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2 September 1917 : Pte George Fieldhouse

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George was born in Dewsbury to Mr and Mrs Charles Fieldhouse. He enlisted in February 1916 (after working for Critchley, Sharpe and Tetlow in Cleckheaton) and was posted to the 4th Battalion Grenadier Guards in November 1916, later transferring to the 2nd Battalion. The circumstances surrounding his death are unclear; the battalion had been provid…


051: January 1998

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A Village Goes to War. A History of the Men of Ravensthorpe who Fell in the Great War

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Western Front Association Development Trustee and Vice-Chairman David Tattersfield has researched the names on the memorial in his local church in Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire. Fortunately, three large frames of photographs had also been preserved - a most unusual occurrence - covering 81 of the 114 names on the memorial. At the time of the Great W…


082: April/May 2008

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100: June 2014 Centenary Edition

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Major 'Alastair' Soutar, M.C.

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One of the well known 'classic' accounts of the First World War is 'Twelve Days' published in 1933 (and more recently republished as 'Twelve Days on the Somme') by Sidney Rogerson, an officer on the staff of 23 Infantry Brigade (part of the 8th Division). Less well known is his second book, about his experiences in May 1918 on the Aisne. This accou…


READ THE STORY: The 'Unknown Major' no more

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Researched by David Tattersfield, the Vice Chairman of The Western Front Association, this detective story shows how a casual visit to a military cemetery and an inquisitive nature led David to uncover the name and the story behind the 'An Unknown Major' of the Royal Engineers.

Read the full story > HERE Major 'Alastair' M.C. 

 


NEWS: David Tattersfield BBC Graves of Unknown Soldiers

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 Rededication to Major Alastair Soutar MC La Ville aux Bois 30 May 2018 The usual quiet and peaceful tranquility of the British cemetery at Jonchery sur Vesle was broken this morning when members of the Soutar family from as far afield as Hong Kong, Canada and New York arrived to attend the rededication of the grave of Major Alastair Soutar MC, R…


The mystery of an unknown Major of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment resolved

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David Tattersfield solves the mystery of an unknown Major of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment buried at La Ville-aux-Bois British Cemetery.  With an introduction from The WFA, this is the piece broadcast by the BBC.  For the original fascinating article telling the story of the investigation and what it uncovered read the full article 'From P…


Stand To! 1 to 116 Full Contents Listing

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Stand To! 1-116 Contents    Stand To  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care o…


The Western Front Association Calendar 2019

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The Western Front Association's 2020 calendar is now available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken by a team of volunteer photographers. The scenes depict points of interest in France and Belgium (and, incidentally, Italy) some of which are well known but others 'off the beaten track'. As well as providing superb images of a do…


The Great War Pension Record Cards - David Tattersfield

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WFA Trustee David Tattersfield talks about the First World War Pension Record Cards that the WFA acquired from the Ministry of Defence in 2012 and how these records are to be made publicly accessible online in the near future. Click the 'play'button below to hear the interview with Dr Tom Thorpe about these Pension Records.      …


Gunner Ewart Doodson

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The date of 15 September 1916 was a historic day in the history of warfare: it was the first day that tanks were used in battle. The tank had been under development in late 1915 and early 1916 as an attempt at overcoming the seemingly impenetrable trench system the Germans had constructed. Gunner Ewart Doodson from Ravensthorpe took part in the fir…