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

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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Bourlon Wood, November 1917 – What 185 Brigade Did Next with Fraser Skirrow
09 Nov

Bourlon Wood, November 1917 – What 185 Brigade Did Next with Fraser Skirrow

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

On 20 November 20 1917 at Havrincourt 185 Brigade of the 62nd West Riding Division carried out a highly successful attack. Called back into action days later the Brigade found itself in an unplanned and confused engagement with an enemy rapidly recovering from the shock of the assault. How did the officers and men of 185 apply their tactical skills…

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The Second Battle of Ramadi by Paul  Knight
09 Dec

The Second Battle of Ramadi by Paul Knight

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

The Mesopotamia Campaign is usually associated with the disaster of the Siege of Kut or mistaken for part of the Arab Revolt. Like the First Day of the Somme was not the whole of the Western Front, so the Siege of Kut was not the whole of the Mesopotamia Campaign. The remainder of the campaign was marked by manoeuvre and success, no more so than at…

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