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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.

8-april-1918-pvt-charles-mockbeePvt Charles Mockbee A Bty, 1st FAR, US Army.

Charles was born on 22 October 1900 at Clay City, Indiana. When he was three years old, the family moved to Terre Haute and he became a grocery clerk at the age of 13. On 13 November 1916, this young man enlisted into the US Regular Army at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. After a transfer to Presidio, California, he died of pneumonia on 8 April 1918 and is now buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Terre Haute.

8 April 1918

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

 

7-april-1920-sn-earl-bryan-neelSn Earl Bryan Neel, US.Navy.

Born in New Harmony, Posey Cty on 10 September 1898, Earl was a telephone company employee before he enlisted into the US Navy on 9 July 1918 at Mt Vernon. After serving only in the USA (Prudence Island, Washington), he was released from service - subject to recall. He was still listed as being in service when he died of tuberculosis at Tucson, Arizona on 7 April 1920. He is now buried in Marple Hill Cemetery, New Harmony.

7 April 1920

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

 

5-april-1918-schutze-leonhard-gillhuberSchutze Leonhard Gillhuber, 3 MGK, 17 Bay Rez Inf Regt (12 Bav Res Bde, 6 Bav Res Div).

A trained machine-gunner, Leonhard was a recipient of the Iron Cross, 2nd Class, which had been gained for actions during the Arras fighting of April 1917. On 5 April 1918, he was killed by shellfire in the vicinity of Chauny at the age of 23. He is now buried in the Kameradengrab at the military cemetery at Montdidier.

5 April 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

3-april-1916-captain-john-george-harterCaptain John George Harter, 1st Bn Durham light Infantry.

The Brigade Major of 151st Bde, 50th Division, Capt Harter was born in London on 30 August 1888 and educated at Ladycross, Bournemouth and Beaumont College, Old Windsor. He was commisioned into the 1st Durham Light Infantry from Sandhurst in September 1908 and gained his Lieutenancy in March 1912. Upon the outbreak of war, he was appointed to the 10th (Service) Battalion of the regiment as Senior Subaltern but, in October 1914, joined the 2nd Battalion in Flanders.

May 1915 saw John's appointment as ADC to the general officer commanding the 6th Division until July 1915 when he was appointed Adjutant of the 9th Bn DLI. In January 1916, he was appointed Brigade Major of 151 Bde and was still holding this appointment when he was killed at ‘The Bluff' on the Ypres-Comines canal on 3 April 1916. After his death, his body was returned to Poperinge for burial. He now lies in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

3 April 1916

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

6-april-1915-lt-hugh-michael-hunterLt Hugh Michael Hunter, 2nd Bn Wiltshire Regiment.

Educated at Winchester College and then University College, Oxford, Hugh (whilst captain of the Cricket XI and a rower for the College Torpid) was a member of the Oxford OTC and received a commission upon the outbreak of war in August 1914. Joining the 3rd Bn Wiltshire Regiment in Weymouth, he later (November) transferred to the 2nd Battalion serving in France.

In early February 1915, Hugh returned home on leave , but was back in France by the 12th of the month. He was badly wounded at Neuve Chapelle on 12 March 1915 and died , aged 23, on 6 April in No 7 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne. A rare case of repatriation, Lt Hunter now lays at rest in Wandsworth (Putney Vale) Cemetery, London.  (Lt Hunter's Lieutenancy was back-dated to February, but only gazetted after his death).

6 April 1915

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

4-april-1915-2-lt-bernard-george-sheen-bull2/Lt Bernard George Sheen Bull, 1st (Home Counties) Fd Coy, Royal Engineers.

Born at Winslow, Bucks, on 25 February 1896, Bernard was educated at Lynchmere School, Eastborne, Berkhampstead School and the Crystal Palace School of Practical Engineering. He was a good all round sportsman and, being a well developed six-footer,  had represented Berkampstead School at the Public Schools Boxing Competition at Aldershot in 1913.

On the day that war was declared, Bernard was at home on holiday and enlisted immediately, being gazetted to the Royal Engineers TF from the 16th London Regiment in August 1914. During important, and dangerous recconnaisance work during daylight hours (in preparation for the digging of new communication trenches) in the vicinity of Fleurbaix, he was shot by a German sniper but was carried , unconcious, to a safer position by a Sapper of his party for the rendering of aid. Unfortunately, this was a forlorn hope as he died a short time later.

Originally buried in Fleurbaix Churchyard, Bernard is now interred in Caberet-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez.

4 April 1915

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

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