242635 Pte Edmund Hewitt, 1/5th King's Own (Ryl Lancaster) Regt.
Of Milton Street, Burnley, Lancashire. Killed in action on 9 March 1917, he is now buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery.
9 March 1917
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.
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.
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22187 Pte James Knowles, 11/East Lancashire Regiment.
Of Nuttall Street, Accrington, Lancashire, James worked at Kay & Grimshaw (Wine and Sprit Merchants) and was a member of Royds Street Baptist Church. He enlisted in December 1916 and was posted missing on 8 March 1917 whilst on patrol in the vicinity of Bucqouy Trench. Aged 29 years, James left a widow and two children. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.
8 March 1917
Sdto Antonio Evola (Italian Army).
Born 5 April 1892 in Cirini Province, Salerno, Italy, he emigrated to the USA in 1909 and became an employee of the Vandalia Railroad, Logansport. In July 1915, he was called for service by the Italian government and returned to Italy in August 1915, immediately entering military service. He served for seven months before being killed in action on 6 March 1916 near Cordilana.
6 March 1916
1403 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
Landwehrmann Johann Hartl, Bay Landw Regiment Nr 2 (1 Bav Mixed Landw Bde, 6th Bav Landwehr Div).
He was aged 32 when he was killed in action near Ripont (Champagne) whilst his brigade was on attachment to the 15th Division. Johann has no known grave.
7 March 1915
36559 Pte Robert Latham, 9/Leicestershire Regiment.
Of Hilary Street, Burnley, Lancashire, Robert initially enlisted (in Preston) into the East Lancashire Regiment (where he had the regimental number 27661). Killed in action on 5 March 1917 at the age of 26. He now lies in Vermelles British Cemetery.
5 March 1917
Major 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