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WWI centenary plans announced

David Cameron has announced plans to mark the centenary of the Great War. National commemorations will be held on the anniversary of the first day of conflict on the 4th August 2014 and for the first day of the Somme on 1st July 2016.

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Schoolchildren to visit WW1 battlegrounds as part of commemoration

The WW1 galleries at the Imperial War Museum in London will undergo a £35m refurbishment Credit: IWM

Thousands of schoolchildren will have the chance to visit famous battlefields from the First World War (WW1) as part of a £5 million educational programme to commemorate the war.

Two student "ambassadors" and a teacher from each maintained secondary school in England will be invited to visit battlefields like the Somme, Verdun and Fromelles between Spring 2014 and Spring 2019.

The Treasury today committed an additional £5m to the refurbishment of the Imperial War Museum's WW1 galleries, to be raised from fines imposed on financial services companies for misconduct.

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