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
Re-evaluating the role of tanks at the Battle of Bullecourt, 11 April 1917 by David Brown
The first Battle of Bullecourt was a failed attempt to penetrate the German defences of the Hindenburg Line by elements of the Fifth Army under General Gough. It was here that tanks were used in varying degrees of support for the Australian infantry. This talk by David Brown will look at archaeological evidence and historical sources to analyse …Event Details
Serenity on the Front Line by Michael O’Brien
Venice, known as 'La Serenissima', is familiar as a tourist and cultural centre but less well known is its role in the Great War as a Front Line city. At one point the front was less than 20 miles away and from 1915 to 1918 it suffered from more air raids than London. It was also a focal point for operations against the Austro-Hungarian Empire. …Event Details
India’s Great War by Adam Prime
This talk looks at India's contribution to the First World War in every sense of the word. It takes in the huge recruitment boom. It also looks at the experiences of Indian soldiers (and their British officers) on the Western Front, in Gallipoli, in Mesopotamia and in the Middle East. Finally, it looks at India itself; and the actions undertaken…Event Details