• Military Factsheets republished

    Military Factsheets republished

    Between 1983 and 2003 a series of sixteen 'Military Factsheets' were produced by The Western Front Association. These ha…

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  • Remembering 1st July 1916 : Hawthorn Ridge and Lochnagar Craters

    Remembering 1st July 1916 : Hawthorn Ridge and Lochnagar Craters

    To mark the anniversary of the 1 day of the Battle of the Somme 1916 watch a short film from the Lochnagar Crater Founda…

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  • Ypres from above in 1919

    Ypres from above in 1919

    The film footage shown below was taken after the end of the First World War and it gives an extraordinary view of the sc…

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  • Fostering  Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation with the Lochnagar Crater Foundation 1 July

    Fostering  Remembrance, Peace and Reconciliation with the Lochnagar Crater Foundation 1 July

    Special Commemorative Activities, July 1st, 2020 This is an invitation from the Lochnagar Crater Foundation to join t…

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  • Jon Cooksey - fundraising page

    Jon Cooksey - fundraising page

    Members will be interested to hear that Heather, the widow of Jon Cooksey has set up a scheme to enable friends to rem…

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  • The reach of The Western Front Association is global

    The reach of The Western Front Association is global

    Recent activity on our website shows our reach; it is global. Trench Lines has readers from the UK (77%) the US (15…

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  • Applicants wanted for the role of Treasurer for 2020/2021

    Applicants wanted for the role of Treasurer for 2020/2021

    We have a vacancy for an Honorary Treasurer and applications from qualified candidates are urgently invited. Candidates …

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  • Jon Cooksey

    Jon Cooksey

    It is with great sadness that we have to report the sudden passing of the editor of 'Stand To!', Jon Cooksey. Our condo…

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  • Help Request to tell the story of the Latin American volunteers in the Great War

    Help Request to tell the story of the Latin American volunteers in the Great War

    Tomas Pizarro-Escuti, a 4th-year undergraduate student at the University of Aberdeen is undertaking research for his dis…

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  • The latest release of Pension Records is now available

    The latest release of Pension Records is now available

    Members of The Western Front Association will be delighted to learn that another two sets of Pension Record Cards have n…

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  • Project Hometown helps to find Herbert Coe after 100 years

    Project Hometown helps to find Herbert Coe after 100 years

    As members will be aware, a project to enhance the WFA's Pension Cards is currently underway - this is called 'Project H…

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  • Project Hometown: How to help find soldiers from a particular town

    Project Hometown: How to help find soldiers from a particular town

    Many members of The Western Front Association undertake research into war memorials, or into the fatalities incurred in …

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The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the period 1914-1918, to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during the Great War. It does not seek to glorify war and is non-political. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits. In particular, belonging to the WFA provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. You will also receive our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin in total six times a year.

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  • CANCELLED: All Arms Warfare - a West Yorkshire Brigade at Cambrai

    CANCELLED: All Arms Warfare - a West Yorkshire Brigade at Cambrai

    11 Jul 2020 14:30 Yorkshire

    Fraser Skirrow makes a welcome return to the branch.  On 20th November 1917 the West Yorkshire Battalions of 185th Brig…

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  • ONLINE Carry On Up the Tigris – The Experiences of British and Indian Troops in Mesopotamia 1914-18 by Alan Wakefield

    ONLINE Carry On Up the Tigris – The Experiences of British and Indian Troops in Mesopotamia 1914-18 by Alan Wakefield

    15 Jul 2020 20:20 Surrey

    ONLINE Zoom Meeting: Carry On Up the Tigris – The Experiences of British and Indian Troops in Mesopotamia 1914-18 by Ala…

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  • Branch Zoom Meeing

    Branch Zoom Meeing

    18 Jul 2020 14:00 Birmingham

    Email jd@wfa-birmingham.org.uk  for access

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  • CANCELLED Book launch of Defending Trinity College Dublin: Anzacs in the 1916 Rising by Rory Sweetman

    CANCELLED Book launch of Defending Trinity College Dublin: Anzacs in the 1916 Rising by Rory Sweetman

    29 Jul 2020 13:00 Antrim and Down

    Rory Sweetman’s new book challenges the historical orthodoxy that Trinity College Dublin was never under serious threat …

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  • ONLINE 'From Gunner to Guerrilla – Tom Barry’s Road to Rebellion' by Gerry White

    ONLINE 'From Gunner to Guerrilla – Tom Barry’s Road to Rebellion' by Gerry White

    30 Jul 2020 19:45 Kent (North West)

    About the online talk: Tom Barry was one of the most significant and controversial figures on the republican sid…

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  • Disabled Soldiers Returning After WWI - by Beth Griffiths

    Disabled Soldiers Returning After WWI - by Beth Griffiths

    04 Aug 2020 19:30 Chesterfield

    Information to be confirmed later  Beth Griffith  lives in Swansea and has a BA Politics and History and MA's in Hist…

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  • The U Boat Campaign and Experiences 1914-18: Graham Kemp

    The U Boat Campaign and Experiences 1914-18: Graham Kemp

    08 Aug 2020 14:30 Yorkshire

    This presentation begins with essential differences between U-boats and Submarines, as different conceptions of submersi…

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  • War Across the Water: The Belgian Army on the River Yser by Chris Baker.

    War Across the Water: The Belgian Army on the River Yser by Chris Baker.

    12 Aug 2020 19:45 Heart of England

    It is well known that the Belgians flooded the flat lands of the River Yser to bring the German advance to a halt in 191…

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  • Branch Zoom Meeting

    Branch Zoom Meeting

    15 Aug 2020 14:00 Birmingham

    Email jd@wfa-birmingham.org.uk

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  • A Prelude to War’ (An Archduke’s Visit) by John Taylor

    A Prelude to War’ (An Archduke’s Visit) by John Taylor

    01 Sep 2020 19:30 Chesterfield

    ‘A Prelude to War’ (An Archduke’s Visit) This presentation, in part, explores the surprising visit made by Archduke Fra…

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  • ONLINE: A Moonlight Massacre, the night operation on the Passchendaele Ridge, 2 December 1917 by Dr. Michael LoCicero

    ONLINE: A Moonlight Massacre, the night operation on the Passchendaele Ridge, 2 December 1917 by Dr. Michael LoCicero

    13 Jul 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The Third Battle of Ypres was officially terminated by Field Marshal Sir Do…

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  • ONLINE: The Indian Army on the Western Front by Gordon Corrigan

    ONLINE: The Indian Army on the Western Front by Gordon Corrigan

    16 Jul 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The British Expeditionary Force that crossed to Europe in August 1914 was s…

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  • ONLINE: The Court Martial of Willie Stones and the 'DLI 6'

    ONLINE: The Court Martial of Willie Stones and the 'DLI 6'

    20 Jul 2020 20:00

    Details to be confirmed once volunteers obtained The presentation will be live and online. This is the verbatim transc…

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  • ONLINE: Woodbine Willie by Linda Parker

    ONLINE: Woodbine Willie by Linda Parker

    23 Jul 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The Revd G.A. Studdert Kennedy. M.C. was one of the most well known a…

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  • ONLINE: 'Fighting Spirit' - Patrolling and Raiding with the West Yorks 1917-18 by Fraser Skirrow

    ONLINE: 'Fighting Spirit' - Patrolling and Raiding with the West Yorks 1917-18 by Fraser Skirrow

    27 Jul 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This talk looks at the routine daily business of dominating the enemy through…

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  • ONLINE: Crisis at Kut: December 1915 - April 1916 by Alan Wakefield

    ONLINE: Crisis at Kut: December 1915 - April 1916 by Alan Wakefield

    03 Aug 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This talk looks at the siege and attempted relief of Kut-al-Amara in Mesopota…

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  • ONLINE: Now and Forever: British, French, and American Soldiers on the Western Front, 1918

    ONLINE: Now and Forever: British, French, and American Soldiers on the Western Front, 1918

    06 Aug 2020 20:00

    This event will be live and online The final year of the First World War saw British, French, and American forces under…

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  • ONLINE: Hearts of Oak - The Zeebrugge Raid 23 April 1918 by Clive Harris

    ONLINE: Hearts of Oak - The Zeebrugge Raid 23 April 1918 by Clive Harris

    10 Aug 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  The Zeebrugge Raid was without doubt one of the most daring, enthralling, ep…

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  • ONLINE: TBC (3)

    ONLINE: TBC (3)

    13 Aug 2020 20:00

    Details to be confirmed Members wishing to participate will need to register: details of how to register will be circul…

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  • ONLINE: TBC (4)

    ONLINE: TBC (4)

    17 Aug 2020 20:00

    Details to be confirmed Members wishing to participate will need to register: details of how to register will be circul…

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Born Brussels 25 March 1894 Son of the artist Edward Victor Van Goethem and Lucy Beatrice (née Lafone) of Tregarthen, Parkstone, Dorset.  Educated at Lindley Lodge, Nuneaton and Sherborne, followed by City and Guilds’ College, South Kensington. Obtained a commission in the Special Reserve of Officers 28 April 1915. He was s…

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11 July 1917 : Capt and Flight Commander Henry Edward van Goethem
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, WFA 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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