Established in 1980 by noted military historian John Giles, The Western Front Association has grown over the years to around 6,000 members worldwide.

The WFA has supported many remembrance and research projects. In the the early years, many veterans of the war participated in our activities. In more recent years we have not only re-established the 11 o'clock two-minute silence at the Cenotaph on 11 November each year, but also saved various sets of records such as the Medal Index Cards and approximately eight million Pension Records.  

Activities of The Western Front Association

The WFA is widely regarded as a first-class example of a historical interest group, with some of its members acting as subject-matter experts for TV, publications, tours, and education. In addition to the publication of our two journals, Stand To! and Bulletin we organise many different events for both the public and for our members. We also make available to members our renowned collection of trench maps. But the thing our members perhaps value highest is the comradeship and network of many others who share a common interest.


The WFA, which is a registered charity in the United Kingdom, is managed by an Executive Committee which meets several times a year. The members of the Executive Committee are subject to annual election (in the case of a Trustee) or reappointment (in the case of an Appointee).

The Association is a registered charity in the UK, its activities are subject to a published constitution and to the laws relating to charities in the UK.

The Western Front Association also has Patrons, a President and a number of Vice-Presidents.

Individuals become members on payment of a subscription, and are able to attend any of the many monthly branch meetings that take place in the UK or elsewhere.

All trustee activity is voluntary and unpaid.