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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 Tue, 02 Sep 2014 23:40:28 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 'Battlefield Success' : Fraser Skirrow http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3219.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3219.html Venue: TA Centre (Drill Hall), Sturry Road / Canterbury
Category: Kent (East) Branch
Date: Tue, 02 September 2014
Time: 07:00PM
Description: The full title of Fraser's talk is 'Battlefield Success: Achieving tactical excellence in an infantry battalion 1916-18']]>
Kent (East) Branch Mon, 30 Dec 2013 11:25:19 +0000
How Prepared for War was a Captain with 15 Year's Service? http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3004.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3004.html Venue: Chesterfield Labour Club, Unity House / Chesterfield
Category: Chesterfield
Date: Tue, 02 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Description: Steve Warbuton's talk draws on the diaries, letters and photographs of C.H.T. Lucas who in 1914 was sent from Staff College to be a disembarkation officer in France but within nine months was commanding 87 Brigade at Gallipoli.]]>
Chesterfield Mon, 07 Oct 2013 08:36:21 +0000
Confronting the myths of the First World War, by Brian Bond http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3425.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3425.html Venue: The Comrades Club / Godmanchester
Category: Cambridgeshire Branch
Date: Wed, 03 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Description: Professor Brian Bond aims to address the gulf between professional military historians and the general public, as influenced by the media, in their understanding of the First World War. Topics to be discussed will include :
- Was the war unnecessary, and should Britain have stayed out?
- Was there a chance of a limited settlement, peace without victory that was missed?
- Were British Generals incompetent, opposed to technical change and callous?
- The myths of trench warfare and casualties.
- Was there a learning curve?
- Did the British and Dominion Forces play a key role in achieving victory on the Western Front?
- Was the final victory worth the winning?]]>
Cambridgeshire Branch Thu, 15 May 2014 17:16:52 +0000
The Herts Guards at St Julien 31 July 1917 by Charles Fair http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3387.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3387.html Venue: The Union Jack Club / Waterloo
Category: London Branch
Date: Thu, 04 September 2014
Time: 07:00PM
Description: 1/1 Hertfordshire Regiment at St Julien 31 July 1917]]>
London Branch Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:52:33 +0000
The Field Ambulance http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3354.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3354.html Venue: Williamson Art Gallery / Birkenhead
Category: Merseyside Branch
Date: Thu, 04 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
Description: A demonstration of a Dressing Station and the evacuation process during the Great War.]]>
Merseyside Branch Sat, 01 Feb 2014 12:03:05 +0000
British Poetry of the First World War Conference http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2849.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2849.html Venue: Please see event details for venue /
Category: Other Events
Date: Fri, 05 September 2014 - Sun, 07 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM

The English Association’s major contribution to the events marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War will be an international conference at Wadham College, Oxford on 5th-7th September 2014. Full details of the conference and the provisional programme will be announced later this year.

Designed to appeal to all who have an interest in the poetry of the Great War, a distinctive feature will be that all the various societies, fellowships and associations devoted to individual poets of the First World War will be invited to participate by contributing lectures, panel discussions and recitals as well as exhibiting items from their archives and displaying their publications.

The conference patron is Professor Jon Stallworthy and plenary speakers will include Professor Edna Longley, of Queen’s University, Belfast and Professor Jay Winter of Yale University. 

The conference will also include

  • a musical evening in the Holywell Music Room featuring baritone Roderick Williams on Friday 5th September
  • a conference dinner and reception on Saturday 6th
  • opportunities to visit associated exhibitions and events taking place in Oxford at this time, including the OUCS First World War Poetry Digital Archive.


Other Events Sun, 19 May 2013 14:05:10 +0000
Branch Battlefiled Tour 'St Quentin to the Marne http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3342.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3342.html Venue: /
Category: Wessex Branch
Date: Fri, 05 September 2014 - Mon, 08 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
Description: The Branch 10th Annual Battlefield Tour this years forms part 2 of our 2012 tour covering the withdrawal of the BEF. Based in St Quentin we follow the BEF to the Marne covering significant and some less well known actions during this challenging period for the BEF.

Full details available from the Branch Secretary who will be pleased to take your booking]]>
Wessex Branch Fri, 31 Jan 2014 17:28:46 +0000
1914-2014 Centenary Conference http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3157.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3157.html Venue: Cornerstones, Chester-le-Street Methodist Church / Chester-le-Street
Category: Durham Branch
Date: Sat, 06 September 2014
Time: 09:45AM - 04:30PM
Description: 1914-2014 Centenary Conference: Britain, Germany and the First World War

This is the focus of the Durham branch's First World War centenary programme and our main event for 2014.

Our Guest Speakers are:

Dr John Bourne (University of Birmingham Centre for War Studies)
Britain's 'Way in War': British Strategy in 1914

Prof. Holger Afflerbach (University of Leeds)
Germany's Strategy in 1914

Prof. Eric Grove (Liverpool Hope University)
British Naval Strategy in 1914: Decisive Action Prevented?

Peter Hart (Imperial War Museum)
The British Expeditionary Force in 1914

Tickets: £20 (includes buffet lunch, tea and coffee)
E mail: wfadurham.events@live.co.uk]]>
Durham Branch Thu, 05 Dec 2013 09:03:52 +0000
A Not Insignificant Town by John Davies http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3208.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3208.html Venue: The Annexe at the Church of St Mary the Less / Allerton Bywater
Category: Yorkshire (West Riding) Branch
Date: Sat, 06 September 2014
Time: 01:30PM - 04:00PM
Description: The contribution made to World War One by the Cheshire town of Runcorn.]]>
Yorkshire (West Riding) Branch Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:31:35 +0000
Mission Impossible? http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3393.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3393.html Venue: Old Parish Church Hall / Edinburgh
Category: Scotland (South) Branch
Date: Sun, 07 September 2014
Time: 02:30AM - 05:00AM
Description: An assessment of whether it would have been
possible to secure peace before November 1918 by John Elder.]]>
Scotland (South) Branch Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:15:19 +0000
The Lewsi Gun http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3501.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3501.html Venue: Highworth Community Centre / Highworth
Category: Wiltshire Branch
Date: Sun, 07 September 2014
Time: 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Description: The Wiltshire branch starts its 2014/15 season with a speaker new to the branch, as are a couple of others in this programme, when branch member Neil Grant visits to speak about the Lewis Gun. The development of mechanised warfare is a common topic as we reach the centenary of the start of the Great War and the Lewis Gun certainly played a key part in attack and defence.

This is also the first meeting at our NEW VENUE - Highworth Community Centre, The Dormers, Highworth SN6 7PQ. Although this is close to where we used to meet at St. Michael's church it does require careful navigation through a housing estate to reach it. There is plenty of parking and we will have a larger room to take account of growing numbers at meetings. Please allow a few extra minutes to find us.

As ever, all members and guests are very welcome to come along to this first talk of a season that will culminate in our 'Highworth Remembers' project in May 2015.]]>
Wiltshire Branch Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:28:03 +0000
North Staffordshire Regiment Branch Project http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3511.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3511.html Venue: Newcastle Methodist Church / Newcastle-under-Lyme
Category: North Staffordshire and South Cheshire
Date: Mon, 08 September 2014
Time: 07:00PM - 09:00PM
Description: The NSSC Branch are looking to commemorate the fallen of their local regiment.
We are looking for any one with family members or stories concerning the North Staffordshire Regiment.
On the night we will be sharing the story of one battalion - the 1/5th - then looking to hear other people tales.]]>
North Staffordshire and South Cheshire Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:58:27 +0000
Don't Mention the War http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3147.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3147.html Venue: The Tithe Barn / Durham City
Category: Durham Branch
Date: Mon, 08 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:30PM
Description: Don't Mention the War: German Atrocities in 1914 - a talk by John Chester

This talk continues the Durham branch's 1914-2014 centenary programme.

All are welcome!]]>
Durham Branch Tue, 03 Dec 2013 12:15:47 +0000
Mike Shaw - The Guns of August - Mobilization http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3119.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3119.html Venue: Othery Village Hall / Othery
Category: Somerset Branch
Date: Wed, 10 September 2014 - Wed, 10 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:30PM
Description: ]]>
Somerset Branch Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:34:31 +0000
The 56th London Division:The Somme 1st July- Bill MacCormick http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3309.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3309.html Venue: The Poppy Lounge 1st Floor RBL, Legion House / Hornchurch
Category: Essex Branch
Date: Wed, 10 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
Description: Tonight noted speaker Bill MacCormick gives a presentation entitled 'The 56th London Division on the First Day of the Somme'.
The story of the ill-fated diversionary attack on the heavily fortified village of Gommecourt on the first day Somme offensive is an event not to be missed.

The entrance donation is £3 plus an excellent buffet which is optional at £1.50]]>
Essex Branch Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:19:46 +0000