• The Western Front Association's 2022 Calendar

    The Western Front Association's 2022 Calendar

    We are delighted to announce that the 2022 Calendar from The Western Front Association is now available. As ever, this f…

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  • Launched this year - an introduction to the Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology

    Launched this year - an introduction to the Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology

    The Centre for Experimental Military Archaeology (CEMA), launched this year at the Kent Event Centre in Detling. At CE…

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  • Armistice Day: Cenotaph arrangements 11 November 2021

    Armistice Day: Cenotaph arrangements 11 November 2021

    One of the highlights of the year for many members of The Western Front Association is the well attended act of rememb…

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  • Announcing The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2021/22

    Announcing The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2021/22

    The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2021/2022 is offered to provide research scholars the opportunity to en…

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  • The Landscape of Love and Solace : John Nash Exhibition

    The Landscape of Love and Solace : John Nash Exhibition

    The work of John Nash, one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century is being featured in a new exh…

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  • Out Now! Bulletin August 2021 No.120

    Out Now! Bulletin August 2021 No.120

    Bulletin - the internal magazine of The Western Front Association is published three times a year and includes…

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  • 200 Brentano’s Launch on Stereoscope: A Call to Action!

    200 Brentano’s Launch on Stereoscope: A Call to Action!

    We’re extremely excited to announce the beginning of a large-scale project to unravel the mystery of the group of manufa…

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  • Stand To ! No.123 July 2021

    Stand To ! No.123 July 2021

    The latest issue of the journal of The Western Front Association is out today. There are ten carefully researched and ri…

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  • Deadline Reminder : August 31st is the Deadline for the Colin Hardy Annual Competition

    Deadline Reminder : August 31st is the Deadline for the Colin Hardy Annual Competition

    The annual competition to foster interest and scholarship in the First World War among young people is now open for …

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  • Stereoscope Enhancements July 2021

    Stereoscope Enhancements July 2021

    Stereoscope - being The Western Front Association's collection of stereo images from the Great War now has two important…

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  • Are you a Battlefield Guide to the Western Front ?

    Are you a Battlefield Guide to the Western Front ?

    MA Student Jack Evason who writes: Hi,  I am an MA student at the University of York writing a dissertation about batt…

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  • We've made a great start! Nine schools have registered so far ... come and join us!

    We've made a great start! Nine schools have registered so far ... come and join us!

    Have you registered your school for the Malcolm Doolin Memorial Project for Local History Research yet? http://bit.l…

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Benefits of Membership

The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 with the purpose of furthering interest in the history of the First World War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those who served, on all sides, across all theatres and fronts, on land, at sea and in the air and at home, during the Great War. The Western Front Association is non-political and does not seek to glorify war. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits including our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin six times a year, access to the Stand To! archive, Gun Fire Archive, Military Factsheets and Pension Records database. In particular, belonging to The Western Front Association provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge of the First World War in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

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  • The Finney Brothers and their Great War - Alwyn Killingsworth

    The Finney Brothers and their Great War - Alwyn Killingsworth

    18 Oct 2021 19:00 Lincoln & North Lincolnshire

    All three Finney brothers were pre-war regulars, one served in the Royal Canadian Artillery/Royal Canadian Horse Artille…

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  • Shout at the Devil –The story of the German cruiser Königsberg by Kevin Patience

    Shout at the Devil –The story of the German cruiser Königsberg by Kevin Patience

    20 Oct 2021 19:45 Surrey

    Shout at the Devil –The story of the German cruiser Königsberg by Kevin Patience The story of SMS Königsberg is a uniqu…

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  • Cork VC's of the Great War with Gerry White

    Cork VC's of the Great War with Gerry White

    21 Oct 2021 19:30 London (East)

    During the Great War, a total of thirty-seven Irish servicemen were awarded the Victoria Cross. Of that number, five had…

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  • War memorials: Fighting for survival by Mike Coyle

    War memorials: Fighting for survival by Mike Coyle

    25 Oct 2021 19:30 Preston & Central Lancashire

    War memorials: Fighting for survival by Mike Coyle A look at the meaning, significance and fate of War Memorials in the…

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  • Thames Valley Meetings Restart

    Thames Valley Meetings Restart

    28 Oct 2021 20:00 Thames Valley

    Thames Valley Branch Meetings will restart on Thursday 28th October 2021. Please note: There will be NOT be any sandwic…

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  • ONLINE: A Glorified Trench Raid?

    ONLINE: A Glorified Trench Raid?

    30 Oct 2021 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    'A Glorified Trench Raid’ or Trench warfare’s Year Zero…..? Ross Beadle presents The Battle of Neuve Chapelle March 191…

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  • 'German War Birds by Graham Kemp'

    'German War Birds by Graham Kemp'

    01 Nov 2021 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    German War Birds by Graham Kemp Our Branch Chairman Graham Kemp will give his new talk on the German Air Service in the…

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  • Short & missing a finger! - Quirks & pitfalls of researching family military history

    Short & missing a finger! - Quirks & pitfalls of researching family military history

    01 Nov 2021 19:30 Northumberland

    ‘Short & missing a finger! Quirks & pitfalls of researching family military history’  presented by Steve Ersk…

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  • Annual General Meeting 2021

    Annual General Meeting 2021

    02 Nov 2021 00:00 Cheltenham & Gloucester

    We shall be holding our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 2 November and all branch members are welcome to attend. The e…

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  • The Home Front 1914-18 - by Tim Lynch

    The Home Front 1914-18 - by Tim Lynch

    02 Nov 2021 19:30 Chesterfield

    The First World War created an entirely new sphere of war - the Home Front. Every single person in the country was affec…

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  • ONLINE: 'Ill Met By Moonlight': British and German raiders clash in the outpost war, with Fraser Skirrow

    ONLINE: 'Ill Met By Moonlight': British and German raiders clash in the outpost war, with Fraser Skirrow

    25 Oct 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  This talk by Fraser Skirrow is the story of a couple of raids, one Bri…

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  • ONLINE: "Walking quietly into a hail of lead to carry away a wounded man": Stretcher Bearers of the Western Front by Dr Emily Mayhew

    ONLINE: "Walking quietly into a hail of lead to carry away a wounded man": Stretcher Bearers of the Western Front by Dr …

    01 Nov 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  During the Great War, the battalion and regimental stretcher bearers tra…

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  • ONLINE: Recovering the Fallen; Remembering the Missing by Christina Holstein

    ONLINE: Recovering the Fallen; Remembering the Missing by Christina Holstein

    08 Nov 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  The 1916 Battle of Verdun ended with over 700,000 French and German casu…

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  • ONLINE: 'November 1918: The Armistice and How the War Ended' by Prof Stephen Badsey

    ONLINE: 'November 1918: The Armistice and How the War Ended' by Prof Stephen Badsey

    15 Nov 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  In this talk Professor Stephen Badsey examines the Armistice of 11 Novembe…

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  • ONLINE: Black Poppies by Stephen Bourne

    ONLINE: Black Poppies by Stephen Bourne

    22 Nov 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  Stephen Bourne presents an informative and illustrated talk about the up…

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Frank Sagar was born in Barnoldswick, Yorkshire in July 1886 Franks parents were George and Emma - both were cotton weavers. They had married in 1881 and between 1884 and 1901 they had nine children, two of whom died has infants. Like two of sisters and three younger brothers, Frank worked in a nearby cotton mill.  At the time of his death the family lived …

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17 October 1916 :  L/Cpl Frank Sagar
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

The Western Front Association's podcasts are an eclectic mix of themed interviews with experts in their particular fields which shine a light into areas of the first world war which are sometimes over…

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World War I Book Reviews

World War I Book Reviews

Book Reviews by academics, amateur historians, Western Front Association 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. Some are were first published in Stand To! or Bulletin, others have been researched and written for the web. If you w…

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