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Newspaper recreated to mark First World War centenary

A newspaper inspired by the historic Wipers Times created by First World War soldiers has been recreated to mark the centenary of the war.

The Flanders Fields Post newspaper will be published as a one-off today and distributed in London, Glasgow and Manchester.

The publication is inspired by the famous Wipers Times - the original trench newspaper produced by frontline soldiers during the Great War.

It was first produced by Captain FJ Roberts and Lieutenant JH Pearson in 1916 whilst being stationed in Ypres and contained plenty of humorous, satirical in-jokes, poems, mockery of the prevailing military situation.

Captain Roberts' grandson Nick Roberts, 67, said: "To think that while being under enemy fire, my grandfather and other soldiers were able to produce the Wipers Times is quite incredible."

He said today's newspaper was "his turn" to make sure his grandfather was recognised for his contribution to improving troops' morale.

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