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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.

31_march_1917_lt_frank_whaley2/Lt Frank Whaley, 2nd Bn The Yorkshire Regt.

From Horton in Ribblesdale, Yorkshire, Frank enlisted into the Public Schools Battalion, Royal Fusiliers in the early days of the war. He served with the battalion in France for six months until May 1916 when he was recommended for officer training at Oxford.

Commissioned as a temporary 2nd Lieutenant in the Yorkshire Regiment in September 1916, he joined his new battalion in France in November but was killed in action to the south-east of Arras on 31 March 1917.

Frank is now buried in Henin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais.

31 March 1917 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

30 March 1918 L Cpl Peter Fred BeresfordC/12960 L/Cpl Peter Fred Beresford, 21st Bn KRRC

Born in Hubberholme, Yorkshire in 1896, Peter was a farmer in his civilian life. He enlisted into the 21st KRRC in Keighley in September 1915 and served on the Western Front between May 1916 and November 1917 during which time he fought in the Battle of the Somme, the Battle of Messines and in the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

He was sent to Italy in November 1917 but returned to France in March 1918 and was severely wounded during the Battle of Arras 1918. Peter died of his wounds in 6th Stationary Hospital at Frevent, Pas de Calais on 30 March 1918. He is buried in St Hilaire Cemetery Extension, Frevent.

30 March 1918 died of his wounds

 Research by David O'Mara

 

28 March 1918 Pte William Nicholson54488 Pte William Nicholson, 19th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers

Born in Whitby, North Yorkshire, William was an employee at Hayfield Mills, Glusburn prior to the war. He was conscripted into the West Yorkshire Regiment in February 1916 but was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers upon embarking on active service on the Western front in September 1917.

After seeing service in the latter part of the 3rd Battle of Ypres in 1917, William was killed in action following the Battle of Bapaume during the German Spring Offensives of 1918 and posted as missing. His body was never recovered or positively identified and so William's name now appears on the Pozieres Memorial.

28 March 1918 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

26 March 1917 Pte John Archibald BishopTF/200206 Pte John Archibald Bishop, 1/4th Bn Royal Sussex Regt.

Born in Hampshire on 5 May 1895, John was employed in his father's boot and shoe retail business in Chichester and Gosport prior to the war.

He enlisted into the Sussex Territorials in February 1913 (numbered 1640) and he volunteered for foreign service in August 1914 and saw service at Gallipoli until September 1915 when he was invalided home.

After spending five months in Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, John rejoined his unit in Egypt in June 1916 and served with them there and in Palestine until he was killed in action at Gaza on 26 March 1917. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial.

26 March 1917 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

29 March 1917 Pte John Edward Pickup DCM266122 Pte John Edward Pickup DCM, 1/6th Duke of Wellington's (W Riding Regt).

 

An employee of Hartley & Co's sheetworks in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, John was born in Burnley in 1892. He enlisted into the West Riding territorials (as number 3360 in the 6th Bn) in August 1914 and he was sent to France with the 1/6th Bn on 14 April 1915. Serving as a stretcher bearer, he took part in the battles of Aubers Ridge in 1915 and the Somme in 1916 (where he was to gain the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his services in retrieving the wounded whilst under fire). John was killed in action during a raid on the German trenches near Richebourg on 29 March 1917 and he is now interred in St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg L'Avoue, France.

29 March 1917

Research by David O'Mara

 Photograph of Corporal Ployart
 Cl Paul Ployart

 

753 Can.2.Cl. Paul Fidèle Ployart, 118e Règiment d’Artillerie Lourde

 

Born at Sailly-sur-la-Lys, Pas de Calais on 8th February 1881, Paul had completed his compulsory military service in 1903 with the 1er Battailon Artillerie a Pied, and was, therefore, a reservist at the time of the outbreak of war.

A farmer in his civilian life, he was mobilised on the 2 August 1914 and initially served in the 14e Règiment d’Artillerie before transferring to the 118e R.A.L. on 1st September 1915 with whom he served at Verdun, Lorraine, the Aisne and in Alsace.

Paul was evacuated from the front in March 1918 suffering from chest complaints and breathing difficulties and sent to hospital in the rear. He died of tuberculosis, aggravated by service, at Feyre, Creuse on 27 March 1918. Paul’s remains were returned home for burial.

 

27 March 1918 died from breathing difficulties

 

 

Research by David O'Mara

 

 

References:

Historique Sommaire des 118e , 318e et 418e Régiments d’Artillerie Lourde pendant la Guerre 1914-18 Pub. La Rochelle 1920

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 )

Pas-de-Calais archives (http://www.archivespasdecalais.fr )

25 March 1917 Dvr John Edward Tattersall CoupeL/17517 Dvr John Edward Tattersall Coupe, ‘C' Battery, 56th Bde RFA.

From Burnley, Lancs, John was a weaver at Sutcliffe's Mill in Fulledge in civilian life. Living at Brunshaw Road, Burnley prior to enlistment into the Army in May 1915, John served in Mesopotamia from January 1916.

In early March 1917, John fell ill and contracted a fever.

Transferred to hospital in Amara, he died on 25 March 1917 at the age of 25. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

25 March 1917

Research by David O'Mara

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