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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 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:23:29 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb British Airpower prior to the Great War by John Gilder http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3418.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3418.html Venue: Royal British Legion (Orpington) / Orpington
Category: Kent (North-West) Branch
Date: Thu, 17 April 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Description: Air power developed massively throughout the war but what was the situation prior to the outbreak of war? John Gilder will explain how Britain perceived the potential of air power and examine how prepared we were for the forthcoming war.]]>
Kent (North-West) Branch Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:29:43 +0000
1914 - The Year the World Changed http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3035.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3035.html Venue: Callow End Village Hall / Worcester
Category: Worcestershire and Herefordshire Branch
Date: Fri, 18 April 2014
Time: 07:30PM
Description: Kenneth Wright, a Chartered Accountant, tells how Britain prepared for war in August 1914 and, following the actions of an officer of the 2nd Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, takes us from mobilisation to Le Cateau, where the officer was killed.]]>
Worcestershire and Herefordshire Branch Thu, 24 Oct 2013 20:30:45 +0000
Buffet lunch followed by the Branch AGM with two speakers http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3170.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3170.html Venue: The Guide Centre / Chalfont St. Giles
Category: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch
Date: Sat, 19 April 2014
Time: 01:00PM - 05:00PM
Description: Details regarding the speakers and their chosen topics will be advertised later]]>
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch Tue, 10 Dec 2013 17:54:49 +0000
‘Forgotten Germans of the Great War. Spies executed http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3177.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3177.html Venue: Sutton Coldfield Town Hall / Sutton Coldfield
Category: Birmingham Branch
Date: Sat, 19 April 2014 - Sat, 19 April 2014
Time: 02:00PM - 04:30PM
Description: Barry Kitchener. ‘Forgotten Germans of the Great War. Spies executed in the Tower’]]>
Birmingham Branch Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:54:42 +0000
North Eastern Railway in WWI - Rob Langham http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3190.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3190.html Venue: Allotment Social Club / Newcastle upon Tyne
Category: Tyneside Branch
Date: Mon, 21 April 2014
Time: 08:00PM
Description: ]]>
Tyneside Branch Wed, 18 Dec 2013 08:52:43 +0000
branch meeting speaker Tony Davies http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2960.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2960.html Venue: Royal British Legion (Penrith) / Penrith
Category: Cumbria Branch
Date: Thu, 24 April 2014 - Thu, 24 April 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
Description: the Subject for our speaker tonight is " knutsford men who died in the Great War" this to coincide with the publication his book on this subject.]]>
Cumbria Branch Thu, 19 Sep 2013 19:32:21 +0000
German Forestry in the Great War - Philip Blood http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2975.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2975.html Venue: Berkshire Sports & Social Club / Reading
Category: Thames Valley Branch
Date: Thu, 24 April 2014
Time: 08:00PM
Description: The Imperial German Army demanded large shipments of wood. This came either uncut, prefabricated in trench, aeroplane or barrack parts; or in the form of cellulose or Baumwolle (tree wool for uniforms and warm clothing). In addition the German military railways demanded wood for track beds, loco firing and wagon construction. On the domestic front the absence of coal meant wood was the only form of household heating energy.
The German Armies also encouraged hunting in the officer class as a sign of warrior prowess. The forest's bison were hunted by the Kaiser, Hindenburg, Ludendorff, Hoffman, and Richthofen the Red Baron. All those stories are recorded and can be told. Then there was the anti-partisan war the Germans fought against poachers and Cossacks which provides another angle.
Finally there is the legacy of the forest in German literature. Between 1915 and 1918 the Germans erected a massive complex in the forest and they employed Russian and French POWs. The German scie...]]>
Thames Valley Branch Fri, 20 Sep 2013 12:04:36 +0000
Remember Scarborough 16th December 1914 - Kevin Varty http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3173.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3173.html Venue: Meeting Room 2, The Village Hall / Hatfield Peverel
Category: Essex Branch
Date: Fri, 25 April 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
Description: After his fascinating presentations of Magic Lanterns, Kevin talks about the bombardment on 16th December 1914 by the Imperial German Navy on Scarborough on the north east coast of England. The attack on Scarborough, Hartlepool and Whitby caused 592 casualties with137 fatalities.

The entrance donation is £3 plus an excellent buffet which is optional at £1.50]]>
Essex Branch Tue, 10 Dec 2013 22:18:53 +0000
War is the Only Proper School of the Surgeon http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3051.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3051.html Venue: The Sports Hall - St George's School / Harpenden
Category: Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Branch
Date: Fri, 25 April 2014
Time: 08:00PM - 10:00PM
Description: From the medical point of view the First World War was an entirely different war from that fought in South Africa fifteen years previously. The introduction of new weapons resulted in greater severity of wounds and in France and Flanders the manured soil meant that there was a high incidence of wound infection. Surgery had to change. Luckily there were many young military surgeons willing to operate on wounds that were previously thought best to leave alone and let nature take its course. This talk will outline how the army medical services kept pace with these changes and the advances in surgery and medicine that took place as the war progressed.

Pete Starling served in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) and later gained an MA at the University of Birmingham with a dissertation on surgical improvements during the First World War and he holds the Diploma in the History of Medicine his dissertation being on recruitment, gallantry and death of medical officers during the Firs...]]>
Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire Branch Sun, 03 Nov 2013 16:58:02 +0000
Branch Trip http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3204.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3204.html Venue: The Annexe at the Church of St Mary the Less / Allerton Bywater
Category: Yorkshire (West Riding) Branch
Date: Sun, 27 April 2014
Time: 09:30AM
Description: Our annual day trip this year takes us to the seaside and the sights of World War One in Scarborough and the surrounding area. Seats may become available and WFA members are invited to contact the branch if they would to come along. Buckets and spades are optional.]]>
Yorkshire (West Riding) Branch Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:17:52 +0000
Rabaul 1914, the opening shots of the Great War: Major John Hitchen (rtd) http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3402.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3402.html Venue: Please see event details for venue /
Category: Australia Branch
Date: Sun, 27 April 2014
Time: 01:00PM - 04:00PM


Military Law Centre

Building 113

Victoria Barracks

Oxford St

Paddington NSW 2021

1pm to 4 pm


Parking available within the barracks. If coming by car, please advise your vehicle registration in your RSVP.

Please bring photo ID for entry at guard house.

Refreshments will be served.



 Welcome and news from the chairman Lieutenant Colonel Paul Simadas

 The Ode, the senior member of the WFA who is present.

 Lecture: "Rabaul 1914, the opening shots of the Great War" by Major John Hitchen (rtd), historian and battlefields guide.

 Remembrance, the vice chairman Syd Cole: 

 You are each invited to tell the group about someone you know of who fought or served in the Great War.

Bring his or her name, an anecdote related to the person and, if you can, a memento or item associated with that person.

 Members and their friends welcome.

Open to members of the Families and Friends of the First AIF and the NSW Military Historical Society


RSVP to the vice chairman no later than 16th April . 




Australia Branch Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:08:24 +0000
Reflections on the New Zealanders at Passchendaele. http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3331.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3331.html Venue: Auckland Army Centre / Grey Lynn
Category: New Zealand Branch
Date: Sun, 27 April 2014
Time: 02:00PM
Description: An absorbing and informative afternoon is guaranteed as Tony Wareham looks back on this terrible battle.]]>
New Zealand Branch Sat, 25 Jan 2014 20:47:09 +0000
'The Martial Traditions of the NE...', by Dr Dan Jackson http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2825.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2825.html Venue: Alnmouth Ex-Services Club / Alnmouth
Category: Northumberland Branch
Date: Mon, 28 April 2014
Time: 07:15PM - 09:30PM
Description: 'The Martial Traditions of the North East of England: Understanding the rush to the Colours in 1914', by Dr Dan Jackson

After leaving academia, Dan joined local government, where he is now Strategic Commissioning Lead at South Tyneside Council. His main research interests are Edwardian politics & Irish Home Rule, Irish migration & anti-Catholicism, & British military history & the martial culture of the North East of England.

His talk will seek to explain the reasons behind the rush to volunteer in 1914 setting things in the context of the long tradition of military service in the North East.]]>
Northumberland Branch Wed, 15 May 2013 16:23:25 +0000
AGM & Book Sale and "National Arboretum" film by Ken Ranger http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3226.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3226.html Venue: The Royal Marines Association Club House / Eastney, Portsmouth
Category: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch
Date: Mon, 28 April 2014
Time: 07:30PM
Description: This is the evening for our AGM and Book Sale (we ask you to bring along any books which you can donate - this goes towards branch funds) following this we will be having a film about the National Arboretum by Ken Ranger.]]>
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:13:56 +0000
Nonne Boschen 11 November 1914 by Vern Littley http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3382.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3382.html Venue: The Union Jack Club / Waterloo
Category: London Branch
Date: Thu, 01 May 2014
Time: 07:00PM
Description: ]]>
London Branch Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:40:57 +0000