• Announcing The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2021/22

    Announcing The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2021/22

    The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2021/2022 is offered to provide research scholars the opportunity to en…

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  • The Landscape of Love and Solace : John Nash Exhibition

    The Landscape of Love and Solace : John Nash Exhibition

    The work of John Nash, one of the most versatile and prolific artists of the 20th century is being featured in a new exh…

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  • Out Now! Bulletin August 2021 No.120

    Out Now! Bulletin August 2021 No.120

    Bulletin - the internal magazine of The Western Front Association is published three times a year and includes…

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  • 200 Brentano’s Launch on Stereoscope: A Call to Action!

    200 Brentano’s Launch on Stereoscope: A Call to Action!

    We’re extremely excited to announce the beginning of a large-scale project to unravel the mystery of the group of manufa…

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  • Stand To ! No.123 July 2021

    Stand To ! No.123 July 2021

    The latest issue of the journal of The Western Front Association is out today. There are ten carefully researched and ri…

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  • Deadline Reminder : August 31st is the Deadline for the Colin Hardy Annual Competition

    Deadline Reminder : August 31st is the Deadline for the Colin Hardy Annual Competition

    The annual competition to foster interest and scholarship in the First World War among young people is now open for …

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  • Stereoscope Enhancements July 2021

    Stereoscope Enhancements July 2021

    Stereoscope - being The Western Front Association's collection of stereo images from the Great War now has two important…

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  • Are you a Battlefield Guide to the Western Front ?

    Are you a Battlefield Guide to the Western Front ?

    MA Student Jack Evason who writes: Hi,  I am an MA student at the University of York writing a dissertation about batt…

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  • We've made a great start! Nine schools have registered so far ... come and join us!

    We've made a great start! Nine schools have registered so far ... come and join us!

    Have you registered your school for the Malcolm Doolin Memorial Project for Local History Research yet? http://bit.l…

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  • Two opportunities for your students to show what they know about the First World War

    Two opportunities for your students to show what they know about the First World War

    Two opportunities for your schools students to show what they know about the First World War.  1. The 2021-22 Malco…

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  • The Malcolm Doolin Memorial Award for Local History Research  2021-2022

    The Malcolm Doolin Memorial Award for Local History Research 2021-2022

    An annual year long project – starts 1 September 2021, closes 30 June 2022. Open to primary, secondary and special …

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  • The Roles Animals Played in the First World War Competition

    The Roles Animals Played in the First World War Competition

    This year’s Western Front Association 'Project with Prizes' asks 12-14 year old secondary school students to think …

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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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  • ONLINE: 4.	“When Harry met Sally” 	Jonathan Dale

    ONLINE: 4. “When Harry met Sally” Jonathan Dale

    25 Sep 2021 14:00 Birmingham

    To join this Zoom Meeting please email  jd@wfa-birmingham.org.uk   “When Harry met Sally” Jonathan Dale The Great War…

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  • The Battle of Neuve Chapelle

    The Battle of Neuve Chapelle

    03 Oct 2021 14:00 Wiltshire

    Last month, September 2021, the branch was able to resume face-to-face meetings and local member Colin Ellender spoke on…

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  • 'The Battle of Fromelles' by Niall Cherry'

    'The Battle of Fromelles' by Niall Cherry'

    04 Oct 2021 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    Niall Cherry will be giving a talk on the Battle of Fromelles. Image: a German strongpoint in the Fromelles salient, Ju…

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  • 'Combles' by Sean Godfrey

    'Combles' by Sean Godfrey

    04 Oct 2021 19:30 Northumberland

    The Capture of Combles on 25 September took part as the larger ‘Battle of Morval’ during the Somme Campaign of 1916. Th…

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  • 'Women Ambulance Drivers on the Western Front 1914 – 1918' by Paul Handford MBE

    'Women Ambulance Drivers on the Western Front 1914 – 1918' by Paul Handford MBE

    05 Oct 2021 19:30 Chesterfield

    This will be the same talk as was scheduled for last year but was postponed due to Covid 19 Lockdown, we are now thrille…

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  • "Huntingdonshire Cyclists Battalions" by Martyn Smith

    "Huntingdonshire Cyclists Battalions" by Martyn Smith

    06 Oct 2021 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    Martyn Smith, our branch treasurer, will be giving a presentation on a local army unit, the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Batt…

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  • Hartlebury V.A.D - Doug Smith

    Hartlebury V.A.D - Doug Smith

    08 Oct 2021 19:30 Midlands (East)

    In the First World War many hundreds of houses were converted into hospitals to help cope with the many thousands of wou…

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  • William Leefe Robinson VC and the First Blitz by David Marks

    William Leefe Robinson VC and the First Blitz by David Marks

    09 Oct 2021 14:30 Yorkshire

    William Leefe Robinson was a modest young man who became an overnight sensation for shooting down the first airship over…

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  • 'Kitchener, The British Empire and The First World War' with Dr Adam Prime

    'Kitchener, The British Empire and The First World War' with Dr Adam Prime

    11 Oct 2021 18:45 Staffs (North) & Cheshire (South)

    Adam's talk takes a look at Lord Kitchener’s military career including Palestine, Sudan, Egypt, South Africa and India a…

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  • The 21st Division at Loos with Derek Clayton

    The 21st Division at Loos with Derek Clayton

    13 Oct 2021 19:45 Heart of England

    The units of 21st Division disembarked on French soil between 9 and 12 September 1915. Two weeks later, with absolutely …

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  • ONLINE: Bullecourt, staff planning processes for the Australian operations in April and May 1917 by Dr Meleah Hampton

    ONLINE: Bullecourt, staff planning processes for the Australian operations in April and May 1917 by Dr Meleah Hampton

    25 Sep 2021 10:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  Dr Meleah Hampton, the Australian military historian and researcher at…

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  • ONLINE: The Canadian Corps in the Hundred Days: Two talks by Tim Cook and Bill Stewart

    ONLINE: The Canadian Corps in the Hundred Days: Two talks by Tim Cook and Bill Stewart

    27 Sep 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  We are delighted that we will be able to bring you two talks - both on t…

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  • ONLINE: Lawrence and the Arab Revolt with Jim Tanner

    ONLINE: Lawrence and the Arab Revolt with Jim Tanner

    11 Oct 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  While the reasons are many and complex the decision made by the Ottoman …

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  • ONLINE: 'Ill Met By Moonlight': British and German raiders clash in the outpost war, with Fraser Skirrow

    ONLINE: 'Ill Met By Moonlight': British and German raiders clash in the outpost war, with Fraser Skirrow

    25 Oct 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  This talk by Fraser Skirrow is the story of a couple of raids, one Bri…

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  • ONLINE: "Walking quietly into a hail of lead to carry away a wounded man": Stretcher Bearers of the Western Front by Dr Emily Mayhew

    ONLINE: "Walking quietly into a hail of lead to carry away a wounded man": Stretcher Bearers of the Western Front by Dr …

    01 Nov 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  During the Great War, the battalion and regimental stretcher bearers tra…

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  • ONLINE: Recovering the Fallen; Remembering the Missing by Christina Holstein

    ONLINE: Recovering the Fallen; Remembering the Missing by Christina Holstein

    08 Nov 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  The 1916 Battle of Verdun ended with over 700,000 French and German casu…

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  • ONLINE: 'November 1918: The Armistice and How the War Ended' by Prof Stephen Badsey

    ONLINE: 'November 1918: The Armistice and How the War Ended' by Prof Stephen Badsey

    15 Nov 2021 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  In this talk Professor Stephen Badsey examines the Armistice of 11 Novembe…

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Stanley Caws was born 22 March 1879 St Catherine’s, Sea View, Isle of White Son of Douglas (a land agent) and Harriet (née Handley)  At the 1881 Census the 2 year old Stanley was at home with his parents and sisters: Dora (6), Hilda (4).   Ten years later in 1891 he also had a younger sister, Constance (3).  Stanley was educated at Portsmouth Grammar School and Chris…

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21 September 1915 : Lieut. Stanley Caws
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. 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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