• VIDEO: The WFA's Armistice Day commemoration 2019 at the Cenotaph

    VIDEO: The WFA's Armistice Day commemoration 2019 at the Cenotaph

    Every year, on the 11th day of the 11th month, The Western Front Association honour those who fell in the service of the…

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  • The WFA's 2019 Armistice commemoration at the Cenotaph

    The WFA's 2019 Armistice commemoration at the Cenotaph

    Images of The Western Front Association's 25th, 11th November Cenotaph Armistice Commemoration. We are grateful to Jeff…

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  • VIDEO : Cerys Matthews reading 'And death shall have no dominion' at The WFA's 2019 Armistice ceremony

    VIDEO : Cerys Matthews reading 'And death shall have no dominion' at The WFA's 2019 Armistice ceremony

    The Western Front Association holds a ceremony for members, guests and the general public every Armistice Day to mark th…

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  • The WFA's Annual Commemoration of Armistice Day

    The WFA's Annual Commemoration of Armistice Day

    Every year The Western Front Association organises the Armistice Day commemorations around the Cenotaph. The only except…

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  • 11 November : 25 years since the re-inauguration of the Armistice Day ceremony at the Whitehall Cenotaph by The Western Front Association

    11 November : 25 years since the re-inauguration of the Armistice Day ceremony at the Whitehall Cenotaph by The Western Front Association

    It is 25 years since The Western Front Association successfully campaigned to re-inaugurate the Whitehall Cenotaph cer…

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  • The War Budget Illustrated : Are you interested ?

    The War Budget Illustrated : Are you interested ?

    A local gentleman to Thames Valley branch found around 65 copies of the War Budget Illustrated when he and his partner w…

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  • Release of ‘Mutiny’ : Black British veterans tell their story of the Great War

    Release of ‘Mutiny’ : Black British veterans tell their story of the Great War

    A secret history of the First World War that the British Empire tried to hide” Black British veterans tell their story o…

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  • 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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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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  • Clearing the Dead From The Battlefields 1919-1941 - Talk by Peter Hodgkinson

    Clearing the Dead From The Battlefields 1919-1941 - Talk by Peter Hodgkinson

    18 Nov 2019 20:00 Southend on Sea

    Clearing the Dead From The Battlefields 1919-1941 - Talk by Peter Hodgkinson Between the wars a process similar to mode…

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  • General Judy - Michel Orr

    General Judy - Michel Orr

    20 Nov 2019 19:30 Avon

    General Judy - The career of Sir Hugh Jeudwine by Michael Orr. Hugh Jeudwine became a commander of a Infantry brigade i…

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  • Branch AGM  followed by “Shot at Dawn”

    Branch AGM followed by “Shot at Dawn”

    20 Nov 2019 19:45 Surrey

    The first part of the meeting will be the AGM.  This normally takes about 20 minutes.  The Branch committee will share t…

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  • 'The Cheerful Sacrifice' with Jon Nicholls

    'The Cheerful Sacrifice' with Jon Nicholls

    21 Nov 2019 19:30 London (East)

    Jonathan Nicholls is an independent guide to the battlefields of the Western Front 1914-18, with over 40 years experie…

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  • ‘Evacuation From Cape Helles’ by Peter Hart

    ‘Evacuation From Cape Helles’ by Peter Hart

    25 Nov 2019 19:15 Northumberland

    Peter Hart will be giving his talk on the ‘Evacuation From Cape Helles’

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  • Lessons From the Mud: 55th (West Lancashire) Division at Third Ypres

    Lessons From the Mud: 55th (West Lancashire) Division at Third Ypres

    25 Nov 2019 19:30 Leyland & Central Lancashire

    Following the division's two attacks at Third Ypres, General Jeudwine ordered 'post operational reports' from his subord…

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  • ‘The Munster Man and The Iron Man’ with Pat Sheehan

    ‘The Munster Man and The Iron Man’ with Pat Sheehan

    27 Nov 2019 19:30 Cork

    Further details to follow although Pat doesn’t give much away in advance. However, Pat’s talks are always well research…

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  • 'The Biggest Single Piece of Work since the Pharaohs - the role of the Imperial War Graves Commission, 1917-39' by Prof Mark Connelly

    'The Biggest Single Piece of Work since the Pharaohs - the role of the Imperial War Graves Commission, 1917-39' by Prof …

    28 Nov 2019 19:30 Kent (North West)

    George V with IWGC founder, Fabian Ware (3rd right), at Tyne Cot cemetery in 1922 Photos: Courtesy Imperial War Museum …

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  • November meeting - Change of Speaker - Professor Peter Stanley - ‘Terriers’ in India: British Territorials 1914-19.

    November meeting - Change of Speaker - Professor Peter Stanley - ‘Terriers’ in India: British Territorials 1914-19.

    28 Nov 2019 20:00 Thames Valley

    In 1914 three divisions of Territorials volunteered to go to India to allow its regular garrison to go to the Western Fr…

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  • AGM followed by Austen Mitchell: A meteorologist's War

    AGM followed by Austen Mitchell: A meteorologist's War

    29 Nov 2019 19:00 Devon and Cornwall

    7 pm AGM followed by Austen Mitchell talking about how mapping the weather became important to the war effort. Covering …

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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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  • 16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Haultain-Gall

    16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Ha…

    16 Jan 2020 19:00

    ‘The year 1917 had been one of disaster for our arms in all save the Messines attack’ wrote the Australian ex-serviceman…

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  • 30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys

    30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys

    30 Jan 2020 18:00

    Although the war damage in Belgium was nowhere near the scale of the French 'regions dévastées', the Belgian countryside…

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  • 31 Jan to 1 Feb : 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium

    31 Jan to 1 Feb : 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium

    31 Jan 2020 09:30

    The 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium will be hosted at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester on 31 January / 1…

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  • 13 February : 'Imagining the West Indian soldier: from empire to multicultural commemoration' with Richard Smith

    13 February : 'Imagining the West Indian soldier: from empire to multicultural commemoration' with Richard Smith

    13 Feb 2020 19:00

    The role of the 16,000–strong British West Indies Regiment in the First World War has been recuperated from a marginalis…

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  • 27 February : ‘Preparing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the next hundred years: horticultural challenges in a changing environment.’ with Gareth Hardware

    27 February : ‘Preparing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the next hundred years: horticultural challenges in …

    27 Feb 2020 18:00

    This paper will explore the challenges and tasks facing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in a changing world. Fo…

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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 Lieutenant Roland Mac Gray, 11th Guards, US Army of Occupation, Germany Born 7 June 1896 at Fowler, Benton County, Indiana, Roland was a West Point graduate of the Class of 1918. After training at Fort Sill, Camp Funston and Camp Taylor, he sailed for France on 13 June 1918. Seeing no action and still in training at the time of the Armistice, he moved to Germany as part…

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17 November 1919 Lieutenant Roland Mac Gray shot during an argument
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

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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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