• 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' Reviewed Matthew Purser

    '1917' Reviewed Matthew Purser

    Sam Mendes' new film, 1917, is an extraordinarily powerful two hour cinematic immersion into the front line of Operation…

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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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  • Remembrance November 2019 : Sydney Australia

    Remembrance November 2019 : Sydney Australia

    Report from Debbie Coupland in Australia. There are two Remembrance spaces in the city: the Cenotaph in Martin Place an…

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  • VIDEO: The WFA's Armistice Day commemoration 2019 at the Cenotaph

    VIDEO: The WFA's Armistice Day commemoration 2019 at the Cenotaph

    Every year, on the 11th day of the 11th month, The Western Front Association honour those who fell in the service of the…

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  • The WFA's 2019 Armistice commemoration at the Cenotaph

    The WFA's 2019 Armistice commemoration at the Cenotaph

    Images of The Western Front Association's 25th, 11th November Cenotaph Armistice Commemoration. We are grateful to Jeff…

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  • VIDEO : Cerys Matthews reading 'And death shall have no dominion' at The WFA's 2019 Armistice ceremony

    VIDEO : Cerys Matthews reading 'And death shall have no dominion' at The WFA's 2019 Armistice ceremony

    The Western Front Association holds a ceremony for members, guests and the general public every Armistice Day to mark th…

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  • The WFA's Annual Commemoration of Armistice Day

    The WFA's Annual Commemoration of Armistice Day

    Every year The Western Front Association organises the Armistice Day commemorations around the Cenotaph. The only except…

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  • 11 November : 25 years since the re-inauguration of the Armistice Day ceremony at the Whitehall Cenotaph by The Western Front Association

    11 November : 25 years since the re-inauguration of the Armistice Day ceremony at the Whitehall Cenotaph by The Western Front Association

    It is 25 years since The Western Front Association successfully campaigned to re-inaugurate the Whitehall Cenotaph cer…

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  • 'CWGC from the Concept of Sir Fabian Ware to its Work Today' a talk by Megan Kelleher

    'CWGC from the Concept of Sir Fabian Ware to its Work Today' a talk by Megan Kelleher

    13 Dec 2019 19:00 Midlands (East)

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission owes its existence to the vision and determination of one man - Sir Fabian Ware. …

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  • 'The Commonwealth War Grave Commission' with Megan Maltby

    'The Commonwealth War Grave Commission' with Megan Maltby

    13 Dec 2019 19:30 Sussex

    Megan Maltby will be giving a talk about the Commonwealth War Grave Commission.

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  • Christmas Party and Mighty Quiz

    Christmas Party and Mighty Quiz

    14 Dec 2019 13:00 Yorkshire (West Riding)

    Our usual Christmas bash, with a hearty buffet, prize raffle and big quiz. An earlier start of 1pm and £5 at the door, …

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  • 'The Frocks and the Brass Hats' by Gordon Corrigan

    'The Frocks and the Brass Hats' by Gordon Corrigan

    14 Dec 2019 14:30 Yorkshire

    Friction between politicians and military commanders is probably as old as warfare itself.  There has always been and al…

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  • Alice in Wonderland and her lost boys from Oxford to the Somme and beyond

    Alice in Wonderland and her lost boys from Oxford to the Somme and beyond

    16 Dec 2019 20:00 Southend on Sea

    Branch Festive Fish Fry and talk Alice in Wonderland and her lost boys from Oxford to the Somme and beyond - Marietta C…

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  • Branch Christmas Get Together

    Branch Christmas Get Together

    19 Dec 2019 19:30 London (East)

    The Annual Branch Christmas Night complete with Chris Daughter's Bumper Quiz and seasonal refreshments.

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  • December Branch Meeting 19th December (Note Change of Date) - Dr John Greenacre -  "I Consider an Example Should Be Made":

    December Branch Meeting 19th December (Note Change of Date) - Dr John Greenacre - "I Consider an Example Should Be Made…

    19 Dec 2019 20:00 Thames Valley

    Note Date Change for Christmas - 19th December 2019  Private Benjamin Hart was the only soldier from the Suffolk Regime…

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  • Branch Members Programme (1)

    Branch Members Programme (1)

    21 Dec 2019 14:00 Birmingham

    Member's Papers

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  • 'The Russian Expenditionary Force 1916-18: The Russian Contribution to the Allied Cause on the Western Front by Dave O'Mara'

    'The Russian Expenditionary Force 1916-18: The Russian Contribution to the Allied Cause on the Western Front by Dave O'M…

    06 Jan 2020 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    The Russian Expeditionary Force 1916-18   A tale of commitment, celebrity, heroism, tragedy, mistreatment, mutiny, rev…

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  • AGM, followed by a Membership Participation Presentation

    AGM, followed by a Membership Participation Presentation

    07 Jan 2020 19:30 Chesterfield

    Branch Annual General Meeting, followed by Various short  Presentations by Members

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  • 16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Haultain-Gall

    16 January : '"An elegy of mud, blood and darkness" : Australian war writing and the third battle of Ypres’ with Matt Ha…

    16 Jan 2020 19:00

    ‘The year 1917 had been one of disaster for our arms in all save the Messines attack’ wrote the Australian ex-serviceman…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Died in Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead Sydney Arthur Constable, the son of a gamekeeper, was born in Ardingly, Sussex 28 April 1984. By the outbreak of the war he was a coach and motor body builder working for Mr A Rice, Coachsmith. He enlisted in October 1914 when he was still only 18 and served during the First World War in the Balkan…

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200172 C.S.M. Sydney Constable, 4th Royal Sussex Regiment
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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