• IWM Opens its Museums

    IWM Opens its Museums

    IWM Museums are open and welcoming visitors.  Here are the guidelines relating to Covid-19.

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  • New Education Trustee

    New Education Trustee

    The new Education Trustee of The Western Front Association is retired headteacher, Eve Wilson. Eve says that she believ…

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  • New Compliance and Governance Trustee

    New Compliance and Governance Trustee

    In view of ever-increasing rules and legislation that impacts on the charity sector, we have decided to create a new rol…

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  • New Universities Trustee

    New Universities Trustee

    The new Universities Trustee of The Western Front Association is Dr Will Butler. He is in the final stages of assembling…

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  • Bunker excavation at 'Whitesheet'

    Bunker excavation at 'Whitesheet'

    One of the largest underground bunker systems of the First World War has been uncovered by archaeologists in Wijtschate,…

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  • Stand To! Editor Required

    Stand To! Editor Required

    The Western Front Association would like to receive expressions of interest for the position of Editor of Stand To! …

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  • Military Factsheets republished

    Military Factsheets republished

    Between 1983 and 2003 a series of sixteen 'Military Factsheets' were produced by The Western Front Association. These ha…

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  • Remembering 1st July 1916 : Hawthorn Ridge and Lochnagar Craters

    Remembering 1st July 1916 : Hawthorn Ridge and Lochnagar Craters

    To mark the anniversary of the 1 day of the Battle of the Somme 1916 watch a short film from the Lochnagar Crater Founda…

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  • Ypres from above in 1919

    Ypres from above in 1919

    The film footage shown below was taken after the end of the First World War and it gives an extraordinary view of the sc…

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  • Fostering  Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation with the Lochnagar Crater Foundation 1 July

    Fostering  Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation with the Lochnagar Crater Foundation 1 July

    Special Commemorative Activities, July 1st, 2020 This is an invitation from the Lochnagar Crater Foundation to join t…

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  • Jon Cooksey - fundraising page

    Jon Cooksey - fundraising page

    Members will be interested to hear that Heather, the widow of Jon Cooksey has set up a scheme to enable friends to rem…

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  • The reach of The Western Front Association is global

    The reach of The Western Front Association is global

    Recent activity on our website shows our reach; it is global. Trench Lines has readers from the UK (77%) the US (15…

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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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  • Online Branch Zoom Meeting 15/08/20

    Online Branch Zoom Meeting 15/08/20

    15 Aug 2020 14:00 Birmingham

    Email jd@wfa-birmingham.org.uk

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  • Online Talk -The 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment and the German Spring Offensive March 1918 by Neil Rosoman

    Online Talk -The 9th Battalion East Surrey Regiment and the German Spring Offensive March 1918 by Neil Rosoman

    19 Aug 2020 20:00 Surrey

    Neil will be talking about the 9th Battalion of the East Surrey Regiment at Maissemy, near St Quentin during the first w…

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  • ONLINE LECTURE: The Germans on The Somme  September 1914 to 1 July 1916  By Ralph Whitehead

    ONLINE LECTURE: The Germans on The Somme September 1914 to 1 July 1916 By Ralph Whitehead

    22 Aug 2020 14:30 Dublin

    The Germans on The Somme September 1914 to 1 July 1916 By Ralph Whitehead   Ralph will talk about the arrival of the…

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  • A Prelude to War’ (An Archduke’s Visit) by John Taylor

    A Prelude to War’ (An Archduke’s Visit) by John Taylor

    01 Sep 2020 19:30 Chesterfield

    ‘A Prelude to War’ (An Archduke’s Visit) This presentation, in part, explores the surprising visit made by Archduke Fra…

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  • CANCELLED 'Clearing the dead 1919-1939' by Peter Hodgkinson

    CANCELLED 'Clearing the dead 1919-1939' by Peter Hodgkinson

    02 Sep 2020 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    Sadly, due to the ongoing covid crisis it has been decided to cancel this meeting. We would hope to re-schedule it in th…

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  • 'The Experiences of Black Watch Veterans after the Great War' with Derek Patrick

    'The Experiences of Black Watch Veterans after the Great War' with Derek Patrick

    05 Sep 2020 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    Dr Derek Patrick Derek will explore the experiences of demobilised Black Watch soldiers in the years immediately after…

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  • Maj. General (Retd) Mungo Melvin: Learning from the First World War: The British Army's Operation REFLECT, 2014-2018

    Maj. General (Retd) Mungo Melvin: Learning from the First World War: The British Army's Operation REFLECT, 2014-2018

    05 Sep 2020 14:30 Wessex

    Major-General Robert Adam Mungo Simpson Melvin CB OBE is a retired British Army officer, and a noted military historian.…

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  • Nobody of Any Importance: A Foot Soldier's Memoir of World War One by Phil Sutcliffe.

    Nobody of Any Importance: A Foot Soldier's Memoir of World War One by Phil Sutcliffe.

    09 Sep 2020 19:45 Heart of England

    Phil's father, Sam Sutcliffe, was a World War One 'Tommy.' He enlisted at the age of 16 in the 2/1st Royal Fusiliers in …

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  • The Whippet Tank: a talk by Rob Langham

    The Whippet Tank: a talk by Rob Langham

    12 Sep 2020 14:30 Yorkshire

    The Medium Mark A 'Whippet' Tank was a new type of tank thought up just two weeks after the first Mk I's lumbered into a…

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  • Online Branch Zoom Meeting  19/09/20

    Online Branch Zoom Meeting 19/09/20

    19 Sep 2020 14:00 Birmingham

    Email jd@wfa-birmingham.org.uk

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  • ONLINE: Ypres - holy ground of British arms by Prof Mark Connelly

    ONLINE: Ypres - holy ground of British arms by Prof Mark Connelly

    17 Aug 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. By the time of the Armistice, Ypres was already a legend throughout the Briti…

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  • ONLINE: 'Leading from the front?' Officers and Officership in the British Army in the two world wars by Prof Gary Sheffield

    ONLINE: 'Leading from the front?' Officers and Officership in the British Army in the two world wars by Prof Gary Sheffi…

    24 Aug 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. In both world wars, the officer corps of the British Army had to undergo expa…

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  • ONLINE: British Signals Intelligence in the Trenches by Jim Beach and Jock Bruce

    ONLINE: British Signals Intelligence in the Trenches by Jim Beach and Jock Bruce

    07 Sep 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. During the First World War, interception of your enemy’s frontline communicat…

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  • ONLINE: The Siege of Fortress Przemyśl, 1914: Decisive Battle of the Eastern Front

    ONLINE: The Siege of Fortress Przemyśl, 1914: Decisive Battle of the Eastern Front

    14 Sep 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. In the autumn of 1914, just a month into the First World War, the Russian Arm…

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  • ONLINE: The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War by Dr Tim Cook

    ONLINE: The Secret History of Soldiers: How Canadians Survived the Great War by Dr Tim Cook

    21 Sep 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Tim Cook, the First World War historian at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa …

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  • ONLINE: Prosthetics and Poverty: Disabled servicemen and their families after the war

    ONLINE: Prosthetics and Poverty: Disabled servicemen and their families after the war

    28 Sep 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Dr Martin Purdy examines the treatment of disabled Great War servicemen after…

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  • ONLINE: Tea Pots to Tin Lids by Andrew Rawson

    ONLINE: Tea Pots to Tin Lids by Andrew Rawson

    05 Oct 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. We usually discuss the use of shells, rifles, grenades and guns; but do we ev…

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Robin was the first fatality for the Royal Flying Corp during the Great War. Robert Skene, the son of Felix Skene, the Chief Clerk of the Judicial Office of the House of Lords,  was born in Surrey on 6 August 1891. Known as 'Robin', at the time of the April 1911 Census, the 19 year old was a clerk at the Royal Exchange Insurance Office and living with his parents and 3 sibl…

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12 August 1914 Lt Robin Reginald Skene, Royal Flying Corps
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

The Western Front Association's podcasts are an eclectic mix of themed interviews with experts in their particular fields which shine a light into areas of the first world war which are sometimes over…

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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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