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The Western Front Association rembers soldiers who served and died, from the Allies and Central Powers, during the First World War.

 

There will usually be a picture, though not always. There is a short personal biography: when and where they were born and what they did before the war, followed by their enlistment, training, and service.

 

All WW1 forces, all sides, on all fronts, east to west remembered as individual soldiers, nurses, labourers and others on the home front, their lives, service, their loss, burial and commemoration. 

 

Some can be more detailed than others. Included will be their final action or cause of death and their final resting place. 

 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

Readers are invited to add their comments and to submit ideas for people to feature.

 Photograph of Frenchman Louis Vareilles killed in action April 1916
 Sdt 2 Cl Louis dit Vareilles

 

1201 Sdt.2.Cl. Louis Amans Jean dit Vareilles, 122e Régiment d’Infanterie

 

Louis was born at Espeyrac, Aveyron on 13 October 1884; he was a farmer.

Louis had completed his compulsory military service in 1907 and was, therefore, an active army reservist upon the outbreak of war.

Recalled into service at Rodez on 3 August 1914, he saw his first action at Bisping, Moselle, during the Battle of Lorraine on 18 August 1914 where his regiment suffered nearly 50% casualties before continuing fighting in Alsace and on the Wöevre front.

By the end of 1914, Louis was serving in Flanders and took part in the final weeks of the 1st Battle of Ypres before trench holding in the southern Ypres Salient into the New Year.

For much of 1915, Louis was on the Champagne front and from September through until December, was engaged in action during the 2nd Battle of Champagne in the areas of Perthès and Côte 193.

The beginning of 1916 saw a slight move to the area of the Chemin des Dames and trench holding in the vicinity of Soupir and Mont-Sapin.

Louis was killed in action in the frontline above Soupir on 25 April 1916.

His grave location is unrecorded.

25 April 1916 killed in action.

 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

A diary account of this day, 25 April 1916,  during The First World War is provided in 'The Times Diary and Index of the Great War’.

 

Reference:

Livre d’Or de L’Aveyron (2 Vols) Pub. 1922

Tableau d’Honneur – Morts pour La France Pub. Paris 1921

Sepultures de Guerre (www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr)

Morts Pour La France de la Première Guerre Mondiale (fiches des soldats MPF) ( www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr )

Journaux des marches et opérations des unités engagées dans la Première Guerre mondiale ( www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr )

Aveyron Archives ( http://archives.aveyron.fr )

Les Armées françaises dans la Grande Guerre. Tome II. Pub. Paris 1931

24 April 1917 Pte Edward HarwoodGS/51615 Pte Edward Harwood, 13th Bn Royal Fusiliers.

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1887, Edward was living at 25,Coultate Street in Burnley at the time of his enlistment. Originally enlisting in the East Lancashire Regiment (as 27798), he was transferred to the 13th Bn Royal Fusiliers immediately prior to being sent on active service. Edward was killed in action near Gavrelle during the Battle of Arras. He is buried in Chili Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle.

24 April 1917

Research by David O'Mara

 

Pte  Frederick James Houghton killed in action age 19 near Kut. Persia

 Pte Frederick Houghton

 

S/9985 Pte., 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders

 

Frederick was born in 1897. He was a weaver from Burnley, Lancashire.

He finally enlisted successfully into the Seaforth Highlanders in Burnley in 1915 after six previous attempts.

In April 1916 he was sent as part of a draft bound for the 1st Battalion, in Mesopotamia.

On 22 April 1916, having only been ‘in theatre’ for about a fortnight, he was posted as ‘missing in action’ during the ill-fated third attack on Sannaiyat (one of the attempts to relieve the besieged garrison at Kut).

Having no known grave, Frederick is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

22 April 1916 killed in action.

 

'Remember: On This Day' is researched by David O'Mara.

 

Others who died on this day, and are remembered by The Western Front Association include:

Pte Frederick Houghton

Jaeger Josef Anton Haemmerle

A diary account of this day during The First World War, 22 April 1916, is provided in 'The Times Diary and Index of the Great War’.

 

References:

Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:

Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association.

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls; Class: WO 329

The Burnley Express 19th August 1916 & 20th January 1917

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921

Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920

20 April 1916 Pte John LangS/9830 Pte John Lang, 1st Bn Seaforth Highlanders

Born in Preston, Lancashire in 1892, John had been living in Earby, Yorkshire since 1912, where he was employed as a weaver. Already serving as a territorial (6th West Riding Regt) at the outbreak of war, he deserted whilst still in the UK in early 1915, but enlisted into the Royal Field Artillery whilst away from his regiment!

After rejoining his regiment, he was transferred to the Seaforths and served overseas as from January 1916.

John was killed in action in Mesopotamia on 20 April 1916 and is now commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

20 April 1916 killed in action

Research by David O'Mara

 A ww1 photograph of Belgian soldier Luit Charles van Eleghem who shot himself
 Luit Charles Fernand Sylvain van Eleghem

 

15385 Luit. Charles Fernand Sylvain van Eleghem, 2e bataillon de carabiniers-cyclistes

 

Born in Charles was born in Molenbeek – St.Jean, Brussels on 1 November 1885,

Charles was living in Brussels when he began his military service in 1905.

By 1914, Charles was serving as an officer of the reserve when he was mobilised into service on 1st August 1914 and possibly saw some action during the Battle of Halen.

In January 1915 , Charles was serving on the Yser Front with the 2nd company of the newly formed 2e bataillon de carabiniers-cyclistes and would remain on this front throughout the year and into the next.

On 23 April 1916, whilst located at Grand Fort Phillippe, Pas-de-Calais, a much troubled Charles committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with his own revolver.

His grave location is unrecorded.

23 April 1916 killed himself.

 

'Remember: On this Day' is researched by David O'Mara.

 

A diary account of this day during The First World War, 23 April 1916, is provided in 'The Times Diary and Index of the Great War’.

 

References:

Geschiedenis der Regimenten: Zwarte Duivels (Karabiniers-Wielrijders)

(www.tenboome.webruimtehosting.net/guldenboek/Guldenboekprojecttotaal/regimenten/zwarteduivels.htm)

Belgian War Dead Register : ( http://www.wardeadregister.be/de/belgian-war-dead-datenbank )

Belgian War Graves (CD-ROM) : Patrick de Wolf

 Photograph of Louis Cloosstermans Belgian soldier of WW1
 Sdt. 2. Kl. Louis Cloostermans

 

113/27630 Sdt.2.Kl. Louis Cloosstermans, 13 Linieregiment

 

Born at Scherpenheuvel, Flemish Brabant, on 21 June 1896, Louis was still living in his town of birth at the time of the German invasion in August 1914.

After escaping to France as a refugee, he volunteered for service in the Belgian Army for the duration of the war in early 1915 and served on the Yser Front (specifically Nieupoort, Drie Grachten, Ramskapelle and Dixmude) with the 13e Linieregiment from later that year.

On 21 April 1916, whilst serving near Dixmude, Louis was shot in the stomach and evacuated to a dressing station at Kaaskerkee where he died of wounds.

He is buried in the Belgian Military Cemetery at Adinkerke.

 

21 April 1916 shot, seriously wounded and died.

 

References:

Geschiedenis der Regimenten: 13e Linieregiment. ( http://www.tenboome.webruimtehosting.net/guldenboek/Guldenboekprojecttotaal/regimenten/13lin.htm )

Belgian War Dead Register : ( http://www.wardeadregister.be/de/belgian-war-dead-datenbank )

Belgian War Graves (CD-ROM) : Patrick de Wolf

 Pte of East Lancashire Regiment killed in Kut
 Pte Dennis Byrne

5179 Pte.Dennis Cyril Byrne, 6th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

A labourer in a pipe-works in his civilian life, Dennis was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1894.

He enlisted into the 3rd Battalion, East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley in October 1914 and, after training was allocated to the 1st Battalion.

Arriving on the Western Front on 25 October 1915, he joined his battalion at Hedauville, Somme and was soon in the frontline near Mesnil.

Wounded in the arm and leg soon after arrival, Dennis was evacuated to the UK for treatment and ,after being discharged from hospital in Liverpool in early 1916, was transferred to the 6th Battalion following a period of recuperation.

Sent to his new battalion in Mesopotamia, Dennis was killed in action during operations around Kut on 19 April 1916.

His grave later lost, he is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

19 April 1916 killed in action.

'Remember: On This Day' researched by David O'Mara.

A diary account of 19 April 1916 during The First World War is provided in 'The Times Diary and Index of the Great War’.

References:

Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:

Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association.

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls; Class: WO 329

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries; Class: WO 95

The History of the East Lancashire Regiment in the Great War- Maj.Gen Nicholson (ed) Pub. 1935

The Burnley Express 17th June 1916

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921

Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920

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