On 11 November 2012 all members of the WFA celebrated our thirty-second anniversary. During these thirty-two years, the WFA has a proud record of remembering The First World War and those of all nations who fought and those who died in the years 1914-18. As we enter...
The Western Front Association (WFA) is delighted to announce that it has secured the safe storage and preservation of a major archive of over six million Great War soldiers' pension record cards.
Some two years ago, the WFA lea...
Image: my Father, James Reid Christie, the first a head and shoulders photograph showing a medal ribbon of what looks like the 1914 Star, undated but presumably after being commissioned in September 1915. One full length, obviously displaying his Second Lieutenant's Star. Undated but post September 1915, possibly before returning to France or soon ...
Stand To! No 97, 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 the featured article from St...
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...
WFA Tours: dates announced for 2014
Booking arrangements and the detailed itineraries will be announced later this year.
2013 Tours Status
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 sentinel in front of the major German trenches called ...Read more...
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Image: An aerial view of The Bridoux Salient (top) as it appeared six days before the German raid on 5 May 1916. The German trenches were 90 yards from the apex. AWM WW1 Photomosaic collection, detail of le Maisnil–en–Weppes, Sheet 36, Square I31...
Dana Edmond Coates was born in Lodgepole, Nebraska, in 1894, the third of ten children. He was descended from one Charles Coates, a British soldier sent to America during the Seven Years War (1756-1763 - although hostilities started two years earlier...
My grandfather John Pearcy enlisted in Leeds in June 1916, he was posted to the 13th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment and he went for training to Rugeley Camp on Cannock Chase.
|Bannatine-Allason, R (1855–1940)||Major-General|
|GOC Infantry Division||CB CMG|
|Wellington College RMA Woolwich||Royal Horse and Royal Field Artillery|
Richard Bannatine-Allason was the son of Richard Cunninghame Bannatine of Glaisnock, Ayrshire.
He was commiss...
Prior to the outbreak of the Great War, one of the main political issues in Britain was drink. Convictions for drunken behaviour regularly exceeded 200,000 pa (1) - significantly higher than in more recent times - and local newspapers were full of re...
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
In Their Own Words: ANZACs of the Western Front
This presentation of Great War film, together with voices of Great War veterans, was produced by the Australian War Memorial's film and sound curators. The footage and original oral history recordings are part of the rich film and sound collections of the Australian War Memorial.
Streamed courtesy of the Australian War Memorial and YouTube
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