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

    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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  • Announcing the Launch of The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2022/23

    Announcing the Launch of The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2022/23

    The Western Front Association is proud to launch the 2022/23 PhD Grant Scheme. The aim of the PhD Grant Scheme is to …

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  • Articles, Book Reviews and podcasts taking the American point of view in World War One

    Articles, Book Reviews and podcasts taking the American point of view in World War One

    The USA in World War One featured on The Western Front Association website  Articles in Stand To! (The archive of our…

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  • The Honorat Collection

    The Honorat Collection

    The Jordan/Ference Collection is honoured to present the Honorat Collection, the most comprehensive survey and photostud…

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  • Bulletin 122 : Out Now - Contents

    Bulletin 122 : Out Now - Contents

    Contents President’s Address Lt Col Graham Parker OBE Tribute April/AGM Minutes, Leeds Heroes Awards presentation …

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  • Remembering  Correlli Barnett by Prof Peter Simkins

    Remembering Correlli Barnett by Prof Peter Simkins

    When I was a young, and very green, military historian in the early 1960s, three or four figures in particular loomed la…

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  • Correlli Barnett Remembered 1927-2022

    Correlli Barnett Remembered 1927-2022

    It is with great sadness that we have learned of the death of Correlli Barnett who was the President of The Western Fron…

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  • In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War Book Launch at the Liszt Institute in London 30 June 2022

    In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War Book Launch at the Liszt Institute in London 30 June 2022

    On the evening of 30 June 2022, the 106th anniversary of the eve of the Battle of the Somme, members of The Western Fron…

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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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  • 'Foot Soldier Sam's Great War - In His Own Words' by Phil Sutcliffe

    'Foot Soldier Sam's Great War - In His Own Words' by Phil Sutcliffe

    29 Sep 2022 19:30 Kent (North West)

    Caption: British prisoners after the Spring Offensive (Courtesy: IWM) About the talk: Signaller Sam Sutcliffe’s son and…

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  • Hardit Singh Malik, The Flying Sikh of the First World War

    Hardit Singh Malik, The Flying Sikh of the First World War

    29 Sep 2022 20:00 Thames Valley

    From his arrival in the UK alone in 1908 as a fourteen-year-old, to Balliol College, Oxford and into the Royal F…

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  • 'Band of Brothers - the story of the XIII Platoon, 2nd Manchester Pals' with Mark Bailey

    'Band of Brothers - the story of the XIII Platoon, 2nd Manchester Pals' with Mark Bailey

    30 Sep 2022 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    The New Army, often referred to as Kitchener's Army, originated on the recommendation of  Lord Kitchener, the Secretary …

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  • 'Nurses, Spies and the Home Front' in the First World War with Philip Stevens

    'Nurses, Spies and the Home Front' in the First World War with Philip Stevens

    30 Sep 2022 19:30 Sussex

    Philip Stevens will be speaking about nurses, spies and the Home Front during the First World War.  He is a full time a…

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  • His Majesty's Factory Gretna

    His Majesty's Factory Gretna

    01 Oct 2022 14:00 Scotland (North)

    In this talk Nigel Crompton will look at the huge cordite factory built in 1915-1916 on the border of England and Scotla…

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  • ‘The Learning Process in Practice: Some Case Studies of Tactics and Training, 1916-1918' Peter Simkins

    ‘The Learning Process in Practice: Some Case Studies of Tactics and Training, 1916-1918' Peter Simkins

    02 Oct 2022 14:00 Wiltshire

    Our October branch meeting takes place on Sunday, 2nd October. We are very pleased to welcome the President of The Weste…

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  • 'The History of the CWGC by Tony Vart'

    'The History of the CWGC by Tony Vart'

    03 Oct 2022 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    The History of the CWGC by Tony Vart   Tonight we essentially get 2 talks in one evening. Tony will start with 'CWGC W…

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  • A talk by Greg Baughen 'From Flying Dreadnought to Dogfighter - the troubled birth of the British Fighter'

    A talk by Greg Baughen 'From Flying Dreadnought to Dogfighter - the troubled birth of the British Fighter'

    04 Oct 2022 19:30 Kent (East)

    Greg has been researching the history of British and French air forces for over 40 years with a focus on how air power d…

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  • "Clearing the dead 1919-1939" by Peter Hodgkinson

    "Clearing the dead 1919-1939" by Peter Hodgkinson

    05 Oct 2022 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    There is currently considerable interest in battlefield archaeology. Between the wars, however, a process similar to …

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  • ‘Battle of Aubers Ridge, May 1915’ with Phil Davies

    ‘Battle of Aubers Ridge, May 1915’ with Phil Davies

    07 Oct 2022 19:30 Wales (South)

    Phil Davies will be giving a talk on the Battle of Aubers Ridge, May 1915.  Phil is a former Secretary of the South Wa…

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  • CONFERENCE : Chemical Warfare in the Great War: Experience and Legacies

    CONFERENCE : Chemical Warfare in the Great War: Experience and Legacies

    15 Oct 2022 09:30

    The Western Front Association / National Army Museum Conference 0930 Arrivals1000 Welcome1010 Keynote + Q&AProfessor…

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  • NATIONAL EVENT : Armistice Day: Cenotaph Arrangements 11 November 2022

    NATIONAL EVENT : Armistice Day: Cenotaph Arrangements 11 November 2022

    11 Nov 2022 10:00

    One of the highlights of the year for many members of The Western Front Association is the well attended act of remembra…

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  • BOOK LAUNCH: 'In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War' : Launch of Volume II

    BOOK LAUNCH: 'In the Centennial Footsteps of the Great War' : Launch of Volume II

    12 Nov 2022 14:00

    TIME TO BE CONFIRMED  Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy will be launching ‘In the Centennial Footsteps- Volume 2’  at the  Memor…

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John Dinsdale was born 1893, Hawes, Yorkshire From Garras Gayle, Hawes, Yorkshire, born around 1893. The son of stonemason, William and mother Ann (née Taylor).  John was their only child until as second boy was born in 1906.  John was a tailor's apprentice before the war. he enlisted in the Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princess' of Wales …

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28 September 1917 : Pte John Dinsdale
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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