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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…


'The Third Battle of Ypres' by Prof. John Derry

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Professor John Derry will give a talk on the Third Battle of Ypres. We meet at the Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH at 7.30pm. IMAGES: The Menin Road out of Ypres on 26 September 1917. IWM (Q 2905) The interior of an Australian advanced dressing station on the Menin Road, 20 September 1917. 


'Third Ypres' a talk by Professor John Derry

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Although usually known by the ultimate battle in winter conditions for the village of Passchendaele, Third Ypres had commenced in the summer with a innovative attack along the Messines Ridge. Professor Derry considers how the fighting developed over increasingly treacherous terrain. IMAGE: The Battle of Pilckem Ridge. An advanced British 18 pounde…



'Third Ypres 1917’ a talk by Professor John Derry

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Join Prof. John Derry and other members of the Kent (East) branch of the Western Front Association for a presentation on Third Ypres.


15 August 1917 Pte Samuel Young died on this day

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At the outbreak of war he was living in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He enlisted into the Sussex Regiment (as 11948) at Tunbridge Wells in the spring of 1916 He transferred to the Leinsters upon embarking on active service. He saw action during the Battle of Messines in June 1917. Pte. Young was wounded in action during Third Ypres. On 15th August 1…


21 August 1918 Sgt Sebastian Mitterhofer died of his injuries on this day

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An office worker from Weisenberg, Bavaria, Sebastian was an active reservist at the outbreak of war and, therefore, he saw service from the very earliest days of the war. He was in action from August 1914 in Lorraine, then on the Meuse, at Verdun, the Somme, Arras, Third Ypres, Cambrai, Dixmude and Verdun (1918) to August 1918. During August he m…


20 November 1917 Pte Stephen Carroll was killed in action on this day

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From Burnley, Lancashire, Stephen enlisted into the Special Reserve on 20 July 1914. A foundry worker by trade, he was in Plymouth at the outbreak of war. Appointed Lance Corporal with the 3rd Bn East Lancs, but he gave up his stripe upon transfer at Winchester to the 2nd Battalion (with which he moved to France in November 1914). Stephen was wou…


28 November 1917 James Metcalfe died of his wounds on this day

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Born at Cray, Yorkshire, on 5 November 1883, James emigrated to Masterston, New Zealand at the turn of the century and was employed as a labourer in Whahataki at the time of the outbreak of war. He enlisted into the New Zealand Rifle Brigade on 12 October 1915 and embarked for Egypt on 5 February 1916. After several weeks in Egypt, he was transfer…


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Durham WFA First World War Centenary Conference

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Our Guest Speakers introduced by Conference Chairman Prof. John Derry are:   The Nivelle Offensive: Dr David Murphy (Maynooth University, Ireland) The 1917 U-Boat Campaign Reconsidered: Prof. Eric Grove (Liverpool Hope University, Ret'd) German Defence in Depth at Third Ypres: Dr Matthias Strohn (Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst) The Battle o…


'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 …



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/…


The Generals. John Terraine's 1982 Address to The Western Front Association

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 [This piece, a transcript of John Terraine's 1982 address, first appeared in Stand To! No. 7 Spring 1983 pp.4- 7] IMAGE (Photo: IWM Q9689) Haig and his Army Commanders at Cambrai, 11 November 1918. First and second rows, left to right: Plumer (Second Army), Byng (Third Army), Haig, Birdwood (Fifth Army), Rawlinson (Fourth Army), Horne (First A…


12177 Pte Walter Catlow, 7th Bn East Lancashire Regt

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An employee of Messrs Eastwood Ltd, Carriage Proprietors in Burnley, Lancashire, Walter Catlow was born in Burnley in 1874. He enlisted, in Nelson, into the 8th Bn East Lancs, in September 1914 and he travelled with them to France on 1 August 1915. Walter saw his first frontline service in the Foncquevillers sector, and he was a participant in the …