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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.

 Black and white photograph of WW1 soldiers Caporal Pierre Jean Victorin Viguier who was killed in action 29 May 1916
 Caporal Pierre Jean Victorin Viguier

 

1860 Caporal Pierre Jean Victorin Viguier, 173e Régiment d’Infanterie

 

Pierre Vigueir was born on 9 January 1894.

He was a farmer from Camporiez, Aveyron, France. 

Called into service at Rodez in late August 1914, Pierre first saw action with the 173e R.I. at Les Eparges in May 1915 before fighting in the 1915 battles on the Wöevre (Bois de la Grurie) until the end of the year.

After a spell on the Chamapagne front, he moved to take part in the Battle of Verdun and arrived at the frontline on Côte 304, north of Esnes on 19 May 1916.

On 29 May 1916, after four days of continuous bombardment, the Germans launched two violent attacks on the hill, during which Pierre was killed in action.

He has no known grave.

29 May 1916 killed in action.

 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

REFERENCE

Livre d’Or de L’Aveyron (2 Vols) Pub. 1922

Historique du 173 e Régiment d’Infanterie, 1914-18 Pub. Paris (date unknown)

Tableau d’Honneur – Morts pour La France Pub. Paris 1921

Sepultures de Guerre (www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr)

Morts Pour La France de la Première Guerre Mondiale (fiches des soldats MPF) ( www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr )

Journaux des marches et opérations des unités engagées dans la Première Guerre mondiale ( www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr )

Aveyron Archives ( http://archives.aveyron.fr )

Les Armées françaises dans la Grande Guerre. Tome IV. Premier volume Pub. Paris 1926

28 May 1917 Lt Robert Hilary Lockhart WhitelawLt Robert Hilary Lockhart Whitelaw, Household Battalion

From Monkland, Nairn, Robert was born at Tibbermore, Perthshire in 1895 and was a keen cricketer having played for the Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh. Educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond, he gained a commission in the Royal Horse Guards before being sent to the Western Front on 8 November 1916.

Wounded near Arras in May 1917, Robert died of wounds in hospital at Rouen and is now buried in St.Sever Cemetery, Rouen. Two of his brothers also died in the war (one of whom was the father of the ex-Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister, Willie Whitelaw)

28 May 1917 died of his wounds

Research by David O'Mara

26 May 1918 Pte William James Archbold3257 Pte William James Archbold, 41st Bn Australian Imperial Force.

A farmer from Mackay, Queensland, William was born in January 1898. He enlisted into the AIF on 21 February 1916 and embarked from Sydney (for the UK) on 22 December the same year. Training in the UK at Codford and Bulford, he spent a month in hospital and also underwent Field Punishment No 2 for a misdemeanour in March 1917. William set sail for France on 14 December 1917 and joined his unit near the frontline in Belgium the following day. During the German offensive of March 1918, his battalion was rushed southwards to help stem the tide of the German advance in front of Amiens where he was killed, near Villers Bretonneux, on 26 May 1918. He is now buried in Adelaide Cemetery, Villers Bretonneux.

26 May 1918 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

24_may_1915_lt_harold_strachan_price2/Lt Harold Strachan Price, 3rd Royal Fusiliers.

Born in Godalming, Surrey in 1881, Harold was educated at Charterhouse and had prior service with the Artists Rifles for 12 years before the outbreak of war. In October 1914, he went to France with this unit and was granted a commission (General List) in April 1915, being attached to the 3rd Bn R Fusiliers.

On 24 May 1915, he was in command of a platoon holding an advanced position just south of the Ypres-Roulers railway (positioned just forwards of ‘Railway Wood') under intense bombardment and gas on the first day of the ‘Battle of Bellewaerde'. Upon the order to retire, most of Harold's platoon became casualties, Harold amongst them. He has no known grave and is now commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres.

24 May 1915 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

 Black and White WW1 photograph of Austrian Soldier Jäger Remo Denicolo who died on 28 May 1917
 Jäger Remo Denicolo

 

Jäger Remo Denicolo, K.K. 2. Rgt. d. Tir. K.J.

 

Jäger was born at Castelnuovo, Trentino, Austria (now part of Italy) on 31 June 1897. He was a general labourer before the war.

 

Called into service during 1915, he began his war fighting the Rumanians in the Carpathian mountains during the second half of 1916 before moving to the Italian front and fighting in very familiar territory against his once-neighbours.

 

Wounded in action near Monte Cimone in May 1917, Remo died of wounds in hospital in Prague.

 

His burial location is unrecorded.

 

27 May 1918 died of his wounds.

 

REFERENCE

 

 

Research by David O'Mara

 

Ehrenbuch Weltkrieg 1914-18 , Ehrenbuch Dornbirn (Band 6: Vermisste u. später Verstorbene) : Kameradschaftsbund d. Kriegsteilnehmer 1914-1918, Dornbirn 1934 (Stadtarchiv Dornbirn)

 

Österreichischen Schwarzen Kreuzes Kriegsgräberfürsorge (www.osk.at )

 

Der Gebirgskrieg 1915-18 ( http://gebirgskrieg.heimat.eu/index.htm )

 

Die Tiroler Kaiserjaeger im Ersten Weltkrieg ( http://gebirgskrieg.heimat.eu/5120.htm )

 

Österreich-Ungarns letzter Krieg 1914–1918.( Band I–VII) : Pub. Vienna 1930 – 1939.

 

25 May 1917 Pte Charles Henry Gill32576 Pte Charles Henry Gill, 8th Bn York and Lancs.

A clog iron maker from Silsden, Yorkshire, Charles was born at Bradley, Yorkshire in 1896. He was conscripted into service in February 1916 and, after spending a year with the Training Reserve, was drafted to France with the 8/Y&L in April 1917.

After only a few weeks at the front, Charles was killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 25 May 1917. He is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Zillebeke, West Flanders.

25 May 1917

Research by David O'Mara

23 May 1917 Sgt John Hudson13277 Sgt John Hudson, 10th Bn Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding) Regt.

Born at Cononley, North Yorkshire in 1895, John was a builder living in Bradley at the time of his enlistment. Enlisting at the beginning of the war, John was serving on the Western Front by mid-1915. Wounded by gas and shrapnel during the phosgene attack of 19 December 1915, he spent some time recovering at Woolwich before returning to the front in 1916.

Wounded again near Contalmaison in July 1916, he spent a further eight weeks in hospital before yet another return to the front. John was killed in action whilst serving in the Ypres Salient on 23 May 1917 and he is now buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Zillebeke.

John was twice mentioned in despatches.

23 May 1917 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

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