Welcome to the Middlesex branch of the Western Front Association.
Venue: Hewitt Room, Whitton Community Centre, Percy Road, Whitton TW2 6JL
Close to Whitton Station and on H22 and 110 bus routes.
Dates: The First Thursday of each month (except January and August when no meeting is held)
TIME: 19:10 for 19:30-21:00.
Thu 1st Dec 2022 - Phil Sutcliffe: 'Foot Soldier Sam's Great War - In His Own Words'
Thu 2nd Feb 2023 - James Marshall ‘Whitehead Aircraft and World War 1 – the beginning of Feltham's links with aviation’
Thu 2nd Mar 2023 - Branch AGM & Nigel Crompton: 'HM Cordite Factory Gretna – genealogy on the Home Front'
Thu 6th Apr 2023 - Dr Tony Cowan: 'German Grand Strategy and Change in Tactics 1916-17'
Thu 4th May 2023 - Dr Simon House: 'Lost Opportunity: The Battle of the Ardennes, 22nd Aug 1914'
Thu 1st Jun 2023 - Mick Crick: 'Private Parr of the Middlesex Regiment - the First British Army Casualty'
Thu 6th Jul 2023 - Christopher Mellor-Hill: ‘The Great War in Africa – West Africa’
Upcoming Branch Events
'German grand strategy and the introduction of new tactics in 1916-1917' a talk by Dr Tony Cowan
An analysis of the grand strategic background to the introduction of new German tactics and weapons in 1916-1917: everything was interconnected, one reason why fighting on the Western Front was so complicated. Dr Tony Cowan was awarded his PhD by King’s College London. His book Holding Out: The German Army and Operational Command in 1917 will be …Event Details
'Lost Opportunity: The Battle of the Ardennes 22nd August 1914' a talk by Dr Simon House
On 22 August 1914, the nineteenth day of what was to be a four year war, 27,000 French soldiers were killed - killed not ‘Killed, wounded, missing’ - on the Western Front in a series of encounter battles which were generically called ’The Battles of the Frontiers”. This level of casualties dwarfs the 16,000 British soldiers killed on the first day …Event Details
'Private John Parr of the Middlesex Regiment- the First British Soldier killed in the War' a talk by Mick Crick
There is much speculation about Private John Parr, widely acknowledged to have been the first British soldier killed in combat in the First World War. But there are many stories about him and what he did. Mick Crick, who spent his entire working life with the Met Police, will reveal what is truth and what mere conjecture, based on rumours. He wo…Event Details