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World war 1

WATCH: Crowds at Portsmouth’s Guildhall fall silent for Armistice Day tribute

Portsmouth fell silent this morning to remember the lives of those lost in war.

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The Howe Division crest.

Yet another Pompey lad doing his bit

There has been much recently about the Portsmouth Pals and the local soldiers who fought in the First World War.


Portsmouth WW1 cenotaph cleaned for Battle of the Somme memorial service

THE Battle of the Somme is one of the most infamous and devastating tragedy’s in history with families across Europe suffering heartache.

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Musician Richard Sharp with Marian Le May

Tambourine from Battle of Jutland finds a new home with the Royal Marines

A MILITARY tambourine used by a veteran who survived the Battle of Jutland has been returned to the Royal Marines.

#wearehere tribute to the men of the Somme

#wearehere tribute to the men of the Somme

Men dressed as First World War soldiers created an emotional tribute today to the Tommies who died at the Somme.

BREATHTAKING The magnificent memorial built at Thiepval on the Somme. It has the names of 72,246 missing British and South African names inscribed on its 16 brick piers.

They still hold the trench in which they were killed

Today commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme in Picardy, France.

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Poignant video tells the story of The Somme

A poignant video tells the story of the Battle of the Somme.

Thomas Hobbs in India in 1918.

The Portsmouth man from the Co-op

These kinds of pictures always amaze me – an Englishman plucked from the back streets and plonked in the farthest reaches of the British Empire. Here we have Thomas Hobbs (second left, back row in the pith helmet) when he was in India with the Hampshire Regiment in 1918.

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Troops going over the top at the start of the Battle of the Somme in 1916 during a training exercise behind the lines

Another two months will see us back in dear old England...

Michael Davison found his father Harry’s captivating letters to his wife as the world commemorated the start of the First World War. They were in one of her drawers.

A Portsmouth Grammar School class in 1914, the year the First World War started

Five Portsmouth Grammar School pupils killed at the Battle of Jutland

It is not known how many former pupils of Portsmouth Grammar School took part in the Battle of Jutland, but at least 13 were mentioned in Admiral Sir John Jellicoe’s despatches.

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The Portsmouth Grammar School library where Francis Harvey debated the ethics of war. All pictures courtesy of Portsmouth Grammar School.

VC hero from Portsmouth sacrificed himself to save 1,000 shipmates at Jutland

As Portsmouth’s oldest school it comes as no surprise that former pupils of Portsmouth Grammar School have taken part in every major war and most major battles since its foundation, and the largest naval battle of the First World War – Jutland – is no exception.

First World guns to go on display for the Battle of Jutland exhibition

Exhibition to be held on First World War battle

Three guns that saw action at the Battle of Jutland will feature in a major new exhibition at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth.

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Fareham community urged to apply for First World War grant

MP Suella Fernandes is urging the Fareham community to apply to a new 
£4 million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to explore the impact of the First World War.

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Rabbit trail

YOUNGSTERS are learning about the history of the Royal Navy as a part of new trail.

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Gallipoli: Myth and Memory is a brand new exhibition at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.''Picture: Sarah Standing (150597-3221)

Exhibition lifts lid on navy’s role at Gallipoli

IT’S often seen as a desperate struggle by a handful of hardy Anzacs against the might of the Ottoman Empire, ordered by bumbling British brass who sat well clear of the action.


Trees in Gosport commemorate Battle of Gallipoli

THE grandson of a World War One hero told pupils of his ancestor’s incredible brush with death as they commemorated the Battle of Gallipoli by planting a tree.

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Soldiers during teh Gallipoli campaign in the First World War. Below, Martin Heighway and his grandfather Richard Beresford Heighway

Trees will become ‘living memorials’ in centenary plan

SAILOR Martin Heighway aims to plant 100 trees as living memorials to those who died in the defining campaign of the First World War.

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Doris Edwards celebrates her 103rd birthday in Horndean with her nephew John Parkyn and his wife Barbie from Bury St Edmunds. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (150244-1)

Horndean woman celebrates 103rd birthday with poppies to remember her dad

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War heroes are brought to life

Artist Ian Banfield is preserving the memories of First World War soldiers by turning their old photographs into portrait paintings. Tim Birkbeck reports.


‘Great Escaper’ veteran Bernard Jordan dies aged 90

A WAR veteran who left his care home to attend 70th anniversary D-Day commemorations in France has died aged 90.

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