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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.

3_june_1918_cpl_john_oscar_jenkinsCpl John Oscar Jenkins, Co E, 2nd Div Engineer Corps, US Army.

From Laconia, Harrison Cty., John was born on 14 November 1896 and , at the time of his enlistment into the US regular Army in May 1917 was a student. After enlistment at Rockport, he received his training at Jefferson Barracks, Mo and at El Paso , Texas. On 10 September 1917, John proceeded overseas and was killed in action at Belleau Wood on 3 June 1918. He was initially buried in Belleau Wood American cemetery (grave 137, section F, plot 3), but was repatriated to the USA post-war.

3 June 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

28_may_1918_pvt_jesse_h_moorePvt (Mechanic) Jesse H Moore, Co K, 28th Infantry Regt, 1st Div US Army.

Born 4 January 1888 at Frankfort, Ind, Jesse was a farmer in Warren County at the time of his enlistment into the regular army at Lafayette on 27 May 1916. After being stationed at Jefferson Barracks, Mo, he was sent overseas in June 1917, being assigned to Co K of the 28th Infantry.

Jesse was killed in action at Cantigny on 28 May 1918 and was buried at Bonvillers, France. Unfortunately , his grave was later lost and he is now commemorated on the Tablets to the Missing at the Somme American Cemetery at Bony.

28 May 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

1_june_1918_cpl_alexander_a_jankowiakCpl Alexander A Jankowiak, Co A, 7th Machine Gun Bn, US Army.

Born 20 April 1895, Alexander was a clerk at South Bend in civilian life. He enlisted into the US regular Army on 3 July 1917 and was sent to Camp Colt, Pennsylvania where he was assigned to Co A, 4th Infantry. After embarking on overseas service on 2 April 1918, he was reassigned to the 7th MGB and was posted missing in action on 1 June 1918. His burial place was unknown until the 1920s when his body was rediscovered and returned to the USA.

1 June 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

29_may_1915_pte_john_edward_milner2109 Pte John Edward Milner, 1/5th Bn East Lancashire Regiment.

Of Clifton Street, Burnley, Lancs, 18 year old Burnley territorial John had only served on the Gallipoli Peninsular for 19 days when he was killed (by a Turkish 6in Howitzer shell) on the morning (8am) of 29 May 1915 in the vicinity of Fir Tree Wood and Gully Ravine near ‘Y Beach'. John has no known grave and is commemorated on the Helles Memorial.

29 May 1915

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

27_may_1918_lt_howard_rea_smith2 Lt Howard Rea Smith, 28 Aero Sqdn, US Army.

Born at Newcastle, Indiana on 9 January 1888, Howard was educated at the University of Michigan before enlisting into the Aviation Service, US Army at Champagne, Illinois in June 1917. After training at Kelly Field, Texas and in Canada, he was commissioned 2 Lt and sailed to England in January 1918 after being assigned to 28 Aero Squadron. On 27 May 1918, he was killed in an accident at Gervain, Scotland and his body returned to the US. He is now buried in South Mound Cemetery, Newcastle.

27 May 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

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