WHO ARE WE?
The Western Front Association (WFA) aims to:
- Further interest in The Great War of 1914-1918
- 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.
The London Branch is part of the world wide WFA branch network that focusses on carrying out the aims of the organisation at a local level.
Through the work of the WFA 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.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We hold branch meetings on the first Thursday of every month (except January) in a friendly and social setting at which we hear talks covering a variety of topics always connected to The Great War. The aim of which is for us all to have an opportunity to share and learn more about our common interest.
We also have an opportunity before and after the meetings to catch up with other branch members on the many activities, research and travels having been undertaken. Our branch members include published military historians and those with a more general interest in The Great War.
All members of the Western Front Association are welcome and we also actively encourage other non-members to come along in the hope that they gain something from the meetings and then seek to become members of The Western Front Association themselves. Please visit http://www.westernfrontassociation.com for more information about joining and the benefits of becoming a member.
We also organise an annual free-to-attend public service of remembrance held at Victoria Train Station at 8pm on the 10th November to remember when the Unknown Warrior arrived by train and the coffin kept overnight. The next day the coffin, with full ceremony, was transported and escorted to Westminster Abbey. There the Unknown Warrior remains at rest to this day.
We are always open to new ideas from branch members for new ways to expand our methods of carrying out our charitable purpose and aims.
THE GREAT WAR CENTENARY
2014 – 2019 is a very important time for us with the Centenary of The Great War and both as a branch and the wider Western Front Association are looking forward to many ways to ensure continued awareness, education and acts of remembrance are undertaken to ensure a lasting legacy for the future can be achieved. It is of utmost importance that there is continued learning to ensure that all those that were both involved and affected by The Great War continue to be remembered long after the current high levels of media coverage have eased.
WHAT DOES IT COST?
The branch meetings do involve costs to cover venue hire and other running costs and we suggest that those in attendance donate a small sum of £5 if they wish to. The branch runs as a not for profit registered charity and any surplus raised at each meeting goes back into our funds to continue our work.
We receive no other funding or grants for the running of our branch.
You can search for our Charity Commission entry by visiting here and search for our charity number or charity name 1076575 – WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION LONDON BRANCH for more information should wish to.
London Branch Presidents:
London Branch Vice Presidents:
London Branch Committee:
Neil Bright – Chairman
Marietta Crichton-Stuart – Committee member
Craig Humphries – Treasurer
All committee members undertake their duties on a purely voluntary unpaid basis.