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7 August 1915 : L/Cpl Harold Owen


His parents were William (then 59) and Rebecca (40). He was christened that September. The parents and older siblings worked in silk weaving. Both his father and mother died in April 1891 when Harold was 3 1/2. Having much older siblings it would appear they raised him. Twenty years later, age 23, Howard was living with his sisters Sarah Ann (38)…

9 August 1915 : CPL Alexander Burton VC


On enlisting, age 21 1/2, then an ironmonger, on 18 August 1914, he joined the 7th Battalion Australian Imperial Force. He had served for 4 years in the cadets.  On 19 October 1914 her embarked at Melbourne on active service. He was wounded 25 May 1815, rejoining the battalion on 18 May. Having volunteered and taken part in the forcing of …

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Stand To! No.1 to No.133 Full Contents Listing


Stand To! 1-133 Content Stand To  1 Spring 1981 Editorial Notes (Peter T. Scott) Serving members of the Western Front Association Early Days, New Paths and Acknowledgements Inaugural Meeting: John Terraine's Address. Historian John Terraine berates those who indulge in ‘purely tragic pilgrimages to the Western Front’. The Loving Care of the…

The Battle of Cambrai - why did it succeed and what went wrong? November 1917


The Battle of Cambrai in November 1917 turned out, for both Britain and Germany, to be a major signpost showing how to break the trench deadlock of the previous three years. The lessons of the operational successes and failures would be digested by both sides over the forthcoming winter. For the British, especially, the battle failed to live up to …

New Year's Day 1915: The unknown 'Battle of Broken Hill'


Whilst the vast majority of First World War actions took place in France and Belgium, there were other theatres of war in which British and Commonwealth soldiers and sailors fought. These so called ‘side shows’ in obscure theatres of war took place in many different countries, from Turkey (the Gallipoli Campaign) to off the coast of Chile (the Batt…

26 May 1918: Pte William James Archbold


William, a farmer, enlisted, age 18 into the Australian Imperial Force on 21 February 1916 and embarked from Sydney (for the UK) on 22 December the same year. Training in the UK at Codford and Bulford, he spent a month in Parkhouse Military Hospital, Bulford. He underwent Field Punishment No 2 for 7 days in March 1917 for a misdemeanour in April.…

Release of ‘Mutiny’ : Black British veterans tell their story of the Great War


A secret history of the First World War that the British Empire tried to hide. Black British veterans tell their story of the Great War. Now available on Amazon Prime 102 year old interviewee Gershom Browne Gresham Browne as a solder in 1915- age 18 In 1914 as the Great War began the majority of the British Empire’s non-white population we…

7 February 1917 : Pte Eustace Delano Fishbourne


Only son of Lieut-Col Joseph Fishbourne RAMC, a retired doctor (born in Ireland) and of Edith (née Brind) Fishbourne of Westbourne Park villas, London. At the 1901 Census father, mother and son (and live in domestic servant) were living at 59 White Lodge, Crawford Hill, Kent.  Eustace was educated first at Allen House Prep School, Guildford a…

Ep. 64 – The London Irish in the Great War – Richard O’Sullivan


Richard O’Sullivan, Assistant Curator at the London Irish Rifles Association, talks about the London Irish battalions of the London Regiment during the Great War.

2 August 1916 : 292 L/Cpl Stephen Henry (Harry) Horrocks


Harry was the son of Henry Horrocks and Mary Ann.  The family had emigrated from Lancashire to Australia and lived at Palmyra, Forrest Street, Freemantle in Western Australia.  Stephen wasa mill hand before the war. He enlisted in Perth, 2 March 1915 and attended a medical in Bunbury on the same day. His service record states that he was 5…

The African American Experience in World War One


History, world war and the aftermath in the US and France   Many African Americans felt that the war they fought in 1918/1919 was not with the Germans but with fellow Americans - white men and women, officers, nurses, the police and the public who did not want to see a them in uniform. These eight books will help you understand >  The Unknow…

ONLINE : 'Northampton Conscientious Objectors’ – John Buckell.


Milton Keynes WFA Zoom presentation   The First World War was the first time compulsory military conscription had been introduced in Britain, and Tribunals were set up in 1916 to hear appeals for exemption from the armed services. This was a struggle to recruit men to the armed forces to win the war, but also to establish the moral right of indivi…

ONLINE: 'Arthur and Adeline - a true story of WW1 bravery and romance' by Dennis Claridge


Caption: Arthur Cima MM and Adeline Guidotti This online talk: goes live at 19:30 for a 19:45 start, ending at about 20:45. Participating is quick and easy. The only equipment you need is a computer, or a tablet, or a smart phone. Simply email for your link. We'll also automatically add you to the mailing list to keep you up…

ONLINE: Bullecourt, staff planning processes for the Australian operations in April and May 1917 by Dr Meleah Hampton


The presentation will be live and online.  Dr Meleah Hampton, the Australian military historian and researcher at the Australian War Memorial, will present a talk on how the two Australian battles that we call 1st and 2nd Bullecourt were planned and executed. Based on her analysis of Australian corps and divisional archives, Meleah will look…

The Indigenous Peoples of the Dominions 1914-18 by Paul Cobb


Our March meeting will see the first presentation of a new talk by the branch chairman, Paul Cobb. The talk is entitled 'The Indigenous Peoples of the Dominions 1914-1918'. This will covers aspects such as pre-war employment of indigenous people in military operations, their acceptance by military authorities, the extent of enlistments during the w…

Ep.243 – Discipline in the AIF in WW1 – Prof Peter Stanley


Prof. Peter Stanley talks about the discipline and dissent in the Australian Imperial Force (AIF) during the Great War. Your browser does not support the audio element. This interview is based on Peter’s 2011 book, ‘Bad Characters’, that exa…

128: October 2022 Special Edition


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'Missing-Died-Survived' with Guy Senior


‘Missing-Died-Survived’ is the story of three brothers who fought on the Western Front: Joseph, Walter and George Senior. Born in the Yorkshire town of Wakefield, all three were educated at Wakefield Grammar School. Joseph, the eldest, was one of the most academically gifted boys of his generation. In the 1911 Oxford Senior Examinations, he was ra…

ONLINE: Lt. Col. Charles Hotham Montagu Doughty-Wylie with Anne Pedley


Dick Doughty-Wylie was the archetypal Victorian – he joined the Army in 1889 and almost immediately saw action at Chitral and later at Crete, Sudan, the Boer War, Somaliland and took part in quelling the Boxer rebellion in China.  In later years, he took on a diplomatic role in life, with his wife, Lily, and it was while he was British consul in Tu…

Ep.308 – Teachers from Victoria, Australian in the First World War – Caroline Torode


In this Dispatches Podcast, Caroline Torode talks about her research into state teachers from Victoria, Australia during the First World War.

Caroline's talk is based on her MA thesis that loo…

Sir John Monash and the Battle of Le Hamel 1918 - A presentation by Paul Cobb


Paul will be discussing the Battle of Le Hamel and the pivitol role Sir John Monash played in organising all the different arms to fight together leading to victory. This involved Australian troops, British tanks and several companies of the American Expeditionary Force to name but a few. A most interested and informative afternoon's presentation. …

The Gallipoli Association Fifth Regional Conference in partnership with the Heart of England WFA


Conference Programme 9.15am Registration starts (Tea and Coffee on arrival)  10.00am Conference commences 12.30 Lunch (not provided)    4.00 pm Finish A display of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment in Gallipoli will feature some rare photographs, documents, medals and other artefacts. Speakers: Stephen Chambers: 'Jack Tar: Churchill’s Lit…

ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2024: Australian National Memorial, Villers-Bretonneux


This moving service will take place at the Australian National Memorial, France at 5.30am on Thursday 25th April 2024. This year’s ceremony marks the 106th Anniversary of the Second Battle of Villers-Bretonneux, when Australian Troops finally captured the town after fierce fighting. This action represents the high-water mark of the German Spring Of…

ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2024: Polygon Wood


Main Image: Lt Ernest Brooks - This photograph is © IWM (Q 2904) from the collections of the IWM: Australian troops, probably from 11th Australian Brigade, 3rd Australian Division, including men from 11th Australian Machine Gun Company, resting on their way to the front line, 26 September 1917, during the Battle of Polygon Wood. The municipality o…

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