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The Hong Kong - Singapore Mountain Battery in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine 1915 - 1918

The Hong Kong - Singapore Mountain Battery in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine 1915 - 1918

The Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Garrison Artillery

In 1847 the British authorities in Hong Kong began using Indians as gun lascars, or general workers, because the climatic conditions were unsuitable for white soldiers, and also because Indians were muc...

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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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Henry May VC

Henry May VC

Henry May VC was one of 5 servicemen to win a VC on the Western Front in October 1914 and will have a commemorative paving stone dedicated to his memory at a ceremony to be held in the City of Glasgow on or around 22 October 2014. His stone...

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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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2 October 1914 Sgt Claude Vialletelle

2 October 1914 Sgt Claude Vialletelle

 

1456 Sgt Claude Vialletelle, 298e R I

Born at Busieres, Puy de Dome on 12 April 1891, Claude was serving his compulsory military service at the time of the outbreak of war. In the first week of August, he voluntarily transferred to the 298e RI a...

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Chairman's report, September 2014

Chairman's report, September 2014

It's amazing how quickly the weeks go by, especially as you get older. I never believed it when my father used to say that when I was younger, but I certainly believe it now. No matter how fast they go they, however, do not go fast enough when you ha...


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Friday, 2 October 1914

Friday, 2 October 1914

Mr Asquith at Cardiff on German overtures in 1912.

Admiralty ordered defensive minefield to be laid in Southern area of North Sea.

HM submarine B3 (Dover Patrol) attacked by U-boat off Goodwins.

Kaiser at GHQ Charleville, instructed Admiral von Pohl tha...

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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

British naval propaganda - Sea Dreams (1914)

Maintaining public confidence in Britain's naval prowess was a key propaganda priority in the Great War. Here, celebrated illustrator Lancelot Speed conjures up images of Drake and Nelson to contrast with the more recent ambitions of the German navy. By a fortunate coincidence, the film was released just two days after Britain's victory at sea in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

Streamed courtesy of the BFI and YouTube.

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WFA Calendar 2015 news

The WFA 2015 Calendar is now on sale and accepting pre-orders which will be despatched com...

 

The WFA's Annual Service of Remembrance at the London Cenotaph 11 November 2014

Attendance at the London Cenotaph and in the Guards Chapel is open to all Western Front As...

 

Volunteer required to help with WFA branded merchandise

In his recent report, the WFA's Chairman was delighted to announce that the sale of WFA br...

 

Contract for the digitisation of the WFA's Pension Record Cards and Ledgers

The WFA invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals and businesses...

 

Remember Aisne 1914

The Conseil General's Office for the Aisne in association with the Caverne du Dragon Museu...

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