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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.

13 May 1918 Trumpeter John Whitaker776147 Trumpeter John Whitaker, D Battery 254th Bde RFA

Born in Paticroft, Cheshire in 1894, John was employed by Lister & Co at Burnside Mill, Addingham, Yorkshire by the time of his enlistment. Enlisting into the local territorial artillery unit - 'The Wharfedale Howitzers' – soon after the outbreak of war, he arrived on the Western Front in early 1916 and served there until his death.

John was severely wounded near Ypres on 12 May 1918 and died of his injuries in a CCS near Poperinghe the following day. He is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West Flanders.

13 May 1918

Research by David O'Mara

12 May 1915 Musk Josef AbbergerMusk Josef Abberger, 4 Komp Lehr Infanterie Regt.

From Burladingen, Baden, Josef was born on 22 August 1893. Already a serving soldier at the outbreak of war, he transferred to the newly expanded Lehr Infantry Regiment at Potsdam in early 1914 and first saw action at Namur during the invasion of Belgium in August 1914.

After moving to the Eastern Front, Josef fought at the 1st Battle of the Masurian Lakes and the Battle of Lodz before moving to the Carpathian mountains and Gorlice.

He was killed in action during the Gorlice-Tarnow Offensive on 12 May 1915 and was buried in the military cemetery at Zadzielslo, Gorlice.

12 May 1915

Research by David O'Mara

Lt George Bargh 10 May 1915Lt George Bargh, 1st Bn Suffolk Regt.

George was born near Lancaster in 1890 and, in his civilian life, was a schoolteacher in Hawes, Yorkshire. Educated in Halifax and at Reading University, he was commissioned into the King's Liverpool Regiment (reserves) in February 1914 and called into full time service in August of that year. Promoted to lieutenant on 11 March 1915, George was attached to the 1st Bn Suffolk Regt. but was killed by a German bullet to the head during an attack on his trenches near Wieltje during the 2nd Battle of Ypres on 10 May 1915.

Having no known grave, George is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres.

10 May 1915 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara 

8 May 1917 Pte Arthur Chatterton27209 Pte Arthur Chatterton, 8th Bn East Yorkshire Regt.

Born at Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire in 1881, Arthur was working as a wool sorter in the USA at the time of the outbreak of war. Upon the declaration of war, he returned to the UK and worked as a munitions worker near Glusburn, Yorkshire before enlisting into the East Yorkshire Regiment at Cross Hills, Yorkshire in early 1916.

He was sent on active service to the Western Front in November 1916 and first saw action on the Ancre following the Battle of the Somme. Arthur was next in action during the Battle of Arras in April 1917 where he was severely wounded (gun shot wound to the left leg) during the Battle of Arleux towards the end of the month. He died of wounds in one of the General Hospitals at Camiers on 8 May 1917 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais.

8 May 1917

Research by David O'Mara

11 May 1915 Capt George Clarence GliddonCapt George Clarence Gliddon, 10th Bn CEF.

George was born at Rodney, Ontario on 6 June 1888. A graduate of St Thomas College and the University of Toronto where he studied medicine between 1909 and 1914, he was about to enter practice as a physician in partnership with his brother when war broke out. Enlisting at Valcartier in September 1914, he became the Medical Officer of the 10th Battalion and proceeded to the UK in October. George arrived in France in February 1915, serving during the Second Battle of Ypres. Wounded near St.Julien on 4 May 1915, he died of his injuries on the 11 May. George is now buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery.

11 May 1915

 

Research by David O'Mara

Sdt 2Cl Jacques Eugen Valfort 9 May 1915Sdt 2 Cl Jacques Eugène Valfort, 17e R I.

Born at Roanne, Loire on 21 October 1894, Jacques was in preparation for his compulsory military service when war broke out. Called up into the 17th Infantry Regiment at Epinal in September 1914, he was soon serving at the front and, by the end of 1914 was located in the Artois sector where he was to remain for his entire service.

Jacques was killed in action during the intensive battle to seize the Lorette spur on the first day of the 2nd Battle of Artois – 9 May 1915 – and has no known grave.

9 May 1915

Research by David O'Mara

 

 Photograph of Herbert or the Royal Fusiliers killed in action 7 May 1916
Pte Herbet Curran

SP/2101 Pte. Herbert Curran, ‘C’ Coy, 24th Bn Royal Fusiliers

Herbet was born at Shankhill, Antrim in 1895. He enlisted at Belfast in 1914.

After training in London and Hornchurch, Herbert arrived in France on 15 November 1915.

He served on the Artois front for trench aclimatisation.

He was killed in action on 7th May 1916 near Fosse 10, Sains-en-Gohelle after his dug-out was hit by a German shell killing four of the occupants.

Herbert was buried in Tranchee De Mecknes Cemetery, Aix Noulette.

7 May 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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921

Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920

Photographic source: Inst in the Great Warr http://www.instgreatwar.com/index.htm (accessed 3 May 2016)

Plant Tommy's Rose to remember a soldier who fought and died during the First World War.

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