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The Hong Kong - Singapore Mountain Battery in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine 1915 - 1918

The Hong Kong - Singapore Mountain Battery in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine 1915 - 1918

The Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Garrison Artillery

In 1847 the British authorities in Hong Kong began using Indians as gun lascars, or general workers, because the climatic conditions were unsuitable for white soldiers, and also because Indians were muc...

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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...



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The 24th Division Memorial, Battersea Park

The 24th Division Memorial, Battersea Park

The 24th ( East Surrey) Division Memorial designed by Eris Kennington was erected in the eastern part of Battersea Park towards Chelsea Bridge and can be found by taking a path to the bandstand. It was unveiled 90 years ago on 4 October 1924 and has ...







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The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

Recent British television programmes gave us the views of leading historians on where the blame for the Great War lay and, in particular, whether Britain should have joined in or could have avoided it. We have also been treated to a dramatic account ...

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30 October 1914 Sdt Claude Thomas Charrondiere

30 October 1914 Sdt Claude Thomas Charrondiere

1697 Sdt Claude Thomas Charrondiere, 298e RI.

From Roanne, Loire, Claude was born on 26 December 1886. A recalled reservist in August 1914, he initially rejoined his original unit (90e RI) before being transferred to the reserve battalion of the 98e R...

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Chairman's report, September 2014

Chairman's report, September 2014

It's amazing how quickly the weeks go by, especially as you get older. I never believed it when my father used to say that when I was younger, but I certainly believe it now. No matter how fast they go they, however, do not go fast enough when you ha...


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Monday, 28 October 1914

Monday, 28 October 1914

First Sea Lord Prince Louis of Battenberg resigned.

British squadron off Belgian coast with HMS Venerable (F Admiral Hood) heavily engaged. HMSs Falcon, Mersey, Brilliant and Wildfire hit and damaged.

Germans retook Lombaertzyde.

Indian Corps relieved B...

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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

British naval propaganda - Sea Dreams (1914)

Maintaining public confidence in Britain's naval prowess was a key propaganda priority in the Great War. Here, celebrated illustrator Lancelot Speed conjures up images of Drake and Nelson to contrast with the more recent ambitions of the German navy. By a fortunate coincidence, the film was released just two days after Britain's victory at sea in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.

Streamed courtesy of the BFI and YouTube.

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The Commemoration of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior, 10 November 2014 at Victoria Station, 8.00pm

The London Branch of the WFA will be holding its annual ceremony of commemoration at Victo...

 

Vacancy for WFA Branch Co-ordinator

Following the tragic loss of David Easton as WFA Branch Co-ordinator and Trustee, there is...

 

David Easton, WFA Branch Co-ordinator. - an appreciation

It was with the deepest sadness that I learned of the recent death of our Branch Co-ordina...

 

John and Heather Richardson to stand down from WFA duties

It's the end of an era as Membership Trustee John Richardson and his wife Heather have dec...

 

WFA 2015 Spring Conference and AGM

The thirty-fourth WFA Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday, 18 April 2015,...

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