To help members get through what may be a tough January 2022 with possible restrictions being ‘on the cards’ we have set out a bumper series of events which we hope members will appreciate. Here’s what is in store over the next few weeks. (All times quoted are UK / GMT)

Monday 3 January at 8:00pm

Webinar ‘From Gallipoli to the Caspian Sea, the Life of Eric Gascoigne 'Kipper' Robinson VC’

In this presentation Clive Harris will describe the life of one of the most intriguing characters of the Great War:  who served notably in the Gallipoli Campaign, Palestine and The Caspian Sea.

To register to attend this presentation click here From Gallipoli to the Caspian Sea

Thursday 6 January at 8:00pm

The Big Quiz 

Following the success of the 'Big Quiz' nights several months ago, we are back by popular demand! This will take an hour or so. The Quiz is meant to be light hearted and we are inviting members to think up ten questions which will be asked of those taking part.

For more information and registration click here The Big Quiz

Monday 10 January at 8:00pm

Webinar ‘Official History Gone Wrong: Failure on 2 September 1918 and the Flawed Canadian Official History

The Canadian attack on the Drocourt-Quéant line, and advance over Mont Dury is described in some detail in the Official History of the war, which is supposed to be the authoritative version of events. The purpose of this presentation by Dr Bill Stewart is to advance a different explanation to that which appears in the Canadian Official History of what happened to the 4th Division, and why the official history garbled this event.

To register to attend this presentation click here Official History Gone Wrong

Thursday 13 January at 7.30pm

Online Virtual Tour #3 'The Bitter End: The Highland Division at Beaumont Hamel, November 1916'

This tour will follow the 51st (Highland) Division during their operations in and around Beaumont Hamel during the November of 1916. It will consider the lessons learnt from the 1st July attack and how technology and tactics differed leading to the eventual capture of the village and the high ground towards the Munich and Frankfurt Trench.

Through modern, contemporary and personal accounts it will study the leadership, planning and operational effectiveness of the Division as the Somme offensive reached its wintry end after four months of hard fighting.

There is no pre-registration for this event, simply join us at 7.30pm in the ‘members area’ of the WFA website using your personal password. To watch these tours just go to this page (there will, a few days before the tour starts, be a 'countdown clock') Virtual Tours 

Monday 17 January at 8:00pm

Webinar ‘The Big Brain in the Army’: The Rise of Sir William Robertson from Trooper to Chief of the Imperial General Staff

Sir William Robertson is an important but underrated figure in in the story of the British Army. In this presentation, Ross Beadle will look to explain more about 'Wully'. 

Apart from being a larger than life figure Robertson has two major claims to have shifted the course of history. He remains to this day the only man to have risen from the lowest rank to the very highest – from Private to Field Marshal.

To register to attend this presentation click here The Big Brain in the Army

Thursday 20 January at 8:00pm

The Big Quiz: The second quiz of the month is being run, with additional questions being invited from those taking part.

For more information and registration click here The Big Quiz 

Monday 24 January at 8:00pm

Webinar Canadian Nurses on the Western Front: From Passchendaele to Peace

In Casualty Clearing Stations and hospitals, on ambulance trains and in operating theatres, Canadian nurses withstood shellfire and bombing raids, illness and emotional trauma to care for their patients across the Western front. Through the nurses’ own writings and some of their photographs, this talk by  illustrates their unique experiences as Canadians, as military officers, and as nurses on the Western Front during the last eighteen months of the war and beyond – from Passchendaele to peace.

To register to attend this presentation click here Canadian Nurses on the Western Front

Thursday 27 January at 7.30pm

Online virtual tour #4 ‘Street Fighting Sailors: The Royal Naval Division at Gavrelle, April 1917'

Following its experiences at Gallipoli and on the Somme the Royal Naval Division were tasked with the capture of Gavrelle on the 23 April 1917, this tour will follow the Division through this operation, an often overlooked if costly achievement for the RND, the Official History records ‘Full justice has not been done to the 63rd Division, because the details of the street fighting, in which it showed great skill and determination, are too intricate for description’ We will also study the attritional assaults on the windmill position a week later.

There is no pre-registration for this event, simply join us at 7.30pm in the ‘members area’ of the WFA website using your personal password. To watch these tours just go to this page (there will, a few days before the tour starts, be a 'countdown clock') Virtual Tours 

Monday 31January at 8:00pm 

Webinar War Widows and Emigration

Despite the explosion of interest in all things First World War during the centenary period the lives of Britain’s war widows remain largely unexplored. This talk by Andrea Hetherington looks specifically at the issue of war widows’ emigration to the Dominions of Australia and Canada.

To register to attend this presentation click here War widows and emigration