• Western Front Association Branches UK & Ireland

    Western Front Association Branches UK & Ireland

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  • Coming Soon: The Bulletin Archive

    Coming Soon: The Bulletin Archive

    Drawing on the last 38 editions of Bulletin, the internal journal and newsletter of The Western Front Association, artic…

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  • The WFA's 2020 Calendar remains on sale

    The WFA's 2020 Calendar remains on sale

    The Western Front Association's 2020 calendar remains available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken …

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  • Gun Fire: the re-publication of a renowned WFA journal

    Gun Fire: the re-publication of a renowned WFA journal

    Between 1985 and 2004 a magazine was regularly produced by Dr Alf Peacock, who was (between 1988 and 1997) the Chairman …

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  • Correction of transcription errors on Fold3

    Correction of transcription errors on Fold3

    The feedback about the accuracy of the tagging (or indexing) of the WFA's pension records of Fold3 suggests this has bee…

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  • '1917' Is this the 'film of the year' or a 'turkey'?

    '1917' Is this the 'film of the year' or a 'turkey'?

    The hype around the new Sam Mendes film '1917' is building up. The film is due to be released in the UK on 10 January. B…

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  • Stand To! Updated Full Contents Listing Issues 1 to 116

    Stand To! Updated Full Contents Listing Issues 1 to 116

    There are 116 issues of Stand To! Online. Spring 1981 to October 2019. There are over 1,600 articles here and a further …

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  • Verdun : Remembrance Sunday 10 November 2019

    Verdun : Remembrance Sunday 10 November 2019

    Report by Suzanne Make This year I decided to spend a few days over Armistice weekend with friends in Verdun. We took…

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  • The Cenotaph Forbury Gardens, Reading, Remembrance Sunday 2019

    The Cenotaph Forbury Gardens, Reading, Remembrance Sunday 2019

    The 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Sunday in Reading was commemorated on Sunday 10th November in Reading Minster of St…

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  • Service of Remembrance held at Thorpe Le Fallows on 10th November 2019

    Service of Remembrance held at Thorpe Le Fallows on 10th November 2019

    Lincoln and North Lincolnshire branch Service of Remembrance. This was held at Thorpe Le Fallows on 10th November.

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  • Remembrance November 2019 : Sydney Australia

    Remembrance November 2019 : Sydney Australia

    Report from Debbie Coupland in Australia. There are two Remembrance spaces in the city: the Cenotaph in Martin Place an…

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  • 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 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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  • The Gallipoli Oak:  A Story of a Family’s Unique Legacy to a Lancashire Fusilier by Dr Martin Purdy

    The Gallipoli Oak: A Story of a Family’s Unique Legacy to a Lancashire Fusilier by Dr Martin Purdy

    17 Jan 2020 19:30 Lancashire and Cheshire

    PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE  - NOW 17 JAN In March 1922 a Lancashire businessman stepped from a cruise ship onto the Gallip…

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  • 'The Flowers in the Field - Nursing in the Great War' by Sandra Taylor

    'The Flowers in the Field - Nursing in the Great War' by Sandra Taylor

    17 Jan 2020 19:30 Worcester & Herefordshire

    Sandra Taylor will be giving a talk on nursing in the First World War.

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  • 'Five Warwick VCs' with Ian Binnie

    'Five Warwick VCs' with Ian Binnie

    18 Jan 2020 14:00 Birmingham

    Ian Binnie, local teacher and historian, explores the VCs awarded to Warwickshire men, during the First World War. Ia…

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  • 'The Men of Wicklow Parish in The Great War' by John Goodman

    'The Men of Wicklow Parish in The Great War' by John Goodman

    18 Jan 2020 14:00 Dublin

    In 1916 The Wicklow Newsletter published a roll of honour of the 58 men from Wicklow (CoI) Parish that were serving, or …

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  • The Allied Occupation of Constantinople - Nigel Crompton

    The Allied Occupation of Constantinople - Nigel Crompton

    18 Jan 2020 14:30 Ox & Bucks

    With the occupation of Constantinople, Allied Forces were faced with numerous issues not normally associated with an occ…

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  • 'The Blockade of Germany 1914 -18' by David Thompson

    'The Blockade of Germany 1914 -18' by David Thompson

    20 Jan 2020 19:15 Northumberland

    David Thompson will be giving a talk on The Blockade of Germany 1914 -18   IMAGE: The hunger strikes in Berlin. A deli…

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  • April Fools? The Formation Of The RAF with Andy Robertshaw

    April Fools? The Formation Of The RAF with Andy Robertshaw

    20 Jan 2020 20:00 Southend on Sea

    The renowned historian, author and TV presenter Andy Robertshaw makes a welcome return to the branch to present what has…

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  • The Battles of  La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914

    The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914

    21 Jan 2020 19:30 Cleveland

    ‘Little of that Seed Remained’ – The Battles of La Bassée, Armentières and Messines 1914   IMAGES: Rue de Lille, Arm…

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  • 'The Royal Flying Corps' by Ron Gadd

    'The Royal Flying Corps' by Ron Gadd

    22 Jan 2020 19:30 Wales (Gwent)

    The Royal Flying Corps by Ron Gadd

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  • A New Year Medley of presentations

    A New Year Medley of presentations

    25 Jan 2020 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    A New Year Medley of presentations, including:- Branch Tour 2019 The Butte de Warlencourt Postcard - a story Grov…

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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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  • 5 February: King George V in the Great War by Alexandra Churchill

    5 February: King George V in the Great War by Alexandra Churchill

    05 Feb 2020 17:30

    George V was somewhat of an unknown entity to his subjects on the outbreak of war. By 1918 he had established himself as…

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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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  • 8 April : 'Amateur Soldiering Tradition in Britain and the Empire 1899 to 1945' with Professor Gary Sheffield

    8 April : 'Amateur Soldiering Tradition in Britain and the Empire 1899 to 1945' with Professor Gary Sheffield

    08 Apr 2020 19:30

    Gary Sheffield, Honorary President of The Western Front Association will be speaking at this event on the amateur soldie…

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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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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

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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