The names of nearly 580,000 soldiers from allied nations are engraved at the international memorial for fallen soldiers at Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery. Photograph: Denis Charlet/AFP/Getty Images

“Lorette,” the French soldier Louis Barthas wrote in his memoir, “a sinister name evoking horror and the terror of dark woods, paths, plateaux and rav(...)

‘The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois’, by Fortunio Matania. This painting relates to an incident in France in May of 1915, when the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Munster Fusiliers suffered very heavily at Rue du Bois, in the Pas-de-Calais close to Arras. Credit: Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

The most haunting and poignant image of Irish involvement in the first World War is at the centre of an unsolved art mystery. The Last General (...)

Wounded soldiers arrive at Rheims station from the western front during the first World War. Photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

Joseph Zimet, director general of the Centenary Mission, has spent three years organising French and international commemorations of the beginning (...)