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Here come the girls! The women volunteers at the Army Pay Office Woolwich from August to October 1914

Here come the girls! The women volunteers at the Army Pay Office Woolwich from August to October 1914

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August 2014 will witness the centenary of the start of the First World War. It is considered that much of the historical aspect will be focused on the all-male fighting army, with little attention being paid to the women's contribution during...

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The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples of incidents and accidents throughout the Great War that resulted in injury, loss of life or damage to property. Perhaps the most...



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Lt Charles George Gordon Bayly RFC: aboard the first British aeroplane to be shot down

Lt Charles George Gordon Bayly RFC: aboard the first British aeroplane to be shot down

Royal Engineer Lieutenant Charles George Gordon Bayly, great-nephew of Gordon of Khartoum, after whom he was named, trained as a pilot in 1912 and earned Aero Club Certificate 441. In May 1914, as the storm clouds of war gathered far beyond the Wilts...


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Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles, Somerset House, London. 27 January 1924.

Prince of Wales's Own Civil Service Rifles, Somerset House, London. 27 January 1924.

Early this year (2014) we saw the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of a memorial to the Civil Service Rifles which can be found on the river frontage of Somerset House, a building off the Strand in central London.. The origins of the regiment go bac...

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Sidney Frank Godley VC

Sidney Frank Godley VC

Sidney Frank Godley was awarded his Victoria Cross in Belgium for valour during the Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914. As a result, he became the first private soldier to be awarded the decoration in the Great War.

Born in East Grinstead, West Sussex, ...

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The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

Recent British television programmes gave us the views of leading historians on where the blame for the Great War lay and, in particular, whether Britain should have joined in or could have avoided it. We have also been treated to a dramatic account ...

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21 August 1918 Gefr Martin Rath

21 August 1918 Gefr Martin Rath

Gefr Martin Rath, 3 Komp 1 Kgl Bayr Inf Regt 'König'

A shoe-makers' assistant from Vilsbiburg, Bavaria, Martin was born in Haarbach in 1896. He had been called into full time service in early 1915 and, following service in Artois, Flanders, Verdun, t...

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Vice Chairman's report, July 2014

Vice Chairman's report, July 2014

We are often asked if the WFA is doing anything special to commemorate the Great War Centenary and the start of the war. I was even asked by one journalist if we were planning to take any Great War veterans to the ceremony at Mons on 4 August!

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Thursday, 20 August 1914

Thursday, 20 August 1914

Order in Council on conditional contraband.

Germans occupy Brussels.

Genral von Lüttwitz appointed Military Commandant of the city of Brussels.

French evacuated Saarburg, and after heavy fighting before Mörchingen. General Foch's 20th Corps fell back ...

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What is The Western Front Association?

newlogo50hThe Western Front Association (WFA) was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during The Great War.

Established in 1980 by noted military historian John Giles, the WFA has grown over the years to some 6,000 members worldwide. Please see the Branches Information section for details of your nearest WFA branch.

Through the work of the Association we do not seek to justify or glorify war. We are not a re-enactment society, nor are we commercially motivated. We are entirely non-political. The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of The Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.

Applications for membership are warmly welcomed from anyone of a like mind.

If you would like to learn more, please look through our website. If there is any information on joining you cannot find here, please contact the Membership Office.

The Western Front Association is a Registered Charity No. 298365

Great War Video

German footage of the Great War

Rarely seen footage of the First World War, 1914-1918, from a German perspective. See all three videos in this collection.

Streamed courtesy of YouTube

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