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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.

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.

 

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.

 

1-april-1919-carpenters-mate-pleasant-w-dennisonCarpenters Mate, 1st Class Pleasant W Dennison, US.Navy.

Born in Hope, Bartholomew Cty on 14 August 1888, Pleasant enlisted into the USN on 9 December 1917 and received his training at Pensacola, Florida. In June 1918, he was sent to France where he served for several months with the aeronautical service, returning to the US in early 1919. Whilst in Brooklyn, New York, he contracted tubercular meningitis and died of this on 1 April 1919.

He was married with one son and is now buried in St.Paul, Indiana.

1 April 1919

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

30-march-1918-pvt-carl-e-winkelmeyerPvt Carl E Winkelmeyer, Co D 6th Engineers, US Army.

Born at Ft Wayne on 31 March 1896, Carl was a signwriter by trade who was at first rejected for service due to being underweight. He re-enlisted on 18 October 1917 and found himself posted to France by December. He was killed in action near Cambrai on 30 March 1918 and has no known grave. He is now commemorated on the ‘Tablets of the Missing' at Somme American Cemetery, Bony, in France.

30 March 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

31-march-1918-l-cpl-robert-william-henry-barker23619 L/Cpl Robert William Henry Barker, 2/5th East Lancs Regt.

From Crowther Street, Burnley, Robert was 29 years of age when he died of wounds received in the vicinity of Vauvillers - Framerville - Marcelcave during the battle of Rosieres on 27/28 March. Dying in hospital at Rouen, he is buried in the St Sever Cemetery Extension there.

31 March 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

29-march-1917-pte-richard-stevenson16251 Pte Richard Stevenson, 10th Bn Cameronians (Scottish Rfs).

From Gannow Lane, Burnley, Richard originally enlisted (in Burnley) into the 9th Cameronians and arrived with them in France in December 1915. Part of ‘E' Company, he was killed in action near Arras during the build up to the forthcoming offensive and is now buried in Faubourg d'Amiens cemetery, Arras.

29 March 1917

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

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