The Western Front

The Life and Death of a British Officer

Captain Oswald Eric Wreford Brown


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This website initially began life as a secondary school history project to explore the ways in which technology could be applied to open up an otherwise fragile archive to learners.

The full archive is available as a .PDF download  HERE.


The full archive is available as a PowerPoint download  HERE.


Both are large files and a fast broadband connection is recommended.


A Powerpoint introduction to Eric's life can be downloaded HERE.


A transcript of the letters in Word format can be downloaded HERE.


You can find out about Eric's brother Claude at

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Any mistakes are mine alone.

Jim Fanning


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