For those interested to learn about Bristol Gunners in more detail, and at their own leisure, a book is available on Amazon. The ISBN is 9781493667819. This is a link to the site

More information on Bristol's Great War and the GVA is available on a DVD published by 1st Take at this site.

First World War Centenary Commemoration Events.

Over the next four years we will be commemorating the centenary of the service of Bristol Gunners in the First World War. Events will be held on the 100th anniversary of events of significance to the Bristol Gunners in that war at the same locations as the events originally occurred. If you would like to take part in these commemorations please contact us via the contact page. The events are:

Sunday 29th March 2015 - A church service at the garrison church (Saint Alban the Martyr) at The Royal School of Artillery, Larkhill, Wiltshire, followed by a visit to the docks at Southampton and lunch. On 29th March 1915 the Bristol Gunners embarked for France and begun their overseas service.

Friday 31st July 2015, Arras, France - a visit to the area where the Bristol Gunners fought in the Battle of the Somme followed by dinner in Arras. On July 31st 1915 the Bristol Gunners went into the line at Hebuterne, taking over the line from French Army forces. They were to remain there for twelve months, preparing for and fighting throughout the Battle of the Somme.

September 2016, Somme, France - In 1916, during the height of the Battle of the Somme, Captain Arthur Edward Stone was killed in action. Arthur Stone had been a Bristol Gunner since 1896, he had volunteered for service in the Boer Wars, and was employed as Personal Private Secretary to Sir George White who was a prominent Bristol businessman. Sir George White started the company that became the Bristol Airplane Company. Arthur Stone was the longest serving Bristol Gunner to die in the First World War. The event will be a visit to the principal sites where the Bristol Gunners served in the Battle, followed by dinner at a suitable location.

Friday March 18th, 2017, Peronne, France. On this day 100 years before the Bristol Gunners entered the town of Peronne as they pursued the retreating German army as they withdrew to the Hindenburg Line. We will visit the battlefields and enjoy dinner in the town.

Wednesday 9th August 2017, Ypres, Belgium. On this day in 1917 Major Chester William Todd, DSO, was killed in action leading the Bristol Gunners during the Battle of Passchendaele. Chester Todd was a much loved and respected commander. We will visit the battlefield to the east of Ypres, attend the Last Post ceremony at The Menin Gate, and have dinner in the town afterwards.

Friday June 15th, 2018, Asiago, Italy. The Bristol Gunners played a major part in defeating the Austrian attack in the Asiago plateau during the Battle of the Solstice in 1918. There will be a battlefield tour and dinner in the locality.

April 2019 (date to be decided), BristolC The last draft of Bristol Gunners returned to the city as the british Amy completed its demobilisation. We will meet in a city restaurant and reflect on the events of the First World War over dinner.

The events in Belgium, France, and Italy will all include visits to sites of Bristol Gunner interest, including cemeteries where our comrades were laid to rest, and locations where notable events occurred 100 years before. Travel and accommodation will be by individual arrangement, with the core events being organised by us. Costs will be an individual responsibility. Please contact us if you would like more information.