• Virtual Tour #2: Aubers 1915. Deadlock, Disappointment and Disaster in Flanders

    Virtual Tour #2: Aubers 1915. Deadlock, Disappointment and Disaster in Flanders

    The second of the new season of 'Virtual Tours' will be going live on Thursday 16 December at 7.30pm UK time.  Essentia…

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  • A brief clip from our 'Virtual Tour #1': The Royal Naval Division at Krithia 1915

    A brief clip from our 'Virtual Tour #1': The Royal Naval Division at Krithia 1915

    Due to overwhelming demand 'on the night' there was a degree of buffering on the initial 'Virtual Tour'. This was quickl…

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  • VIRTUAL BATTLEFIELD TOUR 'To Bite and to Hold' The Royal Naval Division at Krithia, 1915'

    VIRTUAL BATTLEFIELD TOUR 'To Bite and to Hold' The Royal Naval Division at Krithia, 1915'

    This is a reminder that we have just published the first in a brand new series of Virtual Battlefield Tours. These tours…

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  • Video coverage of the Armistice Day Commemoration held at The Cenotaph, Whitehall on 11th November 2021.

    Video coverage of the Armistice Day Commemoration held at The Cenotaph, Whitehall on 11th November 2021.

    Video coverage of the Armistice Day Commemoration held at The Cenotaph, Whitehall on 11th November 2021. Guests of ho…

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  • The Cenotaph on Armistice Day 11 November 2021

    The Cenotaph on Armistice Day 11 November 2021

    Actor Nick Bailey read ‘In Flanders Fields’ at the Cenotaph on Armistice Day and to remember one of the first Black Br…

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  • The Armistice Day Commemoration at the Cenotaph, 11 November 2021

    The Armistice Day Commemoration at the Cenotaph, 11 November 2021

    The Western Front Association has hosted the ceremony at the Cenotaph on the 11th November each year since 1994. There …

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  • Out Now ! Stand To ! No. 124 An introduction and Contents

    Out Now ! Stand To ! No. 124 An introduction and Contents

    This is the fourth edition of Stand To! this year - one more than usual, and something we will do every year from now …

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  • Announcing more Virtual Battlefield Tours

    Announcing more Virtual Battlefield Tours

    We are delighted to announce a new series of six more 'Virtual Battlefield Tours' in conjunction with our friends at Bat…

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  • Announcing New Appointments to the Executive Committee

    Announcing New Appointments to the Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee is pleased to announce that Dr Adam Prime has taken over the universities role on the Executive …

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  • The Western Front Association's 2022 Calendar

    The Western Front Association's 2022 Calendar

    We are delighted to announce that the 2022 Calendar from The Western Front Association is now available. As ever, this f…

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  • 200 Brentano’s Launch on Stereoscope: A Call to Action!

    200 Brentano’s Launch on Stereoscope: A Call to Action!

    We’re extremely excited to announce the beginning of a large-scale project to unravel the mystery of the group of manufa…

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  • Stand To ! No.123 July 2021

    Stand To ! No.123 July 2021

    The latest issue of the journal of The Western Front Association is out today. There are ten carefully researched and ri…

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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

    07 Dec 2021 19:30 Chesterfield

    This will be the Presentation that was scheduled for 2020 and had, unfortunately, to be cancelled because of Lockdown we…

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  • Tommy's Uniform - Simon Buckle

    Tommy's Uniform - Simon Buckle

    08 Dec 2021 19:30 Somerset

    Tommy Uniform Simon will be bring along his display of uniforms and equipment to illustrate how much Tommy had to carry…

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  • 'In Haig's Shadow' by Gary Sheffield

    'In Haig's Shadow' by Gary Sheffield

    08 Dec 2021 19:45 Heart of England

    In Haig's Shadow: Major-General Hugo De Pree, his uncle Douglas Haig and the First World War.     Hugo de Pree was…

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  • Zoom Talk – ONLINE ONLY - 'Mustard Gas' by Simon Jones

    Zoom Talk – ONLINE ONLY - 'Mustard Gas' by Simon Jones

    08 Dec 2021 20:00 Surrey

    Zoom Talk – ONLINE ONLY - 'Mustard Gas' by Simon Jones Simon will outline the origins, use and impact of the chemical w…

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  • Lessons of the Hundred Days - Amiens to the Armistice - Dr. Simon Peaple

    Lessons of the Hundred Days - Amiens to the Armistice - Dr. Simon Peaple

    10 Dec 2021 19:30 Midlands (East)

    Join us for a fascinating talk by Dr Simon Peaple on lessons learned during the Last Hundred Days Campaign during the Ad…

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  • ‘Forgotten Air VCs of the Great War’ – Jim Nicholson

    ‘Forgotten Air VCs of the Great War’ – Jim Nicholson

    10 Dec 2021 19:30 Milton Keynes

    During the Great War, some 628 Victoria Crosses were awarded, of which only nineteen were to aviators. In his talk Jim N…

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  • A Turbulent Time? The impact of officer attrition on officer-man relations during the Great War in the 2/Royal Irish Rifles.

    A Turbulent Time? The impact of officer attrition on officer-man relations during the Great War in the 2/Royal Irish Rif…

    11 Dec 2021 14:00 Dublin

    Online Meeting A Turbulent Time? The impact of officer attrition on officer-man relations during the Great War in the 2…

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  • 'Sights to make angels weep' - Halifax, Nova Scotia, 6 December 1917. Presentation by Nigel Crompton

    'Sights to make angels weep' - Halifax, Nova Scotia, 6 December 1917. Presentation by Nigel Crompton

    11 Dec 2021 14:30 Ox & Bucks

    On a crisp winter morning, the Canadian city of Halifax and surrounding area was devastated by an explosion. Two boats h…

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  • Developing a Meritocracy in the BEF by Peter Hodgkinson

    Developing a Meritocracy in the BEF by Peter Hodgkinson

    11 Dec 2021 14:30 Yorkshire

    The British Army went to war with a cadre of officers who had been promoted largely on the basis of seniority but with t…

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  • "Two Chemical Warfare Factories in North Staffordshire" by Dr John Sneddon

    "Two Chemical Warfare Factories in North Staffordshire" by Dr John Sneddon

    13 Dec 2021 18:45 Staffs (North) & Cheshire (South)

    This month's talk is by our chairman, john Sneddon. John's talk is about one aspect of North Staffordshire’s involvemen…

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  • ONLINE: The Christmas Day Truce 1914

    ONLINE: The Christmas Day Truce 1914

    13 Dec 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  We welcome back Gordon Corrigan who will talk to us about the Christmas …

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  • ONLINE VIRTUAL TOUR #2 'Aubers 1915': Deadlock, Disappointment and Disaster in Flanders

    ONLINE VIRTUAL TOUR #2 'Aubers 1915': Deadlock, Disappointment and Disaster in Flanders

    16 Dec 2021 19:30

    This digital virtual tour of the Aubers battlefield will 'go live' on 16 December 2021 at 7.30pm UK time. (There is no …

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  • ONLINE: ‘Big Hands, Little Maps’: Operational Art and its genesis on the Western Front

    ONLINE: ‘Big Hands, Little Maps’: Operational Art and its genesis on the Western Front

    20 Dec 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  Prior to 1914 there were generally considered to be only two levels of war…

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  • ONLINE: From Gallipoli to the Caspian Sea, the Life of Eric Gascoigne 'Kipper' Robinson VC

    ONLINE: From Gallipoli to the Caspian Sea, the Life of Eric Gascoigne 'Kipper' Robinson VC

    03 Jan 2022 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. One of the most intriguing characters of the Great War, Eric 'Kipper' Rob…

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  • ONLINE VIRTUAL TOUR #3 'The Bitter End: The Highland Division at Beaumont Hamel, November 1916'

    ONLINE VIRTUAL TOUR #3 'The Bitter End: The Highland Division at Beaumont Hamel, November 1916'

    13 Jan 2022 19:30

    This digital virtual tour of the Somme battlefield will 'go live' on 13 January 2022 at 7.30pm UK time. (There is no pr…

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  • ONLINE: ‘The Big Brain in the Army’: The Rise of Sir William Robertson from Trooper to Chief of the Imperial General Staff

    ONLINE: ‘The Big Brain in the Army’: The Rise of Sir William Robertson from Trooper to Chief of the Imperial General Sta…

    17 Jan 2022 20:00

    Sir William Robertson is an important but under-rated figure in in the story of the British Army. In this presentation, …

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  • ONLINE VIRTUAL TOUR #4 'Street Fighting Sailors: The Royal Naval Division at Gavrelle, April 1917'

    ONLINE VIRTUAL TOUR #4 'Street Fighting Sailors: The Royal Naval Division at Gavrelle, April 1917'

    27 Jan 2022 19:30

    This digital virtual tour of the Arras battlefield will 'go live' on 27 January 2022 at 7.30pm UK time. (There is no pr…

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  • ONLINE: War widows and emigration

    ONLINE: War widows and emigration

    31 Jan 2022 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  Despite the explosion of interest in all things First World War during t…

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Born at Cowling, Yorkshire in 1878, James Shuttleworth was living in Skipton (where he was an employee at Belle Vue Mills) at the time of his enlistment. He was a married father of two children, Vera (born March 1906) and Percy (born March 1914). He was conscripted into the army in April 1917 and, after training and allocation to th…

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7 December 1917: Pte James Shuttleworth
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, Western Front Association 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. Some are were first published in Stand To! or Bulletin, others have been researched and written for the web. If you w…

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