Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of The Western Front Association.
We meet on Saturdays at 2.30pm
The branch venue for our monthly meetings is easy to find, being the main hall of 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 £4 which includes refreshments.
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.
The number 10 bus (out of York City Centre) runs every half hour and stops directly outside the school.
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 2022 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, life 'off duty' 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
The 46th Division was the first Territorial formation to deploy to France. It was sorely used in 1915 and 1916 and restricted thereafter to line-holding duties until its spectacular crossing of the St Quentin Canal on 29 September 1918. In recent years the division has attracted a lot of attention as part of the BEF’s ‘learning curve’. This lect…Event Details
In March, April and then May 1918, the men of 21st Division were unfortunate to find themselves facing all three of the major German Spring Offensives. Losses were so severe that disbandment was contemplated. The Division recovered, however, and played its part in the 'Hundred Days' advance to victory in the summer and autumn of that year, fighting…Event Details
This talk tells the story of Alexander Smith Russell who pre-WW1 carried out research work in Radioactivity and was a Lecturer in Physical Chemistry. He served with the Royal Garrison Artillery from January 1915, seeing action at Loos. In February 1916 he was selected to join the first Sound Ranging course under Willie Bragg and two months later w…Event Details