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5 November 1916 : Pte Charles Illingworth


Charles Wilton Illingworth, the son of Andrew, a fine cloth drawer and Sarah was christened on Christmas Day at South Ossett, Christ Church.  At the 1911 Census Charles, age 19, was living at home at No.6 Grove Street, Ossett with his parents, sister Mary and widowed Aunt Emma. He was by this time a clerk working for a fellmongers. Charles …

The Great War, Memory and Ritual: Commemoration in the City and East London, 1916-1939


Book review by James Brazier. This is the latest volume in The Royal Historical Society's Studies in History series. The book's author, Dr Mark Connelly, is Reuters Lecturer in Media History at the University of Kent and has given talks to a number of Western Front Association Branches in the south east on Great War British and Canadian war artist…

‘1918-2018: The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’ 6-8 September


‘1918-2018: The End of the War and the Re-Shaping of a Century’   This important and unique conference will be taking place between the 6-8 September 2018 at the University of Wolverhampton. Seven keynote addresses from some of the leading academic authorities on the First World War and its aftermath will be at the heart of the conference, alo…

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Ep. 29 – Commemoration of the Great War in Ireland – Dr Chris Manson


Dr Chris Manson talks on ‘Commemoration of WW1 in Ireland’. This talk was given to Antrim and Down branch of the WFA in 2016. The normal routine of interviews will begin after the summer break. Your browser does not support the audio element. …

Armistice Day Commemoration 2020 Video


For those of you who like me watched the Covid restricted Remembrance Sunday coverage from the BBC probably would agree that it was a sad experience. Sadder still is the numerous Remembrance Day services up and down Britain that have fallen victim to the pandemic and more specifically the lockdown. When it became apparent that last week’s renewed …

To What Extent was the Empire’s Commemoration of Those who Served During the First World War Equal?


[This article is by Matthew Cogan aged 19, and is based on his essay which won the Colin Hardy Memorial Prize. Matthew is now (2020-2021) in his first year studying history at the University of Oxford.]  The First World War was the bloodiest war the world had ever seen when it ended in 1918. It was a truly worldwide conflict; both the first and la…

Childhood memories of Gallipoli in the 1920s


The passion of members of the Western Front Association is such that few fail to recognise an important historic account when they come across one – and thanks to member Edward Lever, a rare first-hand account and photographs of early commemorative work and commemoration at Gallipoli would be recorded for posterity. As part of our ongoing explorat…

Ep.232 - The CWGC Non-Commemoration Report on Inequalities of Commemoration – Dr George Hay


Dr George Hay, the Official Historian at Commonwealth War Graves Commission, talks about the recent Commission report on the inequalities in the way the organisation commemorated the dead of the British Empire from the Great War.

31 December 1916 : Staff Nurse Kate Rosina Sturt


Kate's parents were William Sturt (a retired Company Sergeant Major in the Royal Garrison Artillery) and Kate Jane Colebrook Sturt.  Kate had a younger sister, Violet and a younger brother, Sidney.  At the 1911 English census Kate was age 22 living at home and working as a machinist in a Baby Robes Factory. The following year she enrolled to…

ONLINE : ‘The First World War and its Global Commemorative Legacies’


From the University of Kent's Centre for War, Media and Society. A panel discussion around some of the key themes surrounding the global commemoration of the First World War The University of Kent’s Centre for War, Media and Society will be joined by Prof Mark Connelly (University of Kent, UK), Dr Dominiek Dendooven (In Flanders Fields Mus…

Brothers in Arms: Three Died and Three Survived the First World War


The First World War resulted in terrible suffering for many families, but the Willis family was among those that paid the highest of prices: six brothers went to war, but only three came home. Of the surviving siblings, one had lost a leg and the other two also left with recurring health problems. The Willis family had travelled from Nottingham to…

The Controversy of Commemoration in Ramsbottom after the First World War


War memorials are contentious: the commissioning of large public sculptures has often divided communities, with stories of bitter discord surfacing both during the Great War and in the years that followed. Disputes about the control of war memorial committees, as well as the decisions made by them, often made local newspaper headlines. The main c…

Death of a Princess : The Destruction of HMS Princess Irene 27 May 1915


In May 1913 the Canadian Pacific Railway had placed an order with Denny’s of Dumbarton for two new ships for their route on the Pacific coast between Vancouver, Victoria and Seattle. The ships were elegant and well appointed three-funnelled vessels 350 feet long with a 54 foot beam and displacing 5,500 tons. Oil-fuelled boilers drove two propellers…

Five Sons Lost in the First World War


For many years, it was thought that only one British family had suffered the loss of five sons during the war. The story of the Souls family was told by Neil Oliver in 2005 in his book ‘Not Forgotten’, which followed the TV series of the same name with Ian Hislop. Two years later, Michael Walsh wrote about the five Beechey brothers in ‘Brothers…

16 July 1916 : Pte John S.S. Huskisson


The Daily Mail reported that John (one of eleven men to arrive in England from Barbados) had made up his mind to enlist having been inspired by  the song, “Your King and Country Want You”.  John arrived in England on the SS Grenada on 25 June 1915. After training he was sent to France with the 1st Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers) …

Norwood Cemetery and the Great War: Reflections of Military and Social History by Peter Hodgkinson and John Clarke


Published by Friends of West Norwood Cemetery, 2022. £15.00 (p&p extra) 400pp Full colour, pb, maps,  ISBN: 978 1 910722 16 9 This is an unusual and fascinating book about the First World War. It is an exploration of community and commemoration. However, the story is not told through the activities of the living but instead through the sacr…

Polygon Wood ANZAC Day Commemoration Ceremony 108th Anniversary


Details from the Australian Embassy in Brussels. The program includes a dawn service at Buttes, New British Cemetery and commemorative services at Menin Gate and Toronto Avenue Cemetery. It has accompanying notes and weblinks, and includes commemorations jointly held with the New Zealand Embassy in Brussels. You will be able to follow the Anzac D…

Dawn Commemoration of the Battle of Arras 106th Anniversary


Image: Lt John Brooke - This is photograph is Q 5113 from the collections of the IWM - Troops of the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers waiting in Arras for the order to move up, 9 April 1917.  In the early hours of the morning of 9th April 1917, the Battle of Arras commenced with 24,000 British soldiers emerging from the protection of underground ch…

Albert French Commemoration


This year MK WFA and The Friends of the MK Rose are organizing the commemoration for Albert French, the sixteen-year-old lad from Wolverton who lied about his age to join up and was killed in action a week short of his seventeenth birthday. Readings from his letters home, music, British Legion standard bearers, wreath laying, and a bugler sou…

Lewesians in the Great War by Graham Mayhew


First and foremost, I should state that I have a personal interest in this book. 'Lewesians in the Great War', written by fellow Lewes Town Councillor and former Mayor Dr. Graham Mayhew. The project was brought to the attention of the Lewes Town Council Grants Committee meeting, and I argued in favour of supporting the project well in the hopes of …

A Commemoration of Warwick and the Gallipoli campaign


In August 1915 men of the 9th Battalion of the Royal Warwickshire Regiment and the 1st Warwickshire Yeomanry took part in this ill -fated campaign of World War One. They suffered heavy casualties. The Fusilier Museum and the , in conjunction with the Gallipoli Association, are holding a series of events. These will be held at the Court Room and bo…

The WFA Commemoration Event at The Cenotaph, Whitehall 11 November 2023


A selection of the wonderfully candid behind the scenes photographs taken by Simon Williams at this year's Western Front Association 11th November Armistice Commemoration event at The Cenotaph 


CONFERENCE : 1st, 2nd, 3rd March Canada (Pacific Coast Branch)


We're sure members of The WFA will be excited to learn of details of this conference in Canada. It will be held in Victoria B.C., Canada which runs from Friday evening (1st March) through to Sunday lunchtime (3rd March). Details and registration is available on the Canada (Pacific Coast Branch) website. In brief the conference will run as follows…

Commemoration of the 29th Division in the First World War in the Gallipoli Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Eltham


A commemorative service will be held on Sunday 28th April 2024 at 10.00 am in the Gallipoli Chapel, Holy Trinity Church, Eltham, SE9 2SD The 29th Division fought in the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign, suffering 34,000 casualties. Soldiers of the division were awarded 12 VCs. The Gallipoli Association is committed to keeping the memory of the campa…

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…