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Commemorating the First World War Centennial in Kansas

Category: Monuments & Memorials (page 1 of 9)

Memorials to the Missing: VC Corner


“We found a fine haul of wounded and brought them in, but it was not where I heard this fellow calling so I had another shot for it and came across a splendid specimen of humanity trying to wiggle into a trench with a big wound in his thigh: he was about 14 stone weight [196 pounds] and I could not lift him on my back, but I managed to get him into an old trench and told him to lie quiet while I got a stretcher. Then another man about 30 yards out sang out ‘Don’t forget me cobber’. I went in and got four volunteers with stretchers and we got both men in safely.”  — Sgt. Simon Fraser, 57th Bn. AIF ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Royal Navy Sites

In 1924 Prince Albert, Duke of York (the future King George VI) dedicated three identical Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) memorials to the missing commemorating the personnel of the Royal Navy who were either buried or lost at sea in WW1. These are located at the important naval cities of Plymouth and Portsmouth, and at the Chatham Docks in Kent, all in the U.K. ...read more


In a previous post we wrote about the Topeka aviator Philip Billard, who lost his life in an airplane crash in France in 1918. Billard had been a member of the Topeka Rotary Club, which commissioned a small statue in Billard’s honor in 1921.  The artist was Robert Merrell Gage of Topeka, an artist of some renown. The result was “Flight,” which shows the outstretched arms of an aviator.  It is in the collections of the Kansas State Historical Society, but not currently on exhibit.  Click here to learn more about this work of art. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Brookwood

The Brookwood American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) Memorial and Cemetery are located about 28 miles southwest of London, just outside of the city of Woking in Surrey. The site covers 4.5 acres and is a part of a large complex established in 1854 which covers 500 acres and contains over 235,000 interments. There is also a 37 acre Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery here, which has 1,601 WW1 burials and 3,476 WW2 burials. Some of these burials are non-British, including whole sections of French and Italians from WW2. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing – Cambrai

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing at Cambrai is situated on a terrace adjacent to the Louverval CWGC Cemetery near the village of Doignies, France. The site was the location of a field ambulance during the Battle of Cambrai (Nov. 20th to Dec. 6th, 1917) and the burials are from that time, unchanged except for the landscaping and permanent headstones added in the 1920’s. There are only 124 graves, and these would probably have been moved to a consolidation cemetery had the memorial not been built here. ...read more

The U.S.S. Texas is Sinking

The U.S.S. Texas (BB35) is in serious trouble. For the past 69 years she has been a floating museum located at San Jacinto, TX, near Houston. Beginning in 2012, the ship began to develop serious hull leaks and now the stewards of the ship, the Texas Department of Wildlife and Parks, says that the Texas must either be relocated to a dry site or scrapped. See the full story here. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing: Tyne Cot (Passchendaele)

We can truly say that the whole circuit of the Earth is girdled with the graves of our dead. In the course of my pilgrimage, I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace upon Earth through the years to come, than this massed multitude of silent witnesses to the desolation of war.” ...read more

Report from the Groundbreaking Ceremony

Under an overcast sky earlier today, the U.S. World War One Centennial Commission, the US Foundation for the Commemoration of the World Wars and their key partners broke ground for the National World War One Memorial at Pershing Park, on Pennsylvania Ave. in Washington, DC. The event was streamed and many of you may have watched it live. ...read more

Memorials to the Missing: Pozières (Australians on the Somme)

The Pozières Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Memorial to the Missing is located on the Somme Battlefield in France near the village of the same name, about a mile from the massive Thiepval Memorial and a quarter mile from the Lochnagar Crater.

The Battle of Pozières was a part of a forty-one day action wherein the British Fourth Army tried to flank the German strongpoint at Thiepval. The Australian 1st Division, recently arrived in France after heroic service at Gallipoli, was tasked with capturing the defenses at Pozières which included a bunker complex that the British mapmakers called ‘Gibraltar’ and the nearby windmill on the highest point, Hill 160, which the Germans had also fortified. ...read more

Ceremony in DC will be Livestreamed


On Thursday, November 9 at 11am ET the US World War I Centennial Commission will host a ceremonial groundbreaking for America’s World War I Memorial to engage the American people in remembering our veterans from WWI. Watch a live-stream of the groundbreaking through Facebook Live at www.facebook.com/ww1centennial ...read more

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