Happy Birthday, blog!

Tony Hoye from London (second from left, celebrates his birthday with fellow London evacuees and refugees from France and BelgiumThis blog has now been up and running for a year!

Over that time we’ve published 181 posts covering 2,000 years of war and memorialisation – from the Roman Occupation, to ongoing conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The last twelve months have also seen us reporting on some notable anniversaries.

It was 25 years since the end of the Falklands conflict,  40 years since the withdrawal of British troops from Aden, the 100th anniversary of the Territorial Army and the 90th anniversary of the Royal Air Force.

It was 90 years since the important First World War battles of Cambrai and Passchendaele.  It was also the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Scottish National War memorial.

Other important stories of the last year include the dedication of the new Armed Forces Memorial, which records the names of all those who have died in the service of the UK Armed Forces since 1 January 1948.

The story of ‘My Boy Jack’, Rudyard Kipling’s son, John, who went missing in action in the First World War has also proved very popular, as have our two articles about military cats and civilian cats.

We look forward to another year of news and articles about war memorials in the UK.  2008 is likely to be a busy year, as it sees the 90th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

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