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'The Third Battle of Ypres' a talk given by Professor John Derry

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Making a very welcome return to the branch is the superb Professor John Derry who has become - by popular demand - a regular speaker at our branch meetings.   For many people the Third Battle of Ypres is indelibly associated with the conditions in which the campaign ended – many people think that Passchendaele was the only battle that was fought …


Western Front 100 Seminar - 1917: Becoming the Senior Partner?

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The Suffolk Branch of the Western Front Association are proud to present a six-year-long centenary event comprising six inter-connected annual seminars with excellent guest speakers.   For 1917: Becoming the Senior Partner?, the fourth in the series, we are proud to present: Professor Alexander Watson 'Turning Point: The War Beyond the Western F…


'The Third Battle of Ypres' with Professor John Derry

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Professor John Derry will be giving a presentation on the Third Battle of Ypres. For many people the Third Battle of Ypres is indelibly associated with the conditions in which the campaign ended – many people think that Passchendaele was the only battle that was fought – and the appalling casualties. Only historians remember Plumer’s success at th…


‘Mud, Blood and Wood’: BEF Logistics and Engineering during Third Ypres, 1917. A talk by Rob Thompson

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The period from when the Somme battle officially ended to operation Alberich, the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line   This talk argues that the BEF could (perhaps even should) have made major gains during Third Ypres but that the battle bogged down NOT because of the mud but because of very poor BEF engineering organisation   IMAGE: Battle …


'The Battle of Third Ypres' a talk given by Professor John Derry

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Prof. John Derry will be giving a talk on Third Ypres.   The strategic objectives of the Ypres salient were sounder than those of the Somme a year earlier and the British did well in three of the campaign’s five phases. Ludendorff later said that he was dreading the possible resumption of a British offensive in Flanders, and this was one reason f…


Nature of War

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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 Death of Red Baron Mystery activity  Word FWW Dressing station Medical services information  Word …


'Moonlight Massacre: the Third Battle of Ypres, December 1917’ a talk by 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. Michael Lo Cicero, Helion’s First World War Commissioning Editor …


24 October 1918 Pte John S Lamberton killed in action on this day

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From Stewarton, Ayr, John was a cabinet maker in the employ of Messrs W Mackenzie & Co prior to the war. In January 1917, he was conscripted into the Army Service Corps, where he served under the number T/291090. He was sent to France in the summer of 1917 but soon transferred to the 11th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers with which he took pa…


Harp and a Monkey

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On 21 August 1917, Nellie Spindler, a nurse from Wakefield in Yorkshire, was resting in her tent after a hard night-shift at the No.32 British Casualty Clearing Station in Brandhoek, Belgium, when a German shell fragment  pierced the canvass, hit her and killed her. The sacrifice of Nellie Spindler, and nurses in the First World War in general, ha…


'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…


'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…


Major 'Alastair' Soutar, M.C.

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One of the well known 'classic' accounts of the First World War is 'Twelve Days' published in 1933 (and more recently republished as 'Twelve Days on the Somme') by Sidney Rogerson, an officer on the staff of 23 Infantry Brigade (part of the 8th Division). Less well known is his second book, about his experiences in May 1918 on the Aisne. This accou…


'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.   


Inf. Sebastian Scheugenpflug, Kgl.Bayr.Res.Inf.Regt.17

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Sebastian was a grocer from Lengthal, Bavaria. A recalled reservist in August 1914, he first saw action during the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914. He was a veteran of the Battles of Fromelles, the Somme and Arras through 1915 to 1917. He was killed in action by shrapnel to the head on 31st July 1917 – the opening day of the Third Battle o…


After Amiens – 38th (Welsh) Division

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It happened in the barber’s where my mother had taken me when I was a young child. ‘Mummy, why is that man making funny noises?’ The wheezing, rattling and muted bubbling sound stopped briefly as he turned to look at me, expressionless, then nodded towards my mother and turned away. My mother gave a very, very sharp tug on my coat sleeve. ‘Shhh!…


'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…


'Harvey Cushing In Flanders Fields' with Professor Toni Lerut : 8 November

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  Prof. Toni Lerut, KU Leuven Harvey Cushing In Flanders Fields   The name of Dr Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) is inextricably linked with the homonymous syndrome and disease. Harvey Cushing was a surgeon worldwide known as the father of Neurosurgery through the development and application of his numerous innovative surgical techniques. On top …


1 January 1918 : 240840 Cpl. Stephen Healey

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Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1881, Stephen Healey was a coal miner turned town corporation labourer.  He was married to Ada Wilson, a cotton weaver, and lived at 57 Marlboro' St, Burnley. They had a son and daughter, 7 and 5 at the outbreak of war. In 1911 Stephen was sharing accommodation with his young family, his sister and brother. They also…


Following in R C Sherriff’s footsteps – the path to his own ‘Journey’s End’ in the Great War

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  Crescent Trench - British front line, 31 July 1917 8th Battalion Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 72 Brigade, 24th Division had attacked from this trench, left to right, on 31 July 1917 – the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres. They managed to advance about 1000 yards then were forced to fall back to Jordan Trench (see later photogra…


10 October : ‘Demographic evolution of the population of Ypres, before, during and after the Great War’ with Pieter Trogh (IFFM)

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The First World War had a far-reaching impact on the civilian population of and in Ypres. When the city saw the arrival of fighting armies in the autumn of 1914, thousands of refugees had sought refuge within its walls. After the First Battle of Ypres, the city remained in allied hands, but was systematically shelled. From the spring of 1915, the s…


16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Haultain-Gall

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‘The year 1917 had been one of disaster for our arms in all save the Messines attack’ wrote the Australian ex-serviceman G.D. Mitchell in Backs to the Wall. Few of his comrades would have disagreed. The Australian Imperial Force (AIF) lost far more men in the battles for Bullecourt (France), Messines and Passchendaele than at their 1915 baptism o…