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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.

 Photograph of Corporal Ployart
 Cl Paul Ployart

 

753 Can.2.Cl. Paul Fidèle Ployart, 118e Règiment d’Artillerie Lourde

 

Born at Sailly-sur-la-Lys, Pas de Calais on 8th February 1881, Paul had completed his compulsory military service in 1903 with the 1er Battailon Artillerie a Pied, and was, therefore, a reservist at the time of the outbreak of war.

A farmer in his civilian life, he was mobilised on the 2 August 1914 and initially served in the 14e Règiment d’Artillerie before transferring to the 118e R.A.L. on 1st September 1915 with whom he served at Verdun, Lorraine, the Aisne and in Alsace.

Paul was evacuated from the front in March 1918 suffering from chest complaints and breathing difficulties and sent to hospital in the rear. He died of tuberculosis, aggravated by service, at Feyre, Creuse on 27 March 1918. Paul’s remains were returned home for burial.

 

27 March 1918 died from breathing difficulties

 

 

Research by David O'Mara

 

 

References:

Historique Sommaire des 118e , 318e et 418e Régiments d’Artillerie Lourde pendant la Guerre 1914-18 Pub. La Rochelle 1920

Tableau d’Honneur – Morts pour La France Pub. Paris 1921 Sepultures de Guerre (www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr)

Morts Pour La France de la Première Guerre Mondiale (fiches des soldats MPF) ( www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr )

Journaux des marches et opérations des unités engagées dans la Première Guerre mondiale ( www.memoiredeshommes.sga.defense.gouv.fr )

Pas-de-Calais archives (http://www.archivespasdecalais.fr )

26 March 1917 Pte John Archibald BishopTF/200206 Pte John Archibald Bishop, 1/4th Bn Royal Sussex Regt.

Born in Hampshire on 5 May 1895, John was employed in his father's boot and shoe retail business in Chichester and Gosport prior to the war.

He enlisted into the Sussex Territorials in February 1913 (numbered 1640) and he volunteered for foreign service in August 1914 and saw service at Gallipoli until September 1915 when he was invalided home.

After spending five months in Beaufort War Hospital, Bristol, John rejoined his unit in Egypt in June 1916 and served with them there and in Palestine until he was killed in action at Gaza on 26 March 1917. He is commemorated on the Jerusalem Memorial.

26 March 1917 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara.

 

24 March 1917 L/Cpl Smith Myers17550 L/Cpl Smith Myers, 2nd Bn Cameronians (Scottish Rifles).

Residing at 126 Brierfield Road at the time of his enlistment in January 1915, Smith originally enlisted, in Burnley, into the 10th Bn Cameronians.

Arriving in France on 3 August 1915, he saw action at the Battle of Loos and the Somme before transferring to the 2nd Battalion with which he was killed near Peronne on 24 March 1917. He is now buried in Peronne Communal Cemetery.

 

24 March 1917 killed in action

Research by David O'Mara

23 March 1918 Capt Willoughby John LittledaleCapt Willoughby John Littledale, 2nd Bn Ox and Bucks Light Infantry

Born at Kensington, Middlesex in 1896, Willoughby was educated at Copthorne School and Eton. He had just been accepted into Trinity College, Oxford at the time of the outbreak of war so, instead, proceeded to Sandhurst from where he received his commission in December 1914. After arriving in France in May 1915, Willoughby saw action during the Battle of Loos and the Somme, where he was wounded in November 1916.

Returning to his regiment after recuperation in 1917, he saw further action at the Battle of Cambrai before being killed in action on 23 March 1918 during the German Kaiserschlacht Offensive. Willoughby is buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

23 March 1918 killed in action 

Research by David O'Mara

25 March 1917 Dvr John Edward Tattersall CoupeL/17517 Dvr John Edward Tattersall Coupe, ‘C' Battery, 56th Bde RFA.

From Burnley, Lancs, John was a weaver at Sutcliffe's Mill in Fulledge in civilian life. Living at Brunshaw Road, Burnley prior to enlistment into the Army in May 1915, John served in Mesopotamia from January 1916.

In early March 1917, John fell ill and contracted a fever.

Transferred to hospital in Amara, he died on 25 March 1917 at the age of 25. He is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq.

25 March 1917

Research by David O'Mara

 Inf Otto Primbs
 Inf Ott Primbs. Kgl. Bayr. Inf. Regt. 19.

 

Inf. Otto Primbs, Kgl.Bayr.Inf.Regt.19 ’König Viktor Emanuel III. von Italien’

 

A farmer from Messgerhof, Bavaria, Otto was born in 1898.

Called into full time service in 1916, he saw frontline service from May 1917 and saw his first action at Gavrelle in June 1917.

After a period out of the line, he then fought near St.Julien during the 3rd Battle of Ypres before moving to the Lys front where he spent the winter of 1917/18.

During the March Offensives of 1918, Otto fought near Vaulx-Vraucourt and was killed in action on 24th March 1918.

He has no known grave.

 24 March 1918 killed in action.

 

 

 Research by David O'Mara

 

REFERENCES

 

Histories of 251 Divisions of the German Army which Participated in the War US General Staff, Pub.1920

Schlachten des Weltkrieges (Band 15 - Die Tragödie von Verdun 1916 (3 und 4 Teil)) – Pub: Berlin 1929

Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge (www.volksbund.de)

Verlustlisten 1.Weltkrieg (http://des.geneology.net)

Vermisstenliste 1.Weltkrieg (http://des.genealogy.net/wk1vermisste/search/index )

22 March 1917 Gefreiter Paul GruendingerGefreiter Paul Gruendinger, 8 Komp Bay Res Inf Regt 2

A miller from Steinmuehle, Bavaria, Paul was born in 1889. A recalled reservist in August 1914, he served at the front from February 1915 and saw service against the British in Flanders during 1915 and on the Somme in 1916.

A holder of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, Paul died of wounds received near Arras on 22 March 1917 at Neuvireuil, south west of Douai and was buried in the German cemetery there. His body was later transferred to the German Military Cemetery at St. Laurent-Blangy where he remains to this day.

22 March 1917

Research by David O'Mara

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