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On this day in 1856

The Victoria Cross (VC) was introduced.

Read about the story of Post Office Worker Alfred Knight who received the VC – presented to him by King George V.

There are also details regarding the role of the Post Office and Post Office Rifles Regiment.

Know someone who served? Or were you served by someone who saw service? Please add a comment.

 

 

 

 

 

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Lisburn Museum Ireland – Exhibition on Impact of Somme 1912-1914

Exhibition on Impact of the Somme and WW1.  See its affect on the local area.

For more information see Lisburn 1912-1914

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What would it have been like to be called up?

Military Service now compulsory.

Men aged 18-41 eligible for conscription.

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Military Service Act passed 27th January 1916

Single Men from 18-41 were conscripted into the Forces.  Anyone exempt had to apply for a certificate before the Act came into force on 2nd March.

 

 

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Somme – See it at the Cinema

Over the Top – The Battle of the Somme in Film. 2nd Feb at the Arts Two Lecture Theatre, London.

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From Don to Somme – Infantry at War 1916 – Exhibition starts Friday

Exhibition starts 22nd January on Kings Own Light Infantry.

How the Somme affected those in conflict and at home.

Personal Testimonies and original artefacts.

 

 

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Air Raids that Shook Britain

With few aircraft remaining to defend Britain, the country was ill-prepared to deal with threats.  With home defence focused on the coast and the majority of the Royal Flying Corps overseas, the threat was very real.

This is another aspect of the First World War Centenary remembered.

See also the Imperial War Museum for more details and other commemorative events.

 

 

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Remembering the SS Mendi Disaster 1917-2007

Reminder to book up for WW1 Talks:

Events being held at the University of Brighton (3rd February 2016, 1700hrs) and University of Kent (4th February 2016, 1830hrs) explore the ways the sinking of the SS Mendi has been remembered.

Professor Albert Grundlingh (Visiting Researcher from Stellenbosch University, South Africa) will be in attendance to explore this project further.

Events are free but booking is required: gateways@kent.ac.uk