• Battlefield Archaeology with Breaking Ground Heritage

    Battlefield Archaeology with Breaking Ground Heritage

    Breaking Ground Heritage is now offering two day weekend RHR course(s) to people with an interest in the Great War …

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  • 'Journey's End' from Mesh Theatre Co returns to Ypres

    'Journey's End' from Mesh Theatre Co returns to Ypres

    Owning to popular demand and its sell-out performances in Ypres Mesh Theatre are returns to Ypres this November 2-11, 20…

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  • World War I Museum Saved from Permanent Closure by Swedish Heavy Metal Band Sabaton

    World War I Museum Saved from Permanent Closure by Swedish Heavy Metal Band Sabaton

    The campaign to fund the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool has successfully saved the museum from permanent closure, wi…

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  • Professor Gary Sheffield pays tribute to his predecessor as Honorary President of The Western Front Association, Professor Peter Simkins MBE

    Professor Gary Sheffield pays tribute to his predecessor as Honorary President of The Western Front Association, Professor Peter Simkins MBE

    I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor as Honorary President of the Western Front Association, Professor Pet…

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  • Announcing the availability of the Great War databases 'Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1918'

    Announcing the availability of the Great War databases 'Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1918'

    These Great War databases are available for public access: 'Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1918'  Or URL h…

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  • It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Bob Wyatt

    It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Bob Wyatt

    It is with great sadness that The Western Front Association mourns the death of Bob Wyatt, such a significant figure i…

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  • It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Charles Messenger

    It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Charles Messenger

    Charles Messenger served for 21 years as an officer in the British Royal Tank Regiment and for 13 with the British Ter…

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  • Congratulations to Professor Peter Simkins on turning 80 today

    Congratulations to Professor Peter Simkins on turning 80 today

    We are delighted to mark the 80th birthday of Professor Peter Simkins MBE, the President of The Western Front Associatio…

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  • A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    Saturday 27th April 2019 A free lecture-concert presented by Dr Emma Hanna and Dr Helen Brooks with the Invicta Concert…

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  • Throughout May join The CWGC for Sunday Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery

    Throughout May join The CWGC for Sunday Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery

    Tours every Sunday (except Easter Sunday) until the end of May. This spring, visitors to the Commonwealth War Graves …

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  • The Soldier by Rachel Wagstaff

    The Soldier by Rachel Wagstaff

    MESH is delighted to announce we're back in Flanders this Autumn with our acclaimed production of THE SOLDIER by award-w…

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  • The Western Front Association PhD Scholarship Programme– student and tutor information and application form for 2019

    The Western Front Association PhD Scholarship Programme– student and tutor information and application form for 2019

    WFA PhD Scholarship Programme 2019 Student and tutor information and application form for 2019 Overview Applications…

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The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the period 1914-1918, to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during the Great War. It does not seek to glorify war and is non-political. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits. In particular, belonging to the WFA provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. You will also receive our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin in total six times a year.

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Our aims are 'Remembrance and Sharing the History of the Great War'. You get 6 magazines per year. Currently there is a 3 extra months Free offer - ask office for details. For more information on how to join and what membership options are available, please click here.

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  • The Island of Ireland Peace Park by Carole Hope

    The Island of Ireland Peace Park by Carole Hope

    26 Jul 2019 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    Carole Hope will cover how the peace park for WW1 came into being.

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  • The Great War at Sea by Colin Hatton

    The Great War at Sea by Colin Hatton

    03 Aug 2019 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    In the Great War the Royal Navy protected our sea-lanes along which a large proportion of food and raw materials reached…

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  • 'The White Elephant - The Germans High Seas Fleet and its end in 1919 by Graham Kemp'

    'The White Elephant - The Germans High Seas Fleet and its end in 1919 by Graham Kemp'

    05 Aug 2019 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    The White Elephant - The German High Seas Fleet and its end in 1919 by Graham Kemp. A new talk by our Branch Chaiman.  …

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  • 'Making the Armaments Centre of the World: Sheffield 1860-1914' -- By Chris Corker

    'Making the Armaments Centre of the World: Sheffield 1860-1914' -- By Chris Corker

    06 Aug 2019 19:30 Chesterfield

    Dr Chris Corker was born in Sheffield and has lived in the city ever since. He has researched the steel and armaments…

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  • 'The British Army in Mesopotamia 1914-1918': a talk by Paul Knight

    'The British Army in Mesopotamia 1914-1918': a talk by Paul Knight

    10 Aug 2019 14:30 Yorkshire

    The campaign in Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) was one of the great sideshows of the Great War, reaching a ration strengt…

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  • 'Victory or Death! The Italian Front and the Battle of Caporetto' by Dr Spencer Jones

    'Victory or Death! The Italian Front and the Battle of Caporetto' by Dr Spencer Jones

    12 Aug 2019 18:30 Staffs (North) & Cheshire (South)

    The bloody fighting on the Italian Front 1915-17 was some of the worst of the entire First World War. Italian efforts to…

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  • David Lloyd George: The Man Who Won The War? by Jonathan Rodell

    David Lloyd George: The Man Who Won The War? by Jonathan Rodell

    14 Aug 2019 19:45 Heart of England

    A radical firebrand and outspoken opponent of the Boer War, Lloyd George was an unlikely war leader but quickly emerged …

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  • The American Army In The First World War - A Talk by Tony Taylor-Neale

    The American Army In The First World War - A Talk by Tony Taylor-Neale

    14 Aug 2019 20:00 Essex

    We welcome Tony Taylor-Neale to the Poppy Lounge at the Royal British Legion, Hornchurch to present hos talk about Ameri…

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  • "The Post Office at War" with Chris Taft

    "The Post Office at War" with Chris Taft

    15 Aug 2019 19:30 London (East)

    Chris Taft will be giving a talk on 'The Post Office at War'. Chris is the Head of Collections at the British Postal Mu…

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  • 'The Genesis of the Imperial War Graves Commission' with Dave Wright

    'The Genesis of the Imperial War Graves Commission' with Dave Wright

    17 Aug 2019 14:00 Birmingham

    Rudyard Kipling referred to the Imperial War Graves Cemeteries as the largest undertaking since the Pharaohs. It is eas…

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  • 9 September 'Workshop : Tracing the Belgian Refugees'

    9 September 'Workshop : Tracing the Belgian Refugees'

    09 Sep 2019 12:30

    Are you interested in the history of Belgian refugees in the UK during the First World War? Have you been involved in re…

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  • Journey's End returns to Belgium

    Journey's End returns to Belgium

    02 Nov 2019 14:17

    The quite brilliant, and rapidly sold out 'Journey's End' by R C Sherriff put on by Mesh Theatre is back in Belgium, …

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Major-General Ingouville-Williams was known as "Inky Bill" to his troops In 1914 Brigadier General Edward Ingouville-Williams went to France as a commander of 16 Infantry Brigade (6th Division). He was promoted to Major-General, in June 1915, when he took command of the newly formed 34th Division, which he took to the front in January 1916. The Division lost heavily on 1…

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Major-General Ingouville-Williams, 34th Division
Ancestry Pension Records

Ancestry Pension Records

As members of The Western Front Association will know, in 2012 the WFA stepped in to save from destruction over six million pension records of men who served in the Great War. Below are various articl…

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The Latest WWI Podcast

The Latest WWI Podcast

Mentioned in Dispatches By Dr Tom Thorpe Podcasts on all aspects of the Great War from the UK's leading First World War history society The Western Front Association. Click here to view in iTunes.

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World War I Book Reviews

World War I Book Reviews

Book Reviews by academics, amateur historians, WFA members and keen readers.

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World War I Articles

World War I Articles

Articles on every aspect of the First World War written by experts in their field. All are examples of the kind of work featured in Stand To!

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