Antrim and Down Branch Western Front Association
Antrim and Down BranchWestern Front Association   

2020/21 Programme of talks

We are pleased to announce that over the autumn and winter we shall be holding a series of on-line talks with PRONI and other organisations. The programme is listed below with details of how to register. Events will be posted on here as they are organised.


Wed, 11 November 2020, 20:00 – 21:00 GMT

Nicholas Perry gives a presentation to mark the publication of his biography of Major General Oliver Nugent.

PRONI and the Antrim and Down branch of the Western Front Association are delighted to welcome Nicholas Perry who will give a presentation to mark the publication of his biography of Major General Oliver Nugent.

Oliver Nugent, a landowner and professional soldier from Farren Connell, County Cavan, commanded 36th (Ulster) Division from September 1915 to May 1918 through the battles of the Somme, Messines, Cambrai, and the German offensives of March 1918. This presentation, sub titled ‘Infantry Divisional Command in the British Army in the first half of the twentieth century' will look at Nugent’s family background and the Farren Connell collection in PRONI before expanding on the theme of modernity by using Nugent’s experiences to compare the role of Divisional commanders in the First and Second World Wars.


Nick will look at Nugent's relationship with 'the media' of his day, i.e. newspapers and authors like Conan Doyle and then discuss some of the operational similarities/dissimilarities between 1917-18 and 1944-5, including tactics, casualty rates, manpower problems and command relationships. Nicholas Perry’s biography ‘Major-General Oliver Nugent: the Irishman who led the Ulster Division in the Great War’ was published in the summer of 2020 by the Ulster Historical Foundation. His edition of Nugent’s Frist World War correspondence was published by the Army Record Society in 2007. He is currently undertaking research on the Irish landed class and the British army at the University of Kent.


This event is taking place on Zoom. Sign-up closes 24 hours before the event and an invite will be sent to everyone registered 24 hours before the beginning of the event. Registration is here:




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