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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 Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:08:02 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 21 October 1916 Serjeant Horace Reeve http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4138-21-october-1916-serjeant-horace-reeve.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4138-21-october-1916-serjeant-horace-reeve.html 21 October 1916 Horace Reeve25148 Serjeant Horace Reeve, 9th Loyal N Lancs.

First cousin of the writer's father, Horace Reeve was the middle of three brothers. Horace was killed in action on 21 October 1916, when her father was only five months old.

The only photos remaining are shown, along with a letter that was written by Horace's father to the writer's grandparents. To the best of anyone's knowledge, sadly, no photos of Horace exist.

Horace is buried at Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, on the Somme. 

21 October 1916




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20 October 1918 Pvt Byron Webster Thornburg http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4136-20-october-1918-pvt-byron-webster-thornburg.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4136-20-october-1918-pvt-byron-webster-thornburg.html 20 Oct 1918 Pvt Byron Webster ThornburgPvt Byron Webster Thornburg, Section 544 US Ambulance Service (SSU 544)

Born in Marion, Indiana on 5 December 1895, Byron was a student at Indiana University when he enlisted into the University Unit, Ambulance Corps, Section 588 on 21 June 1917. After training at Allantown, Pennsylvania, he was sent overseas in January 1918 and transferred to Section 544. Working in the Oise-Aisne sectors from his arrival onwards, Byron was twice awarded the Croix de Guerre (with silver and bronze stars) from the French Army for bravery.

He was killed in action by shellfire near Gomont on 20 October 1918 and buried in Bagancourt French Cemetery. Byron's remains were repatriated post-war to the IOOF Cemetery, Marion, Indiana.

20 October 1918


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19 October 1918 Inf Max Müller http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4135-2014-10-16-18-58-39.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4135-2014-10-16-18-58-39.html 19 Oct 1918 Inf Max MüllerInf Max Müller, 11 Komp Kgl Bay 20 Inf Regt 'Prinz Franz'

A farmer from Rattenkirchen, Bavaria, Max was born in 1894. He was called into the army in August 1914 but had only seen front-line service since February 1918 when he was sent forward to take part in the German offensives of Spring 1918.

After partaking in actions on the Somme and in the 2nd Battle of the Marne (where he was to earn the Iron Cross 2nd Class), Max was killed in action during defensive operations on the Hunding Stellung on 19 October 1918 and has no known grave.

19 October 1918


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18 October 1914: the 35 fatalities of the 2 York and Lancasters http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4139-18-october-1914-the-35-fatalities-of-the-2-yal.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4139-18-october-1914-the-35-fatalities-of-the-2-yal.html yorks  lancs cap badgeToday we remember a number of casualties from the 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, killed in action in northern France, in and around Beaucamps-Ligny, on 18 October 1914.

2 casualties were identified at the time and 32 were recorded as missing. Of these 32, the remains of 15 have been recently rediscovered (please see The discovery and identification of the Beaucamps-Ligny Fifteen), and 11 of the 15 are now identified. The 15 are to be re-interred on 22 October 2014. The 35th casualty shown below was reported missing at the same time but his date of death is incorrectly recorded as being a few days later.

]]> 3135lish@gmail.com (Editor) Remember: on this day Sat, 18 Oct 2014 00:00:00 +0000 17 October 1916 L/Cpl Frank Sagar http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4134-17-october-1916-lcpl-frank-sagar.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4134-17-october-1916-lcpl-frank-sagar.html 17 Oct 1916 LCpl Frank Sagar17453 L/Cpl Frank Sagar, B Coy 7th Bn East Lancashire Regt.

From Barnoldswick, Yorkshire, Frank was born in 1895. He enlisted into the East Lancs at Nelson , Lancashire in the first weeks of the war and arrived in France with the 7th Battalion on 18 July 1915. After seeing action at Pietre in September 1915, his next major role was in the Battle of the Somme where he fought from its very first day.

Wounded by a gunshot wound in the abdomen during the phase of battle later known as the Battle of the Ancre Heights on 16 October 1916, Frank died in a Casualty Clearing Station at Puchevillers the following day. He is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme.

17 October 1916


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16 October 1917 Pte John Giles Stainton http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4133-16-october-1917-pte-john-giles-stainton.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4133-16-october-1917-pte-john-giles-stainton.html 16 Oct 1917 Pte John Giles Stainton20060 Pte John Giles Stainton, 6th Bn Dorsetshire Regt.

Born in Sedburgh, Yorkshire in 1880, John was a pre-war reservist living in Bootle at the time of the outbreak of war. Re-mobilised in Liverpool in August 1914, he served in France and Flanders with the Motorised Transport sections of the Army Service Corps (regimental number CMT/1672) from 5 October 1914. He was transferred to the 6th Dorsets on 24 September 1917 and fought as an infantryman in the 3rd Battle of Ypres.

John was killed in action and posted as missing on 16 October 1917. Having no known grave, he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, Belgium.

16 October 1917


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15 October 1918 Pvt Roscoe Wrigley http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4132-15-october-1918-pvt-roscoe-wrigley.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4132-15-october-1918-pvt-roscoe-wrigley.html 15 Oct 1918 Pvt Roscoe WrigleyPvt Roscoe Wrigley, Co I 6th Infantry Regt.

Born in Union County, Indiana on 17 November 1892, Roscoe was a farmer in Fayette County at the time of his enlistment. Drafted into service at Connersville, Indiana on 28 February 1918, he was trained at Camp Oglethorpe, Georgia before embarking on overseas service (initially to the UK before proceeding to France) in May 1918.

Roscoe was killed in action during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on 15 October 1918 and buried in American Cemetery Nr 1232 at Romagne, Meuse (his brother in law - who happened to be the officer in charge of interments – had the duty of arranging his burial). He is still buried there today in what is now known as the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne.

15 October 1918


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14 October 1918 Pvt Barbour Caruth Gunn http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4122-14-october-1918-pvt-barbour-caruth-gunn.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4122-14-october-1918-pvt-barbour-caruth-gunn.html 14 Oct 1918 Pvt Barbour Caruth GunnPvt Barbour Caruth Gunn, Co D 15th M G Battalion US Army

Born in Jefferson County, Kentucky on 24 June 1897, Barbour was, following the death of both of his parents in 1899, raised by his grandparents in Charlestown, Indiana. A salesman in his civilian life, he enlisted into the US Regular Army at Louisville, Kentucky on 24 January 1916 and, after serving in the USA for two years, embarked to join the AEF in France in April 1918.

Barbour was killed in action during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on 14 October 1918 and buried in the American Cemetery at Romagne, Meuse. His remains were repatriated to the USA post-war.

14 October 1918


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13 October 1917 Ers-Rez Simon Ellinger http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4121-13-october-1917-ers-rez-simon-ellinger.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4121-13-october-1917-ers-rez-simon-ellinger.html 13 Oct 1917 Ers-Rez Simon EllingerErs-Rez Simon Ellinger, Kgl Bay16 Inf Regt Grossherzog Ferdinand von Toskana

An assistant cook from Stockham, Bavaria, Simon was born in 1888. He was called back into full time service in late August 1914 and served in the northern section of the Western Front until 1916 when he saw action in the Battle of Verdun. Following service at Verdun, Simon was a participant in the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme before settling into routine trench holding duties into 1917.

He was killed in action during the 3rd Battle of Ypres on 13 October 1917 and is now buried in the kameradengrab of Langemark German Cemetery.

13 October 1917


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12 October 1917 Pte Arthur Amos Hardisty http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4120-12-october-1917-pte-arthur-amos-hardisty.html http://www.westernfrontassociation.com/great-war-people/remember-on-this-day/4120-12-october-1917-pte-arthur-amos-hardisty.html 12 Oct 191737813 Pte Arthur Amos Hardisty, A Coy 1st Bn Otago Regiment NZEF

Born at Long Drax near Selby, Yorkshire in 1873, Arthur was a stationer in Barnoldswick before emigrating to Wellington, New Zealand in 1906. Working as a storeman at Palmerston, NZ at the time of the outbreak of war, he enlisted into the NZEF on 16 October 1916 and embarked for active service in February 1917 (arriving in France on 6 June 1917). A participant in the Battle of Messines, he also partook in the 3rd Battle of Ypres from the end of September.

Arthur was posted as missing in action on 'New Zealand's blackest day' of the war – the opening day of the 1st Battle of Passchendaele, 12 October 1917, and has no known grave. Consequently, his name appears on the Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, Belgium.

12 October 1917


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