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The First to Fall: Britain's first casualties of war

The First to Fall: Britain's first casualties of war

With the centenary of the start of the First World War now being commemorated, it is appropriate to look at the first British fatalities of this conflict. This is a matter of some debate, as questions arise as to whether military and naval deaths imm...

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The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

The Halifax Explosion - December 1917

Not all fatalities that occurred in the First World War were as a direct result of enemy action. There are many examples of incidents and accidents throughout the Great War that resulted in injury, loss of life or damage to property. Perhaps the most...



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Harry Sherwood Ranken VC

Harry Sherwood Ranken VC

Captain Harry Ranken will be the first Glasgow-born VC winner from the Great War to have a commemorative paving stone erected to his memory in the Scottish city this September (2014). It was an award that he thoroughly deserved but sadly led to his d...

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The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

The July crisis, 1914 - what went wrong – 19 steps to disaster

Recent British television programmes gave us the views of leading historians on where the blame for the Great War lay and, in particular, whether Britain should have joined in or could have avoided it. We have also been treated to a dramatic account ...

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24 September 1917 Pte Tom Waters

24 September 1917 Pte Tom Waters

29053 Pte Tom Waters, 7th Bn East Lancashire Regt.

Bprn in Hartlington, Yorkshire in 1895, Tom had lived in Colne, Lancashire for a number of years where he lived and worked at Edge End Farm. He was called into service in July 1916 and sent to the Wes...

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Vice Chairman's report, August 2014: a tribute to those who volunteered their time and energy to the WFA's commemorative events

Vice Chairman's report, August 2014: a tribute to those who volunteered their time and energy to the WFA's commemorative events

The official WFA National Commemoration events of August 2014 started with a concept developed by WFA Vice President, Lt Col (rtd) Graham Parker. The main aim was a series of related events to commemorate the successful deployment of the BEF and the ...

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Thursday, 24 September 1914

Thursday, 24 September 1914

Germans mined Langeland Belt on report that British warships had passed Great Belt.

Z IX raided Ostend.

Germans occupied Péronne.

Z IV raided Bialystok.

German raid on Belgian post in Lake Kiwu (Rwanda).

Adm Pater (FHMS Australia) occupied Friedrich Wilh...

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What is The Western Front Association?

newlogo50hThe Western Front Association (WFA) was formed with the aim of furthering interest in The Great War of 1914-1918. We also aim to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of all those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during The Great War.

Established in 1980 by noted military historian John Giles, the WFA has grown over the years to some 6,000 members worldwide. Please see the Branches Information section for details of your nearest WFA branch.

Through the work of the Association we do not seek to justify or glorify war. We are not a re-enactment society, nor are we commercially motivated. We are entirely non-political. The object of the Association is to educate the public in the history of The Great War with particular reference to the Western Front.

Applications for membership are warmly welcomed from anyone of a like mind.

If you would like to learn more, please look through our website. If there is any information on joining you cannot find here, please contact the Membership Office.

The Western Front Association is a Registered Charity No. 298365

Great War Video

German footage of the Great War

Rarely seen footage of the First World War, 1914-1918, from a German perspective. See all three videos in this collection.

Streamed courtesy of YouTube

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The WFA's Annual Service of Remembrance at the London Cenotaph 11 November 2014

Attendance at the London Cenotaph and in the Guards Chapel is open to all Western Front As...

 

Volunteer required to help with WFA branded merchandise

In his recent report, the WFA's Chairman was delighted to announce that the sale of WFA br...

 

Contract for the digitisation of the WFA's Pension Record Cards and Ledgers

The WFA invites expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals and businesses...

 

Remember Aisne 1914

The Conseil General's Office for the Aisne in association with the Caverne du Dragon Museu...

 

WFA Worcestershire and Herefordshire Conference: 1914 one hundred years on - 18 Oct 2014

Programme: 10.30 Doors open 11.00 Peter Hart: Life in the Trenches, November and De...

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