• 'Journey's End' from Mesh Theatre Co returns to Ypres

    'Journey's End' from Mesh Theatre Co returns to Ypres

    Owning to popular demand and its sell-out performances in Ypres Mesh Theatre are returns to Ypres this November 2-11, 20…

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  • World War I Museum Saved from Permanent Closure by Swedish Heavy Metal Band Sabaton

    World War I Museum Saved from Permanent Closure by Swedish Heavy Metal Band Sabaton

    The campaign to fund the Heugh Battery Museum in Hartlepool has successfully saved the museum from permanent closure, wi…

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  • Professor Gary Sheffield pays tribute to his predecessor as Honorary President of The Western Front Association, Professor Peter Simkins MBE

    Professor Gary Sheffield pays tribute to his predecessor as Honorary President of The Western Front Association, Professor Peter Simkins MBE

    I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor as Honorary President of the Western Front Association, Professor Pet…

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  • Announcing the availability of the Great War databases 'Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1918'

    Announcing the availability of the Great War databases 'Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1918'

    These Great War databases are available for public access: 'Australian Anzacs in the Great War 1914-1918'  Or URL h…

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  • It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Bob Wyatt

    It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Bob Wyatt

    It is with great sadness that The Western Front Association mourns the death of Bob Wyatt, such a significant figure i…

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  • It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Charles Messenger

    It is with great sadness that we mark the death of Charles Messenger

    Charles Messenger served for 21 years as an officer in the British Royal Tank Regiment and for 13 with the British Ter…

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  • Congratulations to Professor Peter Simkins on turning 80 today

    Congratulations to Professor Peter Simkins on turning 80 today

    We are delighted to mark the 80th birthday of Professor Peter Simkins MBE, the President of The Western Front Associatio…

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  • A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    Saturday 27th April 2019 A free lecture-concert presented by Dr Emma Hanna and Dr Helen Brooks with the Invicta Concert…

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  • Throughout May join The CWGC for Sunday Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery

    Throughout May join The CWGC for Sunday Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery

    Tours every Sunday (except Easter Sunday) until the end of May. This spring, visitors to the Commonwealth War Graves …

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  • The Soldier by Rachel Wagstaff

    The Soldier by Rachel Wagstaff

    MESH is delighted to announce we're back in Flanders this Autumn with our acclaimed production of THE SOLDIER by award-w…

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  • The Western Front Association PhD Scholarship Programme– student and tutor information and application form for 2019

    The Western Front Association PhD Scholarship Programme– student and tutor information and application form for 2019

    WFA PhD Scholarship Programme 2019 Student and tutor information and application form for 2019 Overview Applications…

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  • A Brief Guide showing how to use The Western Front Association's Library Edition of Fold 3

    A Brief Guide showing how to use The Western Front Association's Library Edition of Fold 3

    Below is a short video created to help demonstrate some functions - and results - from the WFA's 'Library Edition' of Fo…

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Benefits of Membership

The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the period 1914-1918, to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during the Great War. It does not seek to glorify war and is non-political. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits. In particular, belonging to the WFA provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. You will also receive our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin in total six times a year.

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Join The WFA

Our aims are 'Remembrance and Sharing the History of the Great War'. You get 6 magazines per year. Currently there is a 3 extra months Free offer - ask office for details. For more information on how to join and what membership options are available, please click here.

For all enquiries, please contact the office:
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  • 'Battlefield Success – Achieving Tactical Excellence in an Infantry Battalion 1916-18' by Fraser Skirrow

    'Battlefield Success – Achieving Tactical Excellence in an Infantry Battalion 1916-18' by Fraser Skirrow

    30 May 2019 19:30 Kent (North West)

    Caption: A typical battlefield today Fraser Skirrow is a popular WFA speaker and he has given this talk at many branche…

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  • Prof Brian Bond  -  Commemorating Victory 1918-2018

    Prof Brian Bond - Commemorating Victory 1918-2018

    30 May 2019 20:00 Thames Valley

    Prof Brian Bond  - Commemorating Victory 1918-2018 Brian Bond is Professor Emeritus of military history at King's Colle…

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  • Francine Tomaselli: The Boys from Brazil

    Francine Tomaselli: The Boys from Brazil

    31 May 2019 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    Francine Tomaselli looks at the activities of five brothers who served in WW1; three in the Army and two in the Royal Na…

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  • 'Joseph Dines: Teacher, Footballer and Temporary Gentleman' with Dr. Barry Blades

    'Joseph Dines: Teacher, Footballer and Temporary Gentleman' with Dr. Barry Blades

    01 Jun 2019 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    The story of the 'Smiling Footballer' from King's Lynn, an elementary schoolteacher who played football for England and …

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  • 'When Tommy Came Limping Home: Caring for the British War Disabled After 1918 by Dr Jessica Meyer'

    'When Tommy Came Limping Home: Caring for the British War Disabled After 1918 by Dr Jessica Meyer'

    03 Jun 2019 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    When Tommy Came Limping Home: Caring for the British War Disabled After 1918 by Dr Jessica Meyer

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  • BRANCH TOUR - "The Opening and Closing Shots"

    BRANCH TOUR - "The Opening and Closing Shots"

    04 Jun 2019 09:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    The 2019 WFA Tayside  tour to the Western Front takes a look at the less visited and less examined parts of the British …

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  • Wombles of the Western Front - By Rob Thompson

    Wombles of the Western Front - By Rob Thompson

    04 Jun 2019 19:30 Chesterfield

    Rob Thompson, an “accidental” military historian who prior to becoming an independent military historian taught at th…

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  • 'St Eloi-Village of the craters" by Chris John.

    'St Eloi-Village of the craters" by Chris John.

    05 Jun 2019 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    This illustrated talk by Chris John will look at the village of St Eloi on the Ypres Salient and the tunnelling and mini…

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  • 'The BEF: The final verdict': a lecture by Prof John Bourne

    'The BEF: The final verdict': a lecture by Prof John Bourne

    08 Jun 2019 14:30 Yorkshire

    Now that the Great War is more than a hundred years behind us, and after five years of centenaries, it is perhaps a good…

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  • 'The Story of the Last Men Killed in Action' a talk by Paul Blurton

    'The Story of the Last Men Killed in Action' a talk by Paul Blurton

    10 Jun 2019 18:30 Staffs (North) & Cheshire (South)

    The main theme of Paul's talk is the actions that contributed to the deaths in action of both Allied and German troops a…

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  • 13-14 June: ‘Armageddon: The Second World War in Comparative Perspective’

    13-14 June: ‘Armageddon: The Second World War in Comparative Perspective’

    13 Jun 2019 10:00

    This Two Day Conference. ‘Armageddon: The Second World War in Comparative Perspective’ includes material on the First Wo…

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  • 27 - 28 June: TWO DAY CONFERENCE: Peace making after the First World War 1919-1923

    27 - 28 June: TWO DAY CONFERENCE: Peace making after the First World War 1919-1923

    27 Jun 2019 09:30

    To mark the centenary of the signature of the Treaty of Versailles, this two day conference explores the peace making pr…

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  • 6 July 'Ends and Beginnings: Legacies of the Great War'

    6 July 'Ends and Beginnings: Legacies of the Great War'

    06 Jul 2019 09:30

    A one day conference about the legacies of the Great War will be held at the National Army Museum on Saturday 6 July. D…

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  • 20 July  ‘War and Peace in Surrey. 1914-1918’

    20 July ‘War and Peace in Surrey. 1914-1918’

    20 Jul 2019 10:00

    With exhibitions, talks, film and re-enactments this day long series of events coincides with the centenary of Peace Day…

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Private George Leonard Collins In 1966, I visited for the first time, the grave of my grandfather, George Leonard Collins, in Vailly-sur-Aisne British Cemetery, France. Image: Grave of Private George Leonard Collins 204071 2nd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in Vailly-sur-Aisne British Cemetery, France. My grandmother had nev…

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204071 Private George Leonard Collins,  2nd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment
Ancestry Pension Records

Ancestry Pension Records

As members of The Western Front Association will know, in 2012 the WFA stepped in to save from destruction over six million pension records of men who served in the Great War. Below are various articl…

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The Latest WWI Podcast

The Latest WWI Podcast

Mentioned in Dispatches By Dr Tom Thorpe Podcasts on all aspects of the Great War from the UK's leading First World War history society The Western Front Association. Click here to view in iTunes.

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World War I Book Reviews

World War I Book Reviews

Book Reviews by academics, amateur historians, WFA members and keen readers.

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World War I Articles

World War I Articles

Articles on every aspect of the First World War written by experts in their field. All are examples of the kind of work featured in Stand To!

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