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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.

16 February 1918 Cdt Frederick Norman Moore152007 Cdt Frederick Norman Moore, 90th (Canadian) Training Squadron, Royal Flying Corps.

A student of Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, Frederick hailed from Quebec. Aged 21 at death, he was killed a mile north of Leaside Camp, Ontario when, after nearing the completion of his aviation training, he lost control of his aircraft at 2,000 feet causing it to spin into the ground. An inquest suggested that there may have been a fault with the aircraft as it had been involved in a number of more minor accidents prior to Frederick's fatal crash. He does not appear to be commemorated by the CWGC, but is listed on the St Andrew's Presbyterian Church Roll of Honour in Quebec City.

16 February 1918

Research by David O'Mara

Postscript from David O'Mara:

After this posting of Cdt Moore's details on Remember on this Day, I gave the casualty details to the 'In From the Cold Project' for submission to the CWGC. The result is that, since 11 March 2012, Frederick is now commemorated by the CWGC, although his grave location is still unknown.

 Photographs of Henri Gensity
 Sdt Cl Henri Ginsity

 

297 Sdt.2.Cl. Henri Ginsity, 122e R.I.

 

Henri Ginsity was born at Gaillac, Aveyron on 25 April 1891.

He was a farmer.

Already serving his compulsory military service at the time of the outbreak of war, Ginsity saw action in some of the earliest battles of the war.

He was wounded in action at Gerbeviller, Alsace on 25 August 1914. 

On 14 February 1917, Henri died of a blood clot following facial surgery in hospital at Rodez, Aveyron.

He was buried in a private grave in his local cemetery.

 

14 February 1917 died of his wounds.

 

 

Research by David O'Mara.

11 February 1915 Cpl John Thomas McMaster7057 Cpl John Thomas McMaster, 1st Bn CEF.

Born at Hespeler, Ontario on 8 September 1880, John was a weaver by trade.

Having had 15 years experience with the 29th (Ontario) Regiment, he was rapidly promoted following his enlistment at Valcartier on 16 September 1914 and was already a corporal when leaving Canada for the UK on 14 October 1914. Arriving in France on the day he died, John was killed when he fell under a troop train near Nantes. He is buried in Nantes (La Bouteillerie) cemetery.

11 February 1915

Research by David O'Mara

15 February 1917 Rmn John William MoorbyR/32193 Rmn John William Moorby, 12th Bn KRRC.

A grocer's assistant from Skipton, John enlisted into the army in August 1916. He had served for just two months in France when he was killed whilst being relieved from front-line duty. Posted missing on 15 February 1917, his remains were never identified and he is now commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial. He was 19 years of age.

15 February 1917

Research by David O'Mara

 13Feb1919
 Inf Hugo Winsauer 

 

Inf. Hugo Winsauer, K.u.K. Inf.Regt. ‘Alexander, Kaiser von Russland’ Nr.2

 

A south Tyrolean seasonal farm labourer, Hugo Winsauer was born on 5th May 1874.

He served as a stretcher bearer with the 2nd Infantry Regiment in Russia and Italy from 1915.

Taken prisoner on the Italian Front towards the end of the war, he was incarcerated at Cassino, Italy where he died, after contracting influenza, on 13th February 1919.

Winsauer’s burial location is unrecorded.

 

13 February 1919 died  from 'flu a prisoner of war.

 

 

Research by David O'Mara.

10 Feb 1915 Caporal Jean Chanrion454 Caporal Jean Chanrion, 99e R I.

Born at Roanne, Loire on 25 June 1882, Jean was living at 14, rue de la Berge at the time of his enlistment. He had completed his compulsory military service in the Autumn of 1905 and, therefore, was a corporal in the reserve at the time of the outbreak of war.

Recalled into service on 3 August 1914, he fought in the Vosges until moving to Picardy at the end of 1914. On 25 December 1914, he participated in a 'Christmas Truce' with the Bavarian troops opposite his sector in the Dompierre sector of the Somme but, after a short period out of the line, was killed in action at Fontaine les Cappy, Somme on 10 February 1915.

Jean's grave location is unknown.

10 February 1915

Research by David O'Mara

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