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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.

25-january-1919-eng-ward-l-goulEng Ward L Goul, 56th CAC, US Army.

Born in 1891, Ward was a regular soldier who enlisted on 31 August 1914 into the Coastal Artillery at Anderson, Ind. He was sent overseas in March 1918 and was badly wounded in November... within days of the war's end. He died of these wounds on 25 January 1919 at No.28 Evacuation Hospital and was buried in the American Military Cemetery at Nantes from where his body was repatriated post-war.

25 January 1919

Research by David O'Mara

24-january-1918-pvt-henry-charles-ritcheyPvt Henry Charles Ritchey, 22nd Ambulance Coy, US Army Medical det.

A teacher in civilian life, Charles was born on 22 Feb 1895 and enlisted into the regular army on 20 November 1917. After training at Ft Thomas and Ft Oglethorpe, he died of Scarlet Fever , complicated by pneumonia, on 24 January 1918. Henry is buried in Bayless Cemetery near Wirt, Indiana. He was Jefferson County's first casualty in the war.

24 January 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

23-january-1919-pvt-bura-haneyPvt Bura Haney, Evacuation Hospital Nr 25, US Army Hospital Corps.

Born  at Lizton, Hendricks County on 31 January 1897, Bura (a clerk in civilian life) enlisted into service at Indianapolis on 19 March 1918 and was trained at Jefferson Barracks and Camp Dodge.

He was posted to France on 11 November 1918, but died  of Typhoid in Mobile Hospital Nr 11 at Donjeux on 23 January 1919. Pvt Bura was initially buried in the American Cemetery at Riaucourt, but his body was repatriated back to the USA at a later date.

23 January 1919

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

20-january-1917-pte-raymond-william-combs790942 Pte Raymond William Combs, 10th Trench Mortar Battery, 47th Bn CEF was born on 1 December 1894 in Hamilton County, Indiana, USA.

Initially, Raymond enlisted into the US Army at Jefferson Barracks in December 1915 before being sent to Ft Ward, Washington. He enlisted into the Canadian Army on 18 April 1916 (claiming no prior military service other than service in the Canadian Militia!) at New Westminster, British Columbia and was sent overseas with the 47th CEF in October 1916.

After seeing front line service in numerous tours, he was mortally wounded on the afternoon of 20 January 1917, dying later on the same day. He is buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois.

20 January 1917

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

6-jan-1915-ga-seckhamLt Gerald Adair Seckham (MiD), 2nd Bn East Lancashire Regiment.

He was gazetted 2/Lt in February 1912 and was promoted to lieutenant in South Africa in November of the same year. Born in Shortlands, Kent, he was 21 years old when he was killed in action whilst manning an advance trench near Neuve Chapelle. His mention in dispatches (Sir John French's dispatch of 31 May 1915) was for rescuing a wounded man whilst under fire six days before his death. He is buried in Cabaret-Rouge CWGC cemetery, Souchez.

6 January 1915

Research by David O'Mara, Paths of Glory 1914-18.

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