The Western Front Association Spring Conference and AGM was held at the Fleet Air Arm museum at Yeovilton in May.
- Andrew Lambert gave a masterclass on the significance of Jutland as the battle that won the war.
- Simon Jones explained how the training area at Salisbury Plain expanded throughout the war and was used to rehearse the continually evolving tactics of attack.
- Richard Van Emden gave a talk based on his previously unseen photos and letters from the Somme in 1916.
All of these talks will feature as articles in forthcoming Western Front Association publications.
In the Chairman's report for the previous year, Bob Paterson gave an overview of progress made and issues to be addressed.
The eSurvey carried out had provided positive feedback on the work of the Western Front Association.
We have had a turnover of Trustees and three posts will shortly be advertised (one a new role related to fund raising).
In terms of time and money we have sometimes got involved in projects that gave little benefit to the Western Front Association and we will review costs/benefits of all future projects.
There have been many successes in the last year:
- Renovation of the Butte is nearly completed.
There have again been a series of successful Conferences including:
- an event at Brasenose College
- a joint Conference with the Gallipli Association
- the Cenotaph ceremony continues to grow
- The Bumper edition of 'Stand To!' was well received
- We have a partnership with Helion Press in a prestigious awards scheme for academic writing.
- Branded goods is up and runnin
There is still work to be done.
We will continue to improve the website, set up a new eShop, and complete the PRC tender negotiations.
Several 'Heroes of the Western Front Association' awards were made.
- David Cohen was a former Vice Chairman and Chairman and has been a regular contributor to 'Stand To!' for over 20 years.
- Ann Clayton was a previous editor of 'Stand To!' and organised the sale of Western Front Association Christmas cards for many years.
- Martin Willoughby has been Chairman of Wessex Branch since 2006 and has been very active in forging links with schools and museums.
- John Underhill has provided free transport and storage for the Medal Index Cards.