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.

24-feb-1919-2-lt-george-lee-coffing2 Lt George Lee Coffing, 2nd Training Depot Station, RAF.

From Covington, Indiana, George was born on 15 January 1895. He enlisted into the US Aviation Service in July 1917 at Chicago and was then sent on to Columbus Barracks, Ohio where he was discharged on account of physical disability. In November 1917, he travelled to Toronto, Canada where, on 25 November, he enlisted into the Royal Flying Corps and gained a commission. After being sent overseas, he died in a flying accident near Edinburgh, Scotland on 24 Feb 1919. George's body was repatriated to the USA and he is now buried in Mount Hope Cemetery in his home town of Covington, Ill.

24 February 1919

Research by David O'Mara

 Photograph of Pte William Chapman, Sherwood Forresters
 Pte William Chapman


121066 Pte. William Raymond Chapman, ‘B’Coy, 53rd (Young Soldier) Bn, Sherwood Foresters


Born in Grassington, Yorkshire in 1900, William was conscripted in mid-1918.

Not seeing any active service during the war, he contracted influenza at Catterick Camp, Yorkshire in February 1919.

He died of pneumonia in the Military Hospital, Catterick on 23rd February 1919.

He is buried in St.Michael’s Churchyard, Linton-in-Craven, Yorkshire.

23 February 1919 died from influenza.



Research by David O'Mara.

21-feb-1917-pte-edmund-james-priestley23717 Pte Edmund James Priestley, 2/DoW's W.Riding Regt.

Originally of Earby but latterly residing in Padiham, Lancs, Edmund was 38 years of age when he was posted as ‘missing believed killed'  on 21 February 1917. His body was never recovered and his name is listed on the Thiepval memorial to the missing.

21 February 1917

Research by David O'Mara

19 February 1918 Pte John William Smith60432 Pte John William Smith, 58 Machine Gun Corps (Inf).

A warp-dresser from Cowling, John enlisted at Keighley into the Northumberland Fusiliers on 10 July 1916. Transferred to the MGC, he arrived in France on 7 November 1916 but, after suffering from gas poisoning, he was back in the UK just over a year later (10 November 1917). Treated at Lilley Lane Military Hospital, Mostyn and the Cheshire Military Hospital in Knutsford, he was transferred in January 1918 to Alma Park Military Hospital, Levenshulme, Manchester where he died of pneumonia on 19 February 1918. He was 20 years of age and is now buried in Holy Trinity Churchyard, Cowling.

19 February 1918

Research by David O'Mara

 Photogrpah of German Soldier of the First World War
 Patrouillefuhrer Josef Huber


Patrouilleführer Josef Huber, K.K. K.Sch. Rgt. Nr. 1


A factory worker from Dornbirn, Austria, Josef was born on 10th April 1886.

A recalled reservist in July 1914, he saw service against the Russians and, from 1915, the Italians until 1917 when he was evacuated from front line service (ill or wounded, the exact reason could not be determined).

Josef died at Feldkirch, Austria on 22nd February 1918. He is buried in a family grave.

22 February 1918 died from his wounds or from illness.



Research by David O'Mara.


18 Feb 1918 Lt Walter GartinLt Walter Gartin, 46th Infantry Regiment

Born at Burney, Decatur County on 22 December 1893, he later moved to Rush County before enrolling at Purdue University. After enlisting into the US Army in 1915, he saw active service in Mexico in 1916 and was recommended for a commission soon after the US declaration of war in 1917 and entered the First Officer's Training Camp at Fort Harrison, Indiana.

Walter was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 46th Infantry in May 1917 and served at Camp Bowie, Texas and Camp Taylor, Kentucky where he died of pneumonia on 18 February 1918. He is buried in Rushville, Indiana.

18 February 1918


Research by David O'Mara

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