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Dear Chocolate Soldier : local theatre bringing stories of the First World War to life


  The play Dear Chocolate Soldier is a based on the letters of Edwin Hassall, who served on the Western Front between 1914 to 1918.   During the Great War people in Britain often sent parcels to the troops in France.   In 1916,  six year old Joan Burbidge sent some chocolate out to France. Wanting to make sure that the troops knew who had s…

Postponed : 'Royal Garrison Artillery 1913 -1924, Part 3, Field Army Support' with Geoff Spring


Geoff makes a welcome return to the Branch to present Part 3 of The Royal Garrison Artillery. Geoff's presentations always prove to be informative and enlightening   

Military Factsheets republished


Between 1983 and 2003 a series of sixteen 'Military Factsheets' were produced by The Western Front Association. These have been long out of print and have become very difficult to obtain. Despite the passage of time these factsheets remain extremely useful to anyone seeking a deeper understanding of aspects of the Great War.  Using digital techno…

Military Factsheet Number 7 : Unit Organisation: Royal Horse Artillery, Royal Field Artillery, Royal Garrison Artillery


The Western Front Association has recently re-published a total of sixteen 'Military Factsheets' originally issued in the 1980s and 1990s. These are available to members via the 'member login' area of the WFA web site.  These sixteen are as follows: 1: The Regular Army 1914 (by Col Terry Cave) 2: The Cavalry 1914 (by Col Terry Cave) 3: Cemete…

Gunner Mustill and the hair dressing salon at Arras


Although the Great War is now more than 100 years ago, sometimes signs of the conflict can be observed in unexpected ways. In Arras, on the Rue due Temple, stands a house which is not particularly different from others. However, on closer inspection there can be seen some graffiti which reads '1st DCLI' and 'Hair Cutting Salon'. The brickwo…

Howitzers, wounds and a pension


“The war of 1914-18 was an artillery war: artillery was the battle winner, artillery was what caused the greatest loss of life, the most dreadful wounds, and the deepest fear.”        John Terraine,   White Heat – The New Warfare 1914-18 This is the story of 374104 Sgt. John Danton Mayhew, M.M., 163 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery In 201…

Courage and devotion to duty: 62357 Sgt. Ernest Bashford, 199 Siege Battery


Family history research revealed at least five relatives who served in the Royal Garrison Artillery in the Great War, and an episode recorded in Ernest Bashford’s military papers deserved further investigation.  Great Uncle Ernest was the son of Edward and Sophia Bashford, one of a family of ten, born at Bayham Abbey, Kent in 1880.  His normal occu…

Using the Red Cross Records as a Resource For Researching British Prisoners of War/George Henry Archer - The Story Behind a Postcard


Unfortunately Roger Penny will not be able to give his talk on the Battle of the Marne from the French perspective as previously advertised. Instead John Beech will be giving a talk on Prisoners of the First World War - Using The International Committee of the Red Cross Records as a Resource   Chris Preston will be giving a short talk on Georg…

'A Nuclear Scientist's War ' by Terry Dean


Following a career in local government Terry pursued his interest in WW1 history, joined the Western Front Association, and became a volunteer at the Lancashire Infantry Museum in Preston. Terry's talk tells the story of a student who carried out research on radioactivity from 1909 to 1914 before joining the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1915 and …