Welcome to the Norfolk branch of the Western Front Association.
We meet at the White Horse Inn, The Street, Trowse, Norwich NR14 8ST on the first Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm
02/5/23 John Chester. ‘Eight women and a boy - Serbia in the Great War’
06/6/23 Andrew England. ‘Sergeant Dunbabin, a King's Lynn hero’
04/07/23 Peter Hodgkinson 'Uncovering the Dead 1919-39'
There is currently considerable interest in battlefield archaeology. Between the wars, however, a process similar to modern archaeology was carried out to attempt to unearth the missing and bury them properly in IWGC cemeteries. How was this done? Who did it? What were their experiences?
01/08/23 John Stanyard. ‘Three VC’s in two Armies’
The stories of three Victoria Cross winners who were also salvationists.
05/09/23 Kate Wills 'The Fallen Choristers of King's College Chapel Cambridge'
The much-loved Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was instituted at Christmas 1918. This talk recounts the stories of the twenty fallen choristers and the creation of a new musical institution.
03/10/23 Stuart Hadaway ‘The Battle of Romani, 4-6 August 1916’
Looking at the battle in the Sinai Desert that would see the British inflict their first decisive defeat on the Ottoman Empire, gaining revenge for Gallipoli and Kut, and leading to the re-occupation of the Sinai.
07/11/23 Steve Warburton 'Out of the Western Front Frying Pan and into the Fire of Fermoy…'
An account of Brig-Gen C H T Lucas’ (87th Brigade, 29th Division) time in command of the Fermoy Brigade postwar including the period of his 1920 capture, captivity and escape from Irish Republicans - supported by his 'secret diary entries' written whilst in captivity.
05/12/23 Stephen Barker. ‘Hardit Singh Malik – the Flying Sikh’
From his arrival in the UK alone in 1908 as a fourteen-year-old, to Balliol College, Oxford, Hardit Singh Malik lived an extraordinary life, often in the face of great adversity, yet always with charm and good humour. He rose to become the Indian Ambassador to France after a long and distinguished career in the Indian Civil service, yet always maintained strong bonds with Great Britain. Yet it is as a fighter pilot during 1917-19 that he is best known, coming up against the Red Baron and the British military establishment.
Upcoming Branch Events
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