• Announcing 'Illusions of Peace' Digital Conference

    Announcing 'Illusions of Peace' Digital Conference

    The years after 1918 did not, as popular myth would have it, bring about universal peace. In fact, the ‘war to end all w…

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  • 106 years after their deaths, the bodies of 5 Poilus identified

    106 years after their deaths, the bodies of 5 Poilus identified

    The remains of 14 soldiers from the First World War were unearthed last summer at Châtelet-sur-Retourne (north east of R…

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  • The wreath laying at the Cenotaph 2020

    The wreath laying at the Cenotaph 2020

    The Cenotaph Ceremony at the Cenotaph was a small affair compared to usual years. In the short film below we show the ev…

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  • The Western Front Association's 2021 Calendar

    The Western Front Association's 2021 Calendar

    The Western Front Association's 2021 calendar is now available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken …

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  • Virtual Battlefield Tours - Registration is now open

    Virtual Battlefield Tours - Registration is now open

    We are very pleased to be able to start taking bookings for the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours which the WFA has co…

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  • Virtual Battlefield tours - details of tours announced!

    Virtual Battlefield tours - details of tours announced!

    We are absolutely delighted to announce the details of the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours, commissioned exclusively…

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  • Armistice Day 2020 at the Cenotaph

    Armistice Day 2020 at the Cenotaph

    I have had a number of different new experiences since taking the Chair of The Western Front Association during the summ…

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  • 'A Letter to the Unknown Warrior'

    'A Letter to the Unknown Warrior'

    We are delighted to announce by the time of closure of our 'Letter to the Unknown Warrior' project at 10pm on Tuesday …

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  • The Centenary of the Unknown Warrior

    The Centenary of the Unknown Warrior

    Every year on Armistice Day, The Western Front Association holds a ceremony at the Cenotaph in London. This has been ser…

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  • Cenotaph commemorations 2020

    Cenotaph commemorations 2020

    Sadly, the annual commemoration at the Cenotaph in Whitehall has been seriously curtailed this year, but in conjunction …

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  • Armistice Day Commemoration 2020 Video

    Armistice Day Commemoration 2020 Video

    For those of you who like me watched the Covid restricted Remembrance Sunday coverage from the BBC probably would agree …

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  • Virtual Tours of the Battlefields

    Virtual Tours of the Battlefields

    As most of us are unable to visit the battlefields during the Covid-19 pandemic, we will be bringing the battlefields to…

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The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 with the purpose of furthering interest in the history of the First World War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those who served, on all sides, across all theatres and fronts, on land, at sea and in the air and at home, during the Great War. The Western Front Association is non-political and does not seek to glorify war. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits including our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin six times a year, access to the Stand To! archive, Gun Fire Archive, Military Factsheets and Pension Records database. In particular, belonging to The Western Front Association provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge of the First World War in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

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  • ONLINE Zoom Meeting - The men who planned the war by Paul Harris

    ONLINE Zoom Meeting - The men who planned the war by Paul Harris

    20 Jan 2021 20:00 Surrey

    The men who planned the war by Paul Harris We welcome Paul Harris, a leading researcher into leadership during WW1, who…

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  • "German and other tanks -- "Vorsprung Durch Technik" By Chris John.

    "German and other tanks -- "Vorsprung Durch Technik" By Chris John.

    23 Jan 2021 14:30 Dublin

    ONLINE LECTURE   "German and other tanks -- "Vorsprung Durch Technik". By Chris John. Chris will give an overvie…

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  • ONLINE: 'The Dover Patrol' by Robin Brodhurst

    ONLINE: 'The Dover Patrol' by Robin Brodhurst

    28 Jan 2021 19:45 Kent (North West)

    Online talks: This online talk starts at 19:45 and ends about 21:00. Participating is quick and easy. The only equipme…

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  • CANCELLED-'Hindenburg Line 1918' by Simon Peaple

    CANCELLED-'Hindenburg Line 1918' by Simon Peaple

    03 Feb 2021 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    Simon Peaple, a published author, will be giving a illustrated presentation on 'The Hindenburg Line 1918' so if you woul…

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  • POSTPONED Lawrence of Mesopotamia - Dr Paul Knight

    POSTPONED Lawrence of Mesopotamia - Dr Paul Knight

    06 Feb 2021 14:30 Wessex

    Dr Paul Knight is a freelance author, historian and Army Reserve officer. He has published books on 'The British Army in…

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  • ZOOM TALK: Dr Fionnuala Walsh will talk on her latest book ‘Irish Women and the Great War’

    ZOOM TALK: Dr Fionnuala Walsh will talk on her latest book ‘Irish Women and the Great War’

    10 Feb 2021 20:00 Antrim and Down

    Dr Fionnuala Walsh, Lecturer/Assistant Professor at University College Dublin, talks about her book on the impact of the…

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  • Online :  “ 1914 – From Tidworth To The Marne “  -  Geoff Massey  ZOOM

    Online : “ 1914 – From Tidworth To The Marne “ - Geoff Massey ZOOM

    20 Feb 2021 14:00 Birmingham

    “ 1914 – From Tidworth To The Marne “  -  Geoff Massey  ZOOM A look at how the 2nd Cavalry Brigade employed their Pr…

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  • "Leadership in the RFC and RAF" by David Spruce

    "Leadership in the RFC and RAF" by David Spruce

    03 Mar 2021 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    This presentation will be exploring the different aspects of leadership of the newest branch of the British forces and h…

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  • ZOOM TALK: Dr Tom Thorpe will talk on his research into ‘German combat motivation on the Eastern Front during the Second World War’

    ZOOM TALK: Dr Tom Thorpe will talk on his research into ‘German combat motivation on the Eastern Front during the Second…

    10 Mar 2021 20:00 Antrim and Down

    Dr Tom Thorpe, independent scholar and Secretary of the Antrim and Down Branch, discusses his research into the combat m…

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  • ONLINE:  “ Narrow Gauge Railways of World War One “  -   Phil Robinson  ZOOM

    ONLINE: “ Narrow Gauge Railways of World War One “ - Phil Robinson ZOOM

    20 Mar 2021 14:00 Birmingham

    “ Narrow Gauge Railways of World War One “  -   Phil Robinson  ZOOM Narrow Gauge Railways of World War One The story o…

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  • ONLINE: 'John Terraine and Me and the 46th Division: A Personal Odyssey' by Prof John Bourne

    ONLINE: 'John Terraine and Me and the 46th Division: A Personal Odyssey' by Prof John Bourne

    18 Jan 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. We are delighted to be able to have Prof John Bourne talking to us. The prese…

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  • Virtual Battlefield Tour #2: The Battle for Scimitar Hill, 1915

    Virtual Battlefield Tour #2: The Battle for Scimitar Hill, 1915

    21 Jan 2021 19:30

    We are absolutely delighted to announce the details of the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours, commissioned exclusively…

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  • ONLINE: Illusions of Peace

    ONLINE: Illusions of Peace

    23 Jan 2021 11:30

    The years after 1918 did not, as popular myth would have it, bring about universal peace. In fact, the ‘war to end all w…

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  • ONLINE: Murphy's Law on the Somme, 1916

    ONLINE: Murphy's Law on the Somme, 1916

    25 Jan 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Murphy's Law states that 'anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.' This ta…

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  • ONLINE: 'There is no mistaking a giant howitzer': the Royal Artillery War Memorial and the work of the veteran as sculptor.

    ONLINE: 'There is no mistaking a giant howitzer': the Royal Artillery War Memorial and the work of the veteran as sculpt…

    28 Jan 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The Royal Artillery War Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, London, is one of the m…

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  • ONLINE: From success to failure at Loos

    ONLINE: From success to failure at Loos

    01 Feb 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This talk by Julian Whippy considers both the early success and the subsequen…

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  • Virtual Battlefield Tour #3: A Lousy Wood on the Somme, 1916

    Virtual Battlefield Tour #3: A Lousy Wood on the Somme, 1916

    04 Feb 2021 19:30

    We are absolutely delighted to announce the details of the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours, commissioned exclusively…

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  • ONLINE: Lemons, Chewing Gum, Whale Oil and Rivets: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Army Service Corps on the Western Front but Were Too Afraid to Ask

    ONLINE: Lemons, Chewing Gum, Whale Oil and Rivets: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Army Service Corps on th…

    08 Feb 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The ASC tended to be the butt of the Western Front joke but without them ther…

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  • ONLINE: Edgar Mobbs – A rugby icon in the First World War

    ONLINE: Edgar Mobbs – A rugby icon in the First World War

    11 Feb 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Edgar Mobbs was a superstar of rugby – a huge celebrity in his home town of N…

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  • ONLINE: 'We Marched Away into Serbia' The 10th (Irish) Division at Kosturino, December 1915

    ONLINE: 'We Marched Away into Serbia' The 10th (Irish) Division at Kosturino, December 1915

    15 Feb 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online Following the evacuation of Gallipoli, the 10th (Irish) Division was sent to t…

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Born 27 July 1874, Armagh. The second son of Major Charles Pakenham of Headon Hall, Alum Bay, Isle of White, later 101st Royal Bengal Fusiliers and Royal Irish Fusiliers. Wife Emily Blanche Harrison. Educated Lausanne House, Worthing and United Service College. Westward Ho! Gazetted 2nd Lieutenant 24 March 1897, and promoted…

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17 January 1918: Capt Robert Edward Michael Pakenham
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

The Western Front Association's podcasts are an eclectic mix of themed interviews with experts in their particular fields which shine a light into areas of the first world war which are sometimes over…

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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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