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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.

5 April 1917 Pte Bernard GreavesPte Bernard Greaves, 2/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment

The 2/5th Battalion, West Yorkshire Regiment was part of the 62nd (West Riding) Territorial Division, and recruited many of its men from the Yorkshire spa town of Harrogate. The division had only been in France since January 1917, but had already seen some action in the German retreat to the Hindenburg Line in February. After a short period out of the line in March, the battalion returned to the front line on 3 April. It was tasked with the preliminary reconnaissance for the forthcoming attack on Bullecourt. The battalion took up position east of Croiselles, with the Battalion HQ 500 yards south of St Leger. It was here on 5 April that the battalion HQ took a direct hit from a shell. The battalion CO, Lt-Colonel Josselyn was knocked out and Bernard Greaves, a signaller at HQ was killed.

Bernard Greaves was a Knaresborough Grammar School old boy and a member of the Wesleyan Church at Knaresborough.

Bernard is buried at Croiselles British Cemetery.

5 April 1917 killed in action 

Source: Massacre on the Marne by Fraser Skirrow

See also: Masters of No Man's Land

Contributed by David Tattersfield, Development Trustee.

4 April 1917 Gnr George William Fletcher68388 Gnr George William Fletcher, 122 Siege Battery RGA

A warp-dresser in a weaving shed in his civilian life, George was born in Skipton, Yorkshire in 1888 and was also a prominent member of Skipton Rugby Football Club (with whom he won the Yorkshire Challenge Cup in the 1911-12 season).

After enlisting into the army in February 1916, George arrived in France in July 1916 and was killed in action near Arras on 4th April 1917. He is buried in Anzin-St.Aubin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

4 April 1917

2 April 1917 Trooper Alexander Gibson Forsyth3109 Trooper Alexander Gibson Forsyth, 4th (Australian) Light Horse

British-born Alexander joined the Light Horse on 19 September 1916 at Melbourne aged 24 years and 11 months.

His parents were Alexander and Mary Gibson Forsyth of Mansfield, Victoria.

Alexander left Melbourne on the SS Orsova on 6 December 1916 and arrived in Plymouth on 17 February 1917, transferring to Candahar Barracks, Tidworth on 18 February. He was taken sick (Pleurisy) and went to Tidworth Military Hospital on 18 March 1917.

Alexander died of broncho-pneumonia on 2 April 1917 and he is buried at Tidworth Military Cemetery, Wiltshire (during the First World War, the cemetery was used for burials from Tidworth and Fargo Military Hospitals). His sisters who were still residing in the UK were present for the burial.

2 April 1917 died of pneumonia.

31_march_1917_lt_frank_whaley2/Lt Frank Whaley, 2nd Bn The Yorkshire Regt.

From Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire, Frank enlisted into the Public Schools Battalion, Royal Fusiliers in the early days of the war. He served with the battalion in France for six months until May 1916 when he was recommended for officer training at Oxford.

Commissioned as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Yorkshire Regiment in September 1916, he joined his new battalion in France in November but was killed in action to the south-east of Arras on 31 March 1917.

Frank is now buried in Henin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais.

31 March 1917 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

3 April 1918 Pte Clarence Atkins Brown202554 Pte Clarence Atkins Brown, 1/5th Bn East Lancashire Regt.

Born in Burnley but living in Colne, Lancashire, Clarence was an apprentice painter prior to enlistment. After enlisting into the East Lancs territorials in Colne in late 1915, he was sent to Egypt where he served from August 1916 until February 1917 when he began service on the Western Front. First entering the line near Epehy, Clarence was posted as missing on 3 April 1918 during routine trench duties. Having no known grave, he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing. He was 21 years of age.

3 April 1918 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

1 April 1917 Pte David Nelson Meteer123407 Pte David Nelson Meteer, 2nd Bn CEF Eastern Ontario Regt.

Born on 26 April 1891 at Chatham, Ontario, David was a fisherman in his civilian life. He enlisted into the CEF on 7 September 1915 at St Thomas, Ontario and served in France from the summer of the following year, seeing service during the latter months of the Battle of the Somme.

David was killed in action on 1 April 1917 by German artillery shelling the Maison Blanche Sector (north of Arras) whilst moving into the frontline trenches during a relief. His brother, Charles Sinclair Meteer, would be killed in action just 10 days later serving with the same regiment. David is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais (as is his brother).

1 April 1917

  

Research by David O'Mara

30 March 1918 L Cpl Peter Fred BeresfordC/12960 L/Cpl Peter Fred Beresford, 21st Bn KRRC

Born in Hubberholme, Yorkshire in 1896, Peter was a farmer in his civilian life. He enlisted into the 21st KRRC in Keighley in September 1915 and served on the Western Front between May 1916 and November 1917 during which time he fought in the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Messines and in the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

He was sent to Italy in November 1917 but returned to France in March 1918 and was severely wounded during the Battle of Arras 1918. Peter died of his wounds in 6th Stationary Hospital at Frevent, Pas de Calais on 30 March 1918. He is buried in St Hilaire Cemetery Extension, Frevent.

30 March 1918 died of his wounds

 Research by David O'Mara

 

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