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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.

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

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

Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line].

Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com 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 (www.cwgc.org )

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

 

17 June 1917 AM3 Frank Waddington63582 AM3 Frank Waddington, Royal Flying Corps

Born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1893, Frank was employed as a weaver in nearby Earby at the time of his enlistment. A keen artist in his spare time, he was called up into the RFC in February 1917 and was enrolled in the School of Aerial Gunnery at Farnbourough soon after enlistment.

Whilst training in Scotland, Frank was struck down with tuberculosis and died in hospital at Lochdoon, Scotland on 17 June 1917. His remains were transported back to Earby for his funeral and he now lies buried in St.Mary's Churchyard, Thornton in Craven.

17 June 1917

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

 

 Black and white photograph of WW1 soldiers 2138 L/Cpl. Charles Burrell, 1/5 th Bn. East Lancashire Regt.
 L/Cpl. Charles Burrel

 

2138 L/Cpl. Charles Burrell, 1/5 th Bn. East Lancashire Regt.

A cotton weaver from Burnley, Lancashire, Charles was born in 1883.

He had served for seven years in the volunteers before the war and attained the rank of sergeant which facilitated his promotion to Lance Corporal in the 5th East Lancs soon after attestation in August 1914. After training in the UK, he embarked for service at Gallipoli in May 1915 and took part in the 3 rd Battle of Krithia.

He fell ill with dysentery in June 1915 and was evacuated to the island of Mudros where he died on 18 June 1915.

Charles is buried in East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece.

18 June 195 died from dysentry

 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

References:

 

Ancestry.com. British Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA:

Ancestry.com 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 30 June 1915

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921

476578 16 June 1917 Gnr Maurice Chester AtkinsonGnr Maurice Chester Atkinson, 1st Bde CFA

Born in Barnoldswick, Yorkshire in March 1894, Maurice emigrated with his family to British Columbia, Canada in 1910. Employed as a machinist in civilian life, he had also served for 2 years in the Canadian Militia by the time of his enlistment, on 15 November 1915, into the CEF. Soon after enlistment, Maurice arrived in the UK where he underwent training in Willtshire, before being sent to the Western Front in September 1916. Maurice was one of 7 men killed on the Vimy-Farbus railway embankment when a German 5.9in shell hit their dugout during the morning of 16 June 1917. Only two men were extracted from this dugout and the location was later lost.

Consequently, Maurice's name appears on the Vimy Memorial to the Missing.

16 June 1917

Research by David O'Mara

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