• Stand To! No.119 October 2020

    Stand To! No.119 October 2020

    Stand To! is out, with special editions marking the interment of the Unknown Warrior and 40th Anniversary of the foundat…

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  • New digitised publication 'The RND Journal' now available

    New digitised publication 'The RND Journal' now available

    Between June 1997 and March 2003 Len Sellers produced and edited a three-monthly magazine on the history of the Royal Na…

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  • The Unknown Warrior: A special magazine for members from The Western Front Association

    The Unknown Warrior: A special magazine for members from The Western Front Association

    On the evening of 10 November 1920 a train pulled into Platform 8 of London’s Victoria Station. An honour guard and deep…

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  • A Letter to the Unknown Warrior : For the Attention of Key Stage 3 History Teachers

    A Letter to the Unknown Warrior : For the Attention of Key Stage 3 History Teachers

    Marking The Centenary of the Arrival of the Unknown Warrior at Victoria Station – 10 November 2020 Every year on 10 N…

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  • 'Total War and European History' with Margaret MacMillan

    'Total War and European History' with Margaret MacMillan

    14 October @ 18:30 - 19:30 Margaret MacMillan, Professor of History at the University of Toronto and Emeritus P…

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  • Yet more WFA Pension Records published

    Yet more WFA Pension Records published

    Members of The Western Front Association will be delighted to learn that this week (commencing 14 September) another mas…

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  • Out Now! Bulletin Issue 117

    Out Now! Bulletin Issue 117

    Sixty-eight pages of national and branch news, articles and features. Western Front Association members receive this…

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  • WFA Calendar 2021: orders now being taken

    WFA Calendar 2021: orders now being taken

    The Western Front Association's 2021 calendar is now available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken …

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  • Announcing The Western Front Association PhD Grants Scheme 2020/2021

    Announcing The Western Front Association PhD Grants Scheme 2020/2021

    The Western Front Association PhD Grant Scheme is offered to provide research scholars the opportunity to enrich their r…

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  • New WFA Chairman announced

    New WFA Chairman announced

    The Western Front Association has appointed a new chairman to lead the association. Tony Bolton who has been a member…

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  • 'Spanish Flu' with Dr Jane Orr (MD)

    'Spanish Flu' with Dr Jane Orr (MD)

    In this timely, detailed and insightful talk, Dr Jane Orr, a medical doctor, a former army Regulars and Territorials doc…

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  • IWM Opens its Museums

    IWM Opens its Museums

    IWM Museums are open and welcoming visitors.  Here are the guidelines relating to Covid-19. Images from the Imperial…

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  • ONLINE 'Fighting Spirit - patrolling and raiding with the West Yorks' by Fraser Skirrow

    ONLINE 'Fighting Spirit - patrolling and raiding with the West Yorks' by Fraser Skirrow

    29 Oct 2020 19:45 Kent (East)

    Captions - Above: painting from Foot Patrol (1916). Online talks: This talk starts at 19:45 and ends about 21:00.…

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  • ONLINE: 'Fighting Spirit - patrolling and raiding with the West Yorks' by Fraser Skirrow

    ONLINE: 'Fighting Spirit - patrolling and raiding with the West Yorks' by Fraser Skirrow

    29 Oct 2020 19:45 Kent (North West)

    Captions - Above: painting from Foot Patrol (1916). Online talks: Powered by zoom and held usually on the last Thur…

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  • ONLINE: 'Fighting Spirit - patrolling and raiding with the West Yorks' by Fraser Skirrow

    ONLINE: 'Fighting Spirit - patrolling and raiding with the West Yorks' by Fraser Skirrow

    29 Oct 2020 19:45 Middlesex

    Captions - Above: painting from Foot Patrol (1916).Below: Fraser Skirrow at the Start Line on the Somme in 2016. …

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  • POSTPONED 'Women Ambulance Drivers on the Western Front 1914 – 1918' with Paul Handford MBE

    POSTPONED 'Women Ambulance Drivers on the Western Front 1914 – 1918' with Paul Handford MBE

    03 Nov 2020 19:30 Chesterfield

    The talk covers women’s experiences driving ambulances for the British, Belgium and French Armies on the Western Front d…

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  • CANCELLED-"With valour and distinction-The actions of the 2nd Battalion Leicester Regiment" by Nigel Attar

    CANCELLED-"With valour and distinction-The actions of the 2nd Battalion Leicester Regiment" by Nigel Attar

    04 Nov 2020 19:30 Cambridgeshire

    Nigel Attar makes a return visit to the branch to give a detailed account of the actions of the 2nd Battalion, Leicester…

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  • NSW Branch Meeting 18th April 2020

    NSW Branch Meeting 18th April 2020

    07 Nov 2020 13:00 New South Wales

    Invitation and notice of Branch meeting. Notice of postponement: The Australian (NSW) branch has delayed this meeting u…

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  • CANCELLED: November Branch Meeting

    CANCELLED: November Branch Meeting

    07 Nov 2020 14:00 Scotland (Tayside)

    BRANCH MEETING CANCELLED   Along with many others, our branch meeting and talk scheduled for Saturday 7th November has…

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  • Alan Wakefield: Mountains, Mules & Malaria - Soldiering with the British Salonika Force 1915-18

    Alan Wakefield: Mountains, Mules & Malaria - Soldiering with the British Salonika Force 1915-18

    07 Nov 2020 14:30 Wessex

    Alan Wakefield is chairman of the Salonika Campaign Society and a member of the British Commission for Military History,…

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  • Tommy's Uniform & Equipment - Simon Buckle -   CANCELLED

    Tommy's Uniform & Equipment - Simon Buckle - CANCELLED

    11 Nov 2020 19:30 Somerset

    Tommy's Uniform and Equipment by Simon Buckle   Please note that due to the current Covid 19 situation this meeting ha…

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  • Uncovering the Dead by Peter Hodgkinson.

    Uncovering the Dead by Peter Hodgkinson.

    11 Nov 2020 19:45 Heart of England

    THIS EVENT HAS UNFORTUNATELY BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID19 SITUATION. Between the wars, a process bearing s…

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  • ONLINE: The German Corpse Factory: The Greatest Wartime Propaganda Story

    ONLINE: The German Corpse Factory: The Greatest Wartime Propaganda Story

    29 Oct 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Described by The Western Front Association's Patron President Peter Simkins…

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  • ONLINE: The Morale and Discipline of British and Anzac troops at Gallipoli

    ONLINE: The Morale and Discipline of British and Anzac troops at Gallipoli

    31 Oct 2020 08:30

    The presentation will be live and online. It will commence at 8.30am (that is not a typo) UK time. The reason for the …

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  • ONLINE: The work of the IWGC, 1917-1939

    ONLINE: The work of the IWGC, 1917-1939

    02 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This talk by Prof Mark Connelly explores the creation of the IWGC in 1917, wh…

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  • ONLINE: 'From limited war to total war' by Prof Sir Hew Strachan

    ONLINE: 'From limited war to total war' by Prof Sir Hew Strachan

    04 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. We are delighted that Prof Sir Hew Strachan will give us a presentation 'live…

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  • ONLINE: Gas Warfare in the First World War - an Overrated Weapon - or an Underrated One?

    ONLINE: Gas Warfare in the First World War - an Overrated Weapon - or an Underrated One?

    09 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. Gas warfare is seen by many as a terror weapon that sets the First World War …

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  • ONLINE: The Unknown Warrior and the Grieving Widow

    ONLINE: The Unknown Warrior and the Grieving Widow

    11 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. War widows were invited to the ceremonies at Westminster Abbey and the Cenota…

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  • ONLINE: Haig and his Dominion Commanders

    ONLINE: Haig and his Dominion Commanders

    14 Nov 2020 07:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This webinar will be timed to favour members in Australia and New Zealand tim…

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  • ONLINE: Lessons from the Mud

    ONLINE: Lessons from the Mud

    16 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. The 55th (West Lancashire) Division participated in two battles during the Th…

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  • ONLINE: The Centre Cannot Hold: Arras 1918 and the Failure of German Counterattack Doctrine

    ONLINE: The Centre Cannot Hold: Arras 1918 and the Failure of German Counterattack Doctrine

    18 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. This presentation by Dr Bill Stewart, is about the German defensive doctrine …

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  • ONLINE: Cambrai: dawn of an era now ending?

    ONLINE: Cambrai: dawn of an era now ending?

    23 Nov 2020 20:00

    The presentation will be live and online. At a time when some defence and security commentators are questioning the val…

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Born on 31 August 1894 Aurora, Indiana Parents Louis and Lizzie Bildner. In 1900, the second of three children living at 86 Conwell Street, Dearborn Country, Indiana. His German born grandparents lived at 84 Conwell Street.  A machinist before the war John was drafted into service with the 159th Depot Brigade at Lawrenceburg, Indiana on …

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28 October 1918 : Cpl John Valentine Bildner
Ancestry Pension Records

Ancestry 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

Book Reviews by academics, amateur historians, WFA 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. All are examples of the kind of work featured in Stand To!

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