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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.

 Photograph of Sergeant Charles Edwin Harris
 Sgt Charles E Harris

 

 

3/12228 Sgt. Charles Edwin Harris, 3rd Bn. Duke of Wellington’s (W.Riding) Regt.

 

Charles Harris was born at near St.Ives, Cornwall in 1870. He spent 13 years pre-war service with the 1st Battalion East Lancashire Regiment in South Africa and India amongst other locations.

After becoming time expired, he settled into life as a weaver in Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, though he had also worked as a gardener.

Harris enlisted in the reserve battalion of the West Riding Regiment on 20 October 1914 and was immediately promoted to sergeant.

Harris saw no overseas service during the war, but remained at the regimental depot at Halifax, Yorkshire engaged in a training and administration capacity.

 On 7 June 1918 Harris was discharged from service as no longer fit on after suffering from "bronchitis and asthma brought on by war service".

Charles Harris was buried in Barnoldswick.

 

10 February 1919 died of an illness.

Research by David O'Mara.

9 Feb 1917 Lt Rudolph Cecil HopkinsonLt Rudolph Cecil Hopkinson, Royal Engineers

Born at Wimbledon, Surrey on 19 July 1891, Rudolph was a 1913 graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge. Following his graduation, he obtained work as an engineer in Newcastle but enlisted into the army upon the outbreak of war and sought a commission.

Commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers on 1 September 1914, he served on the Western Front from April 1915. Promoted to Lieutenant in July 1915, Rudolph was severely wounded near Loos on 24 November 1915 (in an action for which he was mentioned in dispatches) and evacuated to the UK for treatment.

Though officially discharged from the army due to his wounds in September 1916, he was still undergoing treatment in 1917 when, on the 9 February, he succumbed to the injuries received back in 1915 and died in Cambridge. He is buried in St.Giles and St.Peter's Church Cemetery, Cambridge.

9 February 1917

Research by David O'Mara

7 Feb 1917 Pte Robert Todhunter11560 Pte Robert Todhunter, 6th Bn East Lancashire Regt.

Born in Burnley, Lancashire in Robert was living at Royton at the time of his enlistment into the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment at the end of 1914. After transferring to the 6th Bn East Lancs, Robert embarked on active service in August 1915 and served at Gallipoli and in Egypt before moving to Mesopotamia in February 1916.

After fighting around Kut, Robert was wounded in action and died of wounds on 7 February 1917. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

7 February 1917

Research by David O'Mara

5 February 1917 AB Walter DawsonZ/8773 AB Walter Dawson, Hawke Bn RND.

Born at Farnhill, Yorkshire in 1892, Walter, who was a weaving overlooker by trade, was living at Newby Road, Farnhill at the time of his enlistment into the Royal Navy.

After arriving in France, Walter took part in the Battle of the Somme where he was involved in numerous actions before being badly wounded on 4 February 1917. Walter died of his injuries whilst in the care of a field ambulance in Aveluy Wood on 5 February and nown lies buried in the military cemetery of that name near Mesnil, on the Somme, where his final resting place is commemorated on a special memorial.

5 February 1917

Research by David O'Mara

8 February 1916 Pte Harry Iredale13830 Pte Harry Iredale, 10th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regt.

A weaver from Earby, Harry had enlisted into the army at Keighley in September 1914, arriving in France just under a year later on 26 August 1915 where he was positioned in the Armentières sector for most of his stay.

He was severely wounded during the morning of 8 February (the day that relief was due) and died in a dressing station in Bailleul shortly afterwards. Harry was 19 years of age and he is now buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension.

8 February 1916

Research by David O'Mara.

Nutter Brothers 1917
Gnr Henry Nutter and Gnr Geoffrey Nutter

126683 Gnr. Harry Nutter and 126682 Gnr Geoffrey Nutter, 52 Section, ‘P’ Anti-Aircraft Battery, Royal Horse Artillery

Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1890 and 1891 respectively, both were employed as teachers prior to enlistment.

The brothers enlisted, into the Royal Horse Artillery on January 10th 1916 and underwent training together.

Sent to the same unit, they arrived on the Western Front in May 1916.

They served on anti-aircraft duties throughout the Somme campaign of 1916.

On 6th February 1917, a shell fell on their battery causing 5 casualties (all of whom later died) including the brothers Harry and Geoffrey Nutter.

Geoffrey died of his wounds within two hours of this event whilst Harry lingered for several hours longer.

Both are buried in adjacent graves in Eclusier Communal Cemetery, Eclusier-Vaux, Somme.

6 February 1917 died of their wounds.

Research by David O'Mara

4 Feb 1918 Pvt Mechanic Ellis P CannonPvt (Mechanic) Ellis P Cannon, Co A 49th Infantry Regt.

A plumber from Vincennes, Indiana, Ellis was born on 16 March 1882. He had seen pre-war service after initially enlisting on short service terms into the 127th Company, Coastal Artillery Corps in 1909 with whom he served on the Mexican Border before leaving the army as time served.

On 16 March 1914, Ellis re-enlisted at Texas City and served in Co A of the 23rd Infantry before being transferred to the 49th Infantry at Syracuse, New York with whom he served in a training capacity at Camp Merritt, New Jersey.

Later transferred to Fort Hamilton, New York, Ellis contracted pneumonia and died there on 4 February 1918. He is buried in Green Lawn Cemetery, Vincennes, Indiana.

4 February 1918

Research by David O'Mara

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