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 May 1917 Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate786032 Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate, D Bty 312th Bde RFA

Born in Draughton, Yorkshire in 1898, Dennis was conscripted into service at Otley in 1916. After arriving in France in early 1917, he saw action at Bullecourt and Lagnicourt during the Battle of Arras before being wounded in action in mid-May 1917.

Dennis died of wounds in the 49th CCS on 17 May 1917. He is buried in Achiet le Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.

17 May 1917

Research by David O'Mara

16 May 1917 Pte Tom Spencer36808 Pte Tom Spencer, 18th Bn Durham Light Infantry.

Born at Eastburn, Yorkshire in 1893, Tom was employed as a spinning over-looker by Messrs W Wilson and Son at Eastburn prior to his enlistment. Called to service with the DLI in 1916, Tom was killed in action near Arras on 16 May 1917. Having no known grave, Tom's name is listed on the Arras Memorial.

16 May 1917

Research by David O'Mara

 Black and white photograph of Private Charles Barrett who died from his injuries sustained during WW1 on this day 14 May 1918 RIP
 Pte Charles Barrett


57094 Pte. Charles Henry Barrett, 9th Bn, North Staffordshire Regt.

A miner from Burnley, Lancashire, Charles was born in 1893.

He was conscripted into service in October 1917 and served at the front as from April 1918.

Trench holding in the Hebuterne Sector, he was wounded in action in May 1918 and died of wounds in hospital at Rouen on 14th May 1918.

Charles is buried in St Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen.

14 May 1918 died in hospital from his wounds.


Research by David O'Mara.


REFERENCES 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 Burnley Express 22nd May 1918

Commonwealth War Graves Commission ( )

Soldiers Died in the Great War – HMSO 1921

Greater Burnley Roll of Honour Pub: Burnley 1920

12 May 1915 Musk Josef AbbergerMusk Josef Abberger, 4 Komp Lehr Infanterie Regt.

From Burladingen, Baden, Josef was born on 22 August 1893. Already a serving soldier at the outbreak of war, he transferred to the newly expanded Lehr Infantry Regiment at Potsdam in early 1914 and first saw action at Namur during the invasion of Belgium in August 1914.

After moving to the Eastern Front, Josef fought at the 1st Battle of the Masurian Lakes and the Battle of Lodz before moving to the Carpathian mountains and Gorlice.

He was killed in action during the Gorlice-Tarnow Offensive on 12 May 1915 and was buried in the military cemetery at Zadzielslo, Gorlice.

12 May 1915

Research by David O'Mara

LSgt John-Gregson 15 May 1918L Sgt John Gregson, 1/6th Bn Duke of Wellington's (W Riding) Regt.

Born at Wellington, Shropshire in 1880, John was living and working in Skipton ,Yorkshire at the time of his enlistment. A married father of two, he enlisted into his local territorial battalion in the early months of the war, but didn't see overseas service until mid 1916. After partaking in the Battle of the Somme soon after his arrival in France, John was also to become a veteran of the Battle of Poelkapelle (part of 3rd Ypres) the following year and was seriously wounded during the Battle of the Lys in April 1918.

Evacuated back to the UK, John died of his wounds in Lichfield Hospital on 15 May 1918 and was buried in Wrexham Cemetery, N.Wales five days later.

15 May 1918


13 May 1918 Trumpeter John Whitaker776147 Trumpeter John Whitaker, D Battery 254th Bde RFA

Born in Paticroft, Cheshire in 1894, John was employed by Lister & Co at Burnside Mill, Addingham, Yorkshire by the time of his enlistment. Enlisting into the local territorial artillery unit - 'The Wharfedale Howitzers' – soon after the outbreak of war, he arrived on the Western Front in early 1916 and served there until his death.

John was severely wounded near Ypres on 12 May 1918 and died of his injuries in a CCS near Poperinghe the following day. He is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Poperinge, West Flanders.

13 May 1918

Research by David O'Mara

11 May 1915 Capt George Clarence GliddonCapt George Clarence Gliddon, 10th Bn CEF.

George was born at Rodney, Ontario on 6 June 1888. A graduate of St Thomas College and the University of Toronto where he studied medicine between 1909 and 1914, he was about to enter practice as a physician in partnership with his brother when war broke out. Enlisting at Valcartier in September 1914, he became the Medical Officer of the 10th Battalion and proceeded to the UK in October. George arrived in France in February 1915, serving during the Second Battle of Ypres. Wounded near St.Julien on 4 May 1915, he died of his injuries on the 11 May. George is now buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery.

11 May 1915


Research by David O'Mara

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