• Pension Records

    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 articles...

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  • TrenchMapper (Public)

    TrenchMapper

    This portal enables users to study thousands of trench maps from the First World War. To benefit from the full capabilities of this, members can use the full version in the members area of the website...

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  • Stereoscope

    Stereoscope

    Stereoscopic, or 3D, photography was very popular at the time of the Great War. Use the Filter function to select your area of interest from the thousands of images from the conflict that are available here...

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  • Out Now! Bulletin December 2022

    Out Now! Bulletin December 2022

    Out now, the first Bulletin of 2023 (though dated December 2022) is richly packed with news and articles, photographs, c…

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  • Sad News from Beaurains

    Sad News from Beaurains

    We have just received the sad news that Monsieur André Coilliot, a long standing Honorary Vice-President of the Western …

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  • The Western Front Association 2023 Calendar

    The Western Front Association 2023 Calendar

    The Western Front Association's 2023 calendar is now available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken b…

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  • Armistice Day: Cenotaph Live Stream from 10:30am 11 November 2022

    Armistice Day: Cenotaph Live Stream from 10:30am 11 November 2022

    For the first time you will be able to watch our Armistice Day Ceremony live as it will be streamed from the Cenotaph,…

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  • Just out! Stand To! No. 128

    Just out! Stand To! No. 128

    In his introduction, the editor Matthew Leonard introduces the many articles featured in this issue about conflict, the …

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  • Forgotten Voices

    Forgotten Voices

    'Forgotten Voices' is based on the best selling book by Max Arthur and adapted for the stage by Malcolm McKay.   Sele…

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  • Seminar Series 2022-2023

    Seminar Series 2022-2023

    In Flanders Fields Museum, Ieper – School of History, University of Kent in partnership with the Western Front Associati…

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  • The Rededication service for the Meakin Memorial  close to the Lesboeufs to Ginchy 10 September 2022

    The Rededication service for the Meakin Memorial close to the Lesboeufs to Ginchy 10 September 2022

    On Saturday 10th September I attended the rededication service for the Meakin Memorial at its new location close to th…

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  • The Western Front Association announces winners of the 2021-2022 Malcolm Doolin Memorial Award for research into the Great War by schools

    The Western Front Association announces winners of the 2021-2022 Malcolm Doolin Memorial Award for research into the Great War by schools

    The Western Front Association today has formally announced the primary and secondary schools that were awarded prizes …

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  • HM Queen Elizabeth II

    HM Queen Elizabeth II

    The President, Trustees and Members of The Western Front Association express their sincere condolences to the Royal Fami…

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  • Announcing the publication of Stand To! No.127 August 2022

    Announcing the publication of Stand To! No.127 August 2022

    Members received their August 2022 edition of Stand To! over the weekend. This extraordinary photograph which feature…

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  • The Meakin Memorial: Date of rededication ceremony

    The Meakin Memorial: Date of rededication ceremony

    Members of The Western Front Association would have been interested to learn of the superb efforts by Brian Smith who ha…

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Benefits of Membership

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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  • "Our glorious dead - Finding Sidney" by Emrys Jones

    "Our glorious dead - Finding Sidney" by Emrys Jones

    01 Feb 2023 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    Following on from a presentation, "Clearing the Dead, 1919-1939" by Dr Peter Hodgkinson in October 2022, Emrys Jones w…

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  • The First Air War by Grant Cullen

    The First Air War by Grant Cullen

    02 Feb 2023 19:00 Merseyside

    The talk is based on a number of black and white photographs found at a yard sale in Hazlewood, Missouri, in the 1990’s.…

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  • From “Still Going Strong” to “Too Much War” - The career of Lieutenant ‘Bill’ Haine VC MC 1914-1919

    From “Still Going Strong” to “Too Much War” - The career of Lieutenant ‘Bill’ Haine VC MC 1914-1919

    03 Feb 2023 19:30 Wales (South)

    An in person talk by Michael Orr - From “Still Going Strong” to “Too Much War” - The career of Lieutenant ‘Bill’ Haine V…

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  • 'A Most Infernal Place: 62nd Division at 2nd Marne' by Tim Lynch

    'A Most Infernal Place: 62nd Division at 2nd Marne' by Tim Lynch

    04 Feb 2023 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    Tim's presentation describes the 62nd Division's experiences, and what this Battle tells us about the BEF's ability to f…

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  • 'Henry Hugh Tudor and the Plan for Cambrai. Tanks, shooting off map and smoke' by Ross Beadle

    'Henry Hugh Tudor and the Plan for Cambrai. Tanks, shooting off map and smoke' by Ross Beadle

    05 Feb 2023 14:00 Wiltshire

    Our February branch meeting once again will turn attention to Cambrai in 1917. Over the years we have studied aspects su…

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  • 'Sir Mark Sykes – The Yorkshireman Who Made the Middle East' with Steve Erskine

    'Sir Mark Sykes – The Yorkshireman Who Made the Middle East' with Steve Erskine

    06 Feb 2023 19:15 Northumberland

    Sir Mark Sykes – The Yorkshireman Who Made the Middle East’ with Steve Erskine “Give me a native regiment to organise, …

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  • 'The Austro Hungarian Navy in the Great War' with Graham Kemp

    'The Austro Hungarian Navy in the Great War' with Graham Kemp

    06 Feb 2023 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    Graham Kemp will be looking at the Austro Hungarian Navy in the First World war.  All branch members will know Graham, …

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  • A talk by Dr Emma Hanna 'Sounds of War: Music in the British Forces in the First World War'

    A talk by Dr Emma Hanna 'Sounds of War: Music in the British Forces in the First World War'

    07 Feb 2023 19:00 Kent (East)

    Comparatively little is known about the musical cultures of the British armed forces during the Great…

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  • Zoom talk by Dr Jenny Macleod on ‘Britishness and Commemoration’

    Zoom talk by Dr Jenny Macleod on ‘Britishness and Commemoration’

    08 Feb 2023 19:00 Antrim and Down

    Dr Jenny Macleod is a Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History at the University of Hull. Her books and articles have mai…

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  • Taunton's men in the Great War - Richard Salter

    Taunton's men in the Great War - Richard Salter

    08 Feb 2023 19:30 Somerset

    Taunton's Men in the Great War  Richard Salter will look at the men of Taunton who returned from the war using a 1919 s…

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  • ONLINE: TORNADO: Operation Desert Storm 1991 by John Nichol

    ONLINE: TORNADO: Operation Desert Storm 1991 by John Nichol

    30 Jan 2023 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  When Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein ordered the occupation of neighbouring Ku…

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  • ONLINE: 'A magnificent day of achievement': The Defeat of Operation Mars, 28 March 1918

    ONLINE: 'A magnificent day of achievement': The Defeat of Operation Mars, 28 March 1918

    06 Feb 2023 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.   Seven days after the start of the German Spring Offensive on 21 March, th…

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  • Pieter Trogh (IFFM) : Wavell’s Eye. Connections between Flanders Fields and the Middle East through the prism of the First World War

    Pieter Trogh (IFFM) : Wavell’s Eye. Connections between Flanders Fields and the Middle East through the prism of the Fir…

    09 Feb 2023 18:00

    As part of the Kent University/IFFM Lecture Programme Pieter Trogh (IFFM) will be giving a talk titled ' Wavell’s Eye. C…

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  • 'That wide blue vault of sky...nowhere wider than in the Flemish plain' with Prof. Mark Connelly and Dr. Helen Brooks (UniKent):

    'That wide blue vault of sky...nowhere wider than in the Flemish plain' with Prof. Mark Connelly and Dr. Helen Brooks (U…

    02 Mar 2023 19:00

    In Flanders Fields Museum and the School of History and Gateways Partnership, University of Kent, in partnership with th…

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  • 'The Ypres Cloth Hall as Multiple Icon" with Dr Dominiek Dendooven (IFFM)

    'The Ypres Cloth Hall as Multiple Icon" with Dr Dominiek Dendooven (IFFM)

    16 Mar 2023 18:00

    This talk is the final session of the special seminar series in partnership with In Flanders Field Museum. It will be a…

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  • Spring Conference and AGM 2023 : National Army Museum, London

    Spring Conference and AGM 2023 : National Army Museum, London

    22 Apr 2023 09:30

    Topics and Speakers: The British West Indian Regiment: Race and colour on the Western Front by Dominiek Dendooven Ab…

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  • Remembrance Ceremony at Lochnagar Crater

    Remembrance Ceremony at Lochnagar Crater

    01 Jul 2023 07:00

    Commemorating the opening of The Battle of the Somme. Lochnagar Crater Start 7.28am Details from the Lochnagar Crater…

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  • Ypres Poppy Parade and Remembrance Ceremony

    Ypres Poppy Parade and Remembrance Ceremony

    11 Nov 2023 10:20

    Menin Gate Parade Starts at 10.20am Remembrance at 11.00amDetails from the Ypres Visitor Centre

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Sidney Wagstaff was born 24 August 1892 in Ashton-upon-Mersey, Co, Chester Parents Jesse Braizer Wagstaff (Ironmonger and House Furnisher) of 229, Great Western Street, Moss Side, Manchester. Before the outbreak of war Sidney was employed in his father’s furnishing business. He was for many years a member of the Manchester Wednesday Motor and Cycling Club. In 1913 Si…

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28 January 1918: Bombadier Sidney Wagstaff
Pension Records

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

Articles on every aspect of the First World War written by experts in their field. Some are were first published in Stand To! or Bulletin, others have been researched and written for the web. If you w…

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