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On this date in 1917, the Battle of Arras began. British forces advanced over 5km on the opening day, and the Canadians seized Vimy Ridge on 12 April. Fighting continued into early May, with increasingly heavy casualties.

One of the remarkable stories featured on Lives of the First World War is that of Jeremiah Jones. Being more than 50 years old, he had to lie about his age just to join the army. Find out more about him on his Life Story page: http://ow.ly/Liwui

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This photograph was taken on this date in 1917, and shows British troops fixing scaling ladders in a trench on the day before the opening of the Arras Offensive.

Listen to the voices of those who were there in this IWM podcast: http://ow.ly/Li75O

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On World Health Day, we pay tribute to amazing medics featured on Lives of the First World War. Their role was both to maintain the health and fighting strength of the armed forces, and ensure that in the event of sickness or wounding they were treated and evacuated as quickly as possible.

Who will you Remember?

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The Lives of the First World War team will be at Who Do You Think You Are? Live in Birmingham next week. Come along to take part in a taster session, ask a question or listen to one of our series of free talks.

We hope to see you there! http://ow.ly/KPbxk

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Souvenir from Easter Sunday 1915 - this trench art ash tray was made by Sub Lieutenant Harvey Maitland Chrystall, from the Helles Point lighthouse in Gallipoli.

Find out more about Harvey on his Life Story page: http://ow.ly/KQ9i0

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This Easter egg was given to Private Herbert Gurdin by a fellow Prisoner of War.
Herbert served with 7 Battalion, Royal Fusiliers and was wounded on 7 March 1918. He was taken prisoner by the Germans and the wooden egg was made by a Russian prisoner to celebrate Easter.

Find out more about Herbert's story on Lives of the First World War: http://ow.ly/L1lZX

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Planning a gathering this weekend? The Easter holidays are a great opportunity to ask your relatives about your family history. Read our latest blog post for five top tips to research your First World War connection: http://ow.ly/L4cJ9

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If you're looking for things to do over the Easter break, search for First World War events happening near you in the Centenary Events Calendar at http://ow.ly/H2Gm5

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On this date 97 years ago, the Royal Air Force was formed. The RAF was established on 1 April 1918 from the Royal Flying Corps element of the Army and the Royal Naval Air Service section of the Royal Navy. The Women's Royal Air Force was also formed at this time.

Did your ancestor serve with the air force? Find, share and remember their story on Lives of the First World War.

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Over the past week, we have showcased some of the Lives of the First World War Communities linked to war memorials. Almost every British village, town and city at the time of the war lost at least one member of their community in the war.

However, 53 places have become known as ‘Thankful Villages’, because all those who left home to served in the armed forces survived. Help us to remember those from Thankful Villages on Lives of the First World War, such as Charles A W Larcombe from Rodney Stoke, Somerset: http://ow.ly/KSQgQ

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