• 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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  • I Was There!: Latest video now available

    I Was There!: Latest video now available

    The latest videos from the 'I Was There!' series have been very well received, with Episode 29 ('The Immortal Story of '…

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  • Google Map of UK, Ireland and of branches of The Western Front Association in Canada and Australia

    Google Map of UK, Ireland and of branches of The Western Front Association in Canada and Australia

    Zoom in and click through to any branch of The Western Front Association. A link takes you to the branch pages on this w…

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  • Sir Frank Sanderson, man behind Battle of the Somme museum at the Thiepval Memorial for the Missing: obituary

    Sir Frank Sanderson, man behind Battle of the Somme museum at the Thiepval Memorial for the Missing: obituary

    Sir Frank Sanderson, 3rd Bt, who has died aged 89, successfully campaigned for the erection of a museum about the Battle…

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  • February's Webinars

    February's Webinars

    Our Monday Evening Webinars return in February and March with the next being scheduled on 19 February. We will hear from…

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  • I Was There: The WFA's new audio-visual interpretation of the original magazines

    I Was There: The WFA's new audio-visual interpretation of the original magazines

    'I Was There' was a part-work published just before the outbreak of the Second World War which provided - in weekly ed…

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  • The Western Front Association 2024 Masters Grant Scheme Launched

    The Western Front Association 2024 Masters Grant Scheme Launched

    Today, The Western Front Association Masters Grant Scheme is launched for 2024. The aim of this scheme is to provide s…

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  • Announcing the winners of The Western Front Association PhD Grant 2024

    Announcing the winners of The Western Front Association PhD Grant 2024

    We are delighted to announced the winners and runners up of The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme 2024. The jud…

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  • Martin Middlebrook

    Martin Middlebrook

    Martin Middlebrook, who is so well known to members of The Western Front Association through his book ‘First Day on the …

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Benefits of Membership

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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  • General Sir Ian Hamilton and the Gallipoli Campaign by Will Bryant

    General Sir Ian Hamilton and the Gallipoli Campaign by Will Bryant

    28 Feb 2024 19:30 Cork

    General Sir Ian Hamilton was born in Corfu on 16 January 1853.  He saw extensive service in many parts of the British Ar…

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  • ONLINE : Dr Jane Flynn - ‘Soldiers and their Horses – Horses and their Soldiers' Sympathetic Consideration and the Soldier-Horse Relationship, 1914-1918’

    ONLINE : Dr Jane Flynn - ‘Soldiers and their Horses – Horses and their Soldiers' Sympathetic Consideration and the Soldi…

    29 Feb 2024 19:00 Antrim and Down

    https://buytickets.at/tomthorpe/1134805 The War Office may only have seen a homogenous mass of men and horses, of numbe…

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  • Le Moncel September 1914 - Lance verses Lance (via ZOOM) by Maj. Phil Watson (rtd.)

    Le Moncel September 1914 - Lance verses Lance (via ZOOM) by Maj. Phil Watson (rtd.)

    29 Feb 2024 19:30 Wales (South)

    ** Please Note Change To Date** On 7 September 1914, the 9th Lancers (2nd Cavalry Brigade) conducted the last lance ver…

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  • Army Officers of the British Empire in the two world wars

    Army Officers of the British Empire in the two world wars

    29 Feb 2024 20:00 Thames Valley

    Prof Gary Sheffield - 'Army Officers of the British Empire in the two world wars Our February meeting will have Branch …

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  • CONFERENCE : 1st, 2nd, 3rd March Victoria, Canada (Pacific Coast)

    CONFERENCE : 1st, 2nd, 3rd March Victoria, Canada (Pacific Coast)

    01 Mar 2024 18:00 Pacific Coast

    Our annual conference or 'Seminar Series' will be held in Victoria B.C. and runs from Friday evening (1st March) through…

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  • Lessons of the Hundred Days - Amiens to the Armistice by Dr Simon Peaple

    Lessons of the Hundred Days - Amiens to the Armistice by Dr Simon Peaple

    01 Mar 2024 19:00 Merseyside

    A look at the Hundred Days offensive

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  • The Battle of George Square + AGM

    The Battle of George Square + AGM

    02 Mar 2024 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    Louise Heren                                      The Battle of George Square + AGM 'In 1919 Glasgow was gripped by str…

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  • Branch AGM  & Research Day

    Branch AGM & Research Day

    02 Mar 2024 14:00 Wales (North)

    The branch Annual General meeting. Followed by a session to help members with research.

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  • 'Indian Army in the First World War: Oxf and Bucks Perspectives'

    'Indian Army in the First World War: Oxf and Bucks Perspectives'

    03 Mar 2024 14:00 Wiltshire

    For our march meeting, Stephen Barker makes a welcome return and, on this occasion, will speak on the 'Indian Army in th…

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  • 'The Effect of the Great War on British Art by Dr Martin Purdy'

    'The Effect of the Great War on British Art by Dr Martin Purdy'

    04 Mar 2024 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    The Effect of the Great War on British Art by Dr Martin Purdy.   Martin is returning to give another talk to the branc…

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  • GA Zoom Talk. An officer’s account of a one way trip to Suvla By Wilfrid Dimsdale

    GA Zoom Talk. An officer’s account of a one way trip to Suvla By Wilfrid Dimsdale

    27 Feb 2024 19:30

    A talk based on Captain Wilfrid Chapman’s letters home written while on the Aquitania on her voyage out and the disembar…

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  • CONFERENCE : 1st, 2nd, 3rd March Canada (Pacific Coast Branch)

    CONFERENCE : 1st, 2nd, 3rd March Canada (Pacific Coast Branch)

    01 Mar 2024 18:00

    We're sure members of The WFA will be excited to learn of details of this conference in Canada. It will be held in Victo…

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  • ONLINE: 'Turning Points' with Dr Spencer Jones

    ONLINE: 'Turning Points' with Dr Spencer Jones

    04 Mar 2024 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  Memory of the First World War is often defined by trench deadlock and an…

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  • SEMINAR SERIES 'Photographing the Fallen: Ivan Bawtree and War Graves Photography on the Western Front, 1915-1919'

    SEMINAR SERIES 'Photographing the Fallen: Ivan Bawtree and War Graves Photography on the Western Front, 1915-1919'

    07 Mar 2024 19:00

    This talk will be hosted by Jeremy Gordon-Smith, photographer and descendant of Ivan Bawtree. Now in its eighth year, t…

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  • Gallipoli Association Fifth Regional Conference  in partnership with the Heart of England WFA

    Gallipoli Association Fifth Regional Conference in partnership with the Heart of England WFA

    09 Mar 2024 09:30

    Conference Programme 9.15am Registration starts (Tea and Coffee on arrival)  10.00am Conference commences 12.30 Lun…

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  • ONLINE: Breaking Point of the French Army: The Nivelle Offensive of 1917 by Dr David Murphy

    ONLINE: Breaking Point of the French Army: The Nivelle Offensive of 1917 by Dr David Murphy

    18 Mar 2024 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  In early 1917, General Robert Nivelle emerged as the new commander…

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  • SEMINAR SERIES 'The Belgian War Graves of the First World War' with Lt Col Rob Troubleyn

    SEMINAR SERIES 'The Belgian War Graves of the First World War' with Lt Col Rob Troubleyn

    21 Mar 2024 18:00

    Lt Col Rob Troubleyn will be giving a talk about Belgian War Graves. Now in its eighth year, the initiative is supporte…

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  • ONLINE: Britain's Air War Over France & Flanders with Alan Wakefield

    ONLINE: Britain's Air War Over France & Flanders with Alan Wakefield

    25 Mar 2024 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  By November 1918 the Royal Air Force had become a important component in t…

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  • ONLINE: A House Divided: French Canada and the First World War

    ONLINE: A House Divided: French Canada and the First World War

    08 Apr 2024 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online.  The Great War placed enormous strain on Canadian society - in particular…

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  • Annual Conference & AGM 2024

    Annual Conference & AGM 2024

    20 Apr 2024 09:00

    This year the AGM will be held in Leeds at Weetwood Hall Estate Details of the speakers, timings and booking arrangemen…

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Edward Cumming was born in Stafford in March 1880 His parents were Robert (a bank manager) and Margaret (née Duff) at Stafford and he was one of six children.  He was educated at Royal High School, Edinburgh and Edinburgh University. He was an active member of the OTC and commissioned in the RFA Reserve 16 Sept 1909. He gave this up to taken a…

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24 February 1915: Lieut. Colin Edward Cumming MA
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

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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