• Pension Records

    Pension Records

    As members of The Western Front Association will know, in 2012 the WFA stepped in to save from destruction over six million pension records of men who served in the Great War. Below are various articles...

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  • TrenchMapper (Public)

    TrenchMapper

    This portal enables users to study thousands of trench maps from the First World War. To benefit from the full capabilities of this, members can use the full version in the members area of the website...

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  • Stereoscope

    Stereoscope

    Stereoscopic, or 3D, photography was very popular at the time of the Great War. Use the Filter function to select your area of interest from the thousands of images from the conflict that are available here...

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  • Updated version of TrenchMapper now available

    Updated version of TrenchMapper now available

    Since we created 'TrenchMapper' two years ago, the increase in maps that are available via this portal has grown massive…

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  • MOD War Detectives: future services

    MOD War Detectives: future services

    The Ministry of Defence's 'War Detectives' team (more formally the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre Commemoration…

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  • Bolton Wanderers footballer killed in WW1 buried with military honours

    Bolton Wanderers footballer killed in WW1 buried with military honours

    A young officer who once played for Bolton Wanderers Football Club has recently been laid to rest 110 years after his de…

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  • American military hospital uncovered by archaeologists in France

    American military hospital uncovered by archaeologists in France

    On the Brest peninsula, close to the port of St Nazaire, has recently been discovered a Great War military hospital used…

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  • Great War Royal Naval signals book located in an Oxfam shop

    Great War Royal Naval signals book located in an Oxfam shop

    A Royal Navy signals book from World War 1 has recently been located in an Oxfam book shop in Bath more than a century a…

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  • Calling All Young Historians Aged 16-19. The Colin Hardy Memorial Prize is now open for 2024

    Calling All Young Historians Aged 16-19. The Colin Hardy Memorial Prize is now open for 2024

    The Colin Hardy Memorial annual competition to foster interest and scholarship in the First World War among young peop…

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  • I Was There!: New chapter of videos commences: First Ypres

    I Was There!: New chapter of videos commences: First Ypres

    The volunteers who are working on the audio visual interpretations of 'I Was There!' have now moved on to a new chapter,…

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  • Opens Today : A Great War Exhibition of Prints for Sale by Abbot & Holder in Collaboration with the Imperial War Museum

    Opens Today : A Great War Exhibition of Prints for Sale by Abbot & Holder in Collaboration with the Imperial War Museum

    Explore original prints from renowned First World War artists at Abbot & Holder. Today marks the opening of an exce…

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The Western Front Association was formed in 1980 with the purpose of furthering interest in the history of the First World War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those who served, on all sides, across all theatres and fronts, on land, at sea and in the air and at home, during the Great War. The Western Front Association is non-political and does not seek to glorify war. For a modest annual subscription, our members receive a wide range of benefits including our regular, high-quality publications Stand To! and Bulletin six times a year, access to the Stand To! archive, Gun Fire Archive, Military Factsheets and Pension Records database. In particular, belonging to The Western Front Association provides you with the opportunity of meeting like-minded people to learn, share, explore and exchange information and knowledge of the First World War in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

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  • Mud, Blood and Bandages: The RAMC on the Western Front by Andy Robertshaw

    Mud, Blood and Bandages: The RAMC on the Western Front by Andy Robertshaw

    19 Jun 2024 19:45 Surrey

    Mud, Blood and Bandages: The RAMC on the Western Front by Andy Robertshaw. Andy's presentation explores the multiple ro…

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  • 'The Life and Death of Vincent Bayne' with Chris Hunt

    'The Life and Death of Vincent Bayne' with Chris Hunt

    20 Jun 2024 19:30 London (East)

    Sergeant Vincent Percy Bayne of the 2/5th London Regiment lost his life on the 6th November 1917, during the Second batt…

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  • ‘The Falklands War, 1982’ by David Seeney

    ‘The Falklands War, 1982’ by David Seeney

    21 Jun 2024 19:30 Worcestershire & Herefordshire

    A change from our usual WW1 subjects, by Branch member David Seeney.   This talk covers some of the lesser know facts …

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  • Pyramids and Fleshpots

    Pyramids and Fleshpots

    27 Jun 2024 20:00 Thames Valley

    Stuart Hadaway - Pyramids and Fleshpots: The Egyptian, Senussi and Eastern Mediterranean Campaigns, 1914-16. Men in the…

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  • 'Elope with the RAF' with Andy Tonge

    'Elope with the RAF' with Andy Tonge

    28 Jun 2024 19:30 Devon and Cornwall

    Andy Tonge will be talking about 'Elope with the RAF' This is the name given to Allied forces operating out of Archange…

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  • 'Management of Wounds Sustained by British Forces on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Tom Scotland'

    'Management of Wounds Sustained by British Forces on the Western Front 1914-1918 by Tom Scotland'

    01 Jul 2024 19:30 Lancashire (North)

    This meeting is going to be the first talk given via Zoom with the speaker at home in Scotland while the members attend …

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  • ‘La Boiselle’ with Sean Godfrey

    ‘La Boiselle’ with Sean Godfrey

    01 Jul 2024 19:30 Northumberland

    The Capture of La Boisselle (1–6 July 1916) was a tactical incident during the Battle of Albert, the name given by the B…

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  • 'The Doughboys 1917-1918 - The American experience in WW1' by Mike Sheil

    'The Doughboys 1917-1918 - The American experience in WW1' by Mike Sheil

    03 Jul 2024 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    'The Doughboys 1917-18 - The American experience in WWI'. The talk is based upon the American battlefields of WWI and is…

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  • 'The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand' a talk by Sue Woolmans

    'The Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand' a talk by Sue Woolmans

    04 Jul 2024 19:15 Middlesex

    Every schoolchild is taught that WW1 was started because the Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. But there is so …

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  • The Indian Corps on the Western Front by Nigel Atter

    The Indian Corps on the Western Front by Nigel Atter

    05 Jul 2024 19:00 Merseyside

    This talk provides an overview of the Indian Corps actions in 1914 and 1915 and details related to the Indian Victoria C…

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  • The WFA National Tour - From Retreat to the Aisne

    The WFA National Tour - From Retreat to the Aisne

    21 Jun 2024 08:30

    Tour Dates: 21 June - 24 June 2024 Price Per Person: £750:00  Single Supplement: £125:00   Hotel: Hotel Ibis Soissons…

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  • Hawthorn Ridge Crater Commemoration - 1st July 2024

    Hawthorn Ridge Crater Commemoration - 1st July 2024

    01 Jul 2024 07:10

    One of the most iconic sequences of film footage from the First World War is undoubtedly Geoffrey Malin's capture of the…

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  • Remembrance Ceremony at Lochnagar Crater - 1st July 2024

    Remembrance Ceremony at Lochnagar Crater - 1st July 2024

    01 Jul 2024 07:28

    On 1st July 2024, the annual ceremony commemorating the opening of The Battle of the Somme will take place at Lochnagar …

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  • Thiepval Memorial Commemoration - 1st July 2024

    Thiepval Memorial Commemoration - 1st July 2024

    01 Jul 2024 10:30

    At 10.30am on the 1st of July 2024, there will be a commemoration service at the Thiepval Memorial to mark the 108th Ann…

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  • Ulster Memorial Tower Service of Remembrance - 1st July 2024

    Ulster Memorial Tower Service of Remembrance - 1st July 2024

    01 Jul 2024 14:30

    A Service of Remembrance to commemorate the 108th anniversary of The Battle of the Somme will be held at the Ulster Memo…

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  • Commemoration at the Ginchy Cross in Guillemont - 1st July 2024

    Commemoration at the Ginchy Cross in Guillemont - 1st July 2024

    01 Jul 2024 16:30

    On the 1st of July 2024, there will be an Act of Remembrance to commemorate the 108th anniversary of The Battle of the S…

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  • SPECIAL EVENT AT NAM - Football and War: The First World War

    SPECIAL EVENT AT NAM - Football and War: The First World War

    11 Jul 2024 18:30

    Image: Members of the 17th Battalion, The Middlesex Regiment in football kit, 1915 (c) [NAM: 86120] Join a panel of exp…

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  • The WFA National Tour - Artois 1915

    The WFA National Tour - Artois 1915

    27 Sep 2024 08:30

    Tour Dates: 27 - 30 September 2024    Price Per Person: £750:00 (£125:00 Single Supplement) Hotel: Holiday Inn, Centra…

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Charles Burrell was born in Burnley in 1883 He had served for seven years in the volunteers before the war and attained the rank of sergeant which facilitated his promotion to Lance Corporal in the 5th East Lancs soon after attestation in August 1914. After training in the UK, he embarked for service at Gallipoli in May 1915 and took part in …

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18 June 1915: L/Cpl. Charles Burrell
Pension Records

Pension Records

As members of The Western Front Association will know, in 2012 the WFA stepped in to save from destruction over six million pension records of men who served in the Great War. Below are various articl…

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The Latest WWI Podcast

The Latest WWI Podcast

The Western Front Association's podcasts are an eclectic mix of themed interviews with experts in their particular fields which shine a light into areas of the first world war which are sometimes over…

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World War I Book Reviews

World War I Book Reviews

First World War book reviews by academics, amateur historians, Western Front Association members and keen readers.

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World War I Articles

World War I Articles

Articles on every aspect of the First World War written by experts in their field. Some are were first published in Stand To! or Bulletin, others have been researched and written for the web. If you w…

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