Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of The Western Front Association. 

We meet on Saturdays at 2.00pm Please note this is a new start time for 2024

Venue

The branch venue for our monthly meetings is easy to find, being Manor Academy, Millfield Lane at Nether Poppleton. The postcode (for Sat Nav purposes) is YO26 6PA. 

Millfield Lane can be accessed off the A1237 (York's northern ring road).

 

Above: A street view of the venue, showing the ample (free) car parking that is available.

 

See map in the lower left area of this page for the location of our venue. 

We don't make any charge but request a donation on the door of a modest £5 which includes refreshments.

 

Car Parking

There is a large free car park on site. In the unlikely event that the car park is full, there is plenty of free off-street parking immediately opposite the school. 

 

Buses

The number 10 bus (out of York City Centre) runs every half hour and stops directly outside the school.

 

Refreshments

After the presentation, but before the Q&A session with the speaker, we have a break with refreshments available. 

 

Members and non-members of The Western Front Association are equally welcome.

Any new visitors are guaranteed a friendly atmosphere and a warm welcome from a group of like-minded enthusiasts.

The 2024 speaker programme is shown below. 

No apology is made for the emphasis on operational history in the BEF in France and Flanders, which is the most popular type of talk. However, we do have a good selection of other presentations as well, covering social history, other theatres and naval operations.

As ever we have managed to book some highly respected and well known speakers as well as some speakers who are new to the branch.  

We look forward to welcoming you to our branch meetings. 

Upcoming Branch Events

16 Squadron RFC: an Army Cooperation Squadron by Colin Buxton
13 Jul

16 Squadron RFC: an Army Cooperation Squadron by Colin Buxton

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
13 Jul 2024 14:00
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

Colin’s talk will cover the history of Army Cooperation through the experiences of 16 Squadron. It will go into detail about tasks such as Artillery Spotting, Reconnaissance, Photography and Contact Patrols. It will include many personal recollections including from Dowding, Maltby and Portal who served as Squadron Commanders. And it will include d…

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Paris in World War 1 by Peter Walls
14 Sep

Paris in World War 1 by Peter Walls

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
14 Sep 2024 14:00
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

This is not quite the romantic tourist's eye view of Paris that we are all so familiar with. Making use of contemporary photographs, including some of the earliest colour pictures of the city, Peter will show why "The City of Light" was also known as "La Capitale de la Guerre." It was a city of contrasts, facing up to shortages, the loss of so many…

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Hunter-Bunter by David Barras
12 Oct

Hunter-Bunter by David Barras

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
12 Oct 2024 14:00
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

This talk looks at the rise of Lieutenant-General Sir Aylmer Gould Hunter-Weston KCB DSO. A figure who attracted controversy, particularly at Gallipoli and then as VIII Corps commander on 1 Jul 1916 - but why had he been promoted to this level? And are his critics right?   Members and non-members of The Western Front Association are equally welco…

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