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2 September 1917 : Pte George Fieldhouse


His parents were Charles (a foreman at a carpet works) and Elizabeth Fieldhouse of 21 Armitage St, Raventhorpe, Dewsbury. At the 1901 Census George, age 7, was at home with his parents and six siblings: an older brother Herbert and four sisters. Circumstances could not have been easy; Charles spent 14 days in prison for debt. He died in 1907. By …

10 October 1916 : Pte Beaumont Wood


At the 1891 Census, age 3 Beaumont was the youngest of five children to his father a 'wood sawyer' and mother Elizabeth. Ten years later at the 1901 Census he had a younger sister and a younger brother too. His 17 year old brother and 15 year old sister were working. The family lived at 286 Charles Street, Ravensthorpe. Another ten years and by the…

051: January 1998


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A Village Goes to War. A History of the Men of Ravensthorpe who Fell in the Great War


Western Front Association Development Trustee and Vice-Chairman David Tattersfield has researched the names on the memorial in his local church in Ravensthorpe, West Yorkshire. Fortunately, three large frames of photographs had also been preserved - a most unusual occurrence - covering 81 of the 114 names on the memorial. At the time of the Great W…

082: April/May 2008


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100: June 2014 Centenary Edition


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Major 'Alastair' Soutar, M.C.


One of the well known 'classic' accounts of the First World War is 'Twelve Days' published in 1933 (and more recently republished as 'Twelve Days on the Somme') by Sidney Rogerson, an officer on the staff of 23 Infantry Brigade (part of the 8th Division). Less well known is his second book, about his experiences in May 1918 on the Aisne. This accou…

READ THE STORY: The 'Unknown Major' no more


Researched by David Tattersfield, the Vice Chairman of The Western Front Association, this detective story shows how a casual visit to a military cemetery and an inquisitive nature led David to uncover the name and the story behind the 'An Unknown Major' of the Royal Engineers.

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NEWS: David Tattersfield BBC Graves of Unknown Soldiers


 Rededication to Major Alastair Soutar MC La Ville aux Bois 30 May 2018 The usual quiet and peaceful tranquility of the British cemetery at Jonchery sur Vesle was broken this morning when members of the Soutar family from as far afield as Hong Kong, Canada and New York arrived to attend the rededication of the grave of Major Alastair Soutar MC, R…

The mystery of an unknown Major of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment resolved


David Tattersfield solves the mystery of an unknown Major of the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment buried at La Ville-aux-Bois British Cemetery.  With an introduction from The WFA, this is the piece broadcast by the BBC.  For the original fascinating article telling the story of the investigation and what it uncovered read the full article 'From P…

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 CWGC …

The Western Front Association Calendar 2019


The Western Front Association's 2020 calendar is now available. Once again it features images of the battlefield taken by a team of volunteer photographers. The scenes depict points of interest in France and Belgium (and, incidentally, Italy) some of which are well known but others 'off the beaten track'. As well as providing superb images of a do…

The 1/7th Royal Scots and the Quintinshill Rail Disaster


At the time of the First World War, Britain had a large number of railway companies each owning varying amounts of track and junctions. Often the point where companies’ tracks met became bottlenecks. One such junction was on the English-Scottish border at Gretna. In order to alleviate difficulties, a set of loops, sidings and signal boxes were cons…

9 April 1917 : Gunner Ewart Doodson


Adoptive parents Tyas Wood (a rug and shawl finisher) and Morrennah (née Jagger) Family, brother James (born 1890, a boot and clog maker) and Lily (a dressmaker’s apprentice) At the 1911 Census, age 12, living at home at 25 Huddersfield Rd, Ravensthorpe (and later of 453 Huddersfield Rd) with his adoptive parents, siblings and a lodger. The dat…

Ep. 168 – Operation Alias – David Tattersfield


David Tattersfield, Development Trustee of the WFA, talks about Operation Alias, a project by the WFA to identify men who fell in the Great War and served under an alias or ‘false’ name. Your browser does not support the audio element.   …