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The composition of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914

The composition of the British Expeditionary Force in 1914

In 1813 the Duke of Wellington, angered by incidents of looting amongst his army, wrote sourly 'We have in the service the scum of the earth as common soldiers'. The words were harsh, but not altogether inaccurate, for the British Army had a long tra...

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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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Sidney Frank Godley VC

Sidney Frank Godley VC

Sidney Frank Godley was awarded his Victoria Cross in Belgium for valour during the Battle of Mons on 23 August 1914. As a result, he became the first private soldier to be awarded the decoration in the Great War.

Born in East Grinstead, West Sussex, ...

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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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31 August 1915 Sdt Jean-Marie Valfort

31 August 1915 Sdt Jean-Marie Valfort

Sdt Jean-Marie Valfort, 22e BCA

Born at Fourneaux, Loire in 1888, Jean-Marie was a reservist who was recalled to full time service on 1 August 1914. After a few days refresher training at Albertville, he was thrown into action during the combats in Al...

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Chairman's report, August 2014

Chairman's report, August 2014

August 2014 has literally flown by, not only in time but also by Tiger Moths and RAF Tornadoes. The Centenary has arrived and, firstly, may I say that the WFA official commemorative events here in the UK, and at Amiens and Arras did not let our organ...

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Monday, 31 August 1914

Monday, 31 August 1914

British ss Strathroy (4,336 tonnes) sunk by HIMS Karlsruhe NNE from Cape St Roque, Brazil.

At the end of August all ships of Grand Fleet disembarked 50 per cent of their rifle ammunition to help cover Army deficiency.

During August the British Admiralt...

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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

German footage of the Great War

Rarely seen footage of the First World War, 1914-1918, from a German perspective. See all three videos in this collection.

Streamed courtesy of YouTube

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WFA Worcestershire and Herefordshire Conference: 1914 one hundred years on - 18 Oct 2014

Programme: 10.30 Doors open 11.00 Peter Hart: Life in the Trenches, November and De...

 

WFA Cumbria Conference: Cumbria's Contribution to the Great War

To be held on Sunday, 28 September 2014. Shap Wells Hotel - Shap - 3 miles from M6 Juncti...

 

WFA East London is going great guns

The next meetings of the branch are: 21 August – Dark Street and Light Laughter: Entert...

 

The WFA's collaboration with the University of Birmingham

The Western Front Association takes great pride in our relationship with The University of...

 

The WFA's Commemoration of the Deployment of the BEF in August 1914: London to Dover

This is a photographic record of the events of Sunday, 10 August 2014 to record the move...

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