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_may_sdt_joseph_edouard_camille_gouzot1315 Sdt 2e Cl Joseph Edouard Camille Gouzot, 7 IR (33rd Division).

Born at Nancois-le-Petit (Meuse) on 2 October 1889 (‘class' of 1909), Joseph (re)enlisted into the army at Verdun after being recalled in August 1914. After partaking in the battle of the Marne in 1914, he then fought in the Champagne before being moved north to take part in the Second Battle of the Artois where he was killed in action on the first day of battle whilst his division was attacking at Roclincourt. Joseph's body was never identified and his grave is unknown.

9 May 1915


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


8_may_gefreiter_kaspar_schiechteleGefreiter Kaspar Schiechtele, 11 Komp, 17th Bav Res Inf Regt (12th Bav Res Bde, 6th Bav Res Div).

From Sachsenreide, Kaspar was born on 6 March 1883. After seeing action at Ypres, Neuve Chapelle and the Somme during his two years front-line service, he was killed in action in the vicinity of Oppy-Gavrelle on 8 May 1917. He has no known grave.

8 May 1917


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


6_may_pvt_joseph_william_welshPvt Joseph William Welsh, Co G, 18th Infantry Regiment, US Army.

Born at Greensburg on 13 November 1894, Joseph enlisted into the regular army on 16 April 1917. After only a few weeks training at Douglas, Arizona, he was sent overseas in June 1917 and saw service around Sommerville, Toul, Cantigny . He was wounded in action on 4 May near Cantigny, and succumbed to his injuries on the 6th. The first man from Decatur County to fall in the war, the American Legion Post at Greensburg is named in his honour. Burial location (USA) unknown.

6 May 1918


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


4_may_vizefeldwebel_ferdinand_deichslbergerVizefeldwebel (und Zugführer)  Ferdinand Deichslberger, Bavarian Army. From Landau am Isar, 27 year old Ferdinand had served at the front since August 1914, during which time he had been awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class and the Verdienstkreuz with crown and swords. After being in constant action since 27th March, he was killed by shell-burst on 4th May 1918. he is now buried in Cambrai Soldatenfriedhof (block 9 , grave 40).

4 May 1918


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


7_may_georges_tiberghienGeorges Tiberghien (French civilian).

One of three brothers from this family to die during the Great War, Georges died during the sinking of Lusitania whilst travelling back from the USA to join the French Army. (His brother Henry was a Lieutenant in 273 RI who was to die at Navarin Farm on 7 October 1915 and Jules was a Serjeant pilot in Escadrille 31 who was shot down and killed in combat over Luyghem (Belgium) on 10 September 1917.)

7 May 1915


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


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5_may_1917_pte_emerald_george_avery195758 Pte Emerald George Avery, 1st Bn CEF.

Born at Lanark, Ontario on 12 July 1898, Emerald enlisted into the army in February 1916 at Peterborough, Ontario. A student in civilian life, he was posted to the 1st Bn CEF and was badly wounded whilst serving in the ‘Arleux Loop' (attacking Fresnoy) on 3 May 1917. He died in hospital at Etaples on 5 May where he is now buried.

5 May 1917


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


3_may_1917_cpl_james_mackenzie_mm35066 Cpl James Mackenzie MM, 1st Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers.

Born 15 February 1895 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne, James emigrated to the USA in September 1910, settling in Gary, Indiana. Following the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915, he returned to the UK and enlisted, in London, into the 10th Bn Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) with whom he arrived in France in September 1915. After seeing action at Loos, he was wounded in the Ypres Salient and, after recovery, was transferred to the 1/RSF before going into action at Arras, where he was posted missing on 3 May 1917. He is now commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

3 May 1917


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


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