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20 August 1897 Cpl / Flt.Cdt John Arthur Wilson MM: Durham Light Infantry, Machine Gun Corps, Royal Air Force

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As a boy, after Sunday lunch, I recall sitting on my grandfather's knee and he would start off with the line ‘have I told you about the time ...' and he'd then add, ‘.... we were gassed' or '.... we took a German prisoner' or '..... I was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps'. Perhaps this started my interest in history. In his 96th year Jack ret…


The Surrey Branch Tour of the 1917 Battlefields

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The Surrey Branch tour for 2017 will cover the 1917 battlefields of Arras, Messines and Third Ypres. The detailed itinerary is as follows: Saturday September 23rd The luxury coach departs from Reigate College (where there is secure free car parking) at 07:00 and we cross to the battlefield via Eurotunnel. The tour starts at Lijssenthoek Military…


'Guns at Passchendaele, 1917' a talk by Peter Hart

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A talk given by Peter hart on Passchendaele.   IMAGES: British 18 pounder taking up new positions near Boesinghe, 31 July 1917. Courtesy of Wikipedia. Public Domain.  Aerial view of Passchendaele village before and after the battle. Courtesy of Wikipedia. Public Domain.     


Battle of Broodseinde by Murray McVey

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Now retired, Murray enjoyed a long and successful teaching career and has been a sought-after guide for NST since 1999. He has a lifelong interest in the WWI battlefields, lecturing on the subject in the UK. Murray regularly leads both WWI and WWII focused tours in France and Belgium. Broodseinde was fought on 4 October 1917 near Ypres in Flanders…


'Guns at Passchendaele 1917’ a talk by Peter Hart

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Peter Hart, Oral Historian at the Imperial War Museum. Peter Hart was born in 1955. He went to Liverpool University before joining the Sound Archive at the Imperial War Museum in 1981. He is now Oral Historian at the Archive. He will be talking about Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres, 1917.  IMAGE: photograph of Peter Hart  courtesy of Rog…


Battle: Passchendaele 1917: Evidence of War’s Reality.

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Battle: Passchendaele 1917: Evidence of War’s Reality. 144 pages. (Travelling Light Ltd, 62 West Hill, London SW18. Pbk., £7.95). Here the photographic image is the chief concern and 90 have been selected from the 200,000 WW1 negatives preserved at the IWM. Though some will be familiar to students of the war I suspect that quite a number are previ…


Remembering Passchendaele

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Visit the Worcestershire one day event to be held at St Helen’s Church, Worcester on November 4th 2017, commemorating the end of the 3rd Battle of Ypres, also known as Passchendaele. Between 31st July 1917 and 10th November 1917, 3 months of brutal fighting ended after the village of Passchendaele was finally captured from the Germans. Around 500,…


037: Spring 1993

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050: September 1997

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AGM followed by talks on Passchendaele and Kitchener

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After the Cumbria Branch AGM there will be two presentations. Rob Thompson will give his talk 'Mud, Blood and Wood: Passchendaele 1917' followed by Bob Paterson with 'Kitchener: Last of the Iconic Heroes or Just a Poster?'.  


'Ypres of Trouble. The RFC and the Battle of Passchendaele' by Peter Hart

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Peter Hart will give a talk on the Royal Flying Corps at Third Ypres.  We meet at the Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH at 7.30pm.


Panel Debate: 'Passchendaele: A Step Towards Victory or An Unnecessary Failure?

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Those taking part in this debate on Passchendaele include: John Lee, Dr Andy Simpson and Charles Messenger. The event will be chaired by WFA Chairman Colin Wagstaff.  PLEASE NOTE: If you have not attended a branch meeting before or not attended for a while then please make sure you contact us as soon as possible to ensure we have your name on the …




'The Church in the Bog: Poelcapelle' by Rob Thompson

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Rob Thompson will be giving a talk on Poelcapelle during the Third Battle of Ypres, Passchendaele.   We meet on the third Monday of each month at 7.30pm for 8.00pm.  VENUE: Allotment Social Club, North Terrace, West Allotment, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE27 ODN.    



'A Moonlight Massacre: The Night Operation on the Passchendaele Ridge, 2 December 1917' by Dr Michael LoCicero

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Dr Michael LoCicero A Moonlight Massacre: The Night Operation on the Passchendaele Ridge, 2 December 1917. Michael LoCicero will be talking about his PhD thesis and intricately detailed, indeed comprehensive study of a little known and rare night attack in early December 1917.  'Moonlight Massacre: the Third Battle of Ypres, December 1917' is the…



The Fifth Annual Great War Exhibition

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The Fifth Annual Great War Exhibition   FREE ENTRY: School parties welcome, but booking is essential. DATES: 4 -11 November TIMES: 10-4 daily.  VENUE: Park Visitors Centre, Park Dr, Birkenhead CH41 8AU CONTACT: Judith Beastall > judithbeastall@hotmail.com TELEPHONE:   Judith Beastall 0151 334 9467  (Visitor Centre) 0151 652 5197   Th…


'A Moonlight Massacre - The Night Operation On The Passchendaele Ridge, 2nd December 1917' with Michael LoCicero

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Michael LoCicero will be giving a presentation on the Night Operation on the Passchendaele Ridge, 2nd December 1917. The Third Battle of Ypres was officially terminated by Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig with the opening of the Battle of Cambrai on 20 November 1917. Nevertheless, a comparatively unknown set-piece attack - the only large-scale night…


Lancashire North Despatch Issue 19: May 2017

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Lancashire North Branch Issue 19: May 2017 Despatch The RAMC at Messines during the 1917 Offensive by Lancashire born artist Gilbert Rogers is the basis for May 2017's frontispiece and Gilbert’s story is on the back page.  Also read inside about the German naval raid on a North Sea convoy in October 1917; the death of Lieutenant Punchard of the 1/…


Passchendaele and the Flanders U-Boats

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  There can be no doubt that the Flanders U-boats, the thirty seven small UB and UC vessels based at Bruges and going to and from sea via Ostende and Zeebrugge were important factors in the strategic judgement that led to the Third Battle of Ypres. The fears of the Admiralty that the contribution these boats were making to the overall unrestrict…


051: January 1998

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Passchendaele - The Untold Story

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Book review by Gary Sheffield. With the publication in 1992 of Command on the Western Front, Robin Prior and Trevor Wilson immediately took their place among the foremost authorities on the British Army of the Great War. Their cool analysis, based on impressive labours in the archives, was far removed from the crude 'lions led by donkeys' stereoty…


October 2017 Newsletter

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The Newsletter of the New Zealand Branch of The Western Front Association. A rich collection of news and articles over 30 pages, with illustrations and comment through-out. 


1917 The Passchendaele Year: The Diary of Achiel van Walleghem

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Reviewed by Stephen Broomfield. In 1913, Achiel van Walleghem was appointed curate to the village of Dickebusch. After the flight of the priest in 1914 he became responsible for the souls of the residents of the village. In 1916, he was forced to move to Reninghelst, but still visited Dickebusch regularly and to care for those still living there (…


‘A Moonlight massacre, Ypres, December 1917’ with Michael LoCicero

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Michael LoCicero will be talking about his PhD thesis and intricately detailed, indeed comprehensive study of a little known and rare night attack in early December 1917.  'Moonlight Massacre: the Third Battle of Ypres, December 1917' is the title of his book, and this presentation. We will hear about the last days of fighting around Passchendaele…


'The Third Ypres - Passchendaele' with Michael LoCicero

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Michael LoCicero visits Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Branch to discuss the Third Battle of Ypres - Passchendaele. This promises to be a very informative and interesting presentation to both members and guests many of whom probably had relatives who fought in the mud around Ypres.   


Guns at Passchendaele Peter Hart (1)

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Peter will be talking about the battle of Passchendaele and the use and types of guns used in this.


'Passchendaele' The 1992 Presidential Address delivered by the Honorary President John Terraine

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(This article first appears in Stand To! 37 Spring 1993  pp6 - 10 This year, 8 November was Remembrance Day—remembrance of the two World Wars, this century's two great catastrophes. For the first quarter-century of my life, Remembrance Day was always 11 November, the anniversary of Armistice Day, 11 November 1918, marking the end of the First Worl…


The Annual General Meeting Address delivered by Mr John Terraine at the AGM on 31 January 1987

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[This article first appeared in Stand To ! 20 Summer 1987] pp 7 - 8   First let me say a word of reassurance: it's only a few weeks ago that a number of you will have received a longish burst from me at the National Army Museum on Founder's Day. Don't worry - this time I shan't keep you long. I only want to say two things, really, about ourse…


Britain in the First World War : Lecture given by John Terraine in 1988

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(Lecture given by John Terraine in 1988) The 1914-1918 War was, for Britain, a traumatic experience - hence the emotional reactions to it which continue this day. It was, I am certain, far more traumatic for Britain than for Europeans, and far, far more so than it was for America. It was also far more traumatic for Britain than the Second World Wa…