Welcome to the Thames Valley branch of The Western Front Association.
We meet on the last Thursday of each month at 8.00pm.
Members of The Western Front Association and non-members are equally welcome.
We ask for a modest donation of £4 on the door which includes sandwiches after the meeting. A bar is also available.
Any new visitors will be assured of an welcoming and friendly atmosphere among a group of like-minded enthusiasts.
VENUE: Berkshire Sports & Social Club, Sonning Lane, Reading RG4 6ST.
Upcoming Branch Events
'From Gallipoli to D-Day: British Empire Armies and Amphibious Operations 1915-44' - Gary Sheffield : Gallipoli to D-Day
Gary needs no introduction to members of the Thames Valley Branch (of which he is a member). In his talk he will argue that the Gallipoli Campaign was not, as it is often regarded, a great missed opportunity to shorten the Great War, but that conditions on the Gallipoli Peninsula were even more unfavourable than those on the Western Front, and th…Event Details
There is currently considerable interest in battlefield archaeology. Between the wars a similar process occurred to exhume the bodies of missing soldiers, identify them, and inter them in IWGC cemeteries. How was this done? Who did it? What were their experiences? Dr Hodgkinson will discuss these questions. Peter Hodgkinson has an MA in Milita…Event Details
'Photographing the Fallen: A War Graves Photographer on the Western Front 1915-19' - Jeremy Gordon Smith
This talk was originally scheduled for 2020 but had to be cancelled due to 'Lockdown'. Jeremy Gordon Smith is a Therapeutic Counsellor and has a keen interest in Military History and Photography. His Great Great Uncle, Ivan Bawtree was also a photographer and became an Official Photographer for the Graves Registration Commission in 1915, working i…Event Details