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 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.
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 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
NCOs - Backbone of the British Army? by Stephen Manning
The role of NCOs in the Great War is not a subject that has been widely researched. The focus will be on the period between August 1914 and July 1916. By using case studies of a Territorial battalion and a New Army battalion, Stephen Manning will describe who those NCOs were, how they were selected and trained, their involvement in the interior ec…Event Details
Daddy, what did you do in the great War? by Rebecca Ball
Drawing upon fifty working-class autobiographies, this talk by Rebecca Ball examines the impact of the Great War on fifty English families with a particular focus on fathers. It explores too the childhood experiences of individuals whose father was absent on the Home Front and compares them with the experiences of those whose family remained tog…Event Details
The BEF in Mobile Warfare - The Pursuit to the Selle 9-11 Oct 1918 by Peter Hodgkinson
The so-called ‘Pursuit to the Selle’ represents one of the mobile pieces of fighting in the Hundred Days. How did the BEF's all-arms approach to warfare cope with these three days of moving warfare? Was it a pursuit in the face of a crumbling enemy or was the German Army still capable of effective resistance? The study of Fourth Army sheds light on…Event Details