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.

Sergt John Lawton 22 May 1915Sergt John Lawton, 170e Régiment d'Infanterie

From Stockport, Cheshire, John was born (of English parentage) on 3 January 1887.

A clerk in a hat factory in Stockport from 1901 to 1911, he left his job and travelled to France. In about October 1911, as a French resident (though not citizen) he registered for the French draft and enlisted in the French Army at Epinal using his correct name and class year (1907).

Serving in the 170e R.I., John had been promoted to Caporal by August 1914 and was initially engaged in the manning of the defences of the fortress of Epinal before seeing action in Lorraine and the Aisne during 1914. A short service on the Champagne front followed by involvement in the intense fighting at Les Eparges (and a promotion to Sergent) was how the early months of 1915 greeted John, before being sent into further action in the 2nd Battle of Artois. Thrown into the slaughter-house of the Notre-Dame de Lorette hill, John was killed in action during the assault that finally wrested the German defenders off the crest (though they would still hold the lower slopes for some months to come) on 22 May 1915.

His remains were lost in the confusion of battle and he has no known grave, though he is likely to be interred in the grave of an 'inconnu' or in the ossuary of the vast necropolis that now sits on the crest of the hill upon which he died.

22 May 1915 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

22 May 1918 Gnr John Moore50517 Gnr John Moore, Y 24th Medium Trench Mortar Battery RFA

Born at Hawes, Yorkshire in 1895, John attempted to enlist in August 1914 but was sent home due to overwhelming numbers enlisting at that time. He was successful at his second attempt in October 1914 and, after training, was sent to the Western Front on 31 August 1915.

Wounded once during his time on active service, he returned to his unit but was severely wounded by shrapnel in his back and left leg on 9 May 1918 whilst serving near Amiens. After being evacuated back to the UK, John died of his injuries in hospital in London on 22 May 1918. He is buried in St Margaret’s Churchyard, Hawes.

22 May 1918

 Research by David O'Mara


 Black and white ww1 photograph of Pte Albert Fowler who died 20 May 1918
 Pte. Albert Fowler

32060 Pte. Albert Fowler, 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regt.

A weaver at Habergham Mill, Burnley, Lancashire before the war, Albert was born in the town in 1877.

Married with five children, he was conscripted into service on 9 November 1916 and had served in France since July 1917.

Suffering from knee troubles, Albert was unable to march and, therefore, didn’t see any frontline service – instead being employed as a storesman in a hospital near Etaples.

Severely injured by a bomb splinter to the head during a German airial bombing raid on Etaples, Albert died of his injuries on 20 May 1918.

He was buried in Etaples Military cemetery.

20 May 1918 died of his injuries.


Research by David O'Mara.


REFERENCE British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: Army Medal Office. WWI Medal Index Cards. In the care of The Western Front Association.

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; WWI Service Medal and Award Rolls; Class: WO 329

The National Archives of the UK; Kew, Surrey, England; First World War and Army of Occupation War Diaries; Class: WO 95

The Burnley Express 25th May 1918

Commonwealth War Graves Commission ( )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921

Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920

18 May 1917 Pte James Clarke20550 Pte (A/Cpl) James Clarke, 11th Bn Kings Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment.

Residing at 12 Burdett St, Burnley at the time of his enlistment, James was an ironworker by trade. A keen sportsman (both cricket and football), he enlisted into the King's Own on 23 August 1915 and went to France on 3 June 1916. A participant in the Battle of the Ancre and near Villers Plouich, he was badly gassed and died on 18 May 1917 in an ADS nearby. He is now buried in Fins New British Cemetery, France.

18 May 1917

Research by David O'Mara 

21_may_1915_pte_frederick_francis_barnes19991 Pte Frederick Francis Barnes, 10th Bn CEF (Alberta Regiment).

Born in Southampton, Hampshire on 30 May 1894, Frederick, after emigration to Canada, became a Bank Clerk by trade. He enlisted into the army at Valcartier on 25 September 1914 and was killed during his battalion's attack on the ‘K5 Redoubt' near Festubert on the evening of 21 May 1915. He has no known grave and is , therefore commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

21 May 1915

Research by David O'Mara

19 May 1918 Pte Benjamin Jackson574077 Pte Benjamin Jackson, 988 Coy Labour Corps.


Formerly 12588 in the 1st Bn East Lancashire Regiment, Benjamin was an employee of Grimshaw's brewery in Burnley. He enlisted into the East Lancs in August 1915 and served in France with the 7th Battalion until he was wounded by gunshot to the neck in 1916. After treatment at the Rawalpindi Hospital at Wimereux and in the UK, he returned to the 1st Battalion from which he was attached to 988 Coy of the Labour Corps. Wounded again in May 1918, Benjamin died in 13 Field Ambulance at Tannay aged 24. He is still buried in Tannay British Cemetery, France.

19 May 1918

Research by David O'Mara 

17 May 1917 Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate786032 Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate, D Bty 312th Bde RFA

Born in Draughton, Yorkshire in 1898, Dennis was conscripted into service at Otley in 1916. After arriving in France in early 1917, he saw action at Bullecourt and Lagnicourt during the Battle of Arras before being wounded in action in mid-May 1917.

Dennis died of wounds in the 49th CCS on 17 May 1917. He is buried in Achiet le Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.

17 May 1917

Research by David O'Mara

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