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21 November 1917 : Pte George Wilson


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 the Battles of Arras and the Hindenburg Line, he was posted as missing during the Cambrai Offensiv…

23 November 1917 : Pte Joseph Hoole


From Preston, Lancashire, Joseph was born in 1892. A pre-war territorial, he had been a weaver in his civilian life and re-enlisted in 1916. In May 1917, Joseph was sent out to France and fought in the 3rd Battle of Ypres and at Cambrai where he was seriously wounded in both legs, right arm and chest. He died of these injuries in a Casualty Clear…

021: Winter 1987


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022: Spring 1988


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054: January 1999


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Friends are Good on the Day of Battle: The 51st (Highland) Division During the First World War


Review by Bob Wyatt. Friends are Good on the Day of Battle, an important evaluation of the 51st (Highland) Division, is the is the latest of several books about the formation which began with in 1920s  with the substantial and quite reliable History of the Highland Division by Major Bewsher and culminated in Campbell’s Empire of Destruction in 201…

Stand To! No.1 to No.123 Full Contents Listing


Stand To! 1-121 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…

10 September 1918 : L/Cpl John James Clegg


Son of John (a cotton weaver) and Sarah.  At the 1901, age 13, along with is older sister and father, John was working as a cotton weaver. Ten years later John was living with his mother at 100 Robinson Street, Burnley.  The area has been run down for some decades.  John Clegg was an employee of Messrs. Grey Ltd at Livingstone Mill, Burnley …

8 December 1917: Pte John William Sugden


John Sugden was employed in his father's successful family drapery business prior to his conscription into the army in March 1916.   The five children, two boys and three girls grew up together and were still living at home well into their twenties. With a successful business they moved from a terraced house on Bolton Road, Silsden, to a larger…

4 January 1919: Pte Robert Dewart


Robert Dewart was a general labourer before the war. He was married to Annie McIntyre and they had one child. He enlisted in January 1915 and was sent to France in May 1915 where the 1/6th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders were over the following three years engaged in: The Battle of Festubert, 1915; The Somme in 1916; Third Ypres, in 1917 and eve…

109 : June/July 2017 Special Edition


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113: October 2018


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8 April 1918 : Pte Arthur Algernon Pickles MM


Parents John (an antique dealer and Sexton) and Hannah. Arthur had a much older brother Hartley, as well a younger brother George and a younger sister Mary Lucy.  Before the war Arthur was a cotton weaver.  His father's first wife had died in 1886. Arthur had to much older half-brothers, Hartley who died in 1983 age 102, and Spensely for whom w…

'Cambrai' with Ross Beadle


This month the branch is very pleased to welcome back Ross Beadle who, on this occasion, will speak on the subject of Cambrai. This significant 1917 action was notable for the use of tanks but was also a significant artillery battle that merits further study. Members and guests are encouraged to come along and listen to what will be an information…

Articles on Tanks in Stand To 1 to 116 (1981 to 2019)


There are no fewer than 25 articles on tanks featured in Stand To! A popular subject, it has been covered in many different ways, including by 'The Camera Returns' on three occasions and  more than one on 'War Art'. All of these articles can be readily found by Western Front Association Members through their Member Login with access to the Stand To…

Placing the Battle of Messines Ridge in context by Peter Simkins


  This is the Foreward to Ian Passingham's Pillars of Fire. The Battle of Messines Ridge June 1917 by Peter Simkins  For the British Dominion divisions serving on the Western Front under Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig, 1917 was a year of transition and mixed fortunes. In the collective folk-memory of Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand the…

The Camera Returns No.101 : Cambrai, 9 October 1918


By Bob Grundy and Steve Wall  [This article first appeared in Stand To! Issue 119 October 2020. Members receive Stand To! three times a year, along with our member magazine Bulletin three times a year].  Like everyone else the Camera Returns team were deeply shocked by the sudden death of our friend and mentor Jon Cooksey. We had worked with Jon …

In Haig’s Shadow: The Letters of Major– General Hugo De Pree and Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig (editor) Gary Sheffield


Greenhill Books £19.99, 217 pages, including 2 appendices  ISBN 9781784383534  Some might think that there is little left to say about Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig. Lionised by his brothers–in–arms in the 1920s, Haig’s reputation was systematically demolished in the 1930s to the point where, for many, he came to represent something of a pantom…

William Leslie Wain: VC The Tank Corps at Cambrai 1917 by Dr Jonathan Hicks


£12.99, Y Lolfa, Talybont, 271pp 154 photographs, 6 maps.  ISBN 978191263126 1.  Every November the fallen of the Tank Corps are commemorated at the CWGC Cambrai Memorial at Louverval near Cambrai in a moving ceremony, usually led by Philippe Gorczynski, that indefatigable guardian of the history and memory of the Tank Corps at the Battle of Cam…

24 April 1917 : Pte George Kemp


Third son of Peter Kemp (a farm manager) and Isabella (née Sellar) and one of five boys and two girls.  George was Police Constable in the Lanarkshire Constabulary before the war.  He enlisted in July 1915 and served in France and Flanders from June 1916. He was killed in action at Beauchamp, between Cambrai and Peronne 24 April 1917. He is b…

Stereoscope images from the Western Front and elsewhere


Having just published the initial batch of stereoscopic images on The Western Front Association's website, it is perhaps a good time to pick out just a handful of these to show the kind of images that are available. There is no 'science' to the selection of the following images, it is merely a selection of some that have caught my eye as being of …

Riding through the ruins of war on the Circuit des Champs de Bataille


In April 1919, barely six months after hostilities had ceased, the toughest bicycle race in history was staged across the former battlefields of the Western Front. It was an event that proved so hard it would never be staged again. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Western Front Association we have been dipping into the archives; what foll…

When the Whistle Blows: The Story of the Footballers’ Battalion in the Great War by Andrew Riddoch and John Kemp


Haynes Publishing, Yeovil, £19.99 (price in 2011) 336pp, 87 ills, 3 appendices, bibliog, source notes, index. ISBN 978 1 84425 656 3  [This review first appeared in Stand To! No.90 December 2010/January 2011] Haynes Publishing - the extraordinary publisher of car maintenance manuals - Andrew Riddoch and John Kemp, football, the Great War - a s…

Stand To ! No.123 July 2021


The latest issue of the journal of The Western Front Association is out today. There are ten carefully researched and richly illustrated articles and eight extended book reviews which follow a new format to reviews, including content from one of the authors.  Contents Communication Lines 2-3  Somme, March 1918: Bridgehead defence and a fateful…

123 : July 2021


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With a Machine Gun to Cambrai by George Coppard


188pp., paperback. £3.95.  Macmillan/Papermac. [This 'review' first appeared in Stand To! No.17 Summer 1986] Originally published in 1969, this is a reprint of the revised edition of 1980. An excellent first- hand account of the life of a machine-gunner on the Western Front. George Coppard 25 January 1898 to 17 February 1985  George Coppard …