Welcome to the Wessex branch of The Western Front Association.

Due to the coronavirus, the meetings in April, May and June were cancelled. The September meeting was held, with strict precautions relating to Covid-19, and it is also planned to hold monthly meetings for the remainder of the year. Please contact the branch if you would like to attend a meeting as numbers are limited to 30 participants.

We meet at 2.00pm for a 2.30pm start.

There are no meetings in July or August. 

Meetings are held at Pimperne Village Hall in the heart of rural Dorset. Pimperne village lies two miles north-east of the Georgian Town of Blandford Forum with Blandford Camp, currently home of the Royal Signals, less than a mile away. 

 

Upcoming Branch Events

Tom Cousins (Bournemouth University): The world's first aircraft carrier
03 Oct

Tom Cousins (Bournemouth University): The world's first aircraft carrier

Pimperne Village Hall, Newfield Road, Pimperne, Dorset, DT11 8UZ, UK
03 Oct 2020 14:30

Commissioned in 1924, HMS Hermes served briefly with the Atlantic Fleet before spending the bulk of her career assigned to the Mediterranean Fleet and the China Station. Please contact the branch if you would like to attend this meeting. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the number of participants will be limited to 30 and other precautions will be in …

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Alan Wakefield: Mountains, Mules & Malaria - Soldiering with the British Salonika Force 1915-18
07 Nov

Alan Wakefield: Mountains, Mules & Malaria - Soldiering with the British Salonika Force 1915-18

Pimperne Village Hall, Newfield Road, Pimperne, Dorset, DT11 8UZ, UK
07 Nov 2020 14:30

Alan Wakefield is chairman of the Salonika Campaign Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History, the Western Front Association and the Gallipoli Association.   IMAGE: A convoy of lorries from 689 Motor Transport Company (ASC) halted on the Seres Road whilst the drivers have a tea break, ca.1917. (C) IWM (Q 32741).

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Julian Walker: Languages and the War
05 Dec

Julian Walker: Languages and the War

Pimperne Village Hall, Newfield Road, Pimperne, Dorset, DT11 8UZ, UK
05 Dec 2020 14:30

Julian Walker is an educator at the British Library, an artist and writer. His books on language include Discovering Words, Team Talk: Sporting Words and their Origins and Trench Talk: Words of the First World War. IMAGE: Soldiers washing clothes. Ypres-Comines Canal, 25 September 1917. (C) IWM (Q 6013)

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