• 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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  • Join The CWGC for Sunday Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery

    Join The CWGC for Sunday Tours of Brookwood Military Cemetery

    2pm Every Sunday, March through May The Commonwealth War Graves Commission volunteer-lead tours of Brookwood Milit…

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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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  • Deadline Reminder: Entries to the inaugural Colin Hardy Memorial Prize close 30 April 2019

    Deadline Reminder: Entries to the inaugural Colin Hardy Memorial Prize close 30 April 2019

    Do you have an interest in the First World War? Colin Hardy's family invite papers of between 3,000 and 6,000 words (ex…

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  • Booking now for St Hugh's Armistice Tree Centenary Celebration 6 April 2019

    Booking now for St Hugh's Armistice Tree Centenary Celebration 6 April 2019

    Join us at St Hugh's for this special occasion, as we celebrate 100 years since the planting in 1919 of the beautiful Ma…

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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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  • Announcing the launch of FREE member access to the digitised Pension Records

    Announcing the launch of FREE member access to the digitised Pension Records

    We are delighted to announce that WFA members can freely access the Pension Records via the WFA web site.  Had The …

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  • 2019 calendar

    2019 calendar

    The WFA 2019 Calendar is still available. This high-quality product which has received superb feedback includes first cl…

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  • 1 - The WFA trustees plan for the future

    1 - The WFA trustees plan for the future

    The next AGM will take place on 27th April 2019. The current trustees will remain in post until then, or will leave earl…

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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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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.

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  • How the Allies won The War in 1918

    How the Allies won The War in 1918

    28 Mar 2019 20:00 Thames Valley

    Prof. Gary Sheffield - How the Allies won The War in 1918 Branch member, Academic, and prolific author, Gary Sheffield …

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  • 'Naval Disaster on the Broad Fourteens by Stan Grosvenor'

    'Naval Disaster on the Broad Fourteens by Stan Grosvenor'

    01 Apr 2019 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    Naval Disaster on the Broad Fourteens on 22 September 1914 by Stan Grosvenor. The story of the sinking of HMS Cressy an…

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  • "Aces Falling: War over the Trenches, 1918" - By Peter Hart

    "Aces Falling: War over the Trenches, 1918" - By Peter Hart

    02 Apr 2019 19:30 Chesterfield

    No stranger this guy, Peter Hart making his annual pilgrimage to Chesterfield. His presentation…

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  • 'The Battle of Dogger Bank 1915' with Dr Scott Lindgren

    'The Battle of Dogger Bank 1915' with Dr Scott Lindgren

    03 Apr 2019 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    Dr Scott Lindgren will be talking about this naval engagement which occurred on the 24 January 1915, near the Dogger Ban…

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  • Stephen Badsey

    Stephen Badsey

    04 Apr 2019 19:30 Merseyside

    Could the battle of the Somme have been won?

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  • 'Why the Allies Won the First World War' with Professor Gary Sheffield

    'Why the Allies Won the First World War' with Professor Gary Sheffield

    05 Apr 2019 19:30 Birmingham

    Why the Allies Won the First World War  Gary Sheffield need little introduction to members of the WFA, historians and a…

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  • 'The Battle of the Lys 1918'  by Viv John

    'The Battle of the Lys 1918' by Viv John

    05 Apr 2019 19:30 Wales (South)

    Viv John will be giving a talk on The Battle of the Lys 1918     Image: A Lewis gun team at gun post at Marquois on …

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  • Author Richard Pyves: Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal

    Author Richard Pyves: Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal

    06 Apr 2019 09:30 Central Ontario

    COBWFA welcomes author, historian and genealogist Rick Pyves for a presentation on his highly acclaimed publication, Cou…

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  • Uncle Ben by David Britton

    Uncle Ben by David Britton

    06 Apr 2019 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    Based on his book of the same name, David Britton will talk about his Uncle, Captain Benjamin Chipcase Clayton MC who wa…

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  • Royal Garrison Artillery

    Royal Garrison Artillery

    07 Apr 2019 14:00 Wiltshire

    Geoff Spring visits the branch again this year to continue his chapters in the story of artillery. On this occasion the…

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  • 8th Western Front Association President's Conference 'Reflections on the Great War'

    8th Western Front Association President's Conference 'Reflections on the Great War'

    30 Mar 2019 09:00

    8th WFA President’s Conference Saturday 30th March 2019 Doors 09.00. Start 09.45 until 16.30 Tally Ho! Sports and Soc…

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  • 2019 Spring Conference and AGM

    2019 Spring Conference and AGM

    27 Apr 2019 09:30

    Portrait of a British soldier, taken prisoner by the Germans, probably in April 1918   Programme for the Day …

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  • A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    A Night in the West End 1914-1918

    27 Apr 2019 18:30

    A free lecture-concert presented by Dr Emma Hanna and Dr Helen Brooks with the Invicta Concert Band at Westgate Hall,…

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  • 'The British Army and the End of the First World War' by Jonathan Boff

    'The British Army and the End of the First World War' by Jonathan Boff

    01 May 2019 17:30

    The Talk Dr Jonathan Boff will discuss the transformation undergone by the British army during the First World War an…

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  • Contested Commemorations: Reflections on the First World War Centenary. A Royal Historical Society Symposium at the Open University

    Contested Commemorations: Reflections on the First World War Centenary. A Royal Historical Society Symposium at the Open…

    17 May 2019 10:00

    Reflections on the First World War Centenary. A Royal Historical Society Symposium at the Open University A F…

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Died of his injuries in hospital in Rouen Robert was born in Burnley in 1880 the son of a nut and bolt maker. He had three young brothers James, Harry, Gilbert and three younger sisters, Mary and Elizabeth. Before the war he had been in the 1st Bn Cameronians serving in Mauritius and South Africa. He was married to Jenny. Sergeant (Bannist…

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6790  Sgt John Robert (Bannister) Lavender
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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