Cheltenham Western Front Association


Meetings are normally held at The National Star College, Ullenwood Manor, Ullenwood, Cheltenham, GL53 9QU

Jul 10 2018 The Destruction of the 13th Gloucesters, 1918
The 13th Gloucesters were a Pioneer battalion that had been serving on the Western Front since early 1916. On 21 March 1918 they were preparing fortifications behind the lines near Templeux-la-Fosse when the long-expected German 'Kaiserschlacht' attack broke. They were right in its path. Over the course of ten days, as the British Fifth Army pulled back, the Battalion dug scratch fortifications, fought desperate rear guard actions and withdrew over thirty miles, suffering over 300 killed, wounded and missing. After the remnants, stragglers and lightly wounded were collected together for 'Rest', they were sent as part of a ‘Composite’ battalion to Ypres. On 26 April, they were cut off by an early morning German attack in the mist. Just 67 men returned to Battalion HQ. Sam Eedle tells their story.
Sam Eedle
Aug 14 2018 Treading the Duckboards - Military Concert Parties
An established part of military and civilian life, concert parties thrived on active service, creating mirth and music amidst the horrors of war.
Kate Wills
Sep 11 2018 Sir John Monash
A talk on the life of one of Australia's most celebrated military figures
Paul Cobb
Oct 9 2018

Royal Garrison Artillery 1899-1923: Part 1 Port Defence.
A brief history of the Royal Artillery - Why the Royal Artillery, in 1899, split into two Corps, the Royal Field Artillery and the Royal Garrison Artillery.
The impact of:-
Technology on the threats from enemy navies attacking the Royal Navy in Ports.
The 1904-05 Russo-Japanese War.
The British State’s Policy for defending the British Empire’s Ports.
Assets used to defend the British Empire’s Ports.
The German Navy’s raid on Hartlepool on 16 December 1914

Geoff Spring
Nov 13 2018 Are We There Yet? Some thoughts on the Centenary of 1918
In this talk, our President, Professor Peter Simkins, will discuss how far our collective views and interpretations of the Great War have changed during his fifty-six years as a military historian. He will also look at the varied experiences of a small number of middle-ranking commanders in 1918.
Prof. Peter Simkins MBE
Dec 11 2018 Members’ Evening
For our December meeting we draw on the side and varied expertise and knowledge of our Branch members. We will have ten minute presentations on a Great War related subject of their choice.

To The National Star College:

By car:
Via the M4, M5 or other roads shown below (click on map to download a bigger version).
The site entrance is on Ullenwood Manor Road, off Leckhampton Hill. Once on site, follow signs for visitors and disabled parking. Park and follow signs at the rear of the car park for reception.

Star College

By rail:
Cheltenham and Gloucester stations are both about 15 minutes away from Ullenwood, and there are generally taxis available.