Welcome to the Kent (North West) branch of the Western Front Association.

Where we meet: The Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH. This is next to Morrison's supermarket and Petts Wood railway station. Parking at the rear of the venue is free but you need to enter your car registration into the machine (on the left as you enter the club). There's also easy parking in adjacent sidestreets.

When we meet: At 19:30 on the last Thursday of each month (except December). The doors (and the bar) open at 18:30.

 

Spring/Summer 2020 programme:

 30 Jan

 'It's All a Bit Heath Robinson' by Luci Gosling

 27 Feb

 'The Bravest Little Street in England' by Carole Evans

 26 Mar

 'Foot Soldier Sam's Great War - In His Own Words' by Phil Sutcliffe

 30 Apr

 'Fighting Spirit - Patrolling and Raiding with the West Yorks 1917-18' by Fraser Skirrow

 28 May

 'Cork 1914-1923: A City in Wartime' by Gerry White

 25 Jun

 'Dentistry in the Great War' by Rachel Bairsto

 30 Jul

 'Byng of Vimy' by John Derry

 27 Aug

 'When Woolwich went to War' by Steve Roberts

 24 Sep

 T B C 

 29 Oct

 T B C 

 26 Nov

 T B C 

 24 Dec

 Winter Break - no meeting planned. Next meeting will be on Thursday, 28th Jan 2021.

 

Past programme (2019)

 31 Jan

'The Americans at Meuse Argonne 1918' by Christina Holstein

 28 Feb

'Wartime Cartoons: Introducing the Artists and Their Work' by Dr Pip Gregory

 28 Mar

'The Last Battle - Endgame on the Western Front 1918' by Peter Hart

 25 Apr

'Naval Matters 1919' by Robin Brodhurst

 30 May

'Battlefield Success – Achieving Tactical Excellence in an Infantry Battalion 1916-18' by Fraser Skirrow

 27 Jun

'Clearing the Dead 1919-39' by Peter Hodkinson

 25 Jul

'The Zeebrugge Raid 23rd April 1918' by Clive Harris

 29 Aug

'The First World War - The Aftermath' by Prof John Derry

 26 Sep

'British Military Music During the Great War' by Dr Emma Hanna

 31 Oct

'From the Good Soldier to the Emperor - The Austro-Hungarian Army 1914-18' by Alan Wakefield

 28 Nov

'The Biggest Single Piece of Work since the Pharaohs - the Imperial War Graves Commission 1917-39' by Prof Mark Connelly

 26 Dec

Winter break - no meeting. Next meeting is on Thursday, 30 Jan 2020. 

Upcoming Branch Events

'The Bravest Little Street in England' by Carole Evans
27 Feb

'The Bravest Little Street in England' by Carole Evans

Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH
27 Feb 2020 19:30

Main image: Installation at the Lumen Crypt Gallery, Nov 2019 Portrait: From “A Street of Soldiers” About the talk: 'The Bravest Little Street in England' is about the brave men of Chapel Street, of Altrincham, near Manchester, who failed to return home from the First World War 100 years ago. Chapel Street received the accolade of “the bravest …

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'Foot Soldier Sam's Great War - In His Own Words' by Phil Sutcliffe
26 Mar

'Foot Soldier Sam's Great War - In His Own Words' by Phil Sutcliffe

Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH
26 Mar 2020 19:30

Caption: British prisoners after the Spring Offensive (Courtesy: IWM) About the talk: Signaller Sam Sutcliffe’s son and editor Phil will read excerpts from his father's WW1 frontline experiences… but first touching on the poor London childhood that, one way or another, "made" the Tommy, then and his September 1914 enlistment… then turning – via …

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'Fighting Spirit - patrolling and raiding with the West Yorks' by Fraser Skirrow
30 Apr

'Fighting Spirit - patrolling and raiding with the West Yorks' by Fraser Skirrow

Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH
30 Apr 2020 19:30

Captions - Above: painting from Foot Patrol (1916). Below: Fraser Skirrow at the Start Line on the Somme in 2016. About the talk: Opinion is divided over the role of patrol actions in trench warfare. At the time it was seen as a way of maintaining an aggressive attitude in periods of static warfare. Both contemporary and later accounts however spe…

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