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'Arras' a talk given by Jonathan Nicholls

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The Suffolk WFA hold monthly meetings, which are open to members and non-members of the association. The meetings include a talk on a Great War related subject, given by branch members or well established historians and authors. This month we are pleased to welcome Jonathan Nicholls who will talk to the branch about Arras. Most talks are usually an…


'The Battle of Arras - A Family Affair' a talk given by Chris Weekes

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  A talk by Chris Weekes on the Battle of Arras based on his extensive research of his relatives who fought during this battle of the during the First World War.   IMAGE: Battle of the Scarpe. British cavalry resting alongside the Arras-Cambrai road, April 1917. Imperial War Museum image Q2031


'A Kick up the Arras' a talk by Peter Hart

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  The renowned historian Peter Hart will give a presentation called "A Kick up the Arras". Themed on the events surrounding the town in April through to May 1917. With the town in British hands the Tommie's had to contend themselves with conducting their daily life's from the tunnels running under the town. Meeting at the Sobraon Barracks on Burt…


The Surrey Branch Tour of the 1917 Battlefields

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The Surrey Branch tour for 2017 will cover the 1917 battlefields of Arras, Messines and Third Ypres. The detailed itinerary is as follows: Saturday September 23rd The luxury coach departs from Reigate College (where there is secure free car parking) at 07:00 and we cross to the battlefield via Eurotunnel. The tour starts at Lijssenthoek Military…


'Comparing the Somme 1916 with Arras 1917' by Mike Coyle

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Both battles, the Somme and Arras, were equally fierce, both with heavy losses, yet 100 years on The Somme lives in our consciousness, whilst few know of the Battle of Arras. The talk discusses possible conclusions.   IMAGES: Public Domain. Wikipedia. Ruins of the Hôtel de Ville, Arras 26 May 1917. Somme 25 September 1916. British troops moving…


Our April 2017 Newsletter

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  Wellington Quarry, Arras Welcome to the April Branch Newsletter, I hope that you are able to enjoy the sunnier weather that we have been having.  This month’s topical picture is of one of the exits from the Wellington Quarry in Arras, from which the attacking troops left the safety of the underground tunnels and advanced to the German lines a…


16 November 1917 Pte Joseph Williams died on this day

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Born at Cornholme, Lancashire in 1888, Joseph was a carter employed by Barnoldswick Council prior to enlistment. He was conscripted into service at Halifax on 7 June 1916 and, after training with the 3rd West Ridings, was transferred to the 2nd Battalion and sent to France on 13 November 1916. After arriving at Etaples, he was attached to 255 Tunne…


21 November 1917 Pte George Wilson was reported missing in action on this day

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George Wilson was born in Steeton in 1894. He enlisted into the West Riding Territorials in January 1915 and was sent overseas to join the 62nd Division on the Western Front in February 1917. After taking part in the Battles of Arras and the Hindenburg Line, he was posted as missing during the Cambrai Offensive on 21 November 1917 and declared de…


'A Cheerful Sacrifice: The Battle of Arras' by Jonathan Nicholls

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Jonathan Nicholls will give a presentation on the Battle of Arras.    We meet on the first Thursday of each month (except January and August) at 7pm. Please make sure that your name is on the door list. 



'Comparing The Somme 1916 and Arras' 1917 by Mike Coyle

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Mike Coyle - The Battles of the Somme and Arras compared   Mike is an experienced researcher and writer on Military History. His interest in Arras was sparked by the death of a Great Uncle at Arras in May 2017. He was concerned that few know of Arras whilst all know of The Somme. He has visited the Arras Battle sites several times.   A great de…


The Fifth Annual Great War Exhibition

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The Fifth Annual Great War Exhibition   FREE ENTRY: School parties welcome, but booking is essential. DATES: 4 -11 November TIMES: 10-4 daily.  VENUE: Park Visitors Centre, Park Dr, Birkenhead CH41 8AU CONTACT: Judith Beastall > judithbeastall@hotmail.com TELEPHONE:   Judith Beastall 0151 334 9467  (Visitor Centre) 0151 652 5197   Th…


History of the 63rd Royal Naval Division. A talk by Len Sellers

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ORIGINAL TALK PLANNED FOR TONIGHT HAS BEEN CANCELLED AS ANDY ROBERSHAW HAS HAD TO PULL OUT. In his place, local writer and speaker, Len Sellers has stepped in with a talk called 'History of the 63rd Royal Naval Division'. Acclaimed Naval Historian and author of books such as “The Hood Battalion” and “Death for Desertion”, Len…


'The Royal Fusiliers at The Battle of the Somme' - Talk by Jonathan Nicholls

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After his popular talk to the branch last year about the Battle of Arras, the acclaimed author and battlefield tour guide Jonathan Nicholls makes a welcome return to talk about the role of the Royal Fusiliers at the Battle of the Somme. Based mainly on interviews with veteran's from the 8th (service) Battalion (City of London Regiment) whom the sp…


Lancashire North Despatch Issue 18: November 2016

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Lancashire North Branch Despatch Issue 18: November 2016 The frontispiece photo shows troops moving from their assembly trenches on 9th April 1917 to attack the German positions east of Arras and amongst them was the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.  On Page 2 is the story of their Commanding Officer Lieut. Col. Charles James Burke who cho…


'An ambulance at Arras' by Alistair Hollington

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Alistair Hollington will look at the use of field ambulances during the battle of Arras and the contribution they made to saving soldiers lives wounded during the fighting. 


'First Battle of Arras and the Battle of Hamel 1918' a presentation by John Lee

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'Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918' with John Lee This month's presenter is John Lee. His talk will include the First Battle of Arras, 28 March 1918 and the Battle of Hamel, 4 July 1918.  IMAGES: The Battle of Hamel, Australian and American troops dug in together during the Battle of Hamel. (CC) Australian War Memorial ; Battl…


The German Army in the Offensives of 1917: Arras, the Aisne and Champagne

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By Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword 2015, £25.00, 384pp, 55 ills, 13 maps, notes and refs, 2 appendices (including selective biographical notes, bibliog, index. ISBN: 9– 781–783–463–459 Review by David Filsell This volume of Jack Sheldon’s highly–detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model – employing…


'The Battle of Arras' with Alistair Fraser

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Alastair Fraser will be showing the film of the battle and providing commentary of the detail of the film in a similar vein to his highly acclaimed research into the Battle of the Somme film. Thumbnail Image: Battle of the Scarpe. Store of German 'pineapple' grenades captured by British troops on the Arras-Cambrai road, April 1917. (C) IWM Q2028


'Film - The Battle of Arras' with Alastair Fraser

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Alastair Fraser The Battle of Arras is the last of the three 'great battle pictures' produced by British cameramen in the Great War. It has always languished in the shadow of its much better known cousins The Battle of the Somme and The Battle of the Ancre and did not achieve remotely the same commercial success. However it is a fascinating view o…


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Inf. Sebastian Scheugenpflug, Kgl.Bayr.Res.Inf.Regt.17

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Sebastian was a grocer from Lengthal, Bavaria. A recalled reservist in August 1914, he first saw action during the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914. He was a veteran of the Battles of Fromelles, the Somme and Arras through 1915 to 1917. He was killed in action by shrapnel to the head on 31st July 1917 – the opening day of the Third Battle o…


The Generals. John Terraine's 1982 Address to The Western Front Association

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 [This piece, a transcript of John Terraine's 1982 address, first appeared in Stand To! No. 7 Spring 1983 pp.4- 7] IMAGE (Photo: IWM Q9689) Haig and his Army Commanders at Cambrai, 11 November 1918. First and second rows, left to right: Plumer (Second Army), Byng (Third Army), Haig, Birdwood (Fifth Army), Rawlinson (Fourth Army), Horne (First A…


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…


12177 Pte Walter Catlow, 7th Bn East Lancashire Regt

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An employee of Messrs Eastwood Ltd, Carriage Proprietors in Burnley, Lancashire, Walter Catlow was born in Burnley in 1874. He enlisted, in Nelson, into the 8th Bn East Lancs, in September 1914 and he travelled with them to France on 1 August 1915. Walter saw his first frontline service in the Foncquevillers sector, and he was a participant in the …


267063 Pte John William Sugden, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regt

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Born in Silsden, Yorkshire in 1885, John Sugden was employed in his family business prior to his conscription into the army in March 1916. After training, he was sent to the Western Front in February 1917 and saw action during the Battle of Arras, the Hindenburg Line operations and the Battle of Cambrai before being wounded in action near Cambrai. …


‘Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918’ by John Lee

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John Lee will be giving a talk titled ‘Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918’. ‘Operation Mars’ on 28 March 1918 was supposed to be the decisive blow at Arras to complete the defeat of the BEF. It was a catastrophic failure for Germany – almost their 1st July 1916!  On 4 July at Hamel Monash’s Australians, with a great deal of hel…