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British and Commonwealth casualties in the Great War

British and Commonwealth casualties in the Great War

From research generously provided by historian Andy Slade.

Andy has collated his research from CWGC public data sources.

The casualties include all those listed as war casualties, from all theatres and all arms.

The graphs are interactive, so you can lo...


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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 Address given at the WFA Remembrance Service in the Guards' Chapel, Armistice Day, 11 November 2014

The Address given at the WFA Remembrance Service in the Guards' Chapel, Armistice Day, 11 November 2014

by Professor Gary Sheffield, WFA Vice-President .

It is a very great honour to be asked to give the address here, in this place, on today of all days. Exactly one hundred years ago the British Expeditionary Force was fighting for its life in the F...

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Privates Abraham Acton VC and James Smith VC

Privates Abraham Acton VC and James Smith VC

Six men won the Victoria Cross on the Western Front in December 1914, of whom two were from Cumberland. Both men were served with the 2nd Border Regiment of 20th Infantry Brigade,7th Division. Their battalion had arrived in Zeebrugge on 6 October 191...


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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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17 December 1915 Pte Syril Tomlinson

17 December 1915 Pte Syril Tomlinson

1690 Pte Syril Tomlinson, 1 6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regt.

A book-maker from Ingleton, Yorkshire, Syril was born in October 1894. He enlisted into his local TF battalion, the 6th DoW (West Riding) Regt, as a 17 year old in October 1911 a...

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Chairman's report, November 2014

Chairman's report, November 2014

By the time of reading this, the bumper, brilliant copy of Bulletin 100 will have dropped through your letter boxes. It really is something else. A huge well done to Ralph Lomas and everybody else involved for their efforts here.

The highlight of Nove...

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Wednesday, 16 December 1914

Wednesday, 16 December 1914

German battle cruisers Seydlitz, Molke, and Blücher in early morning bombarded W Hartelpool, while Derfflinger and Von der Tann shelled Scarborough and Whitby, killing 127 civilians (including 39 women and 39 children), and wounding 567. Raiders esc...

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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.

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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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