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The Battle of Rafa

The Battle of Rafa

The battle at Rafa, (or more accurately "Action at Rafa") which took place on 9 January 1917, was a small affair that rarely receives any mention in accounts of the First World War. It was, however, a victory that ended the Sinai campaign of 1916.



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...


The Heilsberg 39: A New British First World War Cemetery in Poland

The Heilsberg 39: A New British First World War Cemetery in Poland

Between August and December 1918 a number of British Prisoners of War died at Heilsberg Prisoner of War camp in the east of Germany. It is likely their deaths were a result of insufficient food, overwork or one of the diseases that often swept throug...


Sarah Jane Allen of Gin Gin, Queensland, Australia

Sarah Jane Allen of Gin Gin, Queensland, Australia

Driving up country, from Sydney to Queensland, my wife and I noticed that all of the towns we passed through have exceptionally well cared for war memorials engraved with the names of their fallen in the First and Second and Korean Wars, and the Viet...


English Heritage and the First World War In England

English Heritage and the First World War In England

As the centenary of the First World War approaches, English Heritage – the government's adviser on the historic environment - like many other bodies in the United Kingdom and around the world, is preparing to help commemorate the conflict. Integral...


25 April 1916 Pte George Leatt

25 April 1916 Pte George Leatt

7573 Pte George Leatt, 9th Regiment South African Infantry

Born in Skipton, Yorkshire in 1883, George had worked as an employee at Skipton's Co-opertive Society before enlisting in the Mounted Police and seeing service at the end of the Boer War. He e...


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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

Sound Collection Online: First World War Experiences

This sound showreel gives us insight into the lives and experiences of three men who served during the First World War, 1914 - 1919.

Streamed courtesy of the Australian War Memorial and YouTube

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The launch of a new joint lecture series between the University of Wolverhampton and The Western Front Association

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