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'Egypt & Palestine three battles in Gaza ( concentrating on Welsh Battalions)' by Stuart Hadaway


  Stuart Hadaway will be talking about the roles Welsh Battalions played in Egypt & Palestine and three battles in Gaza.    IMAGE: Group photo of Royal Engineers in Egypt/Palestine. Welsh Voices of the Great War.   

Our March 2017 Newsletter


  Welcome to the March Newsletter.  Those of you able to come to our meetings will, I am sure, agree with me that we have already had a diverse and fascinating selection of talks so far this year.  Many thanks to Nigel and Norman for their hard work in arranging this for us.  The topical picture this month is of HMS Hardy an  Acasta-class destro…

'No Parades' – A song for the end of the World War I


Members of The Western Front Association might be interested in a new song, commissioned by 'Away from the Western Front', a charity which is looking at the First World War outside Western Europe – in Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Macedonia, Libya, Tanzania and many other countries. The song is called ‘No Parades’.   It is in the style of a so…

2 January 1918 : Spr William Balderstone


William was born in Skipton in 1883 to William and Susan Balderstone. A general labourer like his father before the war, William married to Mary Ann Jones in 1907.  Four years later they adopted a son, George who was 4 years old when his father enlisted. (DOB 7 May 1910) William died, aged 35, of dysentery whilst serving in Egypt. He is now burie…

Blood on the Sand - the Action at Qatia, 23rd April 1916 by Stuart Hadaway


A detailed look at the small but important action in the Sinai Desert 23rd April 1916, when a single British cavalry brigade stunted a major Ottoman attack on the crucial Suez Canal, albeit at horrendous cost to themselves. On this day, an Ottoman force intent on attacking the Suez Canal (what Kaiser Wilhelm called the 'jugular vein of the British …

10 June 1916 : Pte John Joseph Robinson, 2nd Bn Wellington Regiment, NZEF.


John grew up at Oakworth, Yorkshire, where he lived and worked on his father's farm. After emigrating to Aukland, New Zealand in about 1913, he lived at Napier and enlisted into the Wellington Regiment in early 1915. After his training, John embarked for overseas service on board the Willochra on 13 November 1915 bound for Egypt, and then on to th…

24 June 1917: Capt. William Parkinson Holt, Army Service Corps (attch’d 29 Squadron. Royal Flying Corps)


William Holt was born in 1893 in Burnley, Lancashire. After moving to Didsbury with his parents he spent the years leading up to the outbreak of war as an apprentice at the Calico Printer’s Association in Manchester. William Holt enlisted as a private into the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry in August 1914. Within days of enlistment, on the 14th…

1 July 1916 : Lieut Charles Stonehouse, W Coy 11th Bn East Lancs Regt.


A keen sportsman, he played amateur football for Blackburn Crosshill FC and also represented his town at hockey. Charles enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment in Accrington on 17 September 1914 as a private and was issued with the regimental number 15360. Not long after enlistment, he was promoted to Lance Corporal before being recommended for…

20 July 1916 : 1797 Pte. Alexander McGregor McKenzie, 32 nd Bn.AIF


He was a farmer. He enlisted at Keswick, South Australia on 7 May 1915 and embarked on overseas service from Adelaide on 23 June 1915. After serving at Gallipoli with the 27th Bn AIF from September 1915, Alexander moved to Egypt. After a period of illness, he transferred to the 32nd Battalion and moved to France, arriving at Marseilles on 23 Jun…