• 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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  • Newly republished: World War 1914-1918 A Pictured History

    Newly republished: World War 1914-1918 A Pictured History

    As part of our ongoing commitment to make historical magazines once more available to members of The Western Front Assoc…

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  • I Was There: New videos continue to be added

    I Was There: New videos continue to be added

    The latest videos from the 'I Was There!' series have been very well received, with new videos being regularly released …

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  • Stand To! March 2024 Number: 133 Editor's Introduction and contents

    Stand To! March 2024 Number: 133 Editor's Introduction and contents

    From the Matt Leonard, Editor Stand To!  Welcome to the (slightly delayed) first Stand To! of 2024. My apologies for …

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  • Help raise £5,500 to fund the restoration of a First World War private memorial

    Help raise £5,500 to fund the restoration of a First World War private memorial

    Help raise £5,500 to fund the restoration of a First World War private memorial to Captain Houston Stewart Hamilton Wall…

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  • Captain Daggett - remembered

    Captain Daggett - remembered

    A period of 107 years separated the last time members of various families had trodden these fields, but on 19 March 2024…

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  • OUT NOW : Bulletin 126

    OUT NOW : Bulletin 126

    Contents of the latest issue of Bulletin include:  A letter from Rt Hon Grant Shapps an introduction from The WFA Cha…

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  • Twenty Years After: The Battlefields of 1914-18 Then and Now

    Twenty Years After: The Battlefields of 1914-18 Then and Now

    Quite a number of 'partworks' (magazines published over a number of weeks) were published between the 1920s and the star…

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  • I Was There: Aerial Adventure on Aisne and Marne, by Lt Col L A Strange

    I Was There: Aerial Adventure on Aisne and Marne, by Lt Col L A Strange

    We continue to work on the reminiscences of 'old soldiers' published in the 1939 publication 'I Was There!' and publish …

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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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  • 'Aristocrats amongst Servicemen' with Andrew Thornton

    'Aristocrats amongst Servicemen' with Andrew Thornton

    25 Apr 2024 20:00 Thames Valley

    Andrew's talk will be about his research into compiling a nominal roll of the 'Chums of the Old Contemptibles' Associati…

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  • Prisoners of War in the Great War

    Prisoners of War in the Great War

    27 Apr 2024 13:30 Scotland (North)

    In this talk Jim Mackay will examine the fate of prisoners of war from all sides in the Great War, their terms of impris…

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  • The Casualty Evacuation Chain from Hill 60, Ypres, in early 1915.

    The Casualty Evacuation Chain from Hill 60, Ypres, in early 1915.

    01 May 2024 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    David Blanchard author of 'Aisne 1918' published by Pen & Sword, Battlefield Guide, will provide a talk on ' The Cas…

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  • 'For the King, the country, the Queen's and Kennington' a talk by Marietta Crichton Stuart

    'For the King, the country, the Queen's and Kennington' a talk by Marietta Crichton Stuart

    02 May 2024 19:15 Middlesex

    The story of a South London territorial battalion, the 24th (County of London), the London Regiment, (The Queen's) in th…

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  • A time to live and a time to die - lives lost and saved France and Flanders 1914-18 (ZOOM) by Tom Scotland

    A time to live and a time to die - lives lost and saved France and Flanders 1914-18 (ZOOM) by Tom Scotland

    02 May 2024 19:30 Wales (South)

    Tom is a retired orthopaedic surgeon. Co-editor of War Surgery 1914-18 and Wars Pestilence and the Surgeon's Blade (exam…

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  • Making a stand against war: German oppostion to World War 1 by Prof Ingrid Sharp

    Making a stand against war: German oppostion to World War 1 by Prof Ingrid Sharp

    03 May 2024 19:00 Merseyside

    This talk outlines the many ways in which Germans opposed and resisted the war and the barriers they faced. This include…

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  • Keeping The Home Fires Burning

    Keeping The Home Fires Burning

    04 May 2024 14:00 Wales (North)

    Author, historian & broadcaster Phil Carradice will be speaking about the home front during the Great War.  Phil ha…

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  • A talk by Tony Bolton on ‘Mobilisation. The 18 days from 5-22 August 1914.'

    A talk by Tony Bolton on ‘Mobilisation. The 18 days from 5-22 August 1914.'

    07 May 2024 17:00 Kent (East)

    Tony Bolton is the National Chair of The WFA and this is his first visit to Canterbury. Tony has been a member of The W…

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  • "Audregnies Flank Guard Action 1914 "-  by Phil Watson

    "Audregnies Flank Guard Action 1914 "- by Phil Watson

    07 May 2024 19:30 Chesterfield

    Phil`s presentation starts at the point the Germany army crosses the Belgium border and follows the individual stories o…

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  • 'Skipton's POW Camp and its German Prisoners' by Anne Buckley

    'Skipton's POW Camp and its German Prisoners' by Anne Buckley

    07 May 2024 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    This month's meeting is moved to Tuesday 7 May as the Monday is a Bank Holiday.   This month's speaker is Anne Buckley …

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  • ANZAC Day  at Brandwood End Cemetery with The Gallipoli Association

    ANZAC Day at Brandwood End Cemetery with The Gallipoli Association

    21 Apr 2024 14:00

    The 25th April is known in many countries as ANZAC Day.  Events are held in Australia, New Zealand, the U. K., Ireland …

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  • ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2024: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

    ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2024: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux

    25 Apr 2024 05:30

    This moving service will take place at the Australian National Memorial, France at 5.30am on Thursday 25th April 2024. T…

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  • ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2024: Polygon Wood

    ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2024: Polygon Wood

    25 Apr 2024 06:00

    Main Image: Lt Ernest Brooks - This photograph is © IWM (Q 2904) from the collections of the IWM: Australian troops, pro…

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  • Commemoration of the 29th Division in the First World War in the Gallipoli Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Eltham

    Commemoration of the 29th Division in the First World War in the Gallipoli Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Eltham

    28 Apr 2024 10:00

    A commemorative service will be held on Sunday 28th April 2024 at 10.00 am in the Gallipoli Chapel, Holy Trinity Church,…

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  • ONLINE: 'Le Moncel - Lance versus Lance' with Phil Watson

    ONLINE: 'Le Moncel - Lance versus Lance' with Phil Watson

    29 Apr 2024 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  On 7 September 1914, the 9th Lancers (2nd Cavalry Brigade) conducted the…

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  • The Staffords at Gallipoli in North Persia, Italy and Mesopotamia

    The Staffords at Gallipoli in North Persia, Italy and Mesopotamia

    11 May 2024 10:00

    A special day with the Gallipoli Association to remember the important theatres of the First World War, away from the We…

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  • Women’s Football and the British Army. From the Great War to the Present Day

    Women’s Football and the British Army. From the Great War to the Present Day

    22 May 2024 18:30

    Join a panel of experts at the National Army Museum as they discuss the historic relationship between women’s football a…

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  • London Pride Conference: The London Territorial Force in Peace and War, 1908-1921

    London Pride Conference: The London Territorial Force in Peace and War, 1908-1921

    15 Jun 2024 09:30

    Doors Open at 9.30 (conference starts at 10.00) to 16.30. The London Pride Conference in 2024 aims to offer a comprehen…

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  • The WFA National Tour - From Retreat to the Aisne

    The WFA National Tour - From Retreat to the Aisne

    21 Jun 2024 08:30

    Tour Dates: 21 June - 24 June 2024 Price Per Person: £750:00  Single Supplement: £125:00   Hotel: Hotel Ibis Soissons…

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  • The WFA National Tour - Artois 1915

    The WFA National Tour - Artois 1915

    27 Sep 2024 08:30

    Tour Dates: 27 - 30 September 2024    Price Per Person: £750:00 (£125:00 Single Supplement) Hotel: Holiday Inn, Centra…

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Louis Cloosstermans was born at Scherpenheuvel, Flemish Brabant, on 21 June 1896 Louis was still living in his town of birth at the time of the German invasion in August 1914. After escaping to France as a refugee, he volunteered for service in the Belgian Army for the duration of the war in early 1915 and served on the Yser Front (specifically Nieupoort, Drie Grachten, Ram…

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21 April 1916: Louis Cloosstermans
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

First World War 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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