Welcome to the Birmingham branch.

We meet at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, King Edward Sq, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6AB on the third Saturday of every month at 2.00pm.

We have our own website: The Western Front Association (Birmingham Branch) where you will find the programme of events, contacts, newsletter and branch business. 

Upcoming Branch Events

'The Life of General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien' with Athur Aston
17 Mar

'The Life of General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien' with Athur Aston

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, King Edward Sq Sutton Coldfield B73 6AB
17 Mar 2018 14:00

Smith-Dorrien held senior commands in the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) during the First World War. He commanded II Corps at the Battle of Mons, the first major action fought by the BEF, and the Battle of Le Cateau, where he fought a vigorous and successful defensive action contrary to the wishes of the Commander-in-Chief Sir John French, with …

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'Sir John Monash & The Battle of Le Hamel July 1918' with Paul Cobb
21 Apr

'Sir John Monash & The Battle of Le Hamel July 1918' with Paul Cobb

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, King Edward Sq Sutton Coldfield B73 6AB
21 Apr 2018 14:00

In this talk Paul Cobb will look at the career of General Monash whose spectacular promotion led him to command the Australian Corps. Monash was highly regarded, and even touted as a possible replacement for Sir Douglas Haig. But was he as good as his reputation now suggests? The second half of this presentation will look at the Battle of Le Hame…

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'The Schools of King Edward VI, Birmingham, in the Great War' with Alison Wheatley
19 May

'The Schools of King Edward VI, Birmingham, in the Great War' with Alison Wheatley

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, King Edward Sq Sutton Coldfield B73 6AB
19 May 2018 14:00

Approximately 1,400 former pupils served in the war and 17% were killed. The most famous of the alumni was JRR Tolkien. Tolkien lost a number of friends including poet Geoffrey Smith. There is a school of thought that Tolkien’s epic Lord of the Rings was influenced by Smith. Another classmate of Tolkien’s was Harold Bache who played cricket for …

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