raced on the day war was declared - and was a base for training pilots.

The day was also the course's annual Children’s Day, allowing younger generations to be educated about the historic event.

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