Welcome to the Yorkshire Branch of The Western Front Association. 

We meet on Saturdays at 2.30pm

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 2023 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

The War on the Wire: Signalling during the Gallipoli Campaign by Clive Harris
18 Feb

The War on the Wire: Signalling during the Gallipoli Campaign by Clive Harris

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
18 Feb 2023 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

We welcome back the ever popular Clive Harris who will describe how, from ship to shore to the skies, from wire to wireless, the communications element of the Gallipoli campaign was an essential component to success or failure. Above: A NZ Signal station at Gallipoli Command and control is often focussed upon through the study of the operationa…

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A ‘Tower of Strength’: Brig-Gen Edward Bulfin and the 1914 Campaign by Michael LoCicero
11 Mar

A ‘Tower of Strength’: Brig-Gen Edward Bulfin and the 1914 Campaign by Michael LoCicero

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
11 Mar 2023 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

This presentation, by Michael LoCicero, is a biographical overview of a little-known, mid-level commander from Mons to Ypres. Edward Bulfin, GOC 2nd Brigade, 1st Division BEF, served in France and Flanders becoming one of Haig’s ‘Fire Brigade’ which ensured ‘puttying up’ when Haig used his brigade in emergencies. Members and non-members of The W…

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Comparing the battles of the Somme and Arras by Mike Coyle
08 Apr

Comparing the battles of the Somme and Arras by Mike Coyle

Manor Academy, Millfield Lane, Nether Poppleton, York, YO26 6PA
08 Apr 2023 14:30
(Peter Palmer) 01274 642907

A great deal has been written and is known about the Battle of the Somme in July 1916, less is generally known about the greater Battle of Arras in April and May 1917. This talk by Mike Coyle makes direct comparison and asks why it should be that more is known about the Somme. Above: British machine gunners fire on German aircraft near Arras M…

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