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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


Essex Branch welcomes back Kevin Varty back to the Village Hall at Hatfield Peverel to present his enigmatically titled talk. This talk concerns Arthur Conan Doyle's involvement in the Great War and his belief in Spiritualism. He wanted to contact those killed in the Great War. The fairies refer to the Cottingley Fairies Non-members are welco…

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…

The Great War: Aftermath by Prof John Derry


A great deal of ink has been devoted to analysing the causes of the First World War, but there are good reasons for studying its consequences. The most obvious result of the war was the collapse of the empires: the Russian, the Hapsburg, the Ottoman and the German. The peace settlement at Versailles was supposedly based on the principles of nationa…

'Winning with Laughter: How Britain's cartoonists helped win the First World War' with Lucinda Gosling


Winning with Laughter: How Britain's cartoonists helped win the First World War. This is the talk that Luci gave to the WFA AGM in Newcastle in 2017.    Born in Co. Durham, Lucinda Gosling studied Ancient & Medieval History at the University of Liverpool before a career in the picture library industry. Formerly manager of the Illustrated Lon…

'Soldier/Banker: Lt-Gen Sir Herbert Lawrence' with Dr Paul Harris


Dr Paul Harris: Soldier/Banker: Lt-Gen Sir Herbert Lawrence Lieutenant-General Sir Herbert Lawrence, Chief of Staff of the British army in 1918, remains one of the forgotten figures of the First World War. This presentation will argue that Lawrence made a major contribution to Allied victory. It will draw upon new research to shed light on the rol…

‘Terriers’ in India: British Territorials 1914-19' with Professor Peter Stanley


This is a change of speaker. In 1914 three divisions of Territorials volunteered to go to India to allow its regular garrison to go to the Western Front and Gallipoli. The 'Terriers' believed that Lord Kitchener had 'promised' that they would return to fight the Germans. In fact, many of them remained in India until late 1919, and many went from I…

The Postal Service and the Great War


Graham Meacher The often overlooked role of the postal service was a critical factor in communication and morale. Letters and parcels from home were eagerly awaited by the men at the front. Despite losing many employees to the armed forces (by the end of the war the Post Office had released 75,000 staff for war services) a fast and efficient posta…

The Whippet Tank


Rob Langham   The design, development and operational history of the Medium Mark A 'Whippet' Tanks on the Western Front. The Whippet was intended for fast mobile assaults and was involved in several well-known incidents including the clash at Cachy on April 24, 1918, the actions of the 6th Battalion tank known as Musical Box on August 8, 1918, an…

'The Butcher: Charles Mangin's Great War' with Tim Gale


We welcome Tim Gale to the Village Hall at Hatfield Peverell for his talk on a controversial French General. 7:30 for an 8pm start. Suggested entry donation of £3 with an optional buffet for £1.50. All welcome

'Après La Guerre: Demobilisation' with Peter Hart


We welcome the return of Peter Hart to the Royal British Legion at Hornchurch on the 12th of February 2020 to hear his presentation on demobilisation.  NOTE: The map on the 'Event Details' link is incorrect for this venue   IMAGE: British troops to be demobilized assembled in the grounds of the Expeditionary Force Canteens, December 1918. © IWM …