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First World War Open Day


First World War Open Day On Saturday 6 May the East London Branch of the Western Front Association and Vestry House Museum are presenting a First World War Open Day at Vestry House Museum and St Mary’s Church in Walthamstow village. The event is organised by local historian and WFA member, Malcolm Doolin, on behalf of the WFA and Vestry House Mus…

Causes of War


A range of materials for mixed ability classes, for year 7, 8 and 9. Right click to save documents. If you have any resources you wish to share, please let us know!  Document Title Focus Format  Causes of War Explosive Barrels  The different causes of war each represented as a barrel of gunpowder. Can the students …

Why 1914? The causes of the Great War. A narrative history.


By Derek Robinson Book Review by Barbara Taylor Whistle Books, 2014, £8, 200pp, soft covers; index. Also available as a Kindle edition. I am surprised that there is no ISBN number in the book. Mr Robinson is a graduate of Cambridge University and I had imagined he had taught history, although his career was spent mostly in journalism and authors…

Dale Hjort: The Battle of the Asiago - June 1918


After our Italian allies were overwhelmed at Caporetto in late 1917, an Anglo-French force was sent urgently to their aid  This talk concentrates on the successful defensive action fought by two under-strength British divisions on the vulnerable Asiago section of the coalition front when, in twenty four hours, two VC’s were won, Vera Brittain’s bro…

Mud, Munitions and Memorials


The talk is entitled 'Mud, Munitions and Memorials and is presented by Chris Weir, who is the principal archivist for Nottingham. "On the 28th June 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated in Sarajevo. The event heralded the outbreak of a war that would cost the lives of millions of servicemen.  No village, town, factory or organi…

'1918: A Year of Two Halves - The Conclusion of My Relatives' Great War' by Chris Weekes


We welcome Chris Weekes back to Hatfield Peverel to continue the story of his family members that served through the Great War. As ever Chris' talk will be well researched with a mine of information of interest to all

'Unknown Soldiers and the Unknown Warrior' a talk by John Chester


We welcome John Chester to Hornchurch. His talk will not only tell the story of the British Unknown Warrior but also covers the Unknown Soldiers from other nations

Roll of Honour: Schooling and the Great War 1914-19.


Dr Barry Blades: Roll of Honour: Schooling and the Great War 1914-19  After a career in teaching, senior leadership and consultancy in secondary schools, Dr Barry Blades is now concentrating upon research into the impact of the First World War on British education. He has been commissioned by Pen & Sword books to write a trilogy of books under…

How the Allies won The War in 1918


Prof. Gary Sheffield - How the Allies won The War in 1918 Branch member, Academic, and prolific author, Gary Sheffield is sure to give a fascinating talk, usually encompassing his last research.  An annual event that is not to be missed.  

Mons 1914-1918 - A Talk By Jonathan Steer


Branch member Jonathan Steer will present a talk about  Mons covering 1914-18. The suggested entrance donation is £3.00 and there is an optional buffet for £1.50 As always, those who are not members of the Association are very welcome to attend 

Away With The Fairies - A Talk by Kevin Varty


We welcome Kevin Varty back to the Village Hall at Hatfield Peverel to present his enigmatically titled talk. Non-members are welcome to attend any Branch meeting. There is a suggested entrance donation of £3 and an optional buffet is available for £1.50

Operation REFLECT: What the modern British Army learned from the First World War by Major General Mungo Melvin


When one thinks of lessons from the Great War (1914-1918), most historians would point to the Kirke Report of 1932. Yet the recent centenary commemorations of the First World War provided an opportunity for the modern British Army not only to remember the conflict, but also to study it afresh in order to derive some pertinent lessons for today. Man…