Oddities in the Pension Records

Oddities in the Pension Records

Within the Pension Records that The Western Front Association have saved are hundreds of thousands of cards for pension …

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Stewart McVey: The soldier with TWO aliases

Stewart McVey: The soldier with TWO aliases

One of the many names listed on Le Touret Memorial to the Missing is that of Corporal Stewart McVey. Aged just 18 he was…

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Memories of Verdun by Francois Wikart

Memories of Verdun by Francois Wikart

The following article is based on the recollections of General Caloni and recollections of the authors’ grandfather’s ex…

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John Shirley - the soldier with two commemorations

John Shirley - the soldier with two commemorations

The 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles was a regular battalion, which for most of the war was part of the 8th Division. A…

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Talbot House opens ambitious new permanent exhibition

Talbot House opens ambitious new permanent exhibition

In 2004, Harry Patch, ‘the Last Fighting Tommy’, opened the fully restored Concert Hall of Talbot House. On the ground…

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Truth in the Telling  by Alexander Falbo-Wild, Chairman East Coast USA Branch

Truth in the Telling by Alexander Falbo-Wild, Chairman East Coast USA Branch

[This article first appeared in the April 2020 edition of Bulletin, No. 116.] There is much to write about the fi…

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Crossing the Devastated Zone, 1917: Lessons and Consequences for the British Expeditionary Force by Rob Thompson

Crossing the Devastated Zone, 1917: Lessons and Consequences for the British Expediti…

The German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line, 14 March – 5 April, 1917, is something of a footnote in the study of Great…

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Private Memorials on the Western Front

Private Memorials on the Western Front

In 1999, a member of The Western Front Association, Barrie Thorpe, who was the WFA's memorial's officer produced a book …

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Major Willie Redmond MP

Major Willie Redmond MP

William Hoey Kearney Redmond was born on 13 April 1861 to a Catholic father and a Protestant mother. After leaving schoo…

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Ernest Brooks and the photograph of The 'Forty Thieves'

Ernest Brooks and the photograph of The 'Forty Thieves'

With recent developments in technology, the colourisation of monochrome images from the Great War has come on in leaps a…

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Video: Four veterans remember the Battle of the Somme

Video: Four veterans remember the Battle of the Somme

The documentary below was produced in 1991 and featured four veterans reminiscing about their time on the Somme in 1916.…

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The Kaiser's Battle by Martin Middlebrook - how accurate are the statistics?

The Kaiser's Battle by Martin Middlebrook - how accurate are the statistics?

I am sure that many members of The Western Front Association were introduced to the subject of the Great War by reading …

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