• The wreath laying at the Cenotaph 2020

    The wreath laying at the Cenotaph 2020

    The Cenotaph Ceremony at the Cenotaph was a small affair compared to usual years. In the short film below we show the ev…

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  • The Western Front Association's 2021 Calendar

    The Western Front Association's 2021 Calendar

    The Western Front Association's 2021 calendar is now available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken …

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  • Virtual Battlefield Tours - Registration is now open

    Virtual Battlefield Tours - Registration is now open

    We are very pleased to be able to start taking bookings for the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours which the WFA has co…

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  • Virtual Battlefield tours - details of tours announced!

    Virtual Battlefield tours - details of tours announced!

    We are absolutely delighted to announce the details of the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours, commissioned exclusively…

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  • Armistice Day 2020 at the Cenotaph

    Armistice Day 2020 at the Cenotaph

    I have had a number of different new experiences since taking the Chair of The Western Front Association during the summ…

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  • 'A Letter to the Unknown Warrior'

    'A Letter to the Unknown Warrior'

    We are delighted to announce by the time of closure of our 'Letter to the Unknown Warrior' project at 10pm on Tuesday …

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  • The Centenary of the Unknown Warrior

    The Centenary of the Unknown Warrior

    Every year on Armistice Day, The Western Front Association holds a ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. This has been ser…

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  • Cenotaph commemorations 2020

    Cenotaph commemorations 2020

    Sadly, the annual commemoration at the Cenotaph in Whitehall has been seriously curtailed this year, but in conjunction …

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  • Armistice Day Commemoration 2020 Video

    Armistice Day Commemoration 2020 Video

    For those of you who like me watched the Covid restricted Remembrance Sunday coverage from the BBC probably would agree …

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  • Virtual Tours of the Battlefields

    Virtual Tours of the Battlefields

    As most of us are unable to visit the battlefields during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be bringing the battlefields to…

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  • Stand To! No.119 October 2020

    Stand To! No.119 October 2020

    Stand To! is out, with special editions marking the interment of the Unknown Warrior and 40th Anniversary of the foundat…

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  • New digitised publication 'The RND Journal' now available

    New digitised publication 'The RND Journal' now available

    Between June 1997 and March 2003 Len Sellers produced and edited a three-monthly magazine on the history of the Royal Na…

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The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 with the purpose of furthering interest in the history of the First Word War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those who served, on all sides, across all theatres and fronts, on land, at sea and in the air and at home, during the Great War. The Western Front Association is non-political and does not seek to glorify war. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits including our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin six times a year, access to the Stand To! archive, Gun Fire Archive, Military Factsheets and Pension Records database. In particular, belonging to The Western Front Association provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge of the First World War in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

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  • CANCELLED Julian Walker: Languages and the War

    CANCELLED Julian Walker: Languages and the War

    05 Dec 2020 14:30 Wessex

    Julian Walker is an educator at the British Library, an artist and writer. His books on language include Discovering Wor…

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  • Andy Robertshaw reveals secrets of the making of 1917

    Andy Robertshaw reveals secrets of the making of 1917

    06 Dec 2020 10:30 Central Ontario

    Hear about the making of the film 1917 Military historian, author and broadcaster Andy Robertshaw will reveal the secret…

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  • 'AGM and Members' Contribution'

    'AGM and Members' Contribution'

    07 Dec 2020 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    This year we are continuing with the old format of the AGM followed by members contributions.  Last year (2019) we had t…

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  • ZOOM TALK: Mark Scott gives a talk on his latest book AMONG THE KINGS that tells an untold story on The Unknown Warrior

    ZOOM TALK: Mark Scott gives a talk on his latest book AMONG THE KINGS that tells an untold story on The Unknown Warrior

    09 Dec 2020 20:00 Antrim and Down

    The Great War was the war to end all wars and became one of the bloodiest and cruellest conflicts in history involving s…

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  • ONLINE Zoom meeting – Why the Allies won the War – by Professor Gary Sheffield

    ONLINE Zoom meeting – Why the Allies won the War – by Professor Gary Sheffield

    09 Dec 2020 20:00 Surrey

    ONLINE Zoom meeting – Why the Allies won the War – by Professor Gary Sheffield After years of stalemate and the shock o…

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  • Rescheduled: 'Entente Cordially' a talk by Paul Handford

    Rescheduled: 'Entente Cordially' a talk by Paul Handford

    11 Dec 2020 19:00 Midlands (East)

    Join us for a fascinating talk by Paul Handford on the little-known subject of the British Volunteers serving in the Fre…

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  • CANCELLED: December Branch Meeting

    CANCELLED: December Branch Meeting

    12 Dec 2020 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    BRANCH MEETING CANCELLED   Along with many others, our branch meeting and talk scheduled for Saturday 12th December ha…

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  • CANCELLED: The Brigade: the 'Building Block' of the BEF 1914-18

    CANCELLED: The Brigade: the 'Building Block' of the BEF 1914-18

    12 Dec 2020 14:30 Yorkshire

    In this presentation, Rob Thompson will look at the development of the brigade in the BEF and its increasing importance …

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  • Branch Christmas Get Together 2020

    Branch Christmas Get Together 2020

    17 Dec 2020 19:30 London (East)

    The Annual Branch Christmas Night complete with Chris Daughter's Bumper Quiz and seasonal refreshments.

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

    ONLINE: 'Alice in Wonderland and her lost boys: from Oxford and the rabbit hole to the Somme and beyond' by Marietta Cri…

    17 Dec 2020 19:45 Kent (North West)

    Online talks: This online talk starts at 19:45 and ends about 21:00. Participating is quick and easy. The only equipme…

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  • Big Quiz night #3

    Big Quiz night #3

    04 Dec 2020 20:00

    Following the success of the first two 'Big Quiz' nights, we are going to do a third ! Once again we will invite six me…

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  • ONLINE: A Horrid Nightmare: 28th Division and the Battle for the Hohenzollern Redoubt, September-October 1915

    ONLINE: A Horrid Nightmare: 28th Division and the Battle for the Hohenzollern Redoubt, September-October 1915

    07 Dec 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The Battle of Loos was one of the hardest engagements ever fought by the Brit…

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  • ONLINE: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

    ONLINE: The Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front

    14 Dec 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Wenlan Peng will give a presentation about the Chinese Labour Corps. When Br…

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  • ONLINE: Talbot House, beyond the Great War

    ONLINE: Talbot House, beyond the Great War

    17 Dec 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. When the First World War drew to a close, Tubby Clayton returned home to run …

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  • ONLINE: Just Another Day on the Somme: the attack by 53 Brigade on Delville Wood

    ONLINE: Just Another Day on the Somme: the attack by 53 Brigade on Delville Wood

    21 Dec 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This talk by David Blanchard is about a 'small' action that took place on 19 …

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  • ONLINE: The Tank Corps at the Battle of Amiens 8 August 1918

    ONLINE: The Tank Corps at the Battle of Amiens 8 August 1918

    04 Jan 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The Battle of Amiens was the decisive start of the Allied advance to victory.…

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  • Virtual Battlefield Tour #1: The Rearguard Affair at Etreux, 1914

    Virtual Battlefield Tour #1: The Rearguard Affair at Etreux, 1914

    07 Jan 2021 19:30

    We are absolutely delighted to announce the details of the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours, commissioned exclusively…

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  • ONLINE: 'John Terraine as a Military Historian Revisited' by Prof Gary Sheffield

    ONLINE: 'John Terraine as a Military Historian Revisited' by Prof Gary Sheffield

    11 Jan 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Just a few days before what would have been John Terraine's 100th birthday, w…

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  • ONLINE: General Sir Herbert Lawrence - the unsung architect of victory?

    ONLINE: General Sir Herbert Lawrence - the unsung architect of victory?

    14 Jan 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. As Chief of Staff to Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig in 1918, General Sir Herb…

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  • ONLINE: 'John Terraine and Me and the 46th Division: A Personal Odyssey' by Prof John Bourne

    ONLINE: 'John Terraine and Me and the 46th Division: A Personal Odyssey' by Prof John Bourne

    18 Jan 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. We are delighted to be able to have Prof John Bourne talking to us. The prese…

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Born in Burnley in 1897 Only son of Henry and Mary Ann Swain. Arthur Swain was living at 20, North Street, Burnley at the time of his enlistment (as 23399 in the East Lancashire Regiment) in early 1916. Transferred to the 13th Bn Essex regiment after arrival in France in October 1916, Arthur took part in actions on the An…

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4 December 1917: Pte Arthur Swain, 13th Bn Essex Regiment
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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