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Members Afternoon

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Our January meeting is the traditional Members' Afternoon when we will be treated to a selection of short presentations by branch members. All members and guests are most welcome to come along - doors open at 13.45 and we have the room until 17.00 to allow for all these talks plus refreshments mid-way through the programme. We do ask for £3 on the…


011: Summer 1984

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040: Spring 1994

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‘The Great War: New Songs and Stories’ by folk storytellers Harp and a Monkey

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A small rural church in Cumbria, a disused airfield in Norfolk, an old railway wagon in Sussex, and the winding room of a former colliery in Tyne and Wear – these are the intriguing sites that provide the backdrop for a new documentary about a series of poignant performances by the acclaimed experimental folk and storytelling act Harp and a Monke…


072: January 2005

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078: January 2007

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080: September 2007

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081: January 2008

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099: January 2014

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SPECIAL OFFER: 'Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front: A comparison' edited by Michael LoCicero with contributions from Gary Sheffield, Stephen Chambers and others.

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Announcing the launch of the Western Front Association / Helion publication: Two Sides of the Same Wrong Penny: Gallipoli and the Western Front, A Comparison The year 1915 saw the BEF severely challenged on the Western Front. Recovering from the loss of the majority of experienced regulars in 1914, a largely new army had to come to terms with t…


Old Soldier Sahib

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ISBN: 0 9547252 1 12  Hb 269 pp  Edited by Krijnen. H J & Langley. D E. In 1933 the first of two books by Frank Richards was published by Faber and Faber. It was “ Soldiers Never Die” and is I believe a true classic of literature of the First World War. The second. “Old Soldier Sahib” was considered by Robert Graves to be the better of the tw…


Battle Lines: Ypres - Nieupoort to Ploegsteert

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Authors: Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland ISBN 978 1 84884 783 4 Publisher: Pen and Sword 31 March 2013 240 pages including maps and illustrations When I signed up to provide a book review for the Western Front Association I was curious as to what book I would receive, given the information I had provided on my area of interest. However, when I rec…


Malaria in the Great War

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A 1946 map by kind permission of the World Health Organisation)   Malaria in the Great War by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! No.77 September 2006 pp5 - 8)   Introduction Throughout history pestilence has been the cause of the majority of the casualties of war. In general, the Great War proved to be an exception, wi…


'Hugh Jeudwine and the 55th Division' a talk by Dr Michael Orr

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Dr Michael Orr will be giving a talk on 'Hugh Jeudwine and the 55th Division'.   Read more on Sir Hugh Sandham Jeudwine   Images courtesy of Wikipedia. British 55th (West Lancashire) Division troops blinded by tear gas await treatment at an Advanced Dressing Station near Bethune during the Battle of Estaires, 10 April 1918, part of the German o…



'Escapers All - 1914 to 1918' with Richard Lloyd

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'Escapers All'. The stories of the Officers and Other Ranks who escaped from German captivity 1914/1918. The talk will provide some background to the conditions in captivity for both officers and men, but it will concentrate on the preparation and planning of escapes, the 'escaping experience' and the consequences of failure. Some officers publis…


The Gallipoli Conference 2018 : 3 November

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To honour the 100th Anniversary of the formation of the RAF this year's Gallipoli Conference is being held at the prestigious RAF Club.  A subsidised rate is also offered to members of The Western Front Association.  To book a place, all Western Front Association members need to do is email conference@gallipoli-association.org. The subjects be…


The Annual General Meeting Address delivered by Mr John Terraine at the AGM on 31 January 1987

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[This article first appeared in Stand To ! 20 Summer 1987] pp 7 - 8   First let me say a word of reassurance: it's only a few weeks ago that a number of you will have received a longish burst from me at the National Army Museum on Founder's Day. Don't worry - this time I shan't keep you long. I only want to say two things, really, about ourse…


British Military Leadership in the First World War by John Terraine

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(This lecture was given by John Terraine , the then Honorary President of The Western Front Association in 1991. It was later published in a 'Leadership & War' and published by The Western Front Association in 1998).  This is a subject  subject which has been  steeped in misunderstanding,  prejudice and pure mythology for over seventy years an…


'Shout at the Devil': The hunt for SMS Königsberg. A talk by Kevin Patience

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The Königsberg was the first of a new class of 3,000 ton light cruisers named after famous cities in Germany. Built at Kiel and commissioned in 1907, she was a fast well armed vessel designed to protect Germany’s interests in foreign parts. She was sent to German East Africa  under the command of Fregattenkapitän Max Looff and arrived in Dar es Sal…


Pension Records: Famous, Infamous, Extraordinary and Ordinary

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The Western Front Association's Pension Record Card and Ledger archive which is being published online by Ancestry is a magnificent set of never-seen before material which massively helps those looking for 'Great Uncle Bill' to not track down their relative but also put a little bit of extra information on the serviceman's story. It has been said …


'The Congreves. Father and son VCs' by Spencer Jones

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Sir William Norris Congreve VC was the father of Major William La Touche Congreve, VC. They are one of only three father and son pairs to win a Victoria Cross. He was born in Chatham Barracks, United Kingdom in 1862. Age 28, in May 1890 he married Cecilia La Touche. From May 1915 - November 1915 Sir Walter Congreve commanded 6th Division from Ma…


Defending the Ypres Front 1914 – 1918: Trenches, Shelters and Bunkers of the German Army

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By Jan Vancoillie & Kristof Blieck Pen & Sword, £25.00 (E–book: £14.40), 294 pp, ills, 34 maps, bibliog., index. ISBN: 978–152–670–746–8 In outline this comprehensive book describes the German structures employed to defend the territory captured around Ypres and makes excellent use of official drawings and maps as well as photographs fro…


26 April 1916: 137/15564 Luit. Arthur Pierre Joseph Ghisain Lupsin, 1e bataillon de carabiniers-cycliste

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Born at Furfooz, Namur on 14 September 1890, Arthur was an officer of the reserve at the time of the outbreak of war. Mobilised on 1 August 1914, he saw action at the Battle of Halen and the Battle of the Yser before settling into the static warfare on the Yser front from the winter of 1914 through to 1916. Arthur was killed in action after being…


The Conquest of German Togoland, August 1914

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Over the years the branch, on occasions, has strayed far from the Western Front and this month is another example of the focus being given to campaigns in Africa.   Branch member James White will speak on ‘The Conquest of German Togoland, August 1914’ a location definitely not covered at any branch meeting in Highworth before!   All branch memb…