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It`s a new year and time for a New Look. We are moving the old COBWFA Website to a Word Press Blog format. It should be interesting and encourage much more participation with all COBWFA members and readers. Explore all links – there are five pages under the top image then a variety of posts to the right. If you have original material to post just contact us at

Feel free to comment at the bottom of any page page to info COBWFA HQ on anything.

Posted on January 20, 2015 by admin

We are the Central Ontario Branch of the Western Front Association. The purpose of the Western Front Association is to perpetuate the memory, courage and comradeship of those, of both sides, who served their country in France and Flanders (Belgium) during the Great War. The WFA has about 6,000 members worldwide with branches in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and the United States.

Memberships are great gifts  any time – new members should email

You can be part of the John McCrae Statue Project honouring the author of the famous WW1 poem “In Flanders Fields“. More info below

John McCrae Statue Project

McCrae model

Where we meet is Newcastle Village Community Hall (click for map)  is at 20 King Avenue West in Newcastle, Ontario, Canada on the north-west corner of Mill and King Street (Hwy 2). From Toronto, take highway 401 East to Mill Street (exit 440) in Newcastle. The Mill Street exit is just two minutes east of Hwy 35. On Mill Street, drive north about 2 kilometres to King Street (Hwy 2). The meetings are in the Council Chambers, upstairs. Meet and greet 0930 to 1030.

Latest Member Magazine “The MAPLE LEAF”

Members get a semi annual magazine filled with original research and timely news clips.



A lookback at famous artist and illustrator Edward Shenton, who went to France as a soldier in the 28th Infantry Division in 1918. Well worth it. Your web team got a copy!

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The Lost Sketchbooks

Valour Road

Valour Road

A Book by Canadian Author John Nadler

Commemorating 3 VC Winners was published in September

Read More Here

We also feature three other VC winners

Fred Fisher VC

Graham Lyall VC

William Metcalfe VC

Our meeting Sunday 7 Sep featured author Martin Middlebrook. His work was described here by the Ottawa Citizen.

Finding old battlefields  – its really quite simple Old Chap! We retrace the last battle of the Albert Service – brother of Robert Service who gained fame writing about the lore of the Canadian North with Dan McGrew and Lake Labarge. Read on here

Send us a link – what`s happening in your community to remember the Great War for Civilisation ?

WW1 Events and stories

UK Telegraph * Toronto Star * * National Archives * Commonwealth War Graves

Intercepts – (stuff readers send in)

7th Cdn Fd Arty Bde Names * 10th Canadian Fd Arty Bde Names * Canadian Gunner Officers who served


The Entire First Canadian Contingent of 1914

Montreal Mobilisation information 1914

The Battle of The Canal Du Nord

This is for real – the origins of Winnie the Pooh! 

War and the Community – Newsclips of the 54th Battalion CEF

William Cooke reminisces of his time with the 54th Battalion

WW1 Canadians in Syria, Iraq and Iran – Far From the Western Front

How big were the WW1 casualty lists ? – click link for amazing data visualisation

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