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13 August 1915 : Pte Arthur Moore

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Parents James and Lettice Anne née Howarth.  At the 1911 Census Arthur was living at home with with two older brothers and his older sister, her husband and 8 year old son at 58, Baron Terrace, Healey Wood, Burnley. This was a four-roomed dwelling. Arthur was 16 and working as a cotton weaver.  Arthur was also a member of the Burnley Lads Club.…


26 September 1915 : L/Cpl Harold Chapin

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Harold was an American citizen, the son of actress mother Alice. Harold Chapin become regarded as an 'English' actor and playwright. Working extensively as an actor, director and stage manager both in the UK and the USA, he was associated with some of the biggest names of the theatre of the era. At the 1891 he is living in London with his mother.…


British Medical Casualties on the Western Front in the Great War Part 1: Dealing with Wound Related Trauma

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British Medical Casualties on the Western Front in the Great War Part 1: Dealing with Wound Related Trauma by Dr David Payne (This article first appeared in Stand To! 83 August / September 2008 pp. 27 - 32) Introduction When confronted with the onset of the Great War in August 1914, the professional British Regular soldier, and his colleagues in…


Cancelled: 25 April 2020 : AGM and Spring Conference

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This event has been CANCELLED. Read on for the decision taken by the Executive Committee having consulted the Charity Commissions > AGM 25 April 2020     To book place + book optional £15 buffet lunch. Contact Steve Oram : secretary@westernfrontassociation.com    Venue: Headingley Theatre in Conference Centre - opposite main hotel entran…


The Contemptible Little Army, 1914 -1918

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By Alex Saunt   The story of the expansion and development of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) 1914-1918 and how the Contemptible Little Army became a huge, effective machine.   BEF AND THE START The possible conception: In 1904 King Edward, having decided our pretty frosty relationship with France should be improved, went to Paris with the…


Doc ‘Pete’: A Baltimorean with the Royal Fusiliers, 1917-18

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As the US went to war in April 1917 without tanks, aircraft, heavy artillery, or more than a handful of infantry divisions, a legion of its physicians readied themselves for immediate deployment to the Western Front. In a twist of irony, the first US soldiers sent to France and Flanders were armed only with the Hippocratic Oath. This vanguard estab…


Britain's Most Decorated Soldier in the First World War

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There are many categories and definitions of ‘hero’, but the main thread is associated with physical and moral courage, usually envisaged with aggression and typically armed action. This is only part of the story. There have only been three VCs with Bar awarded, and two of those were earned during the First World War and both by Royal Army Medical …


'Waiting for the Wounded' by Sir David Muirhead Bone (1876-1953)

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['War Art' was a regular featured in Stand To! the journal of The Western Front Association between 1993 and 2016. This is No.5 and appeared in Stand To! No.43 April 1985. 69 such reviews were written either by David Cohen, or by David Cohen with his wife Judith Cohen. Members receive Stand To! three times a year and have access to the full digitis…


The Sinking of the RMS Falaba, 28 March 1915.

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The RMS Falaba was sunk by a German submarine on 28 March 1915. This incident, and that of the sinking of the RMS Lusitania some weeks later, nearly brought the USA into the war in 1915. Above: The passenger steamer Falaba, sunk 28 March 1915, with the loss of 104 lives. Many were West African crewmen. Source: State Library of Victoria, Australi…


British Military Nurses and the Great War: a Guide to the Services

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Little has been written about British military nurses during the Great War, and few primary sources have survived, which makes it difficult to piece together even the basic details of the organization and administration of the nursing services during this period. To understand the situation that existed during the war, it is necessary to be familia…