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Richard Hughes  MA (Oxon), MA (Birmingham)


              MA (Oxon)(Jurisprudence) MA Modern History (British Great War Studies)(Birmingham University) Rich has been a member of The Western Front member for more than 25 years, joining the WFA Executive Committee in 2010 as the legal trustee. He has a long-standing interest in military history, and the First World War in particula…

11 November : Notice of Service at the Cenotaph


The Service at the Cenotaph on Monday 11th November will be followed by a service at Guards Chapel and lunch at The Albert, 52 Victoria Street, London, SW1H 0NP at 13h00. There will be a three course lunch: Soup Choice of Carvery with trimmings Selection from Dessert Trolley Coffee £30 inclusive Book via the WFA Office Sarah Gunn <offi…

19th July 1919 Peace Day in Britain


This article first appeared in Bulletin 114, the internal news and information magazine for members of The Western Front Association. [Available in print or digital formats]. Comprising a military procession that wound its way for seven miles through central London, crossing and re-crossing the Thames, where warships formed a Naval Pageant, alon…

The WFA's 2019 Armistice commemoration at the Cenotaph


Images of The Western Front Association's 25th, 11th November Cenotaph Armistice Commemoration. We are grateful to Jeff Moore for these photographs.  London Scottish Pipers prepare Parade Marshal John Chester (centre with bowler hat) and a group of members and guests    This year, the RAF provided the guard of honour Poppy wreaths fro…

VIDEO : Cerys Matthews reading 'And death shall have no dominion' at The WFA's 2019 Armistice ceremony


The Western Front Association holds a ceremony for members, guests and the general public every Armistice Day to mark the end of the First World War. At the 2019 ceremony, Cerys Matthews read from Dylan Thomas's poem 'And death shall have no dominion' (Hint: hover over the video and click 'Full Screen' in the bottom right corner)  With between…

Known unto God: the missing of the Great War by Simon Fowler


This talk tells the stories of some of those commemorated on the memorials in Ypres, Thiepval and elsewhere and looks at the struggles of their families to find out about what happened to them. It was said that the grieving mothers and widows suffered doubly because they did not know where their menfolk had been buried. It will also discuss how and…

The Story of the Unknown Warrior by Michael Gavaghan


M & L Publications, c/o Livesey-Scott Solicitors, Derby House, Fulwood, Preston, Lancs. PR2 8JF, 1995. Hardback, 88p [This First World War book review first appeared in Stand To! No. 46 April 1996. This magazine, the journal of The Western Front Association is published three times a year. The entire archive of over 118 issues is available to …

Not Forgotten by Neil Oliver


Accompanied the major Channel Four series on World War I Neil Oliver with a forward by Ian Hislop Hodder & Stoughton (2005) Second Hand Hardback edition purchased recently > 99p  Though a companion to a Channel 4 TV documentary series on remembrance originally presented by Ian Hislop, the accompanying book was written by the then less we…

The Name Beneath the Stone by Robert Newcome


Universe Press, 2019, £10.99, pb. Ills. 350pp.  ISBN: 9781912690558 In November, 1920, the body of an unknown soldier was plucked from the battlefields of the First World War and buried amidst great solemnity in Westminster Abbey – a powerful symbol of those who lost their life in the catastrophic conflict. The importance of this body’s identity …

Armistice Day 2020 at the Cenotaph


I have had a number of different new experiences since taking the Chair of The Western Front Association during the summer but Wednesday’s will take some beating. In bright sunshine the ten members of The Western Front Association Cenotaph party were very politely drilled by Garrison Sergeant Major ‘Vern’ Stokes in the yard of Horse Guards. The Maj…

The Cenotaph on Armistice Day 11 November 2021


Actor Nick Bailey read ‘In Flanders Fields’ at the Cenotaph on Armistice Day and to remember one of the first Black British officers of The Great War. Nick said a few words at the Cenotaph about Walter Tull, one of the first Black British Army officers of The Great War who lost his life at the Second Battle of The Somme in 1918. Tull, who was als…

The Armistice Day Commemoration at the Cenotaph, 11 November 2021


The Western Front Association has hosted the ceremony at the Cenotaph on the 11th November each year since 1994.

There is a compilation of photographs from this even here on The Western Front Association YouTube Channel.

The wreath laid by the Chair of The Western Front Association on behalf of our members

Dan Jarvis, MP (left), James Heappey MP (second left) as well as Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (centre), Professor Gary Sheffield and Nick Bailey.

School children from Eaton House Prep

The schools here are, Left to right: Eaton House prep Morpeth School, Tower Hamlets Oulder Hill School, Rochdale Worthing High School, Sussex Bishop Rawstorne’s C of E Academy, Croston, Lancs The King’s School, Chester

A group representing the Chinese Labour Corps

Actor Nick Bailey reciting ‘In Flanders Fields’ at the Cenotaph on Armistice Day 11 November 2021

The Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish

A piper of the Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish

A contingent from the RAF provided the guard

RAF Guard

Actor Nick Bailey in front of the Cenotaph 11th November 2021

The Pipes and Drums of the London Scottish with guests from Eaton House Prep School




Video coverage of the Armistice Day Commemoration held at The Cenotaph, Whitehall on 11th November 2021.


Video coverage of the Armistice Day Commemoration held at The Cenotaph, Whitehall on 11th November 2021. Guests of honour at this year’s ceremony, some of whom are interviewed here about the occasion, include actor Nick Bailey, Simon Bendry, Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, Mayor of South Yorkshire, Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and James He…

Armistice Day: Cenotaph Live Stream from 10:30am 11 November 2022


For the first time you will be able to watch our Armistice Day Ceremony live as it will be streamed from the Cenotaph, Whitehall, from 10.30am, today to our Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Details and links here >