ROTD AUG 15 LARGE

 

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.

13 August 1915 Pte Arthur Moore469 Pte Arthur Moore, 2/2 East Lancs FA, RAMC.

Resident at 58, Baron Terrace, Healey Wood, Burnley, Arthur was a weaver at Thompson's Mill, Trafalgar Street at the time of his enlistment into the Territorial Force. Also a member of the Burnley Lads Club, he enlisted into the RAMC (TF) (the 2/2nd EL FA ‘Callams Own') at Burnley barracks in mid-November 1914 and, after training in Colwall and Heathfield, Arthur embarked upon the HMT Royal Edward at Devonport on 30 July 1915. Bound for Gallipoli, the Royal Edward was struck by a torpedo from the UB-14 in the Aegean on 13 August 1915 and sunk. Arthur was one of the 77 men from Burnley on board who died that day and, having no grave but the sea, he is now commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

13 August 1915

Research by David O'Mara

12 Aug 1914 Lt Robin Reginald SkeneLt Robin Reginald Skene, Royal Flying Corps

Along with AM/1 RK Barlow, Robin was the first fatality (albeit not in action) for the RFC during the Great War. Born in Surrey on 6 August 1891, Robin was a pre-war aviator who obtained his Royal Aero Club Aviators' Certificate on 21 July 1913 at the Bristol School at Brooklands. A member of the Special Reserve, he was, upon the outbreak of war, assigned to No 3 Squadron under the command of Major John Maitland Salmond.

On 12 August 1914 the Squadron left its base at Netheravon for France via Dover but soon after taking off Lt Skene's Bleriot XI side-slipped and dived into the ground killing him and his mechanic (Barlow). It was suggested at the time that the aircraft may have been overloaded for its flight to France, though this now seems unlikely.

Robin is buried in St Mary's churchyard at Send, Surrey.

12 August 1914

Research by David O'Mara

 10 August 1915 Lt-Col Arthur Bauchop
 Lt-Col Arthur Bachop

 

Lt-Col Arthur Bachop, Otago Mounted Rifles

As part of the campaign in Gallipoli, the British and Commonwealth forces were to launch an attack on 7 August. The plan was for Australian troops to make a frontal assault at Lone Pine and for the British to land at Suvla. The main thrust, however, was to be by New Zealanders who were to capture Chunuk Bair. To do this, they had to advance up tortuous county undetected.

The approach to the Chunuk Bair was along Rhododendron Spur. The Turks had outposts along the spur at the Table Top, Destroyer Hill and at Old No 3 Outpost. There was also an outpost on Bauchop's Hill to the north. All these outposts had to be cleared by the New Zealanders before the attack on Chunuk Bair itself. The Auckland Regiment cleared Old No 3 Outpost whilst the Wellington Regiment took Destroyer Hill and the Table Top.

The Otago and Canterbury Regiments captured Bauchop's Hill, which was named after the Otago regiment's commander, Lieutenant Colonel Arthur Bauchop who was killed during the attack.

Arthur Bauchop was the son of Robert and Maria Bauchop, of Port Chalmers, Dunedin and husband of Mary Jane Elder Bauchop (whom he married in 1912) of Havelock North, Hawke's Bay. He received gunshot wounds to the spine on 7 August 1915 and was evacuated to a hospital ship, the Delta. He died three days later on 10 August and was buried at sea from HMHS Delta. He is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial at Anzac.

Although the outposts were cleared successfully, (the New Zealanders losing about 100 men in the process) delays caused the plan to run behind schedule, which was to prove disastrous for the attack on Chunuk Bair.

10 August 1915 killed in action

Image courtesy: Auckland War Memorial Museum

Research by David Tattersfield, WFA Development Trustee

 Black and White photograph of Alfred Gaby VC killed in action 8 August 1918
 LieutAlfred Edward Gaby

 

 

 

Alfred was born on 25 January 1892 in Springfield, Tasmania. 

He was a labourer and farmer before joing the Australian Imperial Force receiving a commission in 1917.

On 8 August 1918 the 28th Battalion attacked an enemy trench east of Villers-Bretonneux during the Battle of Amiens. Initially stopped by wire 40 yards short of the German trench Lieut. Gaby found a gap in the wire, and single handed approached the machine gun in the strong point that was holding back the attack.

Running along the parapet, at point blank, he drove the German crews from their guns and compelled the surrender of 50. He then organised his men and attacked the next objective.

While encouraging his men to press on he was shot by a sniper.

Lieut. Gaby was buried at Heath Cemetery, Harbonniers.

 

 

 

 

REFERENCE

Foreign & Commonweatlh Office of the UK Gov. Notes reproduced from conetnt made freely available to share through Creative Commons. 

 

 

 

 

 

 11 Aug 1917 Pte Foster Yerkess
 Pte Foster Yerkess 

 

37887 Pte Foster Yerkess, 2nd Bn Royal Berks Regt.

Born in Earby, Yorkshire in 1896, Foster was a weaver residing in Colne, Lancashire at the time of the outbreak of war. Initially enlisting into the 9th Bn Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regt. in August 1914, he served in France from July 1915 until being wounded and invalided home in March 1916.

After returning to France with the 2/Berks in May 1917, Foster was caught by a shell explosion and wounded in the spine and thigh on 2 August 1917. He died whilst under treatment at No.4 General Hospital, Camiers on 11 August and is now buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.

11 August 1917 killed in action

Research by David O'Mara.

 

 Photograph of Cpl Alexander Burton VC
Cpl Alexander Stewart Burton

 

Corporal Alexander Stewart Burton

 

Alexander was born on 20 January 1893 in Kyneton, Victoria in Australia. He become an ironmonger.

On enlisting he joined the 7th Battalion Australian Imperial Force.

His death came about during an attack on Lone Pine, Gallipoli.

Following a counter-attack on the centre of a newly captured trench held by Corporal Burton and Corporal Dunstan and a few men, despite the attack the men repulsed tha Turks and rebuilt the barricade. Another two times the enemy blew the barricade, and twice more Corporals Burton and Dunstan repulsed them and rebuilt it. 

Cpl. Burton has no known grave. His name is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial at Gallipoli. 

An oak tree, and a bridge at Euroa, Victoria, are dedicated to his memory.

 

 

 

REFERENCE

The Foreign & Commonwealth Commission. Material used free of copyright based on Creative Commission Copyright.

 

 

 

6Aug1914
234602 AB Charles George McConachy, Royal Navy

Charles McConachy was born in Belfast on 11th July 1889.

On 3rd August 1905, while a student of Ballymena Academy, he enlisted into the Royal Navy (Boy service).

On 11th July 1907 his adult service began. He signed up for 12 years service.

After serving on several vessels (on land and sea), on 9th April 1914, he transferred to the HMS Amphion of the 3rd Destroyer Flotilla (Harwich Force).

On the morning of 6th August 1914, the Amphion struck a mine laid by the SMS Königin Luise and sunk, killing about 150 British sailors and marines (the first British combat fatalities of the war)

About 18 German prisoners who were on board. McConachy was amongst these casualties.

He has  ‘no grave but the sea.'

Charles George McConachy is commemorated on the Plymouth Naval Memorial.

(See also the ROTD entry for 6th August 2014 for a more complete story of the Amphion sinking)

6 August 1914 died at sea

 HMS Amphion

 

Research by David O'Mara

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