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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-march-1915-sdt-jean-ernest-edmond-pagnen1403 Sdt 2 Classe Jean Ernest Edmond Pagnen, 120 RI. (87 Bde, 4 Inf Div) (French Army).

Born 25 October 1894 (Class of 1914) at Friville (Somme)  Killed in action near Mesnil les Hurlus in the Champagne on 4 March 1915 during the assault around Cote 196 and the Ravin des Cuisines. He now lies in the ossuary of the Nécropole Nationale at Jonchery- sur-Suippe.

4 March 1915

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

2-march-1917-pte-willum-brown36523 Pte Willum Brown, 1/ East Lancashire Regiment.

Of Accrington, Lancashire, Willum, prior to service, worked at Howard and Bullough's and was an attendee of St Mary Magdalen's church. After being drafted for service in France in December 1916, he was taken ill whilst in the trenches and died, of neuritis, on 2 March 1917 in a Casualty Clearing Station. He was 19 years of age and is, today, buried in Bray Military Cemetery.

2 March 1917

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

3-march-1915-major-edwin-reginald-bondMajor Edwin Reginald Bond, 4th Prince Albert Victor's Rajputs.

Born at Meerut, India on 28 October 1870 (from a long line of military tradition), he was gazetted to the Yorkshire Regiment in January 1892, becoming a Lieutenant in 1895. In July 1896, Edwin joined the Indian Army, becoming a Captain in July 1901. and, finally, being promoted to Major in January 1910.

A keen polo and tennis player, Major Bond was killed in action on 3 March 1915 near Ahwaz, Mesopotamia where over 12,000 tribesmen and Turks were being held in check by a much smaller British force. He was a married man and had three daughters - the youngest of whom was born three months after her father's death. He is now commemorated on the Tehran Memorial, Iran.

3 March 1915

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

1-march-1915-lt-walter-drummond-vyvyanLt Walter Drummond Vyvyan, 2/KSLI.

Born in Bath on 20 March 1887, Walter was educated at Clifton College, Bedford Grammar School and RMC Sandhurst from where he was gazetted, in May 1907, to the KSLI. Initially joining the 1st Battalion at Bordon, he was sent to the 2nd Battalion in India in September 1909, being promoted to Lieutenant in March 1910. After returning to England in November 1914, he was sent to France in December and, while his battalion was at Winchester preparing for front-line service, Walter was attached to the Army Cyclists of the 27th Division where he was to command a platoon of bombers.

On the night of 1 March 1915, Walter was with his men at the head of an attack made by another battalion on German trenches near St Eloi when he was killed by machine-gun fire. Owing to this fire, it proved impossible to recover his body. For this action, Lt.Vyvyan was mentioned in the Dispatches of Sir John French of 31 May 1915 (with the action receiving a mention in the dispatch of 5 April). Lt Vyvyan is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing (note: CWGC have his date of death as 2nd March which is the date that his death report was submitted. His death actually took place before midnight on the 1 March)

1 March 1915

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.

 

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