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WFA Worcestershire and Herefordshire Conference: 1914 one hundred years on - 18 Oct 2014

WFA Worcestershire and Herefordshire Conference: 1914 one hundred years on - 18 Oct 2014

Programme:

10.30 Doors open

11.00 Peter Hart: Life in the Trenches, November and December1914

12.30 Buffet lunch and viewing of the display stands

1.30 Paul Handford: Civilian Volunteer Ambulance Drivers in the BEF, 1914

3.00 Tea break and view the display stands

3.15 Martin Brown: ‘Plugstreet’: the Archaeology of the Trenches, 1914

4.30 Close

 

Please download the PDF below for full details of the event and how to book.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 30 August 2014 20:55 )

 

WFA Cumbria Conference: Cumbria's Contribution to the Great War

WFA Cumbria Conference: Cumbria's Contribution to the Great War

To be held on Sunday, 28 September 2014.

Shap Wells Hotel - Shap - 3 miles from M6 Junction 39.

Please see greatwarcumbria.co.uk, the branch's web site for more details.

 

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 15:18 )

WFA East London is going great guns

WFA East London is going great guns

The next meetings of the branch are:

21 August – Dark Street and Light Laughter: Entertainment and Amusement the First World War – Lucinda Gosling

18 September – Forgotten German of the Great War: German Spies Executed in the Tower of London - Barry Kitchener

16 October – They Took The Lead: Leyton Orient Football Club in World War One – Steve Jenkins

 

Two images below are from the branch's June 2014 meeting. They show Mark Smith, who gave a wonderful talk on VCs of the Great War, and the history of the VC. Also, Mark was kind enough to bring along an original Victoria Cross for attendees to see.

Neil Pearce

 

 

 

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 August 2014 20:45 )

The WFA's collaboration with the University of Birmingham

The WFA's collaboration with the University of Birmingham

The Western Front Association takes great pride in our relationship with The University of Birmingham. The university enjoys an international reputation, not only for the cutting-edge research it undertakes, but also for its outstanding MA programme in British First World War Studies. This enables students to develop their understanding of this titanic conflict in breadth, depth and context and has done so for over a decade now. Many WFA members are graduates of this excellent course and the alumni are involved in many areas of WFA life and Great War research. 

Three foundations underpin the relationship we have. Firstly, the university receives  WFA support, not only from individual members, but also institutionally from the WFA’s Executive Committee and from the many branches up and down the country. MA students, to give just one example, compete for WFA prizes for their work.

The photograph above shows Andy Powell receiving the WFA’s prize for best dissertation from President Professor Peter Simkins at the President’s Conference in July 2014.

Secondly, excellence depends on outstanding people. Over the years the MA course has been led and taught by leading lights of the WFA. But it takes more than outstanding teaching to deliver great learning. The university needs keen and bright students, too, building a vibrant community which supports and encourages everyone to learn from each other. And this is where – thanks in large part to the WFA members who have joined in – the university values the WFA’s relationship, not only on their MA (and, indeed, undergraduate) courses, but also in the seminar series it holds, free and open to all, every Tuesday night, the Great War Centenary Lecture Series running over the next four years, or the annual John Terraine Lecture.   

This leads on to the third foundation, which is one of the strongest bonds which ties us together. It takes years properly to take root and develop: a deep and lasting commitment to educating people in the history of the Great War. The best way that we can pay our respect to the memory, courage and comradeship of those who fought, is to try to understand them and their world better, and to pass that understanding and knowledge on.

If you’d like to take part in any of the university’s Great War activities, please go to www.birmingham.ac.uk/war, or e-mail Dr Jonathan Boff, direct on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Last Updated ( Thursday, 21 August 2014 11:59 )

The WFA's Commemoration of the Deployment of the BEF in August 1914: London to Dover

The WFA's Commemoration of the Deployment of the BEF in August 1914: London to Dover

This is a photographic record of the events of Sunday, 10 August 2014 to record the movement of 85 wreaths from Knightbridge Barracks in London, via Wellington Barracks in Westminster, to Dover.

The wreaths reprsent the British Expedionary Force's order of battle in August 1914, plus wreaths representing the Royal and Merchant Navies.

The events on this day are part of a wider series of WFA commemorations to mark the centenary of the deployment of the BEF to France in August 1914. These will culminate with two ceremonies in France, at Amiens and Arras, on Wednesday, 13 August 2014.

Today, the wreaths began their journey at Knightsbridge Barracks in London, when they were loaded onto a restored 1914-18 Mark X GS Wagon and transported to Wellington Barracks in Westminster.

At Wellington Barracks, the wreaths were transferred to a Crossley Light Tender and Trailer aircraft recovery vehicle for the journey onwards to Dover. The Tender and Trailer were accompanied by a 1909 Crossley Staff Car NA 577 and other, modern vehicles in convoy.

A ceremony at Dover greets the wreaths before they are transferred to France by ferry tomorrow (Monday).

Ceremony to commemorate the RFC's role in the deployment will take place on Tuesday next and further reports will be issued.

Photographs courtesy and © WFA/Simon Gregor 2014.

You can view a slideshow of today's photographs below. Set the slideshow playing and use the expand icon to view full screen. Press Esc on your keyboard to return to the website.

 

Last Updated ( Sunday, 10 August 2014 17:26 )

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