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'The Rebuilding of Ypres after the War' a talk given by Mark Connelly


Mark Connelly is Professor of Modern History at the University of Kent and a Director of the Gateways' Project. The author of several books including The Great War: Memory and Ritual a study of East London War Memorials, he is currently researching the rebuilding of Ypres and the impact of a British Community on the city.   The East London Branch…

'The Third Battle of Ypres' with Professor John Derry


Professor John Derry will be giving a presentation on the Third Battle of Ypres. For many people the Third Battle of Ypres is indelibly associated with the conditions in which the campaign ended – many people think that Passchendaele was the only battle that was fought – and the appalling casualties. Only historians remember Plumer’s success at th…

Nature of War


A range of materials for mixed ability classes, for year 7, 8 and 9. Right click to save documents. If you have any resources you wish to share, please let us know! Document Title Focus Format Death of Red Baron Mystery activity  Word FWW Dressing station Medical services information  Word …

10 August 1918 First Lieutenant George L Howard, 53rd Infantry Brigade


First Lieutenant George L Howard was a resident of Brooklyn, New York and a graduate of Yale University, Class of 1905. (1) A longtime member of the 71st New York Infantry, George came up through the ranks and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant prior to his service along the border with Mexico. George returned from border service in September 191…

25 August 1918 : Private Charles William Hoadley


Charles was born on 6 February 1893 in Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania and resided in Bradford, PA.Shortly after the United States declared war on the Germany, Charles crossed the border into nearby New York and enlisted with the 3rd New York Infantry on 29 May 1917. (1) At the time of registration he was living at 14 Allison St, Bradford.  After tr…

10 September 1917 : Sgt Jules Tiberghien


One of the three Tiberghien brothers to die in the Great War, Jules was born on 22 January 1892 and began his military service at Lille with the 43rd RI in 1912. After serving as an infantryman and being wounded in action (gaining the Medaille Militaire and Croix de Guerre in the process), he became attached to the Air Corps. Killed in aerial com…

13 September 1917 : Lance Corporal James Vickery DCM


James was born in Walthamstow on 17 October 1887. He attended Blackhorse Road Boys’ School from 1905 to 1911. James was working for the Post Office in the Whitechapel Road when he enlisted in the 7th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, a kilted regiment. In August 1915, he was sent to France and fought at the Battle of Loos. On 27 September, whilst…

22 November 1917 : Pte Alexander McNab was killed in action on this day


Before the war Alexander worked at West's Mill, Harle Syke but had enlisted into the 3rd East Lancs at Blackburn in 1911 and was in camp at Workington when news of the outbreak of war came through. Immediately mobilised into service, he arrived in France on 26 August 1914 and joined the 1st Bn East Lancs during the retreat from Mons. After serving…

23 November 1917 : Pte Joseph Hoole died on this day


From Preston, Lancashire, Joseph was born in 1892. A pre-war territorial, he had been a weaver in his civilian life and re-enlisted in 1916. In May 1917, Joseph was sent out to France and fought in the 3rd Battle of Ypres and at Cambrai where he was seriously wounded in both legs, right arm and chest. He died of these injuries in a Casualty Clear…

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'Ypres of Trouble. The RFC and the Battle of Passchendaele' by Peter Hart


Peter Hart will give a talk on the Royal Flying Corps at Third Ypres.  We meet at the Royal British Legion Club, Queensway, Petts Wood, Orpington, Kent BR5 1DH at 7.30pm.

'From Crisis to Victory 1918' with Professor John Derry


John Derry will be giving a historical and political overview of 1918.  IMAGE: 2 May 1918 British gunners position an 18-pounder field gun at Saint Floris, during the Battle of Lys.

'1918: The Fourth and Fifth Battles of Ypres' with Sean Godfrey


Sean Godfrey will be giving a presentation on the Fourth and Fifth Battles of Ypres, 1918.   IMAGE: British infantry holding the line of a canal near the village of Merville, 12 April 1918. (C) IWM Q 006612

Passchendaele and the Flanders U-Boats


  There can be no doubt that the Flanders U-boats, the thirty seven small UB and UC vessels based at Bruges and going to and from sea via Ostende and Zeebrugge were important factors in the strategic judgement that led to the Third Battle of Ypres. The fears of the Admiralty that the contribution these boats were making to the overall unrestrict…

I Embarked for France: The War Diaries and letters of an English family in the Great War: Evelyn Ansell, 19th King’s Liverpool Regiment


Reviewed by Linda Parker. Although this narrative of a family’s journey and the mixed fortunes of war is focused on Evelyn Ansell, its first chapter, describing the end of a family holiday in August 1914, introduces his family as the lens through which the Great War is seen. As Meryl Moore comments 'I read these family letters and lived the war ye…

'The Third Ypres - Passchendaele' with Michael LoCicero


Michael LoCicero visits Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire Branch to discuss the Third Battle of Ypres - Passchendaele. This promises to be a very informative and interesting presentation to both members and guests many of whom probably had relatives who fought in the mud around Ypres.   

Battle Lines: Ypres - Nieupoort to Ploegsteert


Authors: Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland ISBN 978 1 84884 783 4 Publisher: Pen and Sword 31 March 2013 240 pages including maps and illustrations When I signed up to provide a book review for the Western Front Association I was curious as to what book I would receive, given the information I had provided on my area of interest. However, when I rec…

A Memoir of the Final Advance 1918


A Memoir of the Final Advance 1918 by Sergeant W G Sweet, 2nd Monmouthshire edited by Barry Johnson (This article first appeared in Stand To! pp13-16 No.30 Winter 1990) Sergeant W G Sweet   The Monmouthshire Regiment of the Territorial Force, sent all three of its first line battalions to the 28th Division in France in 1914-15. The 1st Bn, ra…

'Operation Hush - The 1917 Landing That Never Was' by Clive Harris


Clive Harris will be giving a presentation on the 1917 Landing that never was. Clive has over 20 years experience giving talks and walks on the the battlefields of the First and Second World Wars. He recently completed an MA in Great War Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. Clive Harris has been involved with the Western Front Association f…

Stand To! 1 to 116 Full Contents Listing


Stand To! 1-116 Contents    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 o…

What did you do in the Great War Grandfather? The Life and Times of an Edwardian Horse Artillery Officer.


What did you do in the Great War Grandfather? The Life and Times of AN Edwardian Horse Artillery Officer. Helion, £16.95. 187pp, 187 ills, 4 maps, bibliog., index ISBN 978 1 91217403 4 Charles Barrington Author, Charles Barrington, enjoys the good fortune of being published by Helion, and, consequently, the assurance of quality productio…

Walking Ypres


Walking Ypres Pen & Sword Barnsley 2017 £15.99, 296 pp, pb ills & maps throughout. ISBN: 0-17815-900-3 Paul Reed As the title suggests ‘Walking Ypre’ is standard ‘Battleground Europe’ fare intended for the footslogger rather than the exponent of mobile battlefield visiting. The book offers 14 chapters, each a walk from a designated …

L Cpl John James Clegg, 1/4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regt


244904 L Cpl John James Clegg, 1/4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regt. John Clegg was an employee of Messrs. Grey Ltd at Livingstone Mill, Burnley before the war. A married father of two, he was conscripted into the Army in October 1916 and was sent on active service in January 1917. A participant in the 3rd Battle of Ypres and Cambrai in 1917, he also…

Corporal Henry I Ingersoll, Company K: 15 September 1918


Henry Ingersoll graduated from Erasmus Hall High School and attended Cornell University where he studied civil engineering. After graduating from Cornell in 1916 he employed with the family business. Henry enlisted with the 7th New York Infantry in August 1917. (1) After training at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina with his regiment (now designated …

The Annual General Meeting Address delivered by Mr John Terraine at the AGM on 31 January 1987


[This article first appeared in Stand To ! 20 Summer 1987] pp 7 - 8   First let me say a word of reassurance: it's only a few weeks ago that a number of you will have received a longish burst from me at the National Army Museum on Founder's Day. Don't worry - this time I shan't keep you long. I only want to say two things, really, about ourse…

20 December 1914: 820 Marsouin Simon Chantelot


Simon Chantelot had just begun his compulsory military service with the 6th Colonial Infantry at Lyon at the time of the outbreak of war. Seeing action in the Vosges/Alsace and the Argonne, he was wounded in action near Ypres in mid-December and died in the auxiliary hospital at Mantes-la-Jolie/Yvelines on 20 December 1914. Simon Chantelot is buri…

21 December 1914 : A/Cpl Simon Bennett


After a number of years as a coal miner, Simon Bennett had enlisted into the army in 1904. After spending most of his service in India, Simon returned home and, while still held on the reserve, he became employed as a miner at the Towneley colliery in Burnley. He had just entered the final year of his reserve commitment (and was temporarily workin…

Defending the Ypres Front 1914 – 1918: Trenches, Shelters and Bunkers of the German Army


By Jan Vancoillie & Kristof Blieck Pen & Sword, £25.00 (E–book: £14.40), 294 pp, ills, 34 maps, bibliog., index. ISBN: 978–152–670–746–8 In outline this comprehensive book describes the German structures employed to defend the territory captured around Ypres and makes excellent use of official drawings and maps as well as photographs fro…

109 : June/July 2017 Special Edition


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8 April 1918 325151 Pte Arthur Pickles MM, 2/7th Bn Ryl Warwickshire Regt


From Newchurch-in-Pendle, Lancashire, Arthur was born in 1896. He was conscripted into the army in the spring of 1916 and allocated to the 2/7th Warwicks the following year after being sent to the Western Front in June 1917. After taking part in the 3rd Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Cambrai in 1917, Arthur was heavily involved in the defensive …

13 May 1918: 776147 Trumpeter John Whitaker, D Battery 254th Bde RFA


Born in Paticroft, Cheshire in 1894, John was employed by Lister & Co at Burnside Mill, Addingham, Yorkshire by the time of his enlistment. Enlisting into the local territorial artillery unit - 'The Wharfedale Howitzers' – soon after the outbreak of war, he arrived on the Western Front in early 1916 and served there until his death. John was s…

30 May 1918 : 700786 Dvr. Francis Brunt, B/210 Bty, Royal Field Artillery


Francis enlisted in Blackburn on 28 April 1915. After being held on home service duties, he embarked for France on 3 March 1917 and saw service during the Battle of Arras, the 3rd Battle of Ypres and the German Kaisersschlacht offensive before being seriously wounded in action on 30 May 1918. Francis died of his wounds in 42 Casualty Clearing Sta…

2 June 1917 : 18-903 L/Cpl James McCoubrey, 12th Bn Royal Irish Rifles


James initially enlisted in April 1915 (in Belfast), into the 18th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles. After training in Ireland, he was sent to France in mid-1916 to join the 12th Battalion of the same regiment in Belgium. James stayed in the Ypres - Armentieres area throughout his front-line service (mainly involved in routine trench holding duties).…

Lewes and the Great War February Casualites


February’s Lewes casualties provide a glimpse of the contrasting life experiences and backgrounds of residents of different Lewes streets, amongst whom three men’s very different stories stand out. Private Daniel Todman of the 9th Royal Sussex Regiment, who died of wounds at a field dressing station near Ypres on 18th February 1916, lived with his…

The Great War March Casualities


During the early years of the war, March on the Western Front was a time of preparation for the spring offensives both sides knew would come as soon as the ground had dried out sufficiently to make a successful advance a real possibility. As a result there was only one Lewes casualty in March 1915 and two in 1916. March 1917 brought seven fatalitie…

7 July 1916 : 4675 Pte. William Edward Foster, 12th Bn Manchester Regiment


In February 1908, he had enlisted in his local Territorial artillery battery and had only just completed his service terms in 1914. When war broke out, William enlisted into the Manchester Regiment in Nelson, Lancashire and served with the 12th Battalion on the Western Front as from 16th July 1915. Serving in the southern Ypres Salient for much of…

24 July 1917 : 32230 Pte Albert Hart, 6th Bn Bedfordshire Regt.


Albert enlisted in Hertford. Initially enlisting into the 4th Battalion, he was later transferred to the 1st before finally being transferred once more to the 6th. A seasoned soldier by the time of his death, Albert had served in France from 27 April 1915 and had been wounded at least once. He was killed in action by shellfire whilst manning tren…

Jonathan Vernon BA, MA (Oxon) MA ODE (OU) , MA (WLV).


   Jonathan has degrees in Geography (Oxford), Open and Distance Education (Open University) and British History and the First World War (Birmingham & Wolverhampton) and is a graduate of the School of Communication Arts (London).  He had a career in video & TV production in the UK and France first and then moved to online education in 2…

8 August 1918 : Pvt Edward B Sargent, Company L, 3rd Battalion 105th Infantry Regiment


Shortly after returning from Mexican border service the 71st New York Infantry was recalled to active service when the United States declared war on Germany. After training at Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina with his regiment (now designated 105th Infantry Regiment), Edward shipped out for France aboard the U.S.S. President Grant on 17 May 1918. U…

News from Ypres 25


[This regular item by Dr Dominiek Dendooven, researcher and curator at the In Flanders Fields Museum, detailing recent and forthcoming events around Ypres was first published in the August edition of Bulletin, the in-house member magazine of The Western Front Association. It is sent to members three times a year].    It is the 25th time I have ha…

10 October : ‘Demographic evolution of the population of Ypres, before, during and after the Great War’ with Pieter Trogh (IFFM)


The First World War had a far-reaching impact on the civilian population of and in Ypres. When the city saw the arrival of fighting armies in the autumn of 1914, thousands of refugees had sought refuge within its walls. After the First Battle of Ypres, the city remained in allied hands, but was systematically shelled. From the spring of 1915, the s…

30 January : ‘Reconstructing Flanders' fields after the Great War’ with Dries Claeys


Although the war damage in Belgium was nowhere near the scale of the French 'regions dévastées', the Belgian countryside as well had to be restored. This was particularly the case in Ypres and its surrounding areas. Passchendaele, Messines, Langemarck were only few of the villages that were completely wiped off the map. Refugees and policymakers …

"Ypres: Holy ground of the British Empire" by Professor Mark Connelly


In this talk Professor Mark Connelly looks at the special place that Ypres occupies in British commemoration between 1914-1939. This will include the feelings of the pilgrims, the role of Ypres League and the rise of the Anglo-Belgium community as ex-servicemen IWGC gardeners married local women and started families. So if you would like to learn m…

Hooge Tunnel, Essex Farm (and other) drawings


[Another very interesting article from the recently digitised editions of Gun Fire is one entitled 'Hooge Tunnel, Essex Farm (and other) drawings'. It is reproduced below with the accompanying illustrations. It was originally published in edition 53 which would probably have been produced in the early 2000s. The text has had to be edited to make se…