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The Hong Kong - Singapore Mountain Battery in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine 1915 - 1918

The Hong Kong - Singapore Mountain Battery in Egypt, Sinai and Palestine 1915 - 1918

The Hong Kong-Singapore Royal Garrison Artillery

In 1847 the British authorities in Hong Kong began using Indians as gun lascars, or general workers, because the climatic conditions were unsuitable for white soldiers, and also because Indians were muc...

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The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

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...



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Newfoundland goes to war

Newfoundland goes to war

On 4 August 1914, the Governor of Newfoundland, Sir Walter Davidson received a telegram at 9.30 pm, local time, informing him that Britain was at at war with Germany.

On 4 August 2014, a service was help to commemorate the event. At 9.30 pm. the bells...

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The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

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 ...

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1 November 1917 Inf Otto Maier

1 November 1917 Inf Otto Maier

Inf Otto Maier, 10 Württembergisches Inf-Regt Nr 180

Born at Herbrechtingen, Württemberg on 22 December 1889, Otto was working as weaver in Austria at the time of the outbreak of war. He returned to Germany in the first week of August 1914 and, with...

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Chairman's Report October 2014

Chairman's Report October 2014

I'm beginning to get worried in that inspite of my saying that it would never happen, i am now starting to sound like my father! He used to say time flies past as you get older and he was correct. The clocks have gone back, November is here and my da...

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Sunday, 1 November 1914

Sunday, 1 November 1914

Adm Jellicoe left Lough Swilly to confer with Mr Churchill and Lord Fisher in London.

Queen's Westminsters embarked for France; later joined 7th Division, relieving Artists' Corps, which became OTC.

German guns now mounted among dunes from Westende to ...

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What is The Western Front Association?

newlogo50hThe 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

Great War Video

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.

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WFA Office – Job Opportunity

Following the decision of John and Heather Richardson to stand down, the WFA welcomes appl...

 

The Commemoration of the arrival of the Unknown Warrior, 10 November 2014 at Victoria Station, 8.00pm

The London Branch of the WFA will be holding its annual ceremony of commemoration at Victo...

 

Vacancy for WFA Branch Co-ordinator

Following the tragic loss of David Easton as WFA Branch Co-ordinator and Trustee, there is...

 

David Easton, WFA Branch Co-ordinator. - an appreciation

It was with the deepest sadness that I learned of the recent death of our Branch Co-ordina...

 

John and Heather Richardson to stand down from WFA duties

It's the end of an era as Membership Trustee John Richardson and his wife Heather have dec...

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