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'Arras' a talk given by Jonathan Nicholls


The Suffolk WFA hold monthly meetings, which are open to members and non-members of the association. The meetings include a talk on a Great War related subject, given by branch members or well established historians and authors. This month we are pleased to welcome Jonathan Nicholls who will talk to the branch about Arras. Most talks are usually an…

'The Battle of Arras - A Family Affair' a talk given by Chris Weekes


  A talk by Chris Weekes on the Battle of Arras based on his extensive research of his relatives who fought during this battle of the during the First World War.   IMAGE: Battle of the Scarpe. British cavalry resting alongside the Arras-Cambrai road, April 1917. Imperial War Museum image Q2031

'A Kick up the Arras' a talk by Peter Hart


  The renowned historian Peter Hart will give a presentation called "A Kick up the Arras". Themed on the events surrounding the town in April through to May 1917. With the town in British hands the Tommie's had to contend themselves with conducting their daily life's from the tunnels running under the town. Meeting at the Sobraon Barracks on Burt…

The Surrey Branch Tour of the 1917 Battlefields


The Surrey Branch tour for 2017 will cover the 1917 battlefields of Arras, Messines and Third Ypres. The detailed itinerary is as follows: Saturday September 23rd The luxury coach departs from Reigate College (where there is secure free car parking) at 07:00 and we cross to the battlefield via Eurotunnel. The tour starts at Lijssenthoek Military…

'Comparing the Somme 1916 with Arras 1917' by Mike Coyle


Both battles, the Somme and Arras, were equally fierce, both with heavy losses, yet 100 years on The Somme lives in our consciousness, whilst few know of the Battle of Arras. The talk discusses possible conclusions.   IMAGES: Public Domain. Wikipedia. Ruins of the Hôtel de Ville, Arras 26 May 1917. Somme 25 September 1916. British troops moving…

Our April 2017 Newsletter


  Wellington Quarry, Arras Welcome to the April Branch Newsletter, I hope that you are able to enjoy the sunnier weather that we have been having.  This month’s topical picture is of one of the exits from the Wellington Quarry in Arras, from which the attacking troops left the safety of the underground tunnels and advanced to the German lines a…

16 November 1917 Pte Joseph Williams died on this day


Born at Cornholme, Lancashire in 1888, Joseph was a carter employed by Barnoldswick Council prior to enlistment. He was conscripted into service at Halifax on 7 June 1916 and, after training with the 3rd West Ridings, was transferred to the 2nd Battalion and sent to France on 13 November 1916. After arriving at Etaples, he was attached to 255 Tunne…

21 November 1917 : Pte George Wilson was reported missing in action on this day


266366 Pte George Wilson, B Coy, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regt The eldest , George worked on his father's dairy farm at Bank House Steeton before the war.  He enlisted into the West Riding Territorials in January 1915 and was sent overseas to join the 62nd Division on the Western Front in February 1917. After taking part in th…

'A Cheerful Sacrifice: The Battle of Arras' by Jonathan Nicholls


Jonathan Nicholls will give a presentation on the Battle of Arras.    We meet on the first Thursday of each month (except January and August) at 7pm. Please make sure that your name is on the door list. 

'Comparing The Somme 1916 and Arras' 1917 by Mike Coyle


Mike Coyle - The Battles of the Somme and Arras compared   Mike is an experienced researcher and writer on Military History. His interest in Arras was sparked by the death of a Great Uncle at Arras in May 2017. He was concerned that few know of Arras whilst all know of The Somme. He has visited the Arras Battle sites several times.   A great de…

The Fifth Annual Great War Exhibition


The Fifth Annual Great War Exhibition   FREE ENTRY: School parties welcome, but booking is essential. DATES: 4 -11 November TIMES: 10-4 daily.  VENUE: Park Visitors Centre, Park Dr, Birkenhead CH41 8AU CONTACT: Judith Beastall > TELEPHONE:   Judith Beastall 0151 334 9467  (Visitor Centre) 0151 652 5197   Th…

Lancashire North Despatch Issue 18: November 2016


Lancashire North Branch Despatch Issue 18: November 2016 The frontispiece photo shows troops moving from their assembly trenches on 9th April 1917 to attack the German positions east of Arras and amongst them was the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.  On Page 2 is the story of their Commanding Officer Lieut. Col. Charles James Burke who cho…

'First Battle of Arras and the Battle of Hamel 1918' a presentation by John Lee


'Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918' with John Lee This month's presenter is John Lee. His talk will include the First Battle of Arras, 28 March 1918 and the Battle of Hamel, 4 July 1918.  IMAGES: The Battle of Hamel, Australian and American troops dug in together during the Battle of Hamel. (CC) Australian War Memorial ; Battl…

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…

'The Battle of Arras' with Alistair Fraser


Alastair Fraser will be showing the film of the battle and providing commentary of the detail of the film in a similar vein to his highly acclaimed research into the Battle of the Somme film. Thumbnail Image: Battle of the Scarpe. Store of German 'pineapple' grenades captured by British troops on the Arras-Cambrai road, April 1917. (C) IWM Q2028

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Inf. Sebastian Scheugenpflug, Kgl.Bayr.Res.Inf.Regt.17


Sebastian was a grocer from Lengthal, Bavaria. A recalled reservist in August 1914, he first saw action during the First Battle of Ypres in October 1914. He was a veteran of the Battles of Fromelles, the Somme and Arras through 1915 to 1917. He was killed in action by shrapnel to the head on 31st July 1917 – the opening day of the Third Battle o…

The Generals. John Terraine's 1982 Address to The Western Front Association


 [This piece, a transcript of John Terraine's 1982 address, first appeared in Stand To! No. 7 Spring 1983 pp.4- 7] IMAGE (Photo: IWM Q9689) Haig and his Army Commanders at Cambrai, 11 November 1918. First and second rows, left to right: Plumer (Second Army), Byng (Third Army), Haig, Birdwood (Fifth Army), Rawlinson (Fourth Army), Horne (First A…

The Annual General Meeting Address delivered by Mr John Terraine at the AGM on 31 January 1987


[This article first appeared in Stand To ! 20 Summer 1987] pp 7 - 8   First let me say a word of reassurance: it's only a few weeks ago that a number of you will have received a longish burst from me at the National Army Museum on Founder's Day. Don't worry - this time I shan't keep you long. I only want to say two things, really, about ourse…

6 December 1917: 12177 Pte Walter Catlow, 7th Bn East Lancashire Regt


An employee of Messrs Eastwood Ltd, Carriage Proprietors in Burnley, Lancashire, Walter Catlow  He enlisted into the 8th Bn East Lancs, in September 1914 and he travelled with them to France on 1 August 1915. Walter saw his first frontline service in the Foncquevillers sector, and he was a participant in the Battles of the Somme (1916) and Arras (1…

8 December 1917: Pte John William Sugden, 2/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regt


John Sugden was employed in his family business prior to his conscription into the army in March 1916. After training, he was sent to the Western Front in February 1917 and saw action during the Battle of Arras, the Hindenburg Line operations and the Battle of Cambrai before being wounded in action near Cambrai. Evacuated to 45 Casualty Clearing S…

‘Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918’ by John Lee


John Lee will be giving a talk titled ‘Perfect Defence, Perfect Attack: Arras and Hamel 1918’. ‘Operation Mars’ on 28 March 1918 was supposed to be the decisive blow at Arras to complete the defeat of the BEF. It was a catastrophic failure for Germany – almost their 1st July 1916!  On 4 July at Hamel Monash’s Australians, with a great deal of hel…

A Battle too Far: Arras 1917


By Don Farr Helion, £29.95, 352pp. 16 b/w and 12 col. Ills, 24 b/w maps, footnotes, bibliog, appendices, index. ISBN: 978–191–217–492–8 The fighting around Arras in the spring of 1917 – three battles of the Scarpe and two of Bullecourt – were not the choice of Sir Douglas Haig. They were forced upon him by the interference of British politician…

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Rez Anton Muller, 1 Komp, 13 Bay Inf Regt (11 Bav Bde, 6 Bav Div)


From Reichsdorf, Anton was 29 years of age when he was killed by a shell during a bombardment on his company positions near Boiry (near Arras) after they had been in action in the vicinity of Bullecourt. A holder of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, he now reposes in the Lens-Sallaumines Soldatenfriedhof. 24 March 1918

10 April 1917 219503 Pte Moses Johns, 50th Bn CEF


Born as St Regis, Quebec on 21 December 1891, Moses was employed as a labourer prior to enlistment. He enlisted into the 80th Bn CEF at Barriefield, Ontario on 9 October 1915 and underwent training in Canada and the UK before transferring to the the 50th Bn CEF in April 1916 with whom he was to see active service on the Western Front. In September…

8 May 1917: 27209 Pte Arthur Chatterton, 8th Bn East Yorkshire Regt


Born at Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire in 1881, Arthur was working as a wool sorter in the USA at the time of the outbreak of war. Upon the declaration of war, he returned to the UK and worked as a munitions worker near Glusburn, Yorkshire before enlisting into the East Yorkshire Regiment at Cross Hills, Yorkshire in early 1916. He was sent on active…

28 May 1917 2nd Lt Robert Hilary Lockhart Whitelaw, Household Battalion


From Monkland, Nairn, Robert was born at Tibbermore, Perthshire in 1895. The son of William and Gertrude Whiteland, their home in 1901 was in Kensington where his mother was with her four children and 11 domestic servants including 2 nurses (the youngest was 2), three housemaids, a butler, footman, tutor, a kitchen maid, cook and sewing hard.  At …

30 May 1918 : 700786 Dvr. Francis Brunt, B/210 Bty, Royal Field Artillery


Francis enlisted in Blackburn on 28 April 1915. After being held on home service duties, he embarked for France on 3 March 1917 and saw service during the Battle of Arras, the 3rd Battle of Ypres and the German Kaisersschlacht offensive before being seriously wounded in action on 30 May 1918. Francis died of his wounds in 42 Casualty Clearing Sta…

20 June 1917: 186025 Cpl Harold Albert Bolton MM, 8th Bn CEF.


Born at Darlingford, Manitoba on 25 April 1896. In 1912 he gained employment with the Darlingford branch of the Bank of British North America. He enlisted (into the 90th Bn) on 6 November 1915 and proceeded to the UK in continuation of his training. After being attached to the 8th Bn CEF, Harold went to France in early 1916. For gallantry in actio…

27 December 1915 : Cpl Daniel Dover MM


Daniel was born in 1887 to mother Anne Jane. In 1901, the family lived at 19 Oak Mount St, Burnley. In 1911, now a widower, after the death of her husband Frederick in 1905, Anne lived with her two children Daniel and Florence at 20 Brougham St, Burnley.  Daniel was employed as a weaver, Daniel enlisted into the King's Own Scottish Borderers in Se…

25 January 1916: 2nd Lieut Charles Percival Mattey


His parents were George Mattey (farmer) and Elizabeth Mattey (nee Marden).   Age 2 at the 1891 Census Charles, the 6th of six children, George was living with his family, a governess and general domestic servant at Moor Farmhouse. Ten years later, age 12, in 1901. his father having died, George’s mother is running a boarding house. There are three…

'Somme to Arras' by Andrew Lock


Andrew Lock will be giving a talk he calls 'The Somme to Arras'.    IMAGE: image: Two sets of British soldiers on horseback pull field guns and limbers along a track from left to right through a bomb damaged wood on the Somme. (C) IWM ART 5883