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Avon The First World War: join the Western Front Association, the premier organisation for study, learning and research into all aspects of The Great War 1914-18, and to understanding more about the phenomenon which shaped the 20th century http://www.westernfrontassociation.com Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:00:11 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 'Starfish Trench, Gird Lines...', by Dave Barras http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2831.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2831.html Venue: Alnmouth Ex-Services Club / Alnmouth
Category: Northumberland Branch
Date: Mon, 27 October 2014
Time: 07:15PM - 09:30PM
Description: 'Starfish Trench, Gird Lines & Hook Sap - The 1/7th Northumberland Fusiliers part in the Battle of the Somme, August to November 1916', by Dave Barras.

The 1/7th Northumberland Fusiliers was the local Alnwick Territorial Force Battalion & they served on the Western Front during the First World War. In the period August to November 1916 they were engaged in operations which were part of the Battle of the Somme, including taking important roles in attacks on High Wood & Warlencourt. The Battalion consequently lost heavily, reporting 573 casualties during this period.

The talk will follow the 1/7th through the Somme Battle & look at the High Wood & Warlencourt operations in some detail.

Dave Barras is an active WFA member of the Northumberland Branch, & has been visiting & studying the battlefields of the Western Front for 19 years.]]>
Northumberland Branch Wed, 15 May 2013 16:57:22 +0000
"Another Bastard Pommie" http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3230.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3230.html Venue: The Royal Marines Association Club House / Eastney, Portsmouth
Category: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch
Date: Mon, 27 October 2014
Time: 07:30PM
Description: Graham Chadwick is our Branch Treasurer and has been researching his family in the Great War - and their connections with the Australian Army - hence the title - Graham always gives a good talk so we are looking forward to this one.]]>
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:36:28 +0000
Ypres - the first battle 1914 : Ian Beckett http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3448.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3448.html Venue: Royal British Legion (Orpington) / Orpington
Category: Kent (North-West) Branch
Date: Thu, 30 October 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Description: The first battle of Ypres was a major turning point in 1914. The Germans were held outside Ypres at the expense of the demise of the original B.E.F. Ian Beckett is able to paint a vivid picture with words of a battle completely different in nature to later battles in the Ypres salient.]]>
Kent (North-West) Branch Tue, 27 May 2014 20:23:31 +0000
Light car patrols in Egypt 1916-1918 http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3063.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3063.html Venue: The Avenue Church / Newton Abbot
Category: Devon and Cornwall Branch
Date: Fri, 31 October 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:30PM
Description: Russell McGuirk
Based on his latest book 'The Light Car Patrols 1916-1919: War and Exploration in Egypt and Libya with the Model T Ford]]>
Devon and Cornwall Branch Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:25:21 +0000
Musings from the Essex Regiment Museum - Ian Hook http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3312.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3312.html Venue: Meeting Room 2, The Village Hall / Hatfield Peverel
Category: Essex Branch
Date: Fri, 31 October 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
Description: Ian Hook is the Curator of The Essex Regiment Museum which traces the history of the Regiment from 1741 to the present day.
Uniforms, trophies includes the Salamanca Eagle captured from the French 62nd Regiment - badges, insignia, weapons and regimental memorabilia reflect the worldwide service of the Essex Regiment in the service of the Crown. There is also a display on the Essex Yeomanry. Tonight he reflects on the Regiment during the Great War.

Entrance donation is £3 plus an excellent buffet which is optional at £1.50]]>
Essex Branch Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:57:41 +0000
Wreath-laying and Branch AGM http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3210.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3210.html Venue: The Annexe at the Church of St Mary the Less / Allerton Bywater
Category: Yorkshire (West Riding) Branch
Date: Sat, 01 November 2014
Time: 01:30PM - 04:00PM
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Yorkshire (West Riding) Branch Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:46:38 +0000
Subject to be confirmed http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3503.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3503.html Venue: Highworth Community Centre / Highworth
Category: Wiltshire Branch
Date: Sun, 02 November 2014
Time: 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Description: In addition to welcoming new, local speakers again this year we have a couple of regulars back again. John Chester will be here on 2nd November to give a talk from his wide selection - at time of writing the subject has yet to be confirmed.

Members and guests are invited to come along to Highworth Community Centre for this event and for the latest developments in our centenary project 'Highworth Remembers'.]]>
Wiltshire Branch Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:39:23 +0000
"No Labour, No Food, No War" - Richard Preston http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3135.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3135.html Venue: The King's Own Regimental Museum / Lancaster
Category: Lancashire (North) Branch
Date: Mon, 03 November 2014
Time: 07:30PM
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Lancashire (North) Branch Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:44:35 +0000
"No Labour, No Food, No War" - Richard Preston http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3136.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3136.html Venue: The King's Own Regimental Museum / Lancaster
Category: Lancashire (North) Branch
Date: Mon, 03 November 2014
Time: 07:30PM
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Lancashire (North) Branch Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:44:36 +0000
'The First Year of Kitchener Volunteer' : Peter Gausden http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3221.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3221.html Venue: TA Centre (Drill Hall), Sturry Road / Canterbury
Category: Kent (East) Branch
Date: Tue, 04 November 2014
Time: 07:00PM
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Kent (East) Branch Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:32:16 +0000
Tim Lynch - VAD http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3006.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3006.html Venue: Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House / Chesterfield
Category: Chesterfield
Date: Tue, 04 November 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Description:

Tim Lynch presents the story of one of the thousands of well-to-do young women who joined the Voluntary Aid detachment and a look at the patients who passed through her ward.

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Chesterfield Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:39:29 +0000
Sir Cuthbert Headlam and the First World War, by Dr Jim Beach http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3436.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3436.html Venue: The Comrades Club / Godmanchester
Category: Cambridgeshire Branch
Date: Wed, 05 November 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Description:

Lt Col Headlam served in intelligence posts before becoming a successful politician. His letters and diary entries provide an informative, acidic, and entertaining insight into the Great War.

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Cambridgeshire Branch Tue, 20 May 2014 09:12:17 +0000
Wilfreth and Hubert - Michael Stedman http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3356.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3356.html Venue: Williamson Art Gallery / Birkenhead
Category: Merseyside Branch
Date: Thu, 06 November 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
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Merseyside Branch Sat, 01 Feb 2014 12:16:33 +0000
Padres in the Great War, 1914-18 http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3273.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3273.html Venue: Manor School / York
Category: Yorkshire Branch
Date: Sat, 08 November 2014
Time: 02:30PM - 05:00PM
Description: David Ashcroft will talk to us about how Chaplains served with distinction with many units in World War One, but are often portrayed as irrelevant and unsympathetic to their flocks, promoting dogma rather than pastoral care.

Through the experience of clergymen serving with citizen soldiers in the Territorial and New Army divisions, where troops brought their local affiliations and loyalties with them, this talk will show how the work of at least some clergy in supporting morale and motivating troops was a key factor in the creation of a British Army capable of winning the battles of 1918. It will also present how local rivalries and religious divides at home were reflected when serving in France.]]>
Yorkshire Branch Sat, 04 Jan 2014 18:10:16 +0000
Geraman Air Raids on England by David Dunham http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3292.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3292.html Venue: St Peter's Collegiate School / Wolverhampton
Category: Wolverhampton Branch
Date: Sat, 08 November 2014
Time: 02:30PM - 05:00PM
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Wolverhampton Branch Sun, 05 Jan 2014 13:44:21 +0000