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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.

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

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

14_june_1917_qm_sgt_john_francis_mccarthyQM Sgt John Francis McCarthy, USMC.

Born 26 May 1884 at Richmond, Indiana, John was a salesman prior to enlisting into the US Marine Corps in New York on 25 January 1910. After four years service, he re-enlisted at San Francisco on 31 January 1914 at served on the USS Massachusetts and the USS Denver before becoming part of the American Expeditionary Force to Nicaragua. John was killed in an automobile accident at Oakland, California on 14 June 1917 and is now buried in his home town of Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana.

Research by David O'Mara 

12 June 1918 Pvt William Keith RossPvt William Keith Ross, 55 Co, 2/5th Marine Regt., USMC.

Born at Lawrenceburg on 18 July 1900, William enlisted into the US Marine Corps at Cincinnati, Ohio on 29 December 1917. Trained at Parris Island and Quantico, he embarked for overseas service in April 1918 and saw service with the 1st Infantry Division in France.

William was killed in action during the battles for Belleau Wood on 12 June 1918 and he was buried at Lucy le Bois, Aisne (grave number 108). Post war, he was transferred to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau, where he now lies in plot A, row 5, grave 81.

12 June 1918

Research by David O'Mara

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743 Adj. Chef Maurice Bousquet, 9 cie. 175e R.I.

Maurice Bousquest was born at Cette, Héraulton 29th June 1889. He completed his compulsory military service in October 1912 and returned to his civilian occupation of shop keeper. (Renamed Sète since 1928).

As an Active Army Reservist, he was returned to full time service as sergeant, the rank he attained during his previous service.

At the outbreak of war, Bousquet re-joined the 57e R.I. at Bayonne. Soon in action, he took part in the Battles of Alsace and the Battle of the Marne before moving to the Aisne Front by the end of 1914 where he would remain until the spring of 1915.

On 15th May 1915,  Bousque was transferred to the newly formed 175e R.I. He served at Gallipoli until September, when his regiment was transferred to Salonika.

Within days of arrival at Monastir on 16th September 1915 he was wounded by shrapnel in the left foot. He soon recovered and was promoted to Adjutant on November 11th 1915. At this time, he was also cited for bravery at brigade level during a reconnaissance of enemy positions and received the Croix de Guerre with bronze star.

Maurice was severely wounded on 12th /13th June 1917.

He was cited again, this time at Army level, for his endeavours and received the bronze palm emblem to wear on his Croix de Guerre ribbon. He was promoted to Adjudant-Chef on 16th January 1917.

Evacuated to the temporary hospital at Florina, Greece, he died of his injuries on 15th June 1917.

15 June 1917 Died of his injuries

 

 

Researched by David O'Mara.

13 June 1916 Pte Louis Littrell19058 Pte Louis Littrell, 3rd Bn CEF.

Born at Brooksburg, Jefferson County, USA on 10 October 1887,

Louis was a labourer in civilian life. He crossed the border and enlisted in the Canadian Army on 22 September 1914 and, after training in Ontario was sent to France via the UK in February 1915. Louis was killed in action near Mt.Sorrel, Belgium on 13 June 1916 and has no known grave.

He is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres.

13 June 1916

Research by David O'Mara

 

 

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