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Remember Aisne 1914

Remember Aisne 1914

The Conseil General's Office for the Aisne in association with the Caverne du Dragon Museum at Cerny on the Chemin des Dames have developed an impressive programme of events and exhibition to commemorate the engagement of British troops alongside French soldiers during the First Battle of the Aisne which commenced in September1914. Visitors to France may like to know what is taking place and include in their itineraries as appropriate.

The main Remembrance event will take place on 14 September 2014, the 100th anniversary of the major battle for the Chemin des Dames, when the BEF suffered heavy losses in failing to gain the ridge at Cerny.

Programme for 14 September 2014

  • 9.30 am: Rally at the British Cemetery at Vendresse. The Last Post Call
  • 10.00 am: Walk to Cerny-en-Laonnois Memorial
  • 10.30 am: Remembrance Ceremony of 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Aisne, Cerny-en-Laonnois.

Benediction in front of the Chapel

  • 11.00 am: Wreath laying in the French and German cemeteries
  • 11.30 am: Wreath laying at the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment Memorial

Image: Monuments and cemeteries in Cerny-en-Laonnois

In addition, a Remembrance Ceremony for sportsmen and a Rugby Tournament is planned to pay tribute to all sportsmen of all nationalities who suffered or died during the Great War. More details are contained in the information leaflet described below.

"Tommies on the Aisne" exhibition at the Caverne du Dragon

The exhibition tells the story of the BEF's involvement with the French in the fierce fighting that ensued between river Aisne the Chemin des Dames in mid September 1914.

Entrance to the exhibition is free, no need to visit the cavern if you have been before.

The Conseil General's Office for the Aisne have produced a PDF leaflet entitled Remember Aisne 1914 which gives more details of the events together with contact details if more information is required.

 

Article contributed by Terry Dean.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 07:06 )

 

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 )


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