Cheltenham Western Front Association


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

Mar 13 2018 Commemorative Art Medals of the First World War
This light-hearted talk looks at the fascinating history of rare cast-metal Great War commemorative medals, privately produced in Germany, Austria, Hungary and France. These are very different to military medals and some, such as the Lusitania Medal, became famous in their own right.
Mike Cerrino
Apr 10 2018 British Official Film and Photography on the Western Front
A slideshow of the work of the official cameramen and some of their famous images.
Prof Stephen Badsey
May 8 2018 Malta in the Great War
Malta is usually associated with the Second World War (as 'The George Cross Island') but there are many strands to her role in the Great War, ranging from the Gallipoli and Salonika campaigns through naval, aeronautical and civilian aspects to present day memorials. Bill's fully illustrated talk will shed light on some fascinating stories from that period.
Bill Fulton
Jun 12 2018 War is the only school of the surgeon - Medical developments during the Great War
The First World War was a great learning curve for medical care of the wounded soldier. This talk will examine the various improvements that took place as the war progressed.
Pete Starling
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 TBC TBC
Oct 9 2018 Prime Ministers at the Front
The story of Winston Churchill's Great War service in the trenches is well known: less so is that of three others who went on to become Britain's Prime Minister. In his talk Graham takes a look at their individual war service.
Graham Adams
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.