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‘The Royal Navy and the Dardanelles’ by Dr John Perry


Our speaker, Dr John Perry will talk about how, at the instigation of Churchill, units of the Royal Navy tried to force the Dardanelles. They displayed great courage in the face of enormous obstacles and came close to succeeding. But they failed and the Army had to take over, with tragic consequences.     Venue: St Philip and St James Parish…

'Zeebrugge raid" by Alan Wakefield.


Alan Wakefield makes a return visit to the branch. This time his presentation will be in the Zeebrugge raid in 1918, an ambitious combined arms operation designed to deprive Germany of the use of an important U-boat base. Alan will detail the events of the raid and the consequences of it.   

6 August 1914 Charles George McConachy, Royal Navy


Charles McConachy was born in Belfast on 11th July 1889. On 3rd August 1905, while a student of Ballymena Academy, he enlisted into the Royal Navy (Boy service). He was then living at home with his father David, two sisters and younger brother. The McConachy family lived at 5 Kentullagh Terrace in 1901.  On 11th July 1907 his adult service began.…

‘Impressive in Futility' the German High Seas Fleet - by Prof John Derry


One of the reasons for growing Anglo-German antagonism before 1914 was the German decision to build a modern battlefleet, with the consequent Anglo-German naval race. Though the German High Seas Fleet was an excellent navy – well-trained officers and men, superbly designed capital ships and outstanding gunnery – it was never able to break the Royal…

'The Battle of Dogger Bank 1915' with Dr Scott Lindgren


Dr Scott Lindgren will be talking about this naval engagement which occurred on the 24 January 1915, near the Dogger Bank, in the North Sea. It was fought between squadrons of the British Grand Fleet and the German High Seas Fleet with losses on both sides.  So spend an evening discovering the history behind one of the Great Wars lesser known naval…

'Frederick Septimus Kelly, Royal Naval Division' by John Cooksey


JON COOKSEY is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars and the Falklands War. He is the former editor of Battlefields Review and the current editor of our very own Stand To!. This talk is about the extraordinary story of Frederick Kelly, the musician, composer and Olympic rower, killed in action d…

FREE EVENT - Remembering The Great War #GreatWar100 : 9 & 10 November


#GreatWar100 brings members of the public together with experts on the First World. At this free event, there will be a series of fascinating short talks, an extensive, interactive programme for children, the chance to purchase books, collectables and exclusive centenary memorabilia and the opportunity to learn about the work and achievements of …

Understanding the Ledger Indexing


This article aims to set out some of the technical aspects of the indexing of - and subcategories that make up - the 'ledgers' in The Western Front Association's collection of Pension Record Cards. These ledgers have been scanned and digitised by our partner, and are available on their fold3 website. These are now available for WFA…

Battle of the Falklands 1914


 “We landed to bury our dead.  The dignified memorial service in Port Stanley Cathedral, and the sight of four boy buglers of Invincible, with tears streaming down their cheeks, blowing the Last Post over the graves of their comrades, are imperishable memories.”  Thus wrote Lloyd Hirst who, as Assistant Paymaster in HMS Glasgow, was one of the of…

Defending the Forth


Gordon Barclay & Ron Morris   The great Forth Fortress was defended from 1880 to 1977, when the final traditional defensive capabilities were abandoned. Increasingly complex defences were built between the Isle of May and the Forth Rail Bridge to detect, block and sink enemy warships and submarines. The threat of an expansionist Germany incre…

The Great War at Sea by Colin Hatton


In the Great War the Royal Navy protected our sea-lanes along which a large proportion of food and raw materials reached us, maintained overseas colonies and ferried troops and equipment wherever they were needed. But great sea battles, despite the expectations of them before hostilities began, were few and far between. Despite having great firepo…

'The Zeebrugge Raid 23rd April 1918' by Clive Harris


Image sources: Wikimedia Commons The Zeebrugge Raid was an ambitious British combined arms attempt to block the Belgium port of Bruges/Zeebrugge, by scuttling blockships in the canal leading to the port. The port was a prime British target because it was used by the Imperial German Navy as a U-boat base, threatening Allied control of the Channel a…

The Last Naval Hero: The extraordinary story of David, 1st Earl Beatty by Roy Smart


Blessed with the Nelson touch, an matinee-idol image, and a ruthless and charismatic personality, Beatty rose with meteoric speed from Cadet to First Sea Lord and to Statesman. This talk discusses his rapidly increasing fame and fortune, his marriage to an opulent, hedonistic American socialite, Ethel, and his role as a national hero. It examines h…