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The third Milton Keynes Marathon with the WFA team - 5 May 2014

The third Milton Keynes Marathon with the  WFA team  - 5 May 2014

- and commemorating a century of armed service.

As WFA members are aware, we have been running a Hydration Station at the Milton Keynes Marathon since personal accident led me to this event in 2012. It gave rise to a special fund-raiser. This is entitled A Century of Armed Service and would go to current service personnel in the name of those who served 100 years ago and whose memory we in the WFA treasure and remember. Publicity for the WFA is high at such an event and we are asked about membership and meetings often.

This project would 'run' for the duration of the Centenary and would hopefully allow us to provide a piece of equipment or something for our Armed Forces. Injury recovery made major leaps during the Great War, blood transfusions, innovative surgical procedures and plastic surgery made their mark.

We currently have around £2,000 but would hope to arise a substantial sum to remind those who serve today and their families of the tradition of service and comradeship, fostered by the WFA and its membership.

We have a great team of people who come to support the WFA and our ideas by standing for several hours in the sun, working their proverbial socks off which went off really well despite another hot day and a change of venue; it was quite surreal being in the middle of one of the main dual carriageways through Milton Keynes, picking up plastic bottle tops and runners' rubbish!

It is inspiring to watch so many ordinary people pushing themselves so hard to achieve a personal goal, beat injury and raise money for charity.

Our huge thanks go to the WFA Marathon Support Team, this year again including WFA members, LAFitness gym staff and friends, twinning colleagues, friends from my teaching career and .............. our young volunteer Julie who is very reliable and the runners love to take their drinks from her rather than us. She will now be laying a WFA wreath for us on the Twinning weekend in June as part of the official WFA delegation and has chosen a poem to read out with her Mum. Also there will again be the niece, Ann, of the young man whose death one week short of his 17th birthday sparked the relationship between the two communities. The MK Poet Laureate has written the following – 'Left without Notice' as a tribute to all those who did the same. Please see the link for more information on this.......................

We are also pleased to include again another WFA relative whose Great-Uncle is also in the Cemetery at Plugstreet Doug Kirby's Great Uncle Walter. Are there any more relatives in this area please?

Watching the runners is always moving, 100 for a small baby, those for H4H and other mainline charities plus ourselves. Our team do the WFA proud in their vests, totally professional and willing to clear up every single bottle cap before the road was re-opened to weekend traffic.

The legacy of the courage of 'our Lads' and the comradeship of the WFA and the spirit of Twinning is alive and well.

Donations are still very welcome, please.

If anyone is interested in attending and assisting us next year, Spring 2015, then again please let me Jane know. The project will run until the end of the Centenary of that Great Conflict 1914 -1918.

Once again we are proud to be able to make a difference to the current 'Lads' in the name of our own special 'Lads', whose memory we treasure'. The First World War Centenary begins next summer – please help us to help them. And – enjoy yourselves into the bargain 'They shall grow not old....'

Jane Backhouse

 

Links:

www.mkheritage.co.uk

www.greatwar.co.uk/people/albert.french

www.mkrose.co.uk

www.livingarchiveband.co.uk

 

 

Photographs courtesy of Roy Backhouse and Ian Mellor.

 

 

 

 

Commemoration of the Deployment of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914 - programme of events

Commemoration of the Deployment of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914 - programme of events

Sunday 10 - Wednesday 13 August 2014

The Western Front Association's commemoration of the deployment of the British Expeditionary Force in August 1914


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 horsedrawn 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 one hundred 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 Commonwealth War Graves Commission Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras Flying Services Memorial and Arras Memorial, Arras, France.

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

Updated details will be published in the Bulletin and on the WFA websites here and on www.firstworldwarcentenary.co.uk.

 

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Bulletin No 99

Bulletin No 99

Bulletin No 99, the members' magazine for subscribers to the WFA, will contain a special supplement about the response to the start of the war.

Several leading historians have written articles and the special issue will feature rare photos and postcard/poster images. Articles will include the deployment plan, the make up of the British army, the role of the Territorials, the railways, horse procurement and the expected role of the cavalry, the RAMC and the deployment of nurses.

Please join the WFA to be assured of your copy.

 

WFA East London Branch First Meeting

WFA East London Branch First Meeting

We held our first meeting on Thursday, 17 April at the Waltham Forest Sports & Social Club in Forest Road, Walthamstow and it really was a great success. Thanks must go to our first speaker Peter Doyle, whose subject “The First World War in 100 Objects” was both interesting and informative. There were really interesting facts to keep both the avid Great War fan and the newcomer enthralled and it was just a shame that we did not have time to hear about all of the 100 objects. Perhaps we may visit the subject again with some more snippets from Peter at a later date?

The evening was attended by about 15 members of the WFA, and it was lovely to see a further 26 people who had heard about it through the Social Club, friends etc. I would like to say a big thank you to Chris Daughters for his help and support in getting this up and running and also for his donations of raffle prizes. A very special thank you to Colin Wagstaff from the Kent Branch, who has helped us all along the way.

Our meetings will usually be held on the third Thursday of every month at the Social Club, with the exception of June, due to the England Match in the World Cup being played on that Thursday, 19 June. Football gets in the way every time .... or so my wife says! Our meeting for June will be on Wednesday, 18 June at 7.30pm and the speaker will be Mark Smith, who is the curator of the Fire Power Museum in Greenwich. His subject is VCs of the Great War, so I look forward to seeing you there. If you would like any further information on the EastLondon Branch of the WFA please give me a call on 07956 541897 or drop me an e mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you to those of you who attended and supported this new venture.

Regards

Neil Pearce

Can you contribute to the Russian photographic archive?

Can you contribute to the Russian photographic archive?

David Easton has had an urgent and rather unusual appeal from Russia. As David says, knowledge of the WFA is obviously truly global:

Below is a summary of the ambitious state-backed project: a project which is likely to have no British content unless our readers can come to the rescue. They simply have no photographs of the British role in the War that they can use. I won't go into the reasons here, but it would be great if you could ride to the rescue! Do you have any original WW1 photographs they can use- to quote my contact Dmitry:

We need images illustrating the British and Commonwealth armies' participation in the war and featuring all episodes of war from battles to everyday life in trenches. We shall need some 50 images to fill the gap..
Please ask people to add captions to the images they offer and, of course, the owner's name. It is also important that all the images are legally impeccable, otherwise the publisher may have serious problems with the rightful owners. I would suggest sending pics as thumbnails or "light" versions of the images. As we select the images for the publication we shall be sending you requests for higher definition files."

In fact, any photos would be useful from this time- landgirls, lady 'coalmen', street scenes with soldiers/nurses... all is potentially suitable. There could be some payment for original images if this is required- quite how this payment will be made still needs to be addressed since I know some of you will wish simply to donate images to 'fill the gap' and fly the flag.

If you wish to be a part of this great project, speed is of the essence. Please email your images as Dmitry suggests to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it You could copy me in if you liked:
branchcoordinator@westernfrontassociation.com

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The Russian State Archive of Film and Photo Documents (RSAFPD), the largest national depositary of audio and visual archives, is finishing its work on a photo album entitled The Great War 1914-1918 Newsreels and Photo Chronicle.

The edition will be published with the support of the Russian Culture Ministry, German Historical Institute in Moscow and the French-Russian Centre for Social and Humanity Sciences.

The RSAFPD project is basically intended to show combat operations on all fronts with an emphasis on the Eastern Front and cover the widest range possible of everyday human activities in the trenches, in battle, in the rear, the army headquarters and suchlike without dividing the warring sides into allies and adversaries.

The album will be based on war photos and newsreels from the collections of Russian and foreign archives, such as the Russian State Naval Archive, the State Archive of the Russian Federation, the Russian State Archive of Social and Political History, the State Historical Museum, the German Federal Archive, the Austrian War Archive, US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the Library of US Congress, Military Archives of Serbia etc.

The edition will be published by Liki Rossii / Faces of Russia Publishers (St Petersburg) in July 2014.

The photo album is expected to come out in 2 volumes, 600 pages each, in the Russian and, English languages. The estimated number of photographs is 1200.

Under the existing Russian book publishing laws, on the reverse side of the title page there will be a list of all project participants in alphabetic order and the copyright sign with the accepted abbreviation of the image contributor’s name.

The edition will also include information about each project participant.

In view of the above, we are offering you the opportunity to take part in our project by providing scanned photos from your collections.

 

David Easton

WFA Branch Co-ordinator

Image courtesy Wikipedia

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Saturday, 31 May 2014 11:36 )


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