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1 November 1918 : Pte Carl Watson

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Carl Watson was employed as a twister in a cotton mill in Barnoldswick at the time of his enlistment. Conscripted in early 1917, he initially served as 243063 in the 2/5th Northumberland Fusiliers before being transferred on health grounds to the Labour Corps in December 1917. After being engaged on home service duties only, he contracted influen…


Commemorate the Labour Corps for The Unremembered

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The Unremembered project is a national campaign to remember World War One’s army of workers – the Labour Corps. The Labour Corps cooked, cleaned, carried and cared for the soldiers on the front line and behind the lines. They built roads and railways, carried the wounded and buried the dead. Men and women from across the Commonwealth made a vita…


'Unremembered' : Take part in this national billboards campaign to remember the Labour Corps and mark the centenary of the Armistice

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During the First World War, men and women from many dominion countries of the British Empire made a vital contribution to the war effort as workers.They cooked, cleaned, carried and cared for the soldiers on the front line and behind the lines. They built roads and railways, they transported food, fuel and ammunition, they filled sandbags and dug…


A Further Release of First World War Pension Records by Ancestry

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Western Front Association members will already know that the Naval Records were released a few weeks ago, but today (10 November 2018), Ancestry have made 1.5 million records available on their Fold 3 platform (please see FAQs below regarding WFA members' access to these). Until The Western Front Association stepped in to save these ledgers and ot…


19 May 1918 : Pte Benjamin Jackson

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Father Andrew (cotton weaver), mother Sarah (née Holland). At the 1901 the young family lived in Burnley and their father worked as a weaver. By the 1911 Census his father had died (he died in 1903), and his siblings are either working in a cotton mill or down the mine. Benjamin, age 17 was a hewer (below ground) at this time.  According to his S…


11 November : 25 years since the re-inauguration of the Armistice Day ceremony at the Whitehall Cenotaph by The Western Front Association

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It is 25 years since The Western Front Association successfully campaigned to re-inaugurate the Whitehall Cenotaph ceremony on Armistice Day, and on Monday 11th November at 11am the WFA will again lead the nation in reflection and commemoration. Following the Second World War the focus of Britain's national commemoration shifted to Remembrance S…


Ep. 138 – The Indian Labour Corps in WW1 – Pratap Chhetri

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With a postgrad degree in Physics and nearly 10 years working in Media and Communications for Mizoram State, NE India, Pratap Chhetri is delighted to explain how he became so interested in the Indian Labour Corps during the First World War. This was sparked by a series of commemorative editions of regional newspapers between 2014 to 2018 which focu…