• Virtual Tours - 'A Lousy Wood on the Somme' is now available to view

    Virtual Tours - 'A Lousy Wood on the Somme' is now available to view

    The third of the Virtual Tours that we are running as a substitute for 'real life' visits the battlefields is now availa…

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  • Virtual Tours - 'The Battle for Scimitar Hill'  is now available to view

    Virtual Tours - 'The Battle for Scimitar Hill' is now available to view

    Members of The Western Front Association will be aware that - in order to beat 'lockdown blues' we have invested in a se…

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  • European Tree of the Year? The ‘Four Trunked Chestnut Tree’

    European Tree of the Year? The ‘Four Trunked Chestnut Tree’

    A living monument of two world wars A message from Dominek Deendooven  The ‘four trunked chestnut tree’ near the Menin…

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  • Stand To ! No. 121 Recently Published

    Stand To ! No. 121 Recently Published

    Contents  Communication Lines 2–6  A Bridge Too Many on the Oise by Michael Carragher 7–11  A Short Spell on Mudr…

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  • Project Alias - searchable database available

    Project Alias - searchable database available

    For a number of months during 2020 a large number of members of The Western Front Association have been undertaking a gr…

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  • Job Opportunity

    Job Opportunity

    Due to increased workload within The Western Front Association's office, and the fact that the present office administra…

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  • Virtual Tours - 'The Rearguard affair at Etreux' is now available to view

    Virtual Tours - 'The Rearguard affair at Etreux' is now available to view

    Members of The Western Front Association will be aware of the 'Virtual Tours' we have invested in, as an antidote to the…

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  • Announcing the publication of 2.9 million pension cards

    Announcing the publication of 2.9 million pension cards

    As most members will be aware, some years ago The Western Front Association saved from destruction millions of pension r…

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  • The Western Front Association PhD Grants Scheme 2020/21

    The Western Front Association PhD Grants Scheme 2020/21

    The Western Front Association is delighted to announce the names of those who will receive the PhD Grants Scheme awards …

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  • Bulletin 118 November 2020

    Bulletin 118 November 2020

    Published slightly delayed until December Bulletin 118 contains the following:  Bulletin 118 November 2020 Ite…

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  • Stand To ! No. 120 The Unknown Warrior Special November 2020

    Stand To ! No. 120 The Unknown Warrior Special November 2020

    Available in print and digitally to members of The Western Front Association. 96 richly illustrated pages including the…

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  • Announcing 'Illusions of Peace' Digital Conference

    Announcing 'Illusions of Peace' Digital Conference

    The years after 1918 did not, as popular myth would have it, bring about universal peace. In fact, the ‘war to end all w…

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The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 with the purpose of furthering interest in the history of the First World War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those who served, on all sides, across all theatres and fronts, on land, at sea and in the air and at home, during the Great War. The Western Front Association is non-political and does not seek to glorify war. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits including our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin six times a year, access to the Stand To! archive, Gun Fire Archive, Military Factsheets and Pension Records database. In particular, belonging to The Western Front Association provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge of the First World War in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

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  • CANCELED : 'The Children's War' presented by Dr Viv Newman

    CANCELED : 'The Children's War' presented by Dr Viv Newman

    06 Mar 2021 14:30 Wessex

    All branch events have been cancelled until July 2021 Dr Vivien Newman, an expert on women's experiences during the Fir…

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  • ZOOM TALK: Dr Tom Thorpe will talk on his research into ‘German combat motivation on the Eastern Front during the Second World War’

    ZOOM TALK: Dr Tom Thorpe will talk on his research into ‘German combat motivation on the Eastern Front during the Second…

    10 Mar 2021 20:00 Antrim and Down

    Dr Tom Thorpe, independent scholar and Secretary of the Antrim and Down Branch, discusses his research into the combat m…

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  • ONLINE : Short talk and Q&A March 2021

    ONLINE : Short talk and Q&A March 2021

    16 Mar 2021 19:30 Wiltshire

    Following the success of the February joint meeting with the Cheltenham & Gloucester branch, a further meeting will …

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  • ONLINE:  “ Narrow Gauge Railways of World War One “  -   Phil Robinson  ZOOM

    ONLINE: “ Narrow Gauge Railways of World War One “ - Phil Robinson ZOOM

    20 Mar 2021 14:00 Birmingham

    To attend this Zoom meeting please  Email jd@wfa-birmingham.org.uk   “ Narrow Gauge Railways of World War One “  -   P…

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  • ONLINE : 10th (Irish) Division in Salonika

    ONLINE : 10th (Irish) Division in Salonika

    20 Mar 2021 14:00 Dublin

    'Better Than No War At All' - 10th (Irish) Division in the Salonika Campaign 1915-1917 By Alan Wakefield  This talk lo…

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  • ONLINE: “ Propaganda & Reportage “  -  MIKE COYLE  - “ ZOOM

    ONLINE: “ Propaganda & Reportage “ - MIKE COYLE - “ ZOOM

    17 Apr 2021 14:00 Birmingham

    17/4 – “ Propaganda & Reportage “  -  MIKE COYLE  - “ ZOOM The way that the war was reported, the people, the event…

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  • 'They Shoot Spies - the untold story of the first female agents' By dr Viv Newman

    'They Shoot Spies - the untold story of the first female agents' By dr Viv Newman

    17 Apr 2021 14:30 Dublin

    ONLINE LECTURE 'They Shoot Spies - the untold story of the first female agents' by Dr Viv Newman Moving beyond the ste…

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  • Corporal Vince Schürhoff (Part II): Life Off-Duty

    Corporal Vince Schürhoff (Part II): Life Off-Duty

    08 May 2021 14:00 Yorkshire

    Corporal Vince Schürhoff came from a Birmingham business family that was German on his father’s side. He joined the Brit…

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  • ONLINE: "BRAVEST LITTLE STREET IN ENGLAND – Carole Evans ??  ZOOM

    ONLINE: "BRAVEST LITTLE STREET IN ENGLAND – Carole Evans ?? ZOOM

    15 May 2021 14:00 Birmingham

    "BRAVEST LITTLE STREET IN ENGLAND – Carole Evans ??  ZOOM   The Bravest Little Street in England; bringing a town back…

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  • 'Beyond Vimy Ridge: Canadian Corps Operations, 1918' By Rob Thompson

    'Beyond Vimy Ridge: Canadian Corps Operations, 1918' By Rob Thompson

    15 May 2021 14:30 Dublin

    ONLINE LECTURE 'Beyond Vimy Ridge: Canadian Corps Operations, 1918' By Rob Thompson   Rob will take us away from Vimy…

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  • ONLINE: A Group Photograph - Before, Now & In-Between

    ONLINE: A Group Photograph - Before, Now & In-Between

    08 Mar 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. As well as being the story of the 8th Battalion, Royal Berkshire Regiment, an…

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  • ONLINE: The South African mobilisation of 1914 and the failure of the first invasion of German South West Africa

    ONLINE: The South African mobilisation of 1914 and the failure of the first invasion of German South West Africa

    11 Mar 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The German South-West Africa campaign and the battle at Sandfontein – which m…

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  • ONLINE: Deserters on the Home Front

    ONLINE: Deserters on the Home Front

    15 Mar 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The story of the deserters who were shot at dawn then pardoned nearly a centu…

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  • Virtual Battlefield Tour #6: Der Schwarze Tag, Amiens, 1918

    Virtual Battlefield Tour #6: Der Schwarze Tag, Amiens, 1918

    18 Mar 2021 19:30

    We are absolutely delighted to announce the details of the first six Virtual Battlefield Tours, commissioned exclusively…

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  • ONLINE: Broken reeds: Kaiserschlacht and the 2nd Line Territorials on 21 March 1918

    ONLINE: Broken reeds: Kaiserschlacht and the 2nd Line Territorials on 21 March 1918

    22 Mar 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. When the German onslaught of Operation Michael broke on 21 March, four of the…

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  • ONLINE: The Development and Influence of Propaganda by Britain 1914-18

    ONLINE: The Development and Influence of Propaganda by Britain 1914-18

    25 Mar 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This presentation by Clive Harris looks at the introduction, development and …

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  • ONLINE: 'Artillery conquers, infantry occupies' - a study of the effectiveness of the British Artillery at Third Ypres

    ONLINE: 'Artillery conquers, infantry occupies' - a study of the effectiveness of the British Artillery at Third Ypres

    29 Mar 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  This presentation by Lt Col Simon Shepard seeks to assess the performance of…

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  • ONLINE: Winning with Laughter: How Britain's cartoonists helped win the First World War

    ONLINE: Winning with Laughter: How Britain's cartoonists helped win the First World War

    05 Apr 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. It is often said that a picture is worth a thousand words but during the Firs…

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  • ONLINE: 1917 at Verdun: The French hit back

    ONLINE: 1917 at Verdun: The French hit back

    08 Apr 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  The failure of the German offensive at Verdun in 1916 led to major changes o…

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  • ONLINE: Currie, Vimy, and the Learning Curves

    ONLINE: Currie, Vimy, and the Learning Curves

    12 Apr 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  To commemorate the Canadian capture of Vimy Ridge 104 years ago almost to th…

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Born 4 March 1894 6 March 1915 : Rifleman Basil Heathcote Clarke 1/9th Bn Queen Victoria’s Rifles The London Regiment (Territorial Force) Son of Henry (a former journalist from Durban) and Florence (née Clarke) . Educated at Oakfield School, Church End.  At the 1911 Census Basil, age 17, was living at home (17 Bur…

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6 March 1915 : Rifleman Basil Heathcote Clarke
Ancestry Pension Records

Ancestry Pension Records

As members of The Western Front Association will know, in 2012 the WFA stepped in to save from destruction over six million pension records of men who served in the Great War. Below are various articl…

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The Latest WWI Podcast

The Latest WWI Podcast

The Western Front Association's podcasts are an eclectic mix of themed interviews with experts in their particular fields which shine a light into areas of the first world war which are sometimes over…

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World War I Book Reviews

World War I Book Reviews

Book Reviews by academics, amateur historians, Western Front Association members and keen readers.

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World War I Articles

World War I Articles

Articles on every aspect of the First World War written by experts in their field. All are examples of the kind of work featured in Stand To!

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