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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, 21 Sep 2014 22:07:33 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Scottish Branches Tour of the 1914 Battlefields http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3280.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3280.html Venue: /
Category: Scotland (North) Branch
Date: Mon, 22 September 2014 - Sat, 27 September 2014
Description: In conjunction with Mercat Tours International, Edinburgh, the Scottish Branches have planned a tour of the 1914 battlefields. For further details contact Derek Bird, Chairman, Scotland (North) Branch. All welcome, including those who may not be members of the WFA.]]>
Scotland (North) Branch Sat, 04 Jan 2014 18:23:16 +0000
'Walking the Front - History, Heritage...', Andrew Charlton http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2829.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2829.html Venue: Alnmouth Ex-Services Club / Alnmouth
Category: Northumberland Branch
Date: Mon, 22 September 2014
Time: 07:15PM - 09:30PM
Description: 'Walking the Front - History, Heritage & Helping', by Andrew Charlton

Retracing the footsteps of his Great-Grandfather, Major Gordon McQueen, became Andrew’s aim having completed an extensive genealogy project & having inherited several mementos of his military service in the First & Second World Wars. Andrew wanted to see if he could re-trace his footsteps of almost a century earlier. He was soon to be joined by Paul Stephenson, a renowned North East film-maker & photographer whose Great Uncle Harry Lisle had served alongside Major McQueen.

Once the walk had been planned it seemed only right to try & develop the idea into fundraising for today’s veterans & to raise awareness about the efforts of our forefathers to protect our freedom.

The lads walked the Western Front from Ypres in Belgium to Albert in France following the steps taken by many of the Tyneside Scottish Battalions. The talk will relate their experiences.]]>
Northumberland Branch Wed, 15 May 2013 16:52:15 +0000
"The Hampshire's" http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3229.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3229.html Venue: The Royal Marines Association Club House / Eastney, Portsmouth
Category: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch
Date: Mon, 22 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM
Description: This is the story of the Hampshire Regiment in the Great War - Marc Thompson is a volunteer at the Hampshire Regimental Museum and has been to France & Flanders many times and his talks have always been enjoyable.]]>
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Branch Tue, 31 Dec 2013 12:33:27 +0000
The Professor Gary Sheffield Lecture http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3461.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3461.html Venue: /
Category: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch
Date: Wed, 24 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:15PM
Description: This will be our first meeting in the Oxford area. The venue is the Oxford University Press Sports & Social Club, Jordans Hill, Oxford. Further location details to follow.]]>
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch Thu, 19 Jun 2014 15:56:55 +0000
The B.E.F. performance in the first few months : Peter Hart http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3447.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3447.html Venue: Royal British Legion (Orpington) / Orpington
Category: Kent (North-West) Branch
Date: Thu, 25 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Description: Peter Hart will give an informed opinion on how well the B.E.F. performed in the early months of the war in France. He will draw from his access to a wide range of source material from his work at the Imperial War Museum.]]>
Kent (North-West) Branch Tue, 27 May 2014 20:18:44 +0000
Munitions factories in The Great War http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3062.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3062.html Venue: The Avenue Church / Newton Abbot
Category: Devon and Cornwall Branch
Date: Fri, 26 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:30PM
Description: Nigel Crompton
Introduction to Ministry of Munitions and where possible, details of factories local to the area of the talk, and the role of women in the factories.]]>
Devon and Cornwall Branch Tue, 05 Nov 2013 17:21:30 +0000
Personalities and Peculiarities: Italy 1914-18 - Dale Hjort http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3310.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3310.html Venue: Meeting Room 2, The Village Hall / Hatfield Peverel
Category: Essex Branch
Date: Fri, 26 September 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
Description: Tonight Dale Hjort gives a presentation fully entitled 'Personalities and Peculiarities of the Great War in Italy'.
After talks on 'The Italian Campaign', and 'The Great War in Italy', Dale gives another insight into our much maligned allies.

The entrance donation is £3 plus an excellent buffet which is optional at £1.50]]>
Essex Branch Tue, 14 Jan 2014 20:53:44 +0000
Kenneth Wright: 1914; the year the world changed http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3462.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3462.html Venue: The Guide Centre / Chalfont St. Giles
Category: Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch
Date: Sat, 27 September 2014
Time: 02:30PM - 04:45PM
Description: ]]>
Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Branch Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:02:19 +0000
Cumbria's contribution to the Great War http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2994.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/2994.html Venue: Best Western Shap Wells Hotel / Penrith
Category: Cumbria Branch
Date: Sun, 28 September 2014 - Sun, 28 September 2014
Time: 10:30AM - 04:00PM
Description: This a special day to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Great War in 1914, this event being organised by the branch treasurer Richard Preston, the day will consist of lectures and displays. Talks will be given by Peter Hart , Bill Myers, Stuart Eastwood, Ian Gee subjects are Mud Blood and Ditches, Ship subs and munitions, The Border Regt in WW1, Naval & civil aviation at Windermere during WW1
Day to start at 10-15am. A carvery lunch is included in the cost of the day ( £25) and there will be tea and coffee on arrival at the Shap Wells Hotel Cumbria ( off junction 39 of M6 and turn toward either Kendal or Orton both will bring you to the hotel. The day is open to all and you will be given a warm welcome. For further information contact the branch. May we the branch pass on our sadness to the family of Peter Robinson at his sudden passing]]>
Cumbria Branch Mon, 30 Sep 2013 12:48:51 +0000
The Battle of Assiago 18th June 1918, by Dale Hjort http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3426.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3426.html Venue: The Comrades Club / Godmanchester
Category: Cambridgeshire Branch
Date: Wed, 01 October 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 09:00PM
Description: Successful defensive action by British 48th and 23rd Divisions against Austro-Hungarian assault - two VC's, death of Vera Brittain's brother Edward, dismissal of GOC 48th Division.]]>
Cambridgeshire Branch Thu, 15 May 2014 17:19:49 +0000
The European Arms Race by David Stevenson http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3388.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3388.html Venue: The Union Jack Club / Waterloo
Category: London Branch
Date: Thu, 02 October 2014
Time: 07:00PM
Description: Full title of talk: The European Arms Race and the Coming of the First World War]]>
London Branch Mon, 03 Mar 2014 13:54:57 +0000
The Courts martial of Willie Stone and DLI Six http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3355.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3355.html Venue: Williamson Art Gallery / Birkenhead
Category: Merseyside Branch
Date: Thu, 02 October 2014
Time: 07:30PM - 10:00PM
Description: Speaker: David Tattersfield]]>
Merseyside Branch Sat, 01 Feb 2014 12:15:10 +0000
The Life, Death and Afterlife of a Superstar by Chris Page http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3209.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3209.html Venue: The Annexe at the Church of St Mary the Less / Allerton Bywater
Category: Yorkshire (West Riding) Branch
Date: Sat, 04 October 2014
Time: 01:30PM - 04:00PM
Description: The story of Manfred von Richthofen whose propaganda value, then and now, has always outshone his contribution to the war effort.

What was it about the Red Baron, the genuine 'Ace of Aces' war hero and legend, that engenders so much interest today and which sees Richthofen's image shining out from a vast range of (usually) tacky merchandise?]]>
Yorkshire (West Riding) Branch Sun, 29 Dec 2013 11:45:02 +0000
The July Crisis 1914 http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3502.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3502.html Venue: Highworth Community Centre / Highworth
Category: Wiltshire Branch
Date: Sun, 05 October 2014
Time: 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Description: On 5th October we welcome another local member, Ross Beadle, who will talk about the weeks leading up to the declaration of the Great War. If we should be asked "Why did the war start in August 1914" could we give a convincing answer? This presentation by Ross will provide the explanation and answers so please do join us at 14.00 in our new venue at Highworth Community Centre. All members and guests are very welcome.

Also by this stage of the year, more details of our 'Highworth Remembers' project will have been fine tuned and we will be looking for members to take on specific tasks such as stewarding various events. So do come along and hear an informative talk and discover how you can be part of our centenary project.]]>
Wiltshire Branch Sun, 10 Aug 2014 10:35:04 +0000
"Room 40" - David Wright http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3133.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/avon/details/3133.html Venue: The King's Own Regimental Museum / Lancaster
Category: Lancashire (North) Branch
Date: Mon, 06 October 2014
Time: 07:30PM
Description: ]]>
Lancashire (North) Branch Sat, 30 Nov 2013 12:43:01 +0000