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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 Pte. William Edward Foster
 Pte William Foster

 

 

4675 Pte. William Edward Foster, 12th Bn Manchester Regiment

Born at Crumfin, Yorkshire in 1890, William was employed as a coal miner in Burnley, Lancashire at the time of the outbreak of war.

In February 1908, he had enlisted in his local Territorial artillery battery and had only just completed his service terms in 1914. When war broke out, William enlisted into the Manchester Regiment in Nelson, Lancashire and served with the 12th Battalion on the Western Front as from 16th July 1915.

Serving in the southern Ypres Salient for much of his early service, William took part in the fighting on The Bluff during the early spring of 1916 before moving to the Somme where, on the 1 July, his battalion was kept in reserve.

In action in the vicinity of the ‘Quadrangle’ near Mametz on 7 July 1916, William was killed in action and his remains never identified.

His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

7 July 1916 killed in action

 

 

Research by David O'Mara

 

 

References:

Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:

Ancestry.com 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 9 th & 12 th August 1916

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921

Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920

 Black and white WW1 photograph of French Soldier Urbain Pierre Rieucau died of his wounds 6 July 1916
 Sdt 2 Cl. Urbain Rieucau

 

223 Sdt.2.Cl. Urbain Pierre Rieucau, 146 e Régiment d’Infanterie

A farmer from Villecomtal, Aveyron, Urbain was born on 11th December 1888.

Having completed his compulsory military service at Rodez in 1911, he was immediately recalled upon the declaration of war and was in action at the Battle of Morhange in August 1914. The remainder of the year saw Urbain in action on the Oise, Somme and Artois fronts during the ‘race to the sea’, and during the 1st Battle of Ypres.

During 1915, he fought in the 2nd Battle of Ypres and the 2nd Battle of Champagne and remained on the Champagne front until moving to take part in the Battle of Verdun in February 1916.

Seeing much vicious fighting at Verdun between February and May 1916 (Houdremont quarries, Douaumont, Côte 304 and Bois Camard ), Urbain’s unit moved to the Somme in May 1916 and, took part in action near Maurepas following the start of the Battle of the Somme.

Badly wounded on 5 th July, Urbain died of wounds in Ambulance 3/20 at Cerisy sur Somme on 6 July 1916.

He is buried in the Nécropole Nationale of Cerisy

 

6 July 1916 died of his wounds

 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

References:

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

Historique du 146 e Régiment d’Infnterie pendant la Guerre 1914-19 Anon. 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. Pub. Paris

2 July 1916 L Cpl William Allen18003 L Cpl William Allen, 11th Bn East Lancashire Regt.

(The man who potentially shares a grave with Charles Stonehouse, it is highly likely that William actually died on the 1 July 1916 but the CWGC and SDGW list his date of death as being the 2 July 1916).

Born in Accrington, Lancashire in 1884, William was employed as a spinner at Woodnook Mill, Accrington prior to enlistment and was also a member of the congregation of Oak Street Congregationalist Church and, at some time, a member of Accrington swimming club.

Serving with 'W' Coy of the 11th East Lancs (the 'Accrington Pals'), William was killed during the assault on Serre and is buried in Serre Road Nr.3 military cemetery (grave B.23) along with an 'unknown Lieutenant'.

2 July 1916

Research by David O'Mara

30 June 1917 Cpl Alex Robert Colman439764 Cpl Alex Robert Colman, C Coy 52nd Bn CEF

Born at Tranmere, Cheshire on 15 April 1897, Alex moved to Montgomery County, Indiana, USA in 1912 where he was a student. He then moved to Canada, where he gained employment as a stenographer and enlisted into the Canadian Army at Port Arthur, Ontario on 13 September 1915.

Trained at Port Arthur and Gresley Park, he was sent to the UK on 23 November 1915, prior to service in France and Flanders from 21 February 1916. A veteran of the action at Mt Sorrel and the Somme Battle in 1916, Alex took part in the Battle of Arras (Vimy Ridge) in 1917 before being killed in action on 30 June 1917 near Lens.

Alex is buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais.

30 June 1917 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

3 July 1918 Pvt John L VaughnPvt John L Vaughn, HQ Co, 148th Machine Gun Bn, US Army.

Born 30 August 1886 at Mongo, Indiana, John was employed as a farmer in civilian life. He entered service at Lagrange, Indiana on 20 September 1917 and received training at Camp Taylor and Camp Shelby where he was assigned to Co B of the 139th MG Battalion.

Later transferred to the 148th Bn, John was sent overseas in June 1918. He was accidentally drowned on 3 July and buried locally. His body was returned to the USA in October 1920 and he now lies in Greenwood Cemetery, Lagrange, Indiana.

3 July 1918

Research by David O'Mara 

1 July 1916 Lieut Charles StonehouseLieut Charles Stonehouse, W Coy 11th Bn East Lancs Regt.

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire on 15 May 1882, Charles was an architect in Manchester in his civilian life. A keen sportsman, he played amateur football for Blackburn Crosshill FC and also represented his town at hockey. Charles enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment in Accrington on 17 September 1914 as a private and was issued with the regimental number 15360. Not long after enlistment, he was promoted to Lance Corporal before being recommended for a commission, which was taken up on 18 January 1915. Charles received a further promotion to Lieutenant, on 20 June 1915.

After seeing service in Egypt, Charles arrived in France on 8 March 1916 and served on the northern Somme front before taking part in the assault on Serre on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. During this attack, Charles was hit in the wrist in front of the German frontline trench and was receiving aid from his orderly (Roland Banks) when he was hit again. This second bullet hit Charles in the head killing him outright. Banks was also killed at this point. Being so close to the German frontline, the retrieval of Charles' body was impossible until February 1917 by which time his remains were unidentifiable. His name is, therefore, listed on the panels of the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing (however, it is almost certain that the grave containing the remains of an 'Unknown Lieutenant of the Great War – East Lancashire Regiment' in Serre Road Nr.3 cemetery (grave reference B.23) actually contains the remains of Charles Stonehouse).

1 July 1916

  

Research by David O'Mara 

Black and white photograph of Inf. Georg Huber
Inf. Georg Huber

 

 

Inf. Georg Huber, 6 Komp., Kgl. Bayerisches 15. Infanterie-Regiment ’König Friedrich August von Sachsen’

 

Georg was born at Hohenkurch, Bavaria on 26 May 1896. He was a miller. 

Called into service during the late summer of 1914, he was engaged in trench routine on the Somme, Artois and Flanders through 1915 into 1916 before moving to the Verdun battle in May 1916.

Killed in action at Verdun on 30 June 1916.

Georg was buried in the German military cemetery at Consenvoye, Meuse.

30 June 1916 killed in action

 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

 

REFERENCE

 

Histories of 251 Divisions of the German Army which Participated in the War US General Staff, Pub.1920

Schlachten des Weltkrieges (Band 15 - Die Tragödie von Verdun 1916 (3 und 4 Teil)) – Pub: Berlin 1929

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (www.volksbund.de)

Verlustlisten 1.Weltkrieg (http://des.geneology.net)

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