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16 August 1917 : Lt Colonel Sir Robert Benyon Nevill Gunter

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Born 4 August 18971 in Wetherby, the son of the MP for Barkston Ash Division, Sir Robert Gunter, the owners of Wetherby Grange, Yorkshire and estates in Earl’s Court and Brompton. He had two brothers and a sister. A Justice of the Peace and a member of the Wetherby Town Hall Committee.  Nevill was educated at Castleden Hall prep school. He serv…


Major Arthur Hughes-Onslow: soldier, jockey and one of the first British deaths in the Great War

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Arthur Hughes-Onslow was born in 1862. He joined the 10th Hussars at Lucknow, India and stayed in the regiment for 20 years. Along the way, he acquired the nickname of 'Junks', although he had no idea why it was given to him. It soon became the name by which he was known by family, friends, the racing public and fellow soldiers alike. Everyone w…


4 May 1915: Capt Godfrey Henry Ermen, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellingtons (W Riding) Regt.

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Godfrey was born at Barton upon Irwell, Lancashire in 1877. Before the war he was a general manager for the English Sewing Cotton Company. Having seen previous service with the 6th Manchester Regiment in the Boer War, he applied for a commission immediately upon the outbreak of war in August 1914, which was granted into the reserve battalion of the…


3 June 1916 : 47870 Sgt Ernest Hoyles, 15th Bn CEF

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Ernest joined the army at an early age and saw service in the Boer War with the Liverpool Regiment. He emigrated to Canada in 1912 and was employed as a labourer until he joined the CEF at Niagara Camp on 27 May 1915. Within a month, Ernest was in the UK and soon afterwards saw service on the Western Front. He was killed in action during the reli…


19 June 1915: 470 Sgt Reginald Sydney Smith, 1st Australian Light Horse.

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Born at Wilton, New South Wales in March 1879. Upon returning to Australia, he was employed as a labourer until he enlisted into the Light Horse in Sydney on 26 August 1914. Already promoted to Sergeant, he left Sydney on the 'Star of Victoria' on 20 October 1914 bound for Egypt, thence to Gallipoli. Reginald received a gunshot wound to the head r…


Revealed: The soldier with two families. How The Western Front Association's Pension Records helped unravel a family mystery

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This story of discovery begins with researching the life of my Great Grandfather Alfred Nelson William Beckley BAKER. This research was undertaken as part of the wider exploration of my family’s history. The story comes full circle at the end with the information found on The Western Front Association's Pension Index Cards and Ledgers that have rec…


The Zion Muleteers of Gallipoli

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[This article was first published in Gun Fire No. 50. All of these magazines are now available to WFA members' via the Member Login. Joining the Western Front Association gives you access not only to the 59 editions of Gun Fire but also to all 110+ issues of the WFA's in house journal Stand To!] The Zion Muleteers of Gallipoli by Martin Sugarman…


CANCELLED 8 April : 'Amateur Soldiering Tradition in Britain and the Empire 1899 to 1945' with Professor Gary Sheffield

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Gary Sheffield, Honorary President of The Western Front Association will be speaking at this event on the amateur soldier in the British Arm over five decades: through the South African War, First and Second World Wars.  The organisers say that places will be strictly limited with an entry cost of £8 payable on the door. Please email the organiser…