• 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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  • Laxton Village Remembers : Saturday 13 April 10:30am

    Laxton Village Remembers : Saturday 13 April 10:30am

    Laxton Village, Northamptonshire, remembers the seven men from the village who served and died with the last, Cecil Shut…

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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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  • Deadline Reminder: Entries to the inaugural Colin Hardy Memorial Prize close 30 April 2019

    Deadline Reminder: Entries to the inaugural Colin Hardy Memorial Prize close 30 April 2019

    Do you have an interest in the First World War? Colin Hardy's family invite papers of between 3,000 and 6,000 words (ex…

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  • Booking now for St Hugh's Armistice Tree Centenary Celebration 6 April 2019

    Booking now for St Hugh's Armistice Tree Centenary Celebration 6 April 2019

    Join us at St Hugh's for this special occasion, as we celebrate 100 years since the planting in 1919 of the beautiful Ma…

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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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  • A Brief Guide showing how to use The Western Front Association's Library Edition of Fold 3

    A Brief Guide showing how to use The Western Front Association's Library Edition of Fold 3

    Below is a short video created to help demonstrate some functions - and results - from the WFA's 'Library Edition' of Fo…

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Benefits of Membership

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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Join The WFA

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.

For all enquiries, please contact the office:
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  • Branch AGM followed by 'Walter Harvey Hallam - an ordinary man'. A play written by Alison Raymond with music from Watford Folk Club

    Branch AGM followed by 'Walter Harvey Hallam - an ordinary man'. A play written by Alison Raymond with music from Watfor…

    20 Apr 2019 14:30 Ox & Bucks

    A new direction for the Branch having a play with music after our Branch AGM. Written by Alison Raymond this will be an …

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  • Talk: ‘The Whippet Tank’ by Robert Langham

    Talk: ‘The Whippet Tank’ by Robert Langham

    22 Apr 2019 19:15 Northumberland

    Talk: ‘The Whippet Tank’ by Robert Langham

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  • 'The Commonwealth War Graves Commission' with Tony Stubbs

    'The Commonwealth War Graves Commission' with Tony Stubbs

    25 Apr 2019 19:30 Spalding and South Lincs

    Tony Stubbs will be giving a presentation on The Commonwealth War Graves Commission - 1918 to the present day.

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  • David Filsell   Death and the Air Aces -Leadership: death, success and failure of those who fought in the air.

    David Filsell Death and the Air Aces -Leadership: death, success and failure of those who fought in the air.

    25 Apr 2019 20:00 Thames Valley

    David Filsell   Death and the Air Aces -Leadership: death, success and failure of those who fought in the air. David h…

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  • Mike Coyle Comparing the Battle of the Somme 1916 and the Battle of Arras

    Mike Coyle Comparing the Battle of the Somme 1916 and the Battle of Arras

    26 Apr 2019 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    Both battles were equally fierce, both with heavy losses, yet 100 years on, the Somme lives in our consciousness whilst …

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  • 16 Squadron RFC / RAF: An Army Cooperation Unit in the First World War by Colin Buxton

    16 Squadron RFC / RAF: An Army Cooperation Unit in the First World War by Colin Buxton

    27 Apr 2019 14:30 Scotland (North)

    Colin Buxton will be giving a talk about 16 Squadron during the First World War.

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  • 'The 8th Lincolns at Loos, 1915' a talk by Nigel Atter

    'The 8th Lincolns at Loos, 1915' a talk by Nigel Atter

    29 Apr 2019 19:00 Lincoln & North Lincolnshire

    Nigel Atter presents his talk “The 8th Lincolns at Loos, 1915”. He discuses the gallant actions of the 8th Lincs to debu…

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  • 'British POWs on the Western Front' by Richard Lloyd

    'British POWs on the Western Front' by Richard Lloyd

    01 May 2019 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    This presentation, whose full title is "The Treatment of British Prisoners of War by the Germans on the Western Front" i…

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  • The Chilwell Explosion, 1 July 1918 --- By John Beckett

    The Chilwell Explosion, 1 July 1918 --- By John Beckett

    07 May 2019 19:30 Chesterfield

    The National Shell Filling Factory, Chilwell, was a World War I United Kingdom Government-owned explosives Filling F…

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  • The Aftermath  3 Follow on Wars - Mike Shaw

    The Aftermath 3 Follow on Wars - Mike Shaw

    08 May 2019 19:30 Somerset

    The Aftermath by Mike Shaw  Mike will explore the 3 Follow on Wars on the Eastern Front as revolution and self determi…

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  • 27 April: 2019 Spring Conference and AGM RAF Cosford Museum

    27 April: 2019 Spring Conference and AGM RAF Cosford Museum

    27 Apr 2019 09:30

    Portrait of a British soldier, taken prisoner by the Germans, probably in April 1918 Programme for the Day …

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  • 27 April: A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    27 April: A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    27 Apr 2019 18:30

    A free lecture-concert presented by Dr Emma Hanna and Dr Helen Brooks with the Invicta Concert Band at Westgate Hall,…

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  • 1 May: 'The British Army and the End of the First World War' by Jonathan Boff

    1 May: 'The British Army and the End of the First World War' by Jonathan Boff

    01 May 2019 17:30

    The Talk Dr Jonathan Boff will discuss the transformation undergone by the British army during the First World War an…

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  • 7 May: The 46th (North Midland) Division and the First World War

    7 May: The 46th (North Midland) Division and the First World War

    07 May 2019 17:30

    The John Terraine Lecture to be delivered by Professor John Bourne. This event will celebrate Prof Bourne’s 70th birthd…

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  • 14 May: Zeebrugge: The making of a legend

    14 May: Zeebrugge: The making of a legend

    14 May 2019 15:00

    Tuesday 14th May 2019, 3pm-7pm Keynes College, University of Kent Join the Gateways to the First World War team for a …

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  • 17 May: Contested Commemorations: Reflections on the First World War Centenary.

    17 May: Contested Commemorations: Reflections on the First World War Centenary.

    17 May 2019 10:00

    Reflections on the First World War Centenary. A Royal Historical Society Symposium at the Open University A F…

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  • 27 - 28 June: TWO DAY CONFERENCE: Peace making after the First World War 1919-1923

    27 - 28 June: TWO DAY CONFERENCE: Peace making after the First World War 1919-1923

    27 Jun 2019 09:30

    To mark the centenary of the signature of the Treaty of Versailles, this two day conference explores the peace making pr…

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Deserted whilst still in the UK in early 1915 Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1892, John had been living in Earby, Yorkshire since 1912, where he was employed as a weaver. Already serving as a territorial (6th West Riding Regt) at the outbreak of war, he deserted whilst still in the UK in early 1915, but enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery w…

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20 April 1916: S/9830 Pte John Lang, 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders
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

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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