• Recently launched Free Access to the Royal Welch Fusiliers First World War Database

    Recently launched Free Access to the Royal Welch Fusiliers First World War Database

    The Royal Welch Fusiliers First World War Database holds both those who died and those who served and survived the Great…

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  • Look what you are missing ! Bulletin (114) published 15 August

    Look what you are missing ! Bulletin (114) published 15 August

    64pp plus covers Western Front Association news Details of the AGM and other national events. Numerous Battlefiel…

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  • Release date fixed for next set of Pension Records

    Release date fixed for next set of Pension Records

    Although there has been a slight slippage in the timescale, we are pleased to announce the date for the publication of…

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  • 11 November : Notice of Service at the Cenotaph

    11 November : Notice of Service at the Cenotaph

    The Service at the Cenotaph on Monday 11th November will be followed by a service at Guards Chapel and lunch at The Albe…

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  • FREE EVENT 'War Horse' : behind the scenes with the film's technical advisor Any Robertshaw 25 August at 5:30pm

    FREE EVENT 'War Horse' : behind the scenes with the film's technical advisor Any Robertshaw 25 August at 5:30pm

    Andy Robertshaw, two men in a trench, the historian famous for digging a First World War trench in a neighbour's back ga…

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  • WFA Calendar 2020:  orders now being taken

    WFA Calendar 2020: orders now being taken

    The Western Front Association's 2020 calendar is now available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken b…

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  • The call for papers for the 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium (MCRS) is now open

    The call for papers for the 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium (MCRS) is now open

    Call for Papers Are you interested in presenting at the conference, or attending the event? Papers are invited which…

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  • Battlefield Archaeology with Breaking Ground Heritage

    Battlefield Archaeology with Breaking Ground Heritage

    Breaking Ground Heritage is now offering two day weekend RHR course(s) to people with an interest in the Great War …

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  • 2 - 11 November : 'Journey's End' from Mesh Theatre Co returns to Ypres

    2 - 11 November : '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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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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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.

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  • The Shirehampton Remount Centre - Peter Insole

    The Shirehampton Remount Centre - Peter Insole

    18 Sep 2019 19:30 Avon

    Peter Insole the senior Archaeological Officer of Bristol City Council , will present a talk on a subject that very few …

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  • Men on the Spot – Some Divisional and Brigade Commanders of the BEF, 1916-1918 by Professor Peter Simkins

    Men on the Spot – Some Divisional and Brigade Commanders of the BEF, 1916-1918 by Professor Peter Simkins

    18 Sep 2019 19:45 Surrey

    Peter will analyse how a selection of the BEF’s ‘middle managers’ responded to the unprecedented tactical challenges fac…

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  • 'The Treaty of Versailles 1919' with Dr Simon Peaple

    'The Treaty of Versailles 1919' with Dr Simon Peaple

    19 Sep 2019 19:30 London (East)

    A teacher, local politician and author, Simon has a variety of interests.Academic study refreshes the mind whilst teachi…

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  • '9th Battn KOYLI in the Great War' with Dr. Derek Clayton

    '9th Battn KOYLI in the Great War' with Dr. Derek Clayton

    21 Sep 2019 14:00 Birmingham

    The 9th (Service) Battalion of the KOYLI was born out of the patriotic rush to answer Lord Kitchener’s call to arms in t…

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  • 'Bullets, bombs and poison gas, the logistics of supply to the front line' by Dr Dave Rogers

    'Bullets, bombs and poison gas, the logistics of supply to the front line' by Dr Dave Rogers

    21 Sep 2019 14:30 Ox & Bucks

    Dr Rogers visits our Branch to discuss logistics supply. Armies need a massive amount of logistics of all types to remai…

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  • ‘The Blockade of Germany 1914-18’ by David Thompson

    ‘The Blockade of Germany 1914-18’ by David Thompson

    23 Sep 2019 19:15 Northumberland

    David Thompson will be giving a talk on the blockade of Germany 1914-1918'.

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  • Yorkshire Branch Battlefield Tour

    Yorkshire Branch Battlefield Tour

    25 Sep 2019 18:00 Yorkshire

    The annual Yorkshire branch trip to France will take place between 25 and 30 September.  It is intended to look at the B…

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  • 'British Military Music During the Great War' by Dr Emma Hanna

    'British Military Music During the Great War' by Dr Emma Hanna

    26 Sep 2019 19:30 Kent (North West)

    Caption: The band of the First Bradford Pals (16 West Yorks) The role of military music is often overlooked. It has a c…

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  • 'Winning with Laughter: How Britain's cartoonists helped win the First World War' with Lucinda Gosling

    'Winning with Laughter: How Britain's cartoonists helped win the First World War' with Lucinda Gosling

    26 Sep 2019 20:00 Thames Valley

    Winning with Laughter: How Britain's cartoonists helped win the First World War. This is the talk that Luci gave to the…

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  • 'Prisoners of Conscience: Richmond Castle during the Great War' with Steven Erskine

    'Prisoners of Conscience: Richmond Castle during the Great War' with Steven Erskine

    27 Sep 2019 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    Steven Erskine will talk on Prisoners of Conscience; Richmond Castle during the Great War. The story of conscious objec…

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  • 28 September 2019 : Gallipoli Association Annual Conference

    28 September 2019 : Gallipoli Association Annual Conference

    28 Sep 2019 10:00

    10.30 : Chairman’s opening address Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Speakers and their topics (in order of ap…

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  • 5 October : 'To End All Wars. The Aftermath and Legacy of the First World War'.

    5 October : 'To End All Wars. The Aftermath and Legacy of the First World War'.

    05 Oct 2019 09:30

    Professor Gary Sheffield and Gerry White will be presenting at this one day conference Venue: Port Centre, Alexandra R…

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  • 9 October : First World War Nursing as seen through the Women’s Work Collection at the Imperial War Museum.

    9 October : First World War Nursing as seen through the Women’s Work Collection at the Imperial War Museum.

    09 Oct 2019 18:00

    The RNOH is hosting a free event with Sarah Paterson, Librarian from the Imperial War Museum, who will be presenting: ‘F…

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  • November : 'Journey's End' returns to Belgium

    November : 'Journey's End' returns to Belgium

    02 Nov 2019 14:17

    The quite brilliant, and rapidly sold out 'Journey's End' by R C Sherriff put on by Mesh Theatre is back in Belgium, thi…

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  • 25 April 2020 : AGM and Spring Conference

    25 April 2020 : AGM and Spring Conference

    25 Apr 2020 10:00

    Speakers to be decided.

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  • 23 May 2020 : 8th President's Conference - Theme '1915 Revisited'

    23 May 2020 : 8th President's Conference - Theme '1915 Revisited'

    23 May 2020 09:00

    This annual event is held at the Tally Ho! Club, Birmingham each May. The theme, with speakers to be confirmed, is '191…

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1st Lt MacCrea Stephenson, 11th Aero Sqdn, US Army. Born at Wabash, Indiana on 7 August 1889, MacCrea was a sales manager for the American Garment Company prior to enlistment. He enlisted at Indianapolis into the US Army Air Service on 8 May 1918 and he was trained at the University of Ohio and Wilbur Wright Field, Ohio. MacCrea was transferred to th…

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18 September 1918 : Lt MacCrea Stephenson
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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