• Yet more WFA Pension Records published

    Yet more WFA Pension Records published

    Members of The Western Front Association will be delighted to learn that this week (commencing 14 September) another mas…

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  • Out Now! Bulletin Issue 117

    Out Now! Bulletin Issue 117

    Sixty-eight pages of national and branch news, articles and features. Western Front Association members receive this…

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  • WFA Calendar 2021: orders now being taken

    WFA Calendar 2021: orders now being taken

    The Western Front Association's 2021 calendar will soon be available. Once again it features images of the battlefield …

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  • Announcing The Western Front Association PhD Grants Scheme 2020/2021

    Announcing The Western Front Association PhD Grants Scheme 2020/2021

    The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme is offered to provide research scholars the opportunity to enrich their r…

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  • New WFA Chairman announced

    New WFA Chairman announced

    The Western Front Association has appointed a new chairman to lead the association. Tony Bolton who has been a member…

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  • 'Spanish Flu' with Dr Jane Orr (MD)

    'Spanish Flu' with Dr Jane Orr (MD)

    In this timely, detailed and insightful talk, Dr Jane Orr, a medical doctor, a former army Regulars and Territorials doc…

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  • IWM Opens its Museums

    IWM Opens its Museums

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

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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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  • 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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  • ONLINE: Saving Captain Studholme's Cross by Stephen Callaghan

    ONLINE: Saving Captain Studholme's Cross by Stephen Callaghan

    26 Sep 2020 14:30 Dublin

    An Online Lecture Saving Captain Studholme’s Cross By Stephen Callaghan   Join Stephen Callaghan for his Zoom talk o…

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  • ONLINE 'Propaganda is not a dirty word!' by Clive Harris

    ONLINE 'Propaganda is not a dirty word!' by Clive Harris

    01 Oct 2020 19:45 Kent (North West)

    Online talks: These talks start at 19:45 (for 20:00) and end about 21:00. Participating is quick and easy. The only equi…

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  • Tom Cousins (Bournemouth University): The world's first aircraft carrier

    Tom Cousins (Bournemouth University): The world's first aircraft carrier

    03 Oct 2020 14:30 Wessex

    Commissioned in 1924, HMS Hermes served briefly with the Atlantic Fleet before spending the bulk of her career assigned …

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  • October Branch Meeting

    October Branch Meeting

    04 Oct 2020 14:00 Wiltshire

    As a consequence of the Covid-19 risk controls introduced by HM Government, it is not yet possible for the branch to res…

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  • ON LINE Tanks in the 100 Days:- by Peter Harris

    ON LINE Tanks in the 100 Days:- by Peter Harris

    06 Oct 2020 19:30 Chesterfield

    Tanks in the 100 Days (more info to follow)  Due to the Present Situation this talk by Peter will be ON LINE        …

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  • CANCELLED-"Motorcycle dispatch riders in 1914" by Nick Shelly

    CANCELLED-"Motorcycle dispatch riders in 1914" by Nick Shelly

    07 Oct 2020 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    Nick will be giving a detailed description on how motorbikes were used during the war.

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  • 'Hartelebury V.A.D.' a talk by Doug Smith

    'Hartelebury V.A.D.' a talk by Doug Smith

    09 Oct 2020 19:00 Midlands (East)

    In the First World War many hundreds of houses were converted into hospitals to help cope with the many thousands of wou…

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  • The Half-Shilling Curate: A personal account of faith & war during WW1

    The Half-Shilling Curate: A personal account of faith & war during WW1

    10 Oct 2020 14:30 Yorkshire

    In this talk, Sarah Reay will tell the story of an Army Chaplain from Yorkshire, the speaker's grandfather from Christma…

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  • Food Glorious Food - Pat Adamson  ---  Cancelled

    Food Glorious Food - Pat Adamson --- Cancelled

    14 Oct 2020 19:30 Somerset

    Food Glorious Food - Pat Adamson   Please note that this meeting has been cancelled due to the Covid 19 crisis     Ph…

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  • In Haig's Shadow by Gary Sheffield

    In Haig's Shadow by Gary Sheffield

    14 Oct 2020 19:45 Heart of England

    THIS EVENT HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.        In Haig's Shadow: Major-General Hugo De Pre…

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  • ONLINE: General Sir John Monash as Military Commander

    ONLINE: General Sir John Monash as Military Commander

    26 Sep 2020 08:30

    The presentation will be live and online. It will commence at 8.30am (that is not a typo) UK time. The reason for th…

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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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  • ONLINE: The Indian Labour Corps by Pratap Chhetri

    ONLINE: The Indian Labour Corps by Pratap Chhetri

    12 Oct 2020 19:00

    The presentation will be live and online In this presentation Pratap Chhetri will look at aspects of the Indian Labou…

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  • ONLINE: Talbot House during the Great War by Simon Louagie

    ONLINE: Talbot House during the Great War by Simon Louagie

    19 Oct 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Poperinge, or Petit Paris as Tommy called it, was home at one point to a quar…

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  • ONLINE: The 48th (South Midland): A very ordinary division?

    ONLINE: The 48th (South Midland): A very ordinary division?

    26 Oct 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Bill Mitchinson will examine the successes and failures of 48th (South Midlan…

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  • ONLINE: The work of the IWGC, 1917-1939

    ONLINE: The work of the IWGC, 1917-1939

    02 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This talk by Prof Mark Connelly explores the creation of the IWGC in 1917, wh…

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  • ONLINE: Gas Warfare in the First World War - an Overrated Weapon - or an Underrated One?

    ONLINE: Gas Warfare in the First World War - an Overrated Weapon - or an Underrated One?

    09 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Gas warfare is seen by many as a terror weapon that sets the First World War …

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Born in Brooklyn, New York on 15 February 1886 Harold was an American citizen, the son of actress mother Alice. Harold Chapin become regarded as an 'English' actor and playwright. Working extensively as an actor, director and stage manager both in the UK and the USA, he was associated with some of the biggest names of the theatre of the era. At …

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26 September 1915 : L/Cpl Harold Chapin
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

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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