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The Western Front Association Commemoration of the Deployment of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914

The Western Front Association Commemoration of  the Deployment of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914

Official Centenary National Commemoration Events

by The Western Front Association

Sunday, 10 - Wednesday 13 August 2014

The events are open to WFA members, family and friends to attend. The public will also be welcome to join us in these Centenary commemoration events.

Updated details will be published in the July 2014 Bulletin and on the WFA websites
www.westernfrontassociation.com and www.firstworldwarcentenary.co.uk

Update 26 July 2014: download the latest programme of event (version 2).

Update 30 July 2014: slight modifications to the timings of events listed below

Update 8 August 2014: slight changes to London - Dover events on Sunday

As one of the first major national events to start the Centenary commemorations of 2014-2018 The Western Front Association will commemorate the deployment of the British Expeditionary Force to France. Our commemoration is about remembering the physical movement to France of thousands of servicemen and horses with their associated equipment and all those who made the move possible. The deployment of August 1914 was carried out in two parts: the ground force; and the first British deployment of an air force.

In a series of transport-related events using motorbikes, a horse-drawn wagon, vehicles and aircraft we shall be remembering the first units transported to France from 9 August 1914 by land, sea and air. To mark the 100 year anniversary of this movement to France, The Western Front Association is organising Commemorative Journeys on 10, 11, 12 and 13 August to represent the movement of the land force and the air force to France. The journeys will culminate on the afternoon of 13 August 2014 with a service of remembrance to be held at the Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras Flying Services Memorial and Arras Memorial, Arras, France.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:51 )

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The launch of a new joint lecture series between the University of Wolverhampton and The Western Front Association

The launch of a new joint lecture series between the University of Wolverhampton and The Western Front Association

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new joint lecture series between the University of Wolverhampton and The Western Front Association. Supported by a grant from the WFA, the series will be held at the University of Wolverhampton, is open to the public, and will run until 2018.

The inaugural lecture, to be held at the University on 21 May 2014, will be given by Dr Adrian Gregory (Pembroke College, Oxford) on 'Writing a war of peoples'.

In this lecture Dr Adrian Gregory reflects on writing his new book. It is a brief history of a huge subject, that takes a global approach, avoiding a narrowly British view, and includes a study of the fraught and complex process of peace making. Dr Gregory's previous work includes the highly-acclaimed The Last Great War: British Society and the First World War (2008).

Admission is free. Please visit the event listing for the lecture to register your interest in attending.

 

The second lecture will be given by Professor Michael Neiberg of the US Army War College on the origins of the First World War on Wednesday 18 June 2014 at 5pm. Professor Brian Bond of King's College London has agreed to speak in the autumn about his forthcoming book comparing Britain's experience of war in 1914-18 and 1939-45. We will be announcing the date and other details in due course.

Last Updated ( Friday, 25 April 2014 07:07 )

Vacancy for WFA Honorary Treasurer

Vacancy for WFA Honorary Treasurer

We have been advised by Graham Clark that he is unable to continue with his role as WFA Honorary Treasurer for personal reasons. We are sad to lose him and our thanks go to him for his good work.

Consequently, we invite applications from suitable candidates for this position to take over as soon as possible. All matters are up to date.

Applicants should be qualified accountants ideally with a working knowledge of charities with the ability to allocate the necessary time to the work.

Applications including a CV should be sent to WFA Honorary Secretary, Steve Oram, Spindleberry,, Marlow Road, Bourne End, Bucks SL8 5NL or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 April 2014 21:57 )

WFA news about WFA news

WFA news about WFA news

This part of the website will now be confined to news of the WFA and our branches, etc. It will also continue to carry WFA Branch and national events.

We will add news generally about the Great War via the WFA's First World War Centenary website, which is more suited to rapid response breaking news items during the Centenary.

If you have any news you wish to announce, please use the form on the First World War Centenary website.

We will also add external (non-WFA) events via the Centenary website also.

If you have an event you wish to draw attention to, please self-submit the details. Please read the guidelines first.

Many thanks


David Henderson

WFA websites Editor

 

WFA Front Forum closes

WFA Front Forum closes

The WFA's Executive Committee has decided to withdraw the WFA Front Forum because it would require a software upgrade which would involve considerable work and expense, whilst it was felt that the Forum was not of material benefit to the WFA.

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 March 2014 13:30 )


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