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.

Capt. William Parkinson Holt, Army Service Corps (attch’d 29 Squadron. Royal Flying Corps)

William Holt was born in 1893 in Burnley, Lancashire.

He attended Burnley Grammar School and received a scholarship to Aldenham.

After moving to Didsbury with his parents he spent the years leading up to the outbreak of war as an apprentice at the Calico Printer’s Association in Manchester.

William Holt enlisted as a private into the Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry in August 1914. Within days of enlistment, on the 14th August, Private Holt was put forward for a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Manchester Brigade Company of the Army Service Corps.

He moved with the 42nd Division to Egypt and stayed there for the next 18 months William Holt then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps.

He transfered to France in the summer of 1916 and flew as a scout pilot with 29 Squadron Royal Flying Corps. On the evening of 24th June 1917 he left Le Hameau aerodrome on an offensive patrol flying Nieuport 23 (serial number B1607). He was shot down and killed by Unteroffizier Josef Heiligers of Jasta 30 near Beaumont some 30 minutes into his flight. Josef Heiligers was in turn shot down and killed on 20 November 1917 and is buried in the Lambersart Cimetière Militaire Allemand.

William is buried in Beaumont Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

4 June 1917 Killed in Action 2

Research by David O'Mara

23_june_1917_pte_sidney_crossley23205 Pte Sidney Crossley, 9th Bn East Lancs.

Born in Burnley in 1890, Sidney was living at an Oxford Road address at the time of his enlistment in February 1916. After training, he was sent to the 9th Battalion, East Lancs which was serving in Salonika, arriving with his Battalion at some time circa Dec 1916/Jan 1917 in the vicinity of Spancovo.

In June 1917, Sidney was one of many who fell ill with bouts of dysentery and/or malaria but, unfortunately, he never recovered. He is now buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece.

23 June 1917

Research by David O'Mara

Sdt Louis Berthelier
1202 Sdt Louis Claude Berthelier, 22e B.C.A.

Louis was born in 1893 in Montagny, Loire.

He enlisted into the army in October 1904 under the terms of his compulsory military service.

He was an active army reservist from 1906 when on 3rd August 1914 he was mobilised back into full time service. After being refitted at Albertville, Louis Claude Berthelier saw action in the Battle of of Alsace.

Louis Berthelier remained in the Vosges mountains throughout 1914 and into 1915 participating in the fighting on the Lingekopf in June 1915 where he was killed in action on June 21st.

He has no known grave.

21 June 1915 killed in action

Research by David O'Mara

19 June 1915 Sgt Reginald Sydney Smith470 Sgt Reginald Sydney Smith, 1st Australian Light Horse.

Born at Wilton, New South Wales in March 1879, Reginald had seen previous service as a Lieutenant in the NSW Mounted Rifles during the Boer War. Upon returning to Australia, he was employed as a labourer until he enlisted into the Light Horse in Sydney on 26 August 1914.

Already promoted to Sergeant, he left Sydney on the 'Star of Victoria' on 20 October 1914 bound for Egypt, thence to Gallipoli. Reginald received a gunshot wound to the head resulting in a fractured skull in mid-May 1915 and died of this injury at the 17th General Hospital, Alexandria, Egypt on 19 June 1915. He is buried in the Chatby War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt.

19 June 1915

Research by David O'Mara

22 June 1917 Pvt Glen Dale SherlandPvt Glen Dale Sherland, Co C 34th Infantry Regiment

Born in Chicago, Illinois on 21 July 1893, Glen was employed as a bridge worker at the time of his enlistment. He enlisted into the US Regular Army at Chicago on 14 May 1917 and underwent basic training at Jefferson Barracks, Minnesota before moving to Fort Bliss, Texas.

On 12 June 1917, Glen was accidentally shot by a comrade whilst on duty at Fort Bliss. He succumbed to his wound in Fort Bliss' hospital on 22 June 1917 and is buried in Donaldson Cemetery, Marion County, Indiana.

22 June 1917

Research by David O'Mara 

20_june_1917_cpl_harold_albert_bolton_mm186025 Cpl Harold Albert Bolton MM, 8th Bn CEF.

Born at Darlingford, Manitoba on 25 April 1896, Harold was educated at Calf Mountain and Darlingford Public Schools before gaining employment in 1912 with the Darlingford branch of the Bank of British North America. He enlisted (into the 90th Bn) on 6 November 1915 and proceeded to the UK in continuation of his training. After being attached to the 8th Bn CEF, Harold went to France in early 1916.

For gallantry in action during the Arras offensive in April 1917, Harold was awarded the Military Medal (Gazette date 18 July 1917) but was killed in action by shellfire in the vicinity of Acheville-Arleux (not too far from where his younger brother was to fall two months later) before receiving it. He is now buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery.

20 June 1917

Research by David O'Mara

   Pte Leonard Cottom A British soldier of WW1 who died on 19 June 1918
 Pte Leonard Cottom


6198 Pte. Leonard Cottom, 1/5 th Bn East Lancashire Regiment

Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1897, Leonard was a miner at Towneley Colliery before the war.

He enlisted into the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley on August 10 1914 and joined his battalion on the Western Front during the Battle of the Somme in late July 1916.

Leonard took part in the Battles of the Somme, Arras and 3rd Ypres before being wounded in action and evacuated back to the UK where he was transferred to the 3rd Battalion and then, upon recovery, to the 1/5th Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment.

In May 1918, he returned to the Western Front to join his new battalion but was reported as missing in action on 19 June 1918. Leonards remains were later recovered and he is buried in Euston Road Cemetery , Colincamps, Somme.


19 June 1918 killed in action


Research by David O'Mara.


REFERENCE 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 Burnley Express 18 January 1919

Commonwealth War Graves Commission ( )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921 Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920


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