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.

21-feb-1917-pte-edmund-james-priestley23717 Pte Edmund James Priestley, 2/DoW's W.Riding Regt.

Originally of Earby but latterly residing in Padiham, Lancs, Edmund was 38 years of age when he was posted as ‘missing believed killed'  on 21 February 1917. His body was never recovered and his name is listed on the Thiepval memorial to the missing.

21 February 1917

Research by David O'Mara

18 Feb 1918 Lt Walter GartinLt Walter Gartin, 46th Infantry Regiment

Born at Burney, Decatur County on 22 December 1893, he later moved to Rush County before enrolling at Purdue University. After enlisting into the US Army in 1915, he saw active service in Mexico in 1916 and was recommended for a commission soon after the US declaration of war in 1917 and entered the First Officer's Training Camp at Fort Harrison, Indiana.

Walter was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 46th Infantry in May 1917 and served at Camp Bowie, Texas and Camp Taylor, Kentucky where he died of pneumonia on 18 February 1918. He is buried in Rushville, Indiana.

18 February 1918


Research by David O'Mara

16 February 1918 Cdt Frederick Norman Moore152007 Cdt Frederick Norman Moore, 90th (Canadian) Training Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.

A student of Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Frederick hailed from Quebec. Aged 21 at death, he was killed a mile north of Leaside Camp, Ontario when, after nearing the completion of his aviation training, he lost control of his aircraft at 2,000 feet causing it to spin into the ground. An inquest suggested that there may have been a fault with the aircraft as it had been involved in a number of more minor accidents prior to Frederick's fatal crash. He does not appear to be commemorated by the CWGC, but is listed on the St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour in Quebec City.

16 February 1918

Research by David O'Mara

Postscript from David O'Mara:

After this posting of Cdt Moore's details on Remember on this Day, I gave the casualty details to the 'In From the Cold Project' for submission to the CWGC. The result is that, since 11 March 2012, Frederick is now commemorated by the CWGC, although his grave location is still unknown.

19 February 1918 Pte John William Smith60432 Pte John William Smith, 58 Machine Gun Corps (Inf).

A warp-dresser from Cowling, John enlisted at Keighley into the Northumberland Fusiliers on 10 July 1916. Transferred to the MGC, he arrived in France on 7 November 1916 but, after suffering from gas poisoning, he was back in the UK just over a year later (10 November 1917). Treated at Lilley Lane Military Hospital, Mostyn and the Cheshire Military Hospital in Knutsford, he was transferred in January 1918 to Alma Park Military Hospital, Levenshulme, Manchester where he died of pneumonia on 19 February 1918. He was 20 years of age and is now buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Cowling.

19 February 1918

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15 February 1917 Rmn John William MoorbyR/32193 Rmn John William Moorby, 12th Bn KRRC.

A grocer's assistant from Skipton, John enlisted into the army in August 1916. He had served for just two months in France when he was killed whilst being relieved from front-line duty. Posted missing on 15 February 1917, his remains were never identified and he is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He was 19 years of age.

15 February 1917

Research by David O'Mara

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