• 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:  pre-orders now being taken

    WFA Calendar 2020: pre-orders now being taken

    The Western Front Association's 2020 calendar is now available for pre-order. Once again it features images of the battl…

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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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  • 'Journey's End' from Mesh Theatre Co returns to Ypres

    '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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  • It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Bob Wyatt

    It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Bob Wyatt

    It is with great sadness that The Western Front Association mourns the death of Bob Wyatt, such a significant figure i…

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  • It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Charles Messenger

    It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Charles Messenger

    Charles Messenger served for 21 years as an officer in the British Royal Tank Regiment and for 13 with the British Ter…

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  • Congratulations to Professor Peter Simkins on turning 80 today

    Congratulations to Professor Peter Simkins on turning 80 today

    We are delighted to mark the 80th birthday of Professor Peter Simkins MBE, the President of The Western Front Associatio…

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  • A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    Saturday 27th April 2019 A free lecture-concert presented by Dr Emma Hanna and Dr Helen Brooks with the Invicta Concert…

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  • Second Marne 1918: The Last Swing of the Pendulum

    Second Marne 1918: The Last Swing of the Pendulum

    19 Aug 2019 19:45 Tyneside

    Richard Whitfield

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  • Dr John Peaty: The Battle of Arras

    Dr John Peaty: The Battle of Arras

    21 Aug 2019 19:45 Surrey

    The events of April 1917 in the Arras area are often side-lined as those interested in the Great War concentrate on The …

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  • 'The First World War - The Aftermath' by Prof John Derry

    'The First World War - The Aftermath' by Prof John Derry

    29 Aug 2019 19:30 Kent (North West)

    Caption: Menin Gate in Ypres, symbol of peace and commemorationImage sources: Wikimedia Commons Always an entertaining …

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  • The German Defeat and the Myth of the Stab in the Back

    The German Defeat and the Myth of the Stab in the Back

    01 Sep 2019 14:00 Wiltshire

    To start our 2019/20 season we are delighted to welcome Jack Sheldon and turn our attention to an aspect of the Great Wa…

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  • 'British Prisoners of War in First World War Germany by Dr Oliver Wilkinson'

    'British Prisoners of War in First World War Germany by Dr Oliver Wilkinson'

    02 Sep 2019 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    British Prisoners of War in First World War Germany by Dr. Oliver Wilkinson

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  • `Impact of the economic blockade on Germany AFTER the armistice -- By Graham Kemp

    `Impact of the economic blockade on Germany AFTER the armistice -- By Graham Kemp

    03 Sep 2019 19:30 Chesterfield

    Impact of the economic blockade on Germany AFTER the armistice and how it led  to WW2                               …

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  • 'The Royal Flying Corps and aerial photography' by Tim Slater.

    'The Royal Flying Corps and aerial photography' by Tim Slater.

    04 Sep 2019 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    Tim will be giving a presentation on the roles performed by the 3rd Squadron Australian Air Force from its creation in 1…

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  • Alpha and Omega by Colin Carbert

    Alpha and Omega by Colin Carbert

    07 Sep 2019 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    Colin Carbert's talk looks at the days just before the Great War and the days immediately after the Armistice.  The Armi…

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  • Television and The Great War

    Television and The Great War

    07 Sep 2019 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    Taff Gillingham. Using his own experience of the television industry over the past 15 years, Taff looks at how The Grea…

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  • 'Sniping in the Great War' by Dave Dunham

    'Sniping in the Great War' by Dave Dunham

    09 Sep 2019 18:30 Staffs (North) & Cheshire (South)

    Dave's talk is a look in detail at "Sniping in the Great War” - focussing predominantly on the German and British perspe…

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  • 9 September 'Workshop : Tracing the Belgian Refugees'

    9 September 'Workshop : Tracing the Belgian Refugees'

    09 Sep 2019 12:30

    Are you interested in the history of Belgian refugees in the UK during the First World War? Have you been involved in re…

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  • Journey's End returns to Belgium

    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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Okill was working in the Treasury Department in Quebec when he enlisted Okill was born in Quebec City, Canada 20 February 1894 to Scottish and English parents William and Martha Learnmonth. At the time of the 1901 Census we learn that he had an older sister Constance, and at the time 50 year old Catherine Stapleton, a servant from Indiana, lived with them.  By the 1911 …

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19 August 1917 : Acting Major Okill Massey Learmonth
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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