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1 August 1918 Cpl Isaac E Holloway


Isaac was a graduate of the Marion Conservatory of Music and was a member of the National Military Home Band at the time of his enlistment. Marion Conservatory of Music was founded in 1898 by Percy L. Nussbaum who had studied in Europe with some of the greatest musicians of the era. Classes including instrumental and vocal music, music history…

14 September 1914 : Pte Ernest Scott


Ernest was a warehouseman at Spring Mills at Wheatley Lane near Burnley prior to the outbreak of war. A pre-war reservist, he was recalled to duty on 4 August 1914 and embarked for France within a fortnight of the declaration. A veteran of the Battles of Mons and the Marne, he was severely wounded by shrapnel shattering his arm during the Battle…

2 October 1914 Sgt Claude Vialletelle


Claude was serving his compulsory military service at the time of the outbreak of war. In the first week of August, he voluntarily transferred to the 298e RI and was promoted to Sergeant before taking part in the early battles in Alsace. Following these battles, he was a participant in the First Battle of the Marne before being seriously wound…

22 November 1917 : Pte Alexander McNab


His parents were Alexander (a blacksmith from Argylshire) and Janet (née Wardrop and from Stirlingshire) McNab. At the 1891 Census the family lived at 20 Buck St, Burnley. This included older brother William (age 2) and Alexander (six months). At the 1901 Census there were five more children (including twins) and 12 year old William was worki…

The German Army in the Offensives of 1917: Arras, the Aisne and Champagne


By Jack Sheldon Pen and Sword 2015, £25.00, 384pp, 55 ills, 13 maps, notes and refs, 2 appendices (including selective biographical notes, bibliog, index. ISBN: 9– 781–783–463–459 Review by David Filsell This volume of Jack Sheldon’s highly–detailed series of books on the German Army in the Great War follows his usual effective model – employing…

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22 May 1915: Sergt John Lawton, 170e Régiment d'Infanterie


From Stockport, Cheshire, John was born (of English parentage) on 3 January 1887. A clerk in a hat factory in Stockport from 1901 to 1911, he left his job and travelled to France. In about October 1911, as a French resident (though not citizen) he registered for the French draft and enlisted in the French Army at Epinal using his correct name and …

15 June 1917 : Maurice Bousquet


Maurice Bousquest completed his compulsory military service in October 1912 and returned to his civilian occupation of shop keeper.  As an Active Army Reservist, he was returned to full time service as sergeant, the rank he attained during his previous service. At the outbreak of war, Bousquet re-joined the 57e R.I. at Bayonne. Soon in action…

Announcing The Western Front Association Battlefield Tours 2024


The WFA National tours sell out quickly and are restricted to just 25 participants. This allows us to provide a comprehensive study of the campaign in an informal group, enjoying a social weekend on the 'old front line'.   There are two tours this year. From Retreat to the Aisne   Guides: Dr Jack Sheldon and Clive Harris  The tour will of cou…

The WFA National Tour - From Retreat to the Aisne


Tour Dates: 21 June - 24 June 2024 Price Per Person: £750:00  Single Supplement: £125:00   Hotel: Hotel Ibis Soissons, three nights Booking Details : Battle Honours website > From Retreat to the Aisne  This tour in open to the general public and is run in association with the Western Front Association, non-members are encouraged to join The…

I Was There: Aerial Adventure on Aisne and Marne, by Lt Col L A Strange


We continue to work on the reminiscences of 'old soldiers' published in the 1939 publication 'I Was There!' and publish these as new videos on our YouTube channel.  The most recent video is entitled 'Aerial Adventure on Aisne and Marne, by Lt Col L A Strange'. In this episode, Col Strange gives a magnificently vivid account of aerial adventure d…