The Abandoned St Quentin  Memorial to the Missing

The Abandoned St Quentin Memorial to the Missing

In 1926, the French government raised serious concern at the number of free-standing memorials being proposed by the Imp…

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Don’t forget the ‘War Donkey’

Don’t forget the ‘War Donkey’

There are many books, dramas and films that have brought different aspects of the Great War to the fore over the years, …

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The Shot At Dawn Memorial

The Shot At Dawn Memorial

In May 2001 HRH the Duchess of Kent officially opened the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas, Staffordshire, after a…

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From the Archives: Lost and found in France

From the Archives: Lost and found in France

This is a story of two great French artefacts – one lost and one found. In an edition of the WFA Bulletin of October 19…

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Memories of the child of an Imperial War Graves Gardener

Memories of the child of an Imperial War Graves Gardener

In November 1999, a WFA member called Frank Burns of Scruton, Yorkshire, was invited to address a local branch of Probus…

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Commercialism the new  enemy of the Salient (The Times 1919)

Commercialism the new enemy of the Salient (The Times 1919)

How many of us have paused to ponder the incongruity of our comfort break in the Grand Place at Ypres? How fine, or blur…

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Captain Prideaux and his  Box Brownie at Ploegsteert

Captain Prideaux and his Box Brownie at Ploegsteert

Photography had already established itself as a popular hobby by the time of the Great War, and ‘The Brownie’ series had…

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Luke Leadbeater - remembered by the fiancée he never married 100 years on

Luke Leadbeater - remembered by the fiancée he never married 100 years on

On 22 November 1917, there occurred in Belgium the death of Private Luke Leadbeater. A single man, it would normally hav…

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Remember On This Day

Remember On This Day

Those who served and died during the First World War remembered.

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Kanturk - the Great War Pension Records of a small town

Kanturk - the Great War Pension Records of a small town

Thanks to the efforts of the Western Front Association, the pension records of over six million surviving soldiers were …

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Capt The Hon Neil Primrose: son of a Prime Minister

Capt The Hon Neil Primrose: son of a Prime Minister

When asked if the sacrifice in the First World War was shared equally between the highest in society and the lowliest, i…

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Death of a spy: Charles Simon

Death of a spy: Charles Simon

‘Project Hometown’ has brought to light many fascinating, tragic and sometimes uncomfortable stories. However, one of th…

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