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.

6_march_1917_12510_sgt_thomas_ingham12510 Sgt Thomas Ingham, 2nd Bn East Lancs Regt.

An August 1914 enlistee, Thomas was born in Burnley, but was living at Hill Street, Padiham at the time of his enlistment in Nelson. He disembarked in France in January 1915 and took part in several actions including the Battles of Neuve Chapelle, Aubers, the Loos diversionary action at Bois Grenier (after which he spent some considerable time in this same sector), the German attack at Vimy Ridge and the Somme offensive before being killed in action in ‘Pallas' Trench whilst awaiting relief following the attack in that location. Thomas is now buried in Hem Farm Military Cemetery at Hem-Monacu.

6 March 1917

Research by David O'Mara

6 March 1917 Pte Robert Walton34584 Pte Robert Walton, 1st (Garrison) Bn, Somerset Light Infantry.

A career soldier from West Witton, Yorkshire, Robert served in the Chitral Campaign of 1895 and the Second Boer War with the East Lancashire Regiment.

Leaving the Army just before the outbreak of the Great War, he immediately re-enlisted.

He suffered a head wound at the end of 1915 that necessitated his return to the UK.

After over a year in the UK, Robert was transferred to the 1st Garrison Bn SLI and he was sent to serve in the Middle East.

However, whilst on board his troop ship, he contracted pneumonia and died, at the age of 43, on 6 March 1917. Robert is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq.

6 March 1917 died of pneumonia

Research by David O'Mara


5 March 1917 Pte Harry Ormerod28817 Pte Harry Ormerod, 2nd Bn East Lancashire Regiment

From Worsthorne, Lancashire, Harry was living and working at Wallstream Farm, Worsthorne when he enlisted into the 3rd Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley in 1915. He was sent overseas to join the 2nd East Lancashire Regiment on the Somme as part of a replacement draft to replace casualties incurred during the opening days of the Somme battle and remained in that sector for the remainder of his life.

Harry took part in several actions, including those at Gueudecourt in October 1916 and the attack near Bouchavesnes on 4 March 1917. Harry was killed in action between Bouchavesnes and Moislains on 5 March 1917. He has no known grave and is, consequently, commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.

5 March 1917 killed in action. 

Research by David O'Mara

 Photograph of Pte James Dean
 Pte James Dean


27150 Pte. James Dean, 2nd Bn, East Lancashire Regiment


Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1890, James was a tape-labourer and former weaver at a weaving shed in Whittlefield, Burnley.

Conscripted into service in June 1916, he underwent his training with the 3rd Battalion East Lancs before transferring to the 7th Battalion prior to embarking on overseas service in October 1916.

After arriving in France, James was transferred to the 2nd Battalion and served with them – in the role of bomber - in the Lesboefs, Rancourt and Bouchavesnes sectors of the Somme battlefield over the winter of 1916/17.

James was killed in action during an attack on ‘Pallas’, ‘Jupiter’ and ‘Fritz’ trenches near Bouchavesnes on the morning of 4th March 1917 and has no known grave.

His name is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

4 March 1917 killed in action



Research by David O'Mara



References: British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: 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 History of the East Lancashire Regiment in the Great War' Maj.Gen Nicholson (ed) Pub. 1935

'The Eighth Division 1914-1918' Lt.Col.Boraston & Capt.Bax . Pub. 1926

'The Burnley Express' 24th March 1917

'The Burnley News' 24th March 1917

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

'Soldiers Died in the Great War' HMSO 1921

'Greater Burnley Roll of Honour' Pub: Burnley 1920

5 March 1917 L Cpl Shadrach Duckworth23455 L/Cpl Shadrach Duckworth, 2/East Lancs Regt.

Born at Royston, Lancashire, Shadrach was a weaver at Barden Mill, Burnley, Lancashire (where he resided on Pembroke Street) immediately prior to his enlistment.

He enlisted in Burnley into the East Lancs in June 1916 and was sent to the 2nd Battalion in France in late November of that same year. Holding the line near Bouchavesnes, Somme for practically all of his front-line service, Shadrach was severely wounded during the localised 'Action of Bouchavesnes' that was intended to chase and speed up the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line and move on to the village of Moislains.

This action cost the lives of 11 men from the battalion killed and left 4 officers and 29 other ranks (including Shadrach) wounded. Shadrach was moved to the 99th Field Ambulance where he died on 5 March 1917. Buried nearby, he is now interred in Hem Farm Cemetery, Somme, France.

5 March 1917 killed in action.

Research by David O'Mara.


4 March 1917 L Cpl Robert James Shepherd Atkinson28802 L/Cpl Robert James Shepherd Atkinson, 2nd Bn Prince of Wales' Own (W Yorkshire Regt)

Born at Burton-in-Holme, Westmoreland in 1891, Robert was a butcher in his civilian life. A married man with two children, he enlisted into the army in Leeds under the Derby Scheme in 1915 and was called into service in April 1916.

Finding himself in France with the 2nd battalion of the West Yorks by the autumn of 1916 (as a much needed replacement), he saw action during the latter stages of the Somme battle and in the Ancre operations following into 1917.

Robert was killed in action on 4 March 1917 and is buried in Pozieres British Cemetery, Somme.

4 March 1917 killed in action.

Research by David O'Mara.

 Photograph of Lieutenant Louis Castanier
 Lieut Louis Castanier


196 Lieut. Louis Alfred Castanier, 58e Régiment d’Artillerie de Campagne


Born at Millau, Aveyron on 16 September 1892, Louis enlisted into the army at Mende in 1911 and was a serving soldier in barracks at Bordeaux at the time of the outbreak of war.

After seeing intense action at the Battle of the Grande Couronne, Lorraine in 1914, Louis received a commission and saw service in the region of Nancy into 1916.

From February through to September 1916, Castanier was a participant in the Battle of Verdun (Ornes, Moulainville, Fresnes, Cote 304, Avocourt etc) and even took part in an infantry role near Souville in September.

Following relief from the battle, the Verdun front was held again over the winter into 1917 before moving to the Aisne.

Lieut. Louis Castanier was killed in action by artillery fire at Fontenoy, Aisne on the night of 3rd / 4th March 1917 while located in a forward observation post in the front-line.

During his service , Louis was cited three times for bravery and was a recipient of the medaille militaire and croix de guerre. He was also awarded (posthumously), the Legion d’Honneur in June 1920. Louis’ burial location is unrecorded.

3 March 1917 killed in action.



Research by David O'Mara.




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

Historique des 58e et 258e Régiments d’Artillerie, Guerre 1914-19 Pub. Bordeux 1920

Tableau d’Honneur – Morts pour La France Pub. Paris 1921

Sepultures de Guerre (

Morts Pour La France de la Première Guerre Mondiale (fiches des soldats MPF) ( )

Journaux des marches et opérations des unités engagées dans la Première Guerre mondiale ( )

Aveyron Archives ( )


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