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.

2_may_1916_pte_john_affleck_buckham435027 Pte John Affleck Buckham, 49th Bn CEF.

A farmer from Calgary, Alberta, 26 year old John had lived in Canada since the age of 16. He had served on the Western Front since October 1915 and was mortally wounded by artillery fire covering a heavy German trench raid on ‘Trenches 60 to 62' (vicinity of ‘Sanctuary Wood') on 1 May. One of the 2 officer and 52 other rank casualties of that day, he died at Remy Farm on 2 May and is now buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery.

2 May 1916


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


29-april-1916-pte-eli-magnall12773 Pte Eli Magnall, 6th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.

Of Ribblesdale Street, Burnley, 29 year old Eli died (in hospital at Amara, Mesopotamia) of wounds that he had received two days earlier while holding the trenches at Beit Aisa. A veteran of Sari Bair, Russell's Top and Hill 60, Gallipoli, Eli is now buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

29 April 1916


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


27-april-1919-pvt-wade-ellsworth-harrisPvt Wade Ellsworth Harris, 137th FAR, US Army.

Born at Elkhart on 24 April 1893, Wade enlisted into the Indiana National Guard (Co E, 3rd Infantry) on 5 August 1917. Trained at Camp Shelby, Miss, he transferred to Battery E of the 137th Field Artillery Regiment prior to being sent overseas in June 1918. After fighting in the 2nd Battle of the Marne, St.Mihiel and the Argonne Forest, he died in an accident in Germany on 27 April 1919 while serving as a member of the Army of Occupation.

27 April 1919


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


30-april-1916-landsturmann-josef-kallmunzerLandsturmann Josef Kallmünzer, 2 K Bayr Comp Komp K Bayr MilitiaLandsturm Infant-Bataillon Bayreuth.

From Margarethenthann (a small rural village near Elsendorf), Bavaria, 39 year old Josef had seen service in Belgium, Russia and Serbia where he was seriously wounded. He succumbed to his injuries in a military hospital in Weimar, Germany where he died on 30 April 30 1916.  Exact place of burial (either Weimar or Margarethenthann) is unknown.

30 April 1916


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


28-april-1917-pte-rennie-graham34440 Pte Rennie Graham, 8th Battalion East Lancashire Regiment.

Born in Padiham in 1892, but living on Poets Road, Cheapside, Burnley, Rennie was posted as missing in action during his battalion's attack on ‘Greenland Hill' on 28 April 1917. He still has no known grave and is commemorated on Bay 6 of the Arras Memorial and also on the East Lancs regimental list on Padiham Town Memorial.

28 April 1917


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Services.


26-april-1915-pte-thomas-whittam10810 Pte Thomas Whittam, 2nd Bn East Lancashire Regiment.

Originally from Burnley, Thomas joined the East Lancs regiment in late 1912 and, after serving with them in South Africa, went to France in November 1914. A participant in the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in March, Thomas was wounded by shellfire whilst holding the frontline near Rouges Bancs and died within a short while of these injuries aged just 20.

He is buried in Sailly-sur-la-Lys Canadian Cemetery.

26 April 1915

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