Welcome to the Cheltenham and Gloucester Branch

The branch meet at 7:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at The Ed Shed, The Folk of Gloucester Centre, 2 Quay St, Gloucester, GL1 2PG.

Entrance is via the rear on Quay Street  opposite the Council Carpark barrier.

There is ample free parking  here after 7:00 pm when the barrier is raised. 

Location via "What3Words" is "hooked.stage.mass"  

All are welcome

The Cheltenham and Gloucester Branch is very active with regular attendance of over 40 people at our monthly meeting meetings.

As well as regular speakers we have film and documentary showings and organised trips both in this country and to the Western Front. 

A donation of £3.50 (£1.50 for students) would be greatly appreciated

Forthcoming Meetings 


Tuesday 11th June 2024         

Escapers All

Richard Lloyd             

This talk is the stories of officers and men who escaped from German captivity 1914-18. Richard will cover the preparation and planning of escapes ,the consequences of failure, the escaping 'experience' and those who completed 'home runs’.

Tuesday 9th July 2024 

The Last Naval Hero

Lieutenant Commander Roy Smart  

The extraordinary story of David, 1st Earl Beatty. Blessed with the Nelson touch, a matinee-idol image, and a ruthless and charismatic personality, Beatty rose with meteoric speed from Cadet to First Sea Lord and to Statesman. This talk discusses his rapidly increasing fame and fortune, his marriage to an opulent, hedonistic American socialite, Ethel, and his role as a national hero. It examines his central and controversial part in the greatest naval battle (Jutland) and, later, the greatest naval surrender (Der Tag) as well as his 'Downton Abbey' life-style of marital strife and scandal.

Tuesday 13th August 2024     

Branch Summer Meeting    

A special evening to allow some greater social interaction than normal. There will a couple of short talks by member along with a barbeque, raffle and an opportunity for members to bring along items for the interest of other members. Enjoy an evening with others sharing your interest in the Great War.

Tuesday 10th September 2024           

Morris Meredith Williams, an Artist on the Western Front

Phyllida Shaw            

Born in Glamorgan, Morris Meredith Williams was trained in London at the Slade School of Art but working in Edinburgh, as an illustrator and teacher at Fettes College, when he joined up in April 1915. Commissioned into 17th (Service) Battalion (1st Glamorgan), the Welsh Regiment's first Bantam battalion, he later transferred to the Royal Engineers. In France from June 1916, he filled pocket-sized sketchbooks with vivid images of army life, in and behind the Front Line. These, combined with his correspondence with his wife, create a rare insight into a junior officer's days. This talk concludes with a brief look at the memorials on which they worked together after the war, including the famous frieze in the Scottish National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.

Tuesday 8th October 2024

The Half-Shilling Curate 

Sarah Reay               

The only Great War padre awarded the Military Cross for gallantry, the Rev Herbert Butler Cowl served with the BEF in France and Flanders. He was severely wounded and returned home on the ill-fated HMHS Anglia when she sank in the Channel (the first hospital ship mined during the war). The talk draws on Cowl's letters and journals, communications to/from the War Office, letters from comrades in his battalion and newspaper accounts, to tell the story of this fascinating man. It is based on Sarah’s book, The Half-Shilling Curate.

Tuesday 12th November 2024

Haig and his Army Commanders

Professor Peter Simkins MBE FRHistS        

Haig's principal subordinates on the Western Front were the commanders of the five Armies which formed the BEF in the field. from 1916 to 1918. Some were controversial figures. In this talk Peter discusses Haig's relationships with these officers and examines their respective contributions to the BEF's operations.

Tuesday 10th December 2024

Members’ Evening

For our December meeting, we draw on the wide and varied expertise and knowledge of our branch members. We will have a small selection of ten-minute presentations on a Great War related subject of their choice.

Find out more from our website: The Western Front Association Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Branch 

Facebook: Cheltenham & Gloucestershire Branch of the Western Front Association.

Twitter: @CGWFA



Upcoming Branch Events

See Bulletin, or the Branch Facebook Page or website for forthcoming event details.