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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.

30-April-1915-Pte-H-Smith

Pte H Smith, Army Service Corps.

A carter with the Nelson Co-operative Society pre war (in the town where he resided – at 7, Cross Street), 21 year old Pte Carter enlisted into the army on 12 September 1914.

After getting married whilst on leave in January 1915, he travelled to Weyhill Camp, near Andover to undergo further training. Still at Weyhill in April 1915, he was involved in a boating tragedy when the punt upon which he was travelling on Appleshaw Pond during some free time, collided with another, knocking him overboard. A non-swimmer, Pte Smith disappeared under the water and, regardless of the efforts of his comrades, was lost for over half an hour. When he was finally found, attempts to save his life were made but these were all in vain.

His funeral took place in Weyhill on 4 May 1915.

30 April 1915

Research by David O'Mara

29 April 1915 Pte Alfred Harrigan27717 Pte Alfred Harrigan, 15th Bn CEF.

A steam fitter at the Otto Higel factory in Toronto, Alfred was born at Port Hope, Ontario on 6  September 1898. He enlisted into the CEF at Valcartier on 20 September 1914 and served in France from February 1915. Alfred was killed in the trenches near St Jean (on a day described as ‘quiet' in the battalion war diary). He has no known grave, and Alred is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial.

29 April 1915 died on this day 

 

Research by David O'Mara

27 April 1917 Pte James Wormwell240446 Pte James Wormwell, 1/5th Bn East Lancashire Regt.

From Nelson, Lancashire, James was born in 1894. Residing in Kelbrook at the time of his enlistment, he was employed as a weaver at J J Duckworth & Co before joining the army in August 1914. He served in the Dardanelles and Egypt before moving to the Western Front in February 1917. James was wounded in the back and abdomen near Havrincourt on 25 April 1917. Evacuated to a field hospital near Peronne, he died of his wounds in the early hours of 27 April 1917. James is now buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, France.

27 April 1917

Research by David O'Mara

 Photograph of Frenchman Louis Vareilles killed in action April 1916
 Sdt 2 Cl Louis dit Vareilles

 

1201 Sdt.2.Cl. Louis Amans Jean dit Vareilles, 122e Régiment d’Infanterie

 

Louis was born at Espeyrac, Aveyron on 13 October 1884; he was a farmer.

Louis had completed his compulsory military service in 1907 and was, therefore, an active army reservist upon the outbreak of war.

Recalled into service at Rodez on 3 August 1914, he saw his first action at Bisping, Moselle, during the Battle of Lorraine on 18 August 1914 where his regiment suffered nearly 50% casualties before continuing fighting in Alsace and on the Wöevre front.

By the end of 1914, Louis was serving in Flanders and took part in the final weeks of the 1st Battle of Ypres before trench holding in the southern Ypres Salient into the New Year.

For much of 1915, Louis was on the Champagne front and from September through until December, was engaged in action during the 2nd Battle of Champagne in the areas of Perthès and Côte 193.

The beginning of 1916 saw a slight move to the area of the Chemin des Dames and trench holding in the vicinity of Soupir and Mont-Sapin.

Louis was killed in action in the frontline above Soupir on 25 April 1916.

His grave location is unrecorded.

25 April 1916 killed in action.

 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

A diary account of this day, 25 April 1916,  during The First World War is provided in 'The Times Diary and Index of the Great War’.

 

Reference:

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

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 )

Aveyron Archives ( http://archives.aveyron.fr )

Les Armées françaises dans la Grande Guerre. Tome II. Pub. Paris 1931

28 April 1915 S/Lt Pierre ScheurerS/Lt Pierre Scheurer, 152e Regiment d'Infanterie.

Born at Thann, Alsace (then part of Germany) on 18 October 1887, Pierre left Thann to engage in his compulsory military training with the French Army at Epinal and became an eleve-officier in 1909.

He was severely wounded by a shell explosion at his regimental headquarters on the Hartmannswillerkopf on 26 April 1915 and died of these injuries in Field Ambulance 2/58 at Moosch two days later. Buried in Thann, he is also commemorated by a private memorial at the Hartmannswillerkopf, on Thann war memorial, on Le Thillot war memorial and in two ‘Books of Honour' in Paris. Pierre's brother, Daniel (a sergeant in 170 RI ), was killed in action at Mesnil-lès-Hurlus just over a month earlier.

Research by David O'Mara

 Photograph of Belgian WW1 soldier Arthur Lupsin
 Luit Arthur Lupsin

 

 

137/15564 Luit. Arthur Pierre Joseph Ghisain Lupsin, 1e bataillon de carabiniers-cycliste

Born at Furfooz, Namur on 14 September 1890, Arthur was an officer of the reserve at the time of the outbreak of war.

Mobilised on 1 August 1914, he saw action at the Battle of Halen and the Battle of the Yser before settling into the static warfare on the Yser front from the winter of 1914 through to 1916.

Arthur was killed in action after being fatally shot through the mouth – possibly by a German sniper - near Steenstraat, Flanders on 26 April 1916.

He was buried in the Belgian Military Cemetery at Hoogstade.

26 April 1916 killed in action.

 

Research by David O'Mara

 

 

Reference:

Geschiedenis der Regimenten: Zwarte Duivels (Karabiniers-Wielrijders)

(http://www.tenboome.webruimtehosting.net/guldenboek/Guldenboekprojecttotaal/regimenten/zwarteduivels.htm )

Belgian War Dead Register : ( http://www.wardeadregister.be/de/belgian-war-dead-datenbank )

Belgian War Graves (CD-ROM) : Patrick de Wolf

24 April 1917 Pte Edward HarwoodGS/51615 Pte Edward Harwood, 13th Bn Royal Fusiliers.

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1887, Edward was living at 25,Coultate Street in Burnley at the time of his enlistment. Originally enlisting in the East Lancashire Regiment (as 27798), he was transferred to the 13th Bn Royal Fusiliers immediately prior to being sent on active service. Edward was killed in action near Gavrelle during the Battle of Arras. He is buried in Chili Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle.

24 April 1917

Research by David O'Mara

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