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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

After visiting eight cemeteries and memorials, one museum and a commemorative workshop, our tour came to an end.

The group at the Beaumont-Hamel Newfoundland Memorial Park in the Somme. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

On July 1 1916, thousands of soldiers walked across to German lines on the Western Front and began their assaults, confident their enemy had been weakened by a week-long bombardment of 1.6 million shells.

The British ambassador to Belgium, Alison Rose (centre), with the soldiers and pupils at the Menin Gate before the ceremony. Picture: Erica Spurrier/Equity

The fate of British deserters and the stories which lie behind every war grave were among topics considered by the students yesterday.

A British soldier paying his respects at the grave of a comrade. Picture: PA

Sixteen million deaths, 20 million wounded, six million missing. These are the cold, stark facts of the Great War, the world’s first truly modern conflict.

Two-year-old Jaden Chen plays around the mini double decker buses displayed at the Year of the Bus exhibition in the Olympic Park

You might not need to take a bus to get to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, but you’ll be greeted by 60 of them if you go there this weekend.

Paul Jenkins with the Dead Man's Penny he found more than 30 years ago in Gidea Park

It was found in the ground coated with paint and tar, and forgotten about for 30 years – but it’s the remembrance a fallen soldier deserves.

Bob Paice was among hundreds of volunteers who planted ceramic poppies at the Tower of London Picture: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

After more than a decade as warden of the jewel house at the Tower of London, Bob Paice returned to the historical site for today’s service of remembrance.

The wreath laying was a somber occasion Picture: Andrew Baker

This year’s march to the Cenotaph in Central Park on Remembrance Sunday saw a huge number of young cadets taking part, making it the longest it has ever been.

Bob Burroughsat his home in North Woolwich. Picture: Arnaud Stephenson

Teaching hundreds of Egyptian and Greek soldiers to use artillery was Bob Burroughs’ responsibility during the Second World War.

Young seaman Alexander with his ship HMS Gazelle

Memories of the war continue to plague minesweeper Alexander James as nightmares.

A Remembrance Day parade last year

A slew of remembrance services will take place across the borough as residents remember those who have fallen on the 100th anniversary year of the First World War.

Les Sherman from Redbridge during a visit to the Abbey Mills sewage works where his father died saving the life of a colleague. Pic - Les's dad Henry.

For many, Abbey Mills pumping station in West Ham is one of the wonders of Victorian engineering – the so-called “Cathedral of Sewage”.

A French woman pins a flower on Sikh soldiers as they arrive in Paris in 1916 Picture: Toor Collection

In the centenary year since the outbreak of the First World War, many organisations have staged events to mark the contribution, and in some cases the sacrifices, made by many who fought in the conflict.

Plaistow Memorial Church will be opening specially on Saturday, September 13 to take part in a national charity event called Ride+Stride.

West Ham players line up for a team photo

For the thousands of supporters who flock to Upton Park every other Saturday, life without West Ham United would be unthinkable. But fans and players a century earlier nearly had to face just that when war broke out in Europe.

Sister Sledge wow the crowd

East Ham’s Central Park played host to a musical spectacular this weekend as Under The Stars returned for its 15th year.

Kingsford Community School in Beckton

EXCLUSIVE: Twenty pupils have tested positive for tuberculosis after an ­outbreak of the killer disease at a Newham secondary school.

The Cearns family circa 1896 with father Jimmy and mother Elizabeth.  Fred, aged seven, is in the front row on the left while Percy is in front of his mother.

Finding a letter in his grandmother’s drawer has led to one man retracing the steps his great-grandfather took more than 90 years earlier.

Police officers pay their respects at Forest Gate police station

Police officers who lost their lives in the First World War were remembered at a ceremony in Forest Gate yesterday.

Council offices at Building 1000, Newham Dockside.

Lights will be switched off in Newham Dockside tonight as part of a country-wide initiative to mark the moment that the UK entered the First World War 100 years ago.

Police officers at the Barking Abbey service (pictures: Steve Poston)

Police officers are today set to rally together to remember their predecessors who lost their lives in the First World War.

Riots in Stratford (pic AGFHS)

The unheard message of the First World War is spreading throughout Newham.

The Mayor's Newham Show parade passes East Ham Town Hall.
Photo: David Mirzoeff

The dazzling colours and vibrant sounds of a Brazilian carnival captivated the thousands who enjoyed this year’s record-breaking Mayor’s Newham Show.

Members of the Royal British Legion  take part in an assembly at New City Primary School to remember World War I

Children swapped desks for battlefield trenches and planted poppy seeds in an event that turned the clock back 100 years to the First World War.

Original vounteers to the West Ham Battalion during their

As memories of the First World War fade more and more as the years go by, Elliot Taylor decided the “heroic efforts” of soldiers must be kept alive.

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