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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.

9 March 1918 Spr James Arthur Anderson706599 Spr James Arthur Anderson, 10th Bn Canadian Railway Troops.

Born at Fairbanks Township, Sullivan County, USA on 21 January 1897, James enlisted into the US Regular Army at Terre Haute, Indiana in early 1914 but he left within a year to move to Canada (reasons unknown) and, by the end of 1915, he was working as a general labourer in Victoria, British Columbia.

James enlisted into the Canadian Army at Victoria on 8 January 1916 (oddly, on his attestation papers, James makes no mention of any previous military service) and, following his training, he was sent overseas in August 1916 where served on the Western Front (mainly on the Belgian coast and behind the Ypres Salient) from mid-1917.

James was sent to the UK after falling ill in early 1918, where he died of nephritis at the Canadian General Hospital Nr 16 at Orpington, Kent on 9 March 1918. He is now buried in the (military) extension to All Saints Churchyard at Orpington.

9 March 1918 died of nephritis. 

Research by David O'Mara. 

 A W Joyner

18195 Pte Albert William Joyner 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

Born and resident of Havington, Worcestershire, enlisted Worcester.

Private Albert Joyner was a member of the church choir and the son of William and Mary Joyner who lived in Village Street, Harvington (1901 census).

He volunteered as soon as the war broke out leaving Harvington on the 2nd September 1914. He joined the 2nd Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, which became part of 5th Brigade 2nd Division.

The battalion itself had left England on the 12th August, only eight days after war had been declared, and took part in the fighting throughout the autumn and winter of 1914/1915.

Albert Joyner arrived in France on the 18th February 1915, and by early March the battalion was billeted in the village of Annequin about 20 miles north of Arras alternating in the front line at Cuinchy about 60 miles south-east of Calais with the 2nd Battalion Highland Light Infantry in what had now become static trench warfare with frequent artillery and sniper fire an ever present danger even on what were supposedly quiet days.

The Evesham Standard reported that he had been shot through the head and died almost instantly on the 8th March 1915. However, his name is recorded at Le Touret Military memorial on the D171 Bethune to Armentieres road in the Pas de Calais along with over 13000 others who have no known grave. There was a memorial service at Harvington for him on 21st March 1915. He was aged 20.

Albert Joyner is commermorated on Le Touret Memorial, France, Panel 17 and 18. and the Memorial at Havington St James the Great Churchyard.

8 March 1915 killed in action 

Research by Sandra Taylor

Western Front Association member of the Worcestershire & Herefordshire Branch.

Researcher and Administrator : Remember the Fallen.

7 March 1917 Sgt William Boden15177 A/Sgt William Boden, 3rd Bn East Lancashire Regt.

A member of the corporation tramways office staff from Burnley, Lancs (residing on Tennis Street in that town at the time of his enlistment), William was one of the early enlistees into the ‘Burnley Pals' (Z) Company of the 11th Bn East Lancs (‘Accrington Pals') in September 1914. With them, he served, after training, in Egypt and then in France - where he was wounded by shrapnel on 1 July 1916 in front of Serre.

Returning to the UK for treatment, William spent several months in hospital in St Albans when, after a spell of home-leave, he presented himself back for service with the 3rd (Reserve) Battalion, East Lancs at the Plymouth depot.

Whilst at the depot, William contracted pneumonia and died of this in hospital in Plymouth. He was buried with full military honours at the Wesleyan Burial Ground at Worsthorne near Burnley soon afterwards (please note that this churchyard is listed by the CWGC as ‘Worsthorne Methodist Chapelyard').

7 March 1917 died of pneumonia

Research by David O'Mara

6_march_1917_12510_sgt_thomas_ingham12510 Sgt Thomas Ingham, 2nd Bn East Lancs Regt.

An August 1914 enlistee, Thomas was born in Burnley, but was living at Hill Street, Padiham at the time of his enlistment in Nelson. He disembarked in France in January 1915 and took part in several actions including the Battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, the Loos diversionary action at Bois Grenier (after which he spent some considerable time in this same sector), the German attack at Vimy Ridge and the Somme offensive before being killed in action in ‘Pallas' Trench whilst awaiting relief following the attack in that location. Thomas is now buried in Hem Farm Military Cemetery at Hem-Monacu.

6 March 1917

Research by David O'Mara

8 March 1917 Pte Frank Myers26695 Pte Frank Myers, 11th Bn East Lancs Regt.

From Turkey Street, Accrington, Frank was a clerk at the Accrington Tramway Office.

Called up to service in March 1916, he was trained with the 10th (Reserve) Battalion, East Lancs at Wareham before being transferred to the 11th Battalion for active service in France in late 1916. Frank had only been at the front (Puisieux sector) for a matter of weeks when, on the night of 7/8 March 1917, he was part of a 20-man patrol (under the command of 2/Lt Wild) tasked with reconnoitering a German machine-gun emplacement and ‘Buquoy Trench'. Three men, along with 2/Lt Wild failed to return, all being posted as ‘missing'. of which Frank was one.

He was later reported as having been found and buried by soldiers of another unit, but his grave was lost. Frank is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing. He was 32 years of age.

8 March 1917 killed in action. 

Research by David O'Mara.

7 March 1917 Pte Peter Wilson12118 Pte Peter Wilson, 6th Bn East Lancashire Regt.

Born in Darwen, Lancashire in 1891, Peter was living in Barnoldswick at the time of the outbreak of war, where he was a keen amateur footballer.

He enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley, Lancashire in August 1914 and joined the 6th Battalion in Gallipoli on 1 August 1915. Within days of his arrival at Gallipoli, Peter was wounded in action (possibly at Russell's Top) and sent to hospital in Malta.

After recuperation in Malta and the UK, he served in France with another battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment but was wounded in action yet again on the first day of the Battle of the Somme - 1 July 1916 – and invalided home yet again.

In October 1916, following his recovery from this wounding, Peter was returned to his original battalion now serving in Mesopotamia, but was killed in action during an attack on Diyala on 7 March 1917.

Peter is now buried in Baghdad (North Gate) Cemetery.

7 March 1917 killed in action

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

6 March 1917 Pte Robert Walton34584 Pte Robert Walton, 1st (Garrison) Bn, Somerset Light Infantry.

A career soldier from West Witton, Yorkshire, Robert served in the Chitral Campaign of 1895 and the Second Boer War with the East Lancashire Regiment.

Leaving the Army just before the outbreak of the Great War, he immediately re-enlisted.

He suffered a head wound at the end of 1915 that necessitated his return to the UK.

After over a year in the UK, Robert was transferred to the 1st Garrison Bn SLI and he was sent to serve in the Middle East.

However, whilst on board his troop ship, he contracted pneumonia and died, at the age of 43, on 6 March 1917. Robert is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

6 March 1917 died of pneumonia

Research by David O'Mara

 

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