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Remember: on this Day The First World War: join the Western Front Association, the premier organisation for study, learning and research into all aspects of The Great War 1914-18, and to understanding more about the phenomenon which shaped the 20th century http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day.html Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:50:50 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 19 April 1919 Pte Dana Robbins http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3701-19-april-1919-pte-dana-robbins.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3701-19-april-1919-pte-dana-robbins.html 19 April 1919 Pte Dana RobbinsPte Dana Robbins, Field Hosp 35 7th Div Sanitary Train

A labourer from Marion County, Dana was born at Patricksburg, Owen County on 29 March 29th 1896. He was drafted into service at Indianapolis on 26 April 1918 and, after training at Camp Taylor, Kentucky, Camp Greenleaf, Georgia and at Camp Merritt, New Jersey, was sent overseas in August 1918.

Dana died of spinal meningitis at Colombey, les Belles, France on 19 April 1919 and was buried locally. His remains were transferred to the St.Mihiel American Cemetery at Thiaucourt during the 1920's where his grave is still located today.

19 April 1919

 

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18 April 1918 Gunnery Sgt Roscoe Bledsoe http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3700-18-april-1918-gunnery-sgt-roscoe-bledsoe.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3700-18-april-1918-gunnery-sgt-roscoe-bledsoe.html 18 April 1918 Gunnery Sgt Roscoe BledsoeGunnery Sgt Roscoe Bledsoe, 74th Co 6th Regiment USMC

A farmer from French Lick, Orange County, Roscoe was born on 12 April 1886. He enlisted into the US Marine Corps at Louisville, Kentucky on 22 February 1914 and was trained at Parris Island, South Carolina before moving on to Quantico, Virginia.

Roscoe joined the AEF in France in October 1917 and, after participating in several engagements, died from the effects of gas at Verdun on 18 April 1918. Initially buried in an American cemetery at Fresnes, he is now buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery at Romagne sous Montfaucon, Meuse.

18 April 1918

 

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17 April 1915 Sdt Henri Antoine Gauthier http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3699-17-april-1915-sdt-henri-antoine-gauthier.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3699-17-april-1915-sdt-henri-antoine-gauthier.html 17 April 1915 Sdt Henri Antoine Gauthier874 Sdt Henri Antoine Gauthier, 359e R I.

Born at La Gresle, Loire on 10 September 1883, Henri was an inhabitant of Roanne at 42, Boulevard de Belgique, at the time of his enlistment. After having initially seen service with the 159e R I between 1904 and 1906, he was a reservist in 1914 and was immediately recalled into service during the first week of August 1914. Recalled into the 359e R I (the reserve regiment of the 159th), Henri saw action in Alsace and the Vosges from mid September 1914.

He was killed in action during the attacks on Sillaker on 17 April 1915 and is buried in the 'Chene-Millet' French military cemetery at Metzeral.

17 April 1915

 

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16 April 1917 Sdt Anton Koestler http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3693-16-april-1917-sdt-anton-koestler.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3693-16-april-1917-sdt-anton-koestler.html 16 April 1917 Sdt Anton KoestlerSdt Anton Koestler, 8 Komp Kgl Bay Res Inf Regt 11

From Ottengruen, Bavaria, Anton was born on 16 September 1893. Called into full time service in August 1914, he spent his whole war engaged in Alsace and the Vosges.

On 16 April 1917, Anton was killed in action during a defensive operation against French attacks in the Vosges. He has no known grave.

16 April 1917

 

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15 April 1917 Pte John Joseph Shanley http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3692-15-april-1917-pte-john-joseph-shanley.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3692-15-april-1917-pte-john-joseph-shanley.html 15 April 1917 Pte John Joseph Shanley5170 Pte John Joseph Shanley, 6th Bn East Lancashire Regt.

A pre-war reservist, John was born in Burnley, Lancashire in 1893. He was called into full time service in August 1914 and transferred to the 2nd Battalion East Lancs with whom he arrived in France on 6 November 1914. After seeing action at Neuve Chapelle, Aubers and the Somme, he returned to the UK – possibly wounded – and was transferred to the 6th Battalion.

Whilst en-route to join his new battalion (at that point serving in Mesopotamia), John was on board the troop ship SS.Cameronia sailing between Marseilles and Alexandria. On 15 April 1917 the Cameronia was torpedoed and sunk 150 miles off Malta by the German submarine U-33. 210 of the men on board were killed in this sinking, amongst them was John. Having 'no grave but the sea', John is commemorated on the Chatby Memorial, Alexandria, Egypt.

15 April 1917

 

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14 April 1919 Pvt Everett Lawson Jenkins http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3691-14-april-1919-pvt-everett-lawson-jenkins.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3691-14-april-1919-pvt-everett-lawson-jenkins.html 14 April 1919 Pvt Everett Lawson JenkinsPvt Everett Lawson Jenkins, Batt A 62nd Coastal Artillery Corps

A labourer from Hendricks County, Indiana, Everett was born at Avon, Indiana on 29 June 1891. He enlisted into the army at San Fransisco, California in December 1917 and was soon assigned to the 62nd CAC at Presidio, California. After being sent to the AEF in France on 14 July 1918, he returned to the USA as a casualty having been wounded in action during the Meuse Argonne Offensive and spent some time in hospital at Camp Sherman, Ohio.

Everett was transferred to Camp Wadsworth, South Carolina in 1919, but contracted tuberculosis and died here on 14 April 1919.. He is buried at Plainfield, Indiana.

14 April 1919

 

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13 April 1918 Inf Jakob Maier http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3690-13-april-1918-inf-jakob-maier.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3690-13-april-1918-inf-jakob-maier.html 13 April 1918 Inf Jakob MaierInf Jakob Maier, 1 Komp Kgl Bay Inf-Leib-Regiment

A holder of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, Jakob was a labourer from Untervilslern, Bavaria. Born in 1896, he was called into full time service within the first few weeks of the war and saw service on the Western Front and on the Italian Front throughout the war.

A veteran of the Somme and Verdun, he took part in the great German offensives of the spring of 1918 and was killed in action near Bailleul during the Battle of the Lys on 13 April 1918. Jakob is buried in the kameradengrab of the German military cemetery of Lens-Sallaumines, Pas de Calais.

13 April 1918

 

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12 April 1918 Pvt Richard Milton Pankey http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3689-12-april-1918-pvt-richard-milton-pankey.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3689-12-april-1918-pvt-richard-milton-pankey.html 12 April 1918 Pvt Richard Milton PankeyPvt Richard Milton Pankey, Co E 10th Infantry

Born in Fulton County, Kentucky on 25 February 1895, Richard enlisted into the US Regular Army in 1912. After becoming 'time-expired', he received an honourable discharge at Vancouver Barracks, Washington on 21 March 1916 and became a farmer in Marion County, Indiana.

He re-enlisted into the army at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri on 4 April 1917 and was posted to the 10th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. After transferring to Nitro, Virginia, Richard contracted pneumonia and died on 12 April 1918. He is buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Walter Valley, Kentucky.

12 April 1918

 

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11 April 1918 Pte Robert Robinson http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3688-11-april-1918-pte-robert-robinson.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3688-11-april-1918-pte-robert-robinson.html 11 April 1918 Pte Robert Robinson66570 Pte Robert Robinson, 1/6th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers

Born at Ingleton, Yorkshire in 1899, Robert enlisted, under-age, into the Army under the 'Derby Scheme' in December 1915 and was called into service some time later. He was serving with the 1/6th Northumberland Fusiliers on the Western Front when he was killed in action during the Battle of Estaires on 11 April 1918.

Robert's body was never successfully identified (or found) and he is now commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. His older brother, Edward, had been posted as missing just under 12 months previously and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial.

11 April 1918

 

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10 April 1918 U Offz Franz Bartsch http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3685-10-april-1918-u-offz-franz-bartsch.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/3685-10-april-1918-u-offz-franz-bartsch.html 10 April 1918 U Offz Franz BartschU/Offz Franz Bartsch, Kgl Bayer Jaeger Regiment Nr 1

From Graben near Leidenberg, Franz was born in 1895. A hunt-master in his civilian life, he was called up into service in early 1915 and saw action throughout the war in the Dolomites, Serbia, Verdun, Romania and Caparetto.

By now a holder of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, he returned to the Western Front in 1918 and took part in the Battle of the Lys where he was killed in action by a shell or grenade splinter on 10 April 1918. Franz has no known grave.

10 April 1918

 

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