• Territorials in 1915 by Dr Bill Mitchinson

    Territorials in 1915 by Dr Bill Mitchinson

    The WFA's Youtube channel continues to attract interest, with over 2600 subscribers.  In the latest video that has just…

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  • A new set of 1 million pension records have been published

    A new set of 1 million pension records have been published

    We are delighted to announce that another set of Pension Records have been published by our partners Ancestry on their F…

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  • First World War Centenary Programme. A Report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Support

    First World War Centenary Programme. A Report from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Support

    DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT << HERE  The overall conclusion to be drawn from this section is that the First World …

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  • Free and open to all : A series of eight Thursday evening seminars in Canterbury and Ypres 2019 - 2020

    Free and open to all : A series of eight Thursday evening seminars in Canterbury and Ypres 2019 - 2020

    In Flanders Fields Museum and the School of History/Gateways to the First World War,University of Kent present a sixth s…

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  • News from Ypres 25

    News from Ypres 25

    [This regular item by Dr Dominiek Dendooven, researcher and curator at the In Flanders Fields Museum, detailing recent a…

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  • How to use the 'Browse' function on WFA's Fold 3

    How to use the 'Browse' function on WFA's Fold 3

    This video is intended to assist WFA members to use the 'Browse' function on the WFA's Library edition of Fold3 The '…

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  • 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 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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  • 'Crisis at Kut, December 1915 to April 1916' with Alan Wakefield

    'Crisis at Kut, December 1915 to April 1916' with Alan Wakefield

    19 Oct 2019 14:00 Birmingham

    Alan Wakefield will give a talk on the Crisis at Kut, December 1915 to April 1916. Having worked as a curator at the Na…

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  • Messines Ridge, a new perspective by Colin Ellender

    Messines Ridge, a new perspective by Colin Ellender

    19 Oct 2019 14:30 Ox & Bucks

    Colin is well known to our Branch and we look forward to him presenting a new perspective of an area often visited durin…

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  • ‘The Fall of the House of Habsburg – Europe’s Loss' by Derek Gladding

    ‘The Fall of the House of Habsburg – Europe’s Loss' by Derek Gladding

    21 Oct 2019 19:15 Northumberland

    Derek Gladding will be giving a talk on the Fall of the House of Habsburg.

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  • Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front - Talk by Wenlan Peng

    Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front - Talk by Wenlan Peng

    21 Oct 2019 20:00 Southend on Sea

    Chinese Labour Corps on the Western Front - Talk by Wenlan Peng Members of the Western Front Association and non-member…

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  • Wenlen Peng: The Chinese Labour Corps

    Wenlen Peng: The Chinese Labour Corps

    25 Oct 2019 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    Wenlen Peng discusses the activities of the Corps in the UK and on The western Front

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  • 'Otto Dix and the Visual Memory of the Western Front of the Great War' by Ann Murray

    'Otto Dix and the Visual Memory of the Western Front of the Great War' by Ann Murray

    30 Oct 2019 19:30 Cork

    Images: Otto Dix Assault Troops Advance under Gas 1924 and Otto Dix Self-Portrait with Easel 1929

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  • 'Soldier/Banker: Lt-Gen Sir Herbert Lawrence' with Dr Paul Harris

    'Soldier/Banker: Lt-Gen Sir Herbert Lawrence' with Dr Paul Harris

    31 Oct 2019 20:00 Thames Valley

    Dr Paul Harris: Soldier/Banker: Lt-Gen Sir Herbert Lawrence Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Lawrence, Chief of Staff of …

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  • Annual Wreath-laying and Branch AGM (1)

    Annual Wreath-laying and Branch AGM (1)

    02 Nov 2019 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    Our annual wreath laying ceremony at Allerton Bywater war memorial will be followed by the West Riding Branch AGM.    …

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  • Aspects of War - A Great War Tribute

    Aspects of War - A Great War Tribute

    02 Nov 2019 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    The Strathmore Speakers Club. Just a week before Armistice Day the members of the Strathmore Speakers Club will deliver…

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  • Malta in WW1

    Malta in WW1

    02 Nov 2019 14:00 Wessex

    Presentation by Hillary Briffa

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  • 24 October : ‘Notes and Swearies: Blasphemy and Obscene Language in Soldiers’ speech and song, 1914-1919’ with Professor Mark Connelly (University of Kent)

    24 October : ‘Notes and Swearies: Blasphemy and Obscene Language in Soldiers’ speech and song, 1914-1919’ with Professor…

    24 Oct 2019 19:00

    British veterans of the First World War often commented on the obscene language and blasphemy they experienced in the ar…

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  • 2 November : ‘The Aftermath Wars 1918-1922’

    2 November : ‘The Aftermath Wars 1918-1922’

    02 Nov 2019 10:00

    Featuring the launch of a Stephen Badsey's The German Corpse Factory: A Study in First World War Propaganda with additio…

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  • 2 - 11 November : 'Journey's End' returns to Belgium

    2 - 11 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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  • 5 November : Reburial of Three Essex Regiment Soldiers at New Irish Farm Cemetery

    5 November : Reburial of Three Essex Regiment Soldiers at New Irish Farm Cemetery

    05 Nov 2019 14:30

    On Tuesday 5 November 2019 two Unknown Soldiers of the Essex Regiment will be reburied with full military honours at New…

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  • 6 November: ‘High Roads of the War: The Work of Nurses on Ambulance Trains’ (194-1918) with Prof Christine Hallet

    6 November: ‘High Roads of the War: The Work of Nurses on Ambulance Trains’ (194-1918) with Prof Christine Hallet

    06 Nov 2019 17:15

    Prof Christine Hallet will be giving a lecture on ‘High Roads of the War: The Work of Nurses on Ambulance Trains’ (194-1…

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  • 7 November : ‘Refugee relief during the First World War: Belgian refugees in Birmingham’ with Jolien De Vuyst (Ghent University)

    7 November : ‘Refugee relief during the First World War: Belgian refugees in Birmingham’ with Jolien De Vuyst (Ghent Uni…

    07 Nov 2019 18:00

    During the First World War, 1.5 million Belgians or one fifth of the total population fled the country. 250.000 were wel…

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  • 14 - 17 November : FREE ART EXHIBITION : The Bravest Little Street in England

    14 - 17 November : FREE ART EXHIBITION : The Bravest Little Street in England

    14 Nov 2019 10:00

    All photographs by Carole Evans            A memorial to the lost men of Chapel Street, Altrincham by artist Carole E…

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  • 21 November : ‘Returning Veterans, Pilgrimage and British War Cemeteries of the Western Front’ with Tim Godden

    21 November : ‘Returning Veterans, Pilgrimage and British War Cemeteries of the Western Front’ with Tim Godden

    21 Nov 2019 19:00

    ‘To anyone who knew this territory as it appeared after the battle, it is fascinating to stand at a point such as Dantzi…

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  • 27 November:  ‘Clausewitz as an early theoretician of hybrid warfare’ with Dr Andreas Herberg-Rote

    27 November: ‘Clausewitz as an early theoretician of hybrid warfare’ with Dr Andreas Herberg-Rote

    27 Nov 2019 17:15

    Dr Andreas Herberg-Rote on ‘Clausewitz as an early theoretician of hybrid warfare’

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  • 5 December : ‘India’s Great War: Forgotten Personal Stories of 1914-18’ with George Morton-Jack

    5 December : ‘India’s Great War: Forgotten Personal Stories of 1914-18’ with George Morton-Jack

    05 Dec 2019 18:30

    VENUE: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3LJ TIM…

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8116 Larrett Roebuck York and Lancaster Regiment Larrett Roebuck was born at Jump, near Barnsley, in South Yorkshire, on 27 January 1889. By 1901 the Roebuck family had moved to Rotherham and were living in Barker's Yard, off the main High Street, where he shared a cramped home with his parents, an uncle and two younger siblings. Image: Hasting…

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18 October 1914 Larrett Roebuck killed in action on this day
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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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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