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Renowned war studies expert to lay wreath at the Cenotaph


A renowned war studies expert at the University of Wolverhampton will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Day as part of a new role at a national body.

Professor Gary Sheffield has become President of the Western Front Association (WFA), the largest body concerned with studying and commemorating the First World War.

Professor Sheffield will lay a wreath at the Cenotaph in Whitehall as part of the national commemorations organised by the WFA on Monday, 11 November 2019. The event will be attended by senior members of the military and politicians.

Professor Sheffield, who holds the Chair of War Studies at the University, said: “I am delighted  and honoured to have become President of the Western Front Association. It further strengthens the links between the University of Wolverhampton and the WFA. My predecessor as President, Peter Simkins, is an Honorary Professor here, and the WFA sponsors a lecture series held at the University.”


In his role as President of the WFA, Professor Sheffield recently presented the keynote speech at the island of Ireland conference in Dublin, which brought together the three branches of the WFA from the Republic and Northern Ireland.

The WFA has numerous branches around the country and 6,000 members. It was formed in 1980 to maintain interest in the period 1914-1918 and to continue the memory, courage and comradeship of those on all sides who served their countries in France and Flanders and their own countries during the Great War. For more details, visit:

On Wednesday, 13 November 2019, a leading Australian historian, Professor Peter Stanley, will visit the University to give the first in a new series of lectures sponsored by the WFA. His topic is 'Soldiers of the Empire’: international, intercultural encounters in the Great War, then and now’. Peter Stanley looks at the ways the Great War opened up connections between parts of the British Empire and its peoples, suggesting how the war created connections - ironically, connections which time obscured as national identities and sentiments also stimulated by the Great War came to dominate the way we think about it. All are welcome to attend the lecture: 13 November, 5.30-7.00pm in MC001, Millennium Building, City campus.

For more information about studying war studies at the University, visit: or visit the next Open Day on Saturday, 16 November 2019:

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Date Issued: Thursday, 07 November 2019

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