• Correction of errors on Fold3 - good news!

    Correction of errors on Fold3 - good news!

    Member of The Western Front Association will be pleased to learn that the 'correction of errors process' which is detail…

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  • Improvements to the WFA Pension Record access

    Improvements to the WFA Pension Record access

    In the last few days there have been a number of background improvements 'behind the scenes' to the web site which will …

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  • Western Front Association Branches UK & Ireland

    Western Front Association Branches UK & Ireland

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  • Coming Soon: The Bulletin Archive

    Coming Soon: The Bulletin Archive

    Drawing on the last 38 editions of Bulletin, the internal journal and newsletter of The Western Front Association, artic…

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  • The WFA's 2020 Calendar remains on sale

    The WFA's 2020 Calendar remains on sale

    The Western Front Association's 2020 calendar remains available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken …

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  • Gun Fire: the re-publication of a renowned WFA journal

    Gun Fire: the re-publication of a renowned WFA journal

    Between 1985 and 2004 a magazine was regularly produced by Dr Alf Peacock, who was (between 1988 and 1997) the Chairman …

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  • Correction of transcription errors on Fold3

    Correction of transcription errors on Fold3

    The feedback about the accuracy of the tagging (or indexing) of the WFA's pension records of Fold3 suggests this has bee…

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  • '1917' Is this the 'film of the year' or a 'turkey'?

    '1917' Is this the 'film of the year' or a 'turkey'?

    The hype around the new Sam Mendes film '1917' is building up. The film is due to be released in the UK on 10 January. B…

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  • Stand To! Updated Full Contents Listing Issues 1 to 116

    Stand To! Updated Full Contents Listing Issues 1 to 116

    There are 116 issues of Stand To! Online. Spring 1981 to October 2019. There are over 1,600 articles here and a further …

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  • Verdun : Remembrance Sunday 10 November 2019

    Verdun : Remembrance Sunday 10 November 2019

    Report by Suzanne Make This year I decided to spend a few days over Armistice weekend with friends in Verdun. We took…

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  • The Cenotaph Forbury Gardens, Reading, Remembrance Sunday 2019

    The Cenotaph Forbury Gardens, Reading, Remembrance Sunday 2019

    The 100th Anniversary of Remembrance Sunday in Reading was commemorated on Sunday 10th November in Reading Minster of St…

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  • Service of Remembrance held at Thorpe Le Fallows on 10th November 2019

    Service of Remembrance held at Thorpe Le Fallows on 10th November 2019

    Lincoln and North Lincolnshire branch Service of Remembrance. This was held at Thorpe Le Fallows on 10th November.

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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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  • ‘The Catholic Church 1914/1918’ by Will Bryant

    ‘The Catholic Church 1914/1918’ by Will Bryant

    29 Jan 2020 19:30 Cork

    ‘The Catholic Church 1914/1918’   29th January

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  • 'The Blockade' by Graham Kemp

    'The Blockade' by Graham Kemp

    29 Jan 2020 20:00 Lancashire (East)

    Graham Kemp will be giving a talk about the economic blockage on German and its impact on the German people and the Germ…

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  • 'It's All a Bit Heath Robinson' by Luci Gosling

    'It's All a Bit Heath Robinson' by Luci Gosling

    30 Jan 2020 19:30 Kent (North West)

    About the talk: This talk examines the life and career of one of Britain's best-loved humorous artists with particular e…

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  • Change of Subject : General Hugo de Pree and the First World War

    Change of Subject : General Hugo de Pree and the First World War

    30 Jan 2020 20:00 Thames Valley

    Same Speaker, Change of Topic.  Prof Gary Sheffield's talk will now be entitled: In Haig's Shadow - Brig-Gen Hugo de Pre…

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  • 'East Africa in WW1: The Kenyan battlefield 1914-1916' by Kevin Patience

    'East Africa in WW1: The Kenyan battlefield 1914-1916' by Kevin Patience

    31 Jan 2020 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    Kevin Patience will be giving a talk on East Africa in the First World War. The Kenyan battlefield 1914-1916

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  • Onward Christian Soldiers by Mavis Sellers

    Onward Christian Soldiers by Mavis Sellers

    01 Feb 2020 13:30 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    This talk looks at the work, and the deaths, of two Army Chaplains on the Western Front, Rev.Charles Doudney and the …

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  • 'Amateur Soldiering Before, During and After the Great War' by Prof Gary Sheffield

    'Amateur Soldiering Before, During and After the Great War' by Prof Gary Sheffield

    01 Feb 2020 14:00 Wessex

    Professor Gary Sheffield will be giving at talk on amateur soldiering.  Gary Sheffield is the Honorary President of The…

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  • Goodbye, Old Man: The artist Fortunino Matania's vision of the Great War

    Goodbye, Old Man: The artist Fortunino Matania's vision of the Great War

    01 Feb 2020 14:30 Yorkshire

    For the first half of the 20th Century, Fortunino Matania drew many iconic moments, including the sinking of the Titanic…

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  • Legal (and other) aspects of killing people in the Great War

    Legal (and other) aspects of killing people in the Great War

    02 Feb 2020 14:00 Wiltshire

    Our February talk will be a new talk on the WFA speakers' circuit having its first presentation at this meeting. Local m…

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  • 'Baby Steps at Gallipoli by Peter Hart'

    'Baby Steps at Gallipoli by Peter Hart'

    03 Feb 2020 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    Baby Steps at Gallipoli

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  • 30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys

    30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys

    30 Jan 2020 18:00

    Although the war damage in Belgium was nowhere near the scale of the French 'regions dévastées', the Belgian countryside…

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  • 31 Jan to 1 Feb : 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium

    31 Jan to 1 Feb : 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium

    31 Jan 2020 09:30

    The 2nd Modern Conflict Research Symposium will be hosted at the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester on 31 January / 1…

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  • 5 February: King George V in the Great War by Alexandra Churchill

    5 February: King George V in the Great War by Alexandra Churchill

    05 Feb 2020 17:30

    George V was somewhat of an unknown entity to his subjects on the outbreak of war. By 1918 he had established himself as…

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  • 13 February : 'Imagining the West Indian soldier: from empire to multicultural commemoration' with Richard Smith

    13 February : 'Imagining the West Indian soldier: from empire to multicultural commemoration' with Richard Smith

    13 Feb 2020 19:00

    The role of the 16,000–strong British West Indies Regiment in the First World War has been recuperated from a marginalis…

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  • 27 February : ‘Preparing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the next hundred years: horticultural challenges in a changing environment.’ with Gareth Hardware

    27 February : ‘Preparing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for the next hundred years: horticultural challenges in …

    27 Feb 2020 18:00

    This paper will explore the challenges and tasks facing the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in a changing world. Fo…

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  • 8 April : 'Amateur Soldiering Tradition in Britain and the Empire 1899 to 1945' with Professor Gary Sheffield

    8 April : 'Amateur Soldiering Tradition in Britain and the Empire 1899 to 1945' with Professor Gary Sheffield

    08 Apr 2020 19:30

    Gary Sheffield, Honorary President of The Western Front Association will be speaking at this event on the amateur soldie…

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  • 25 April 2020 : AGM and Spring Conference

    25 April 2020 : AGM and Spring Conference

    25 Apr 2020 10:00

    Speakers to be decided.

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  • 23 May 2020 : 8th President's Conference - Theme '1915 Revisited'

    23 May 2020 : 8th President's Conference - Theme '1915 Revisited'

    23 May 2020 09:00

    This annual event is held at the Tally Ho! Club, Birmingham each May. The theme, with speakers to be confirmed, is '191…

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Dvr Thomas Spurr1st (East Lancs) Brigade (CCX Bde) Royal Field Artillery. Born in Batley, Yorkshire in 1889, Thomas was living at 33, Barden Lane, Burnley, Lancs at the time of his enlistment. Born in Batley, Yorkshire in 1889, Thomas was living at 33, Barden Lane, Burnley, Lancs at the time of his enlistment. A pre-war territorial, he was mobilised on 5 August 1914 and set sail at Southampton for Egypt on 10 September. After disembarking at Alexandria on 25 September 1914 he took part i…

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28 January 1916 Dvr Thomas Spurr died of an illness
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

Mentioned in Dispatches By Dr Tom Thorpe Podcasts on all aspects of the Great War from the UK's leading First World War history society The Western Front Association. Click here to view in iTunes.

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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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