• '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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  • 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:
+44 (0) 207 118 1914

  • Marietta Crichton Stuart :   Alice in Wonderland and her lost boys: from Oxford and the rabbit hole to the Somme and beyond.

    Marietta Crichton Stuart : Alice in Wonderland and her lost boys: from Oxford and the rabbit hole to the Somme and bey…

    27 Jun 2019 20:00 Thames Valley

    Marietta Crichton Stuart : Alice in Wonderland and her lost boys: from Oxford and the rabbit hole to the Somme and beyon…

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  • A Walk on the Western Front by Jim Woolley

    A Walk on the Western Front by Jim Woolley

    28 Jun 2019 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    Jim Woolley will cover his trips to the Western Front.

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  • Western Front 100 - 1919 Seminar 'Coping with the Aftermath' with guest speakers

    Western Front 100 - 1919 Seminar 'Coping with the Aftermath' with guest speakers

    29 Jun 2019 10:00 Suffolk

    This concluding seminar in the six year series features the following guest speakers: Richard van Emden …

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  • In Search of the Unknown Warrior

    In Search of the Unknown Warrior

    29 Jun 2019 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    Ron Scrimgeor The story of the 'Unknown Warrior' has fascinated Ron Scrimgeour for more than forty years. His research …

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  • 'Frightfulness - Britain and the Advent of Chemical Warfare on the Western Front 1915 by Nick Paul'

    'Frightfulness - Britain and the Advent of Chemical Warfare on the Western Front 1915 by Nick Paul'

    01 Jul 2019 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    Frightfulness - Britain and the Advent of Chemical Warfare on the Western Front 1915 by Nick Paul Rather than delving t…

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  • J.R.R. Tolkien and the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers on the Somme -- By John Bourne

    J.R.R. Tolkien and the 11th Lancashire Fusiliers on the Somme -- By John Bourne

    02 Jul 2019 19:30 Chesterfield

    John Bourne has been doing some work on J.R.R. Tolkien and the Great War with his friend Tom Shippey, a world authority …

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  • "Field Marshall Julian Byng" a talk by William Franklin.

    "Field Marshall Julian Byng" a talk by William Franklin.

    03 Jul 2019 19:00 Cambridgeshire

    Julian Byng, 1st Viscount Byng of Vimy,is the subject of this presentation by William Franklin. He will examine the care…

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  • Dear Billie - killed on flying duty a talk  by Chris John

    Dear Billie - killed on flying duty a talk by Chris John

    06 Jul 2019 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    This talk looks at the changing role of Castle Bromwich (Birmingham) airfield in the Great War - from a basic training a…

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  • 'Army Veterinary Services During The Great War' by Dr Graham Winton

    'Army Veterinary Services During The Great War' by Dr Graham Winton

    08 Jul 2019 18:30 Staffs (North) & Cheshire (South)

    We welcome back Graham Winton for his second visit to the branch. Graham is a retired Principal and part-time tutor…

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  • ‘Lawrence of Arabia: Man, Movie and Myth’ with Dr John Peaty FRGS FRHistS

    ‘Lawrence of Arabia: Man, Movie and Myth’ with Dr John Peaty FRGS FRHistS

    09 Jul 2019 19:15 Middlesex

    Lawrence was probably the most remarkable officer to have served in the British Army during the Great War. Today he is p…

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  • Ireland, the Revolution and the First World War. Continuities, Ruptures and Legacies (1913-1919)

    Ireland, the Revolution and the First World War. Continuities, Ruptures and Legacies (1913-1919)

    27 Jun 2019 09:00

    PRESENTATION We are pleased to host, at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, an international conference on Ireland …

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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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  • 6 July 'Ends and Beginnings: Legacies of the Great War'

    6 July 'Ends and Beginnings: Legacies of the Great War'

    06 Jul 2019 09:30

    A one day conference about the legacies of the Great War will be held at the National Army Museum on Saturday 6 July. D…

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  • 20 July  ‘War and Peace in Surrey. 1914-1918’

    20 July ‘War and Peace in Surrey. 1914-1918’

    20 Jul 2019 10:00

    With exhibitions, talks, film and re-enactments this day long series of events coincides with the centenary of Peace Day…

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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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