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British and Commonwealth casualties in the Great War

British and Commonwealth casualties in the Great War

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...


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...


The Address given at the WFA Remembrance Service in the Guards' Chapel, Armistice Day, 11 November 2014

The Address given at the WFA Remembrance Service in the Guards' Chapel, Armistice Day, 11 November 2014

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...


Privates Abraham Acton VC and James Smith VC

Privates Abraham Acton VC and James Smith VC

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...


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 ...


22 December 1916 Pte Harold Stanley Willans

22 December 1916 Pte Harold Stanley Willans

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 ...


Chairman's report, November 2014

Chairman's report, November 2014

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...


Tuesday, 22 December 1914

Tuesday, 22 December 1914

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...


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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.

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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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