WFA members, guests, and many thousands of visitors took part in the WFA's Annual Service at the Cenotaph on 11 November 2014.
A well known face was able to join us at the ceremony at the last moment.
Thereafter the WFA moved to the Guards Chapel at Wellington Barracks for our Memorial Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving.
Please see below an excel...Read more...
On 11 November 2014 all members of the WFA will celebrate our thirty-fifth anniversary. As we proceed through our 35th year, we can recall with pride that the WFA has a fine record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and thos...
The Bulletin is the in-house members' magazine of the WFA. It is published three times a year in March, July and November.
As a subscribed member of the WFA, you will be sent your copy by post as soon as it is published.
The Bulletin , together with your copies of Stand To! which is also sent to you three times a year, form one of the key benefi...
The WFA 2015 Calendar is now on sale and accepting pre-orders which will be despatched commencing mid-October.
The calendar includes 14 high-quality, modern images of scenes from the Western Front today. All images are especially selected from the work of several superb photographers, each of whom has generously donated their work to the WFA for the...
Stand To! No 101, the journal of the Western Front Association, is now being distributed to current subscribed members of the WFA.
Stand To! is published three times a year in January, May and September.
The Editor is always prepared to consider original articles for publication.
Below you will find the contents list including a link to the featured arti...
Update February 2014: a further analysis of the records has been published, plus a manual lookup request (fee required) . You can also read some of the feedback we have received from those who have used the WFA's lookup service.
The Western Front Association (WFA) is delighted to announce that it has secured the safe storage and preservation of a...
Update July 2013: a new Centenary project for the Butte .
The Butte de Warlencourt, a prehistoric burial mound on the side of the Albert to Bapaume Road, was, during the 1916 Battle of the Somme, a position of great strength for the Germans. It was fortified with barbed wire, riddled with tunnels and defended by machine guns and mortars and stood as a...Read more...
If you know someone who is interested in the Great War, why not give a year's membership of the WFA as a present? From only £26 a year (UK single rate), membership makes an ideal gift.
Some 6,000 WFA members throughout the world are involved in the many different aspects of 'Remembering' The Great War. These include our members' own research into f...
From research generously provided by historian Andy Slade.
Andy has collated his research from CWGC public data sources.
The casualties include all those listed as war casualties, from all theatres and all arms.
The graphs are interactive, so you can lo...
Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples of incidents and accidents throughout the Great War that resulted in injury, loss of life or damage to property. Perhaps the most...
Image: Vincent, at Brookland, in early 1914 (Tessa Waterfall)
4 August 2014 marked the 100th anniversary of the day Britain entered one of the costliest conflicts in history – the First World War – with fighting continuing until 11 November ...
by Professor Gary Sheffield, WFA Vice-President .
It is a very great honour to be asked to give the address here, in this place, on today of all days. Exactly one hundred years ago the British Expeditionary Force was fighting for its life in the F...
Six men won the Victoria Cross on the Western Front in December 1914, of whom two were from Cumberland. Both men were served with the 2nd Border Regiment of 20th Infantry Brigade,7th Division. Their battalion had arrived in Zeebrugge on 6 October 191...
Recent British television programmes gave us the views of leading historians on where the blame for the Great War lay and, in particular, whether Britain should have joined in or could have avoided it. We have also been treated to a dramatic account ...
15912 Pte Harold Stanley Willans, 8th Bn East Lancashire Regt
Born in Leeds, Yorkshire in 1890, Harold was living in Nelson, Lancashire at the time of his enlistment. A hat and hosiery shop worker in his civilian life, he enlisted in Burnley into the ...
By the time of reading this, the bumper, brilliant copy of Bulletin 100 will have dropped through your letter boxes. It really is something else. A huge well done to Ralph Lomas and everybody else involved for their efforts here.
The highlight of Nove...
Admiral Callaghan to command at the Nore.
Givenchy battle dying down.
British First Corps relieved Indian Corps in Givenchy sector. Givenchy secured.
French advance towards Noyon, and near Beauséjour (Champagne).
Fresh Austrian sortie from Przemysl (Gal...
The Western Front Association (WFA) was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during The Great War.
Established in 1980 by noted military historian John Giles, the WFA has grown over the years to some 6,000 members worldwide. Please see the Branches Information section for details of your nearest WFA branch.
Through the work of the Association we do not seek to justify or glorify war. We are not a re-enactment society, nor are we commercially motivated. We are entirely non-political. The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of The Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.
Applications for membership are warmly welcomed from anyone of a like mind.
If you would like to learn more, please look through our website. If there is any information on joining you cannot find here, please contact the Membership Office.
The Western Front Association is a Registered Charity No. 298365
British naval propaganda - Sea Dreams (1914)
Maintaining public confidence in Britain's naval prowess was a key propaganda priority in the Great War. Here, celebrated illustrator Lancelot Speed conjures up images of Drake and Nelson to contrast with the more recent ambitions of the German navy. By a fortunate coincidence, the film was released just two days after Britain's victory at sea in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
Streamed courtesy of the BFI and YouTube.
The Western Front Association would like to wish all our website visitors hearty compliments for season and a happy, peaceful and healthy 2015.
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