cenotaph londonIntroduced in January, 2010, "Remember: on this day" is a way in which the WFA - through its aim of "Remembering" - will feature a casualty from the Great War each day on our home page.

Those shown are from any side and any service, and we describe not just those who were killed in action (KIA) on the day in question, but those who were on active service who died for any reason. We aim wherever possible to show an image of the casualty, a short text about his or her background, and the cause of death.

This feature is produced in collaboration with David O'Mara of Croonaert Research Services.

6 Nov 1914 Jäger Johann Georg SchwendingerJäger Johann Georg Schwendinger, 3 Rgt d Tir K J

A foundry worker from Dornbirn, Austria, Johann was born on 6 March 1890. Having recently completed his compulsory service, he was a reservist at the outbreak of war and was, therefore, called back into service within the last days of July 1914 and, after serving for a short time within Austria, was soon sent to fight the Russians in Poland.

Taken prisoner in one of his first actions, Johann died in a PoW camp at Tomsk, Siberia on 6 November 1914. His grave location is unrecorded.


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service


Pvt. James B.Bicknell, Supply Co. 152nd Infantry Regt.

A farmer from Strawtown, Hamilton County, Indiana, James enlisted into the army on War Service on October 5th 1917.

After training at Camp Shelby,Mississipi, he was sent to the 152nd Infantry at Fort Benjamin Harrison and then Fort Sheridan, Illinois.

During his service, James fell ill with kidney trouble and underwent two operations.

Following the second operation, he was sent on home leave to recuperate, but died on 10th July 1920.

He is buried in Alexandria, Indiana.

10 July 1920



Research by David O'Mara

Remembered on this day by The Western Front Association

206186 (38893)* Pte.Thomas Atkinson, ‘F’Battalion, 3rd Tank Bde, Heavy Branch Machine Gun Company

Thomas Atkinson was born in 1885 in Burnley.

He was a former weaver and publican; he was the landlord of the Sun Inn, Haggate, Burnley for over 12 months.

He was living in Barnoldswick, Lancashire at the time of his enlistment.

He was conscripted into service on June 13th 1916; initially into the Army Service Corps.

Private Atkinson served as a driver and gunner in the early tanks from the beginning of 1917.

He was killed by German shell fire near Ypres in the early hours of 7th July 1917.

He is buried at Gwalia Cemetery, Belgium.

*Note: Thomas served (and died) with the regimental number 38893. Upon the conversion of the Heavy Branch, Machine Gun Corps to the Tank Corps at the end of July 1917, his number was changed to 206186…even though he had been dead for just over a fortnight at the time of this transition.

7 July 1917 killed in action



Research by David O'Mara

St.Kpr Wilbur Washington Linder, US Navy

Wilbur Linder was born at Cannelton, Perry County, Indiana on March 19th 1899. He was a chauffeur.

Linder enlisted into the US Navy at Evansville, Indiana on February 13th 1917. He underwent training at the Great Lakes Naval Training Station, Illinois then embarked on active service.

He was on board the British transport ship RMT Leinster when it was sunk by the UB-123 in the Irish Sea in October 1918 and taken to Cork in Ireland.

From there, he was sent to Castleton and served on board the USS Solace.

St. Kpr Wilbur Washington Linder died of spinal meningitis whilst on board the USS Solace on 5th July 1919.

He is now buried in Oak Hill Cemetery, Evansville, Indiana.

5 July 1919 died on this day



Research by David O'Mara


1309 Sgt. Jean Antoine Magnin, 133e Régiment d’Infanterie

 Jean Antoine Magnin was born at La Ville, Rhône on 20th May 1891. In October 1912 he was living at 121, rue de Paris, Roanne, Loire when he was called into compulsory military service.

Enlisting into the 133e R.I. at Roanne, M. Magnin was serving at Pierre-Châtel at the time of the outbreak of war and was almost immediately in action at Cernay on 8th August 1914 during the opening moves of the Battle of Alsace (during which his regiment lost heavily… suffering some 1200 casualties in just 10 days of action).

After remaining in Alsace and the Vosges for the remainder of the year and into 1915, Magnin – by now promoted to Sergent – was killed in action at La Fontenelle, Vosges on 9th July 1915.

He is buried in the Nécropole nationale of ‘La Fontenelle’, Ban de Sapt, Vosges.

9 July 1915 killed in action



Research by David O'Mara


5720 Pte. Allan Hopkinson, 1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

Allan Hopkinson was born in 1896. He is from Colne, Lancashire. 

A weaver, he enlisted into the East Lancashire Regiment in Burnley in July 1914.

He served on the Western Front from November  1914.

He saw frontline action in the vicinity of the Ypres Salient for nearly all of his service.

He fought through the 2nd Battle of Ypres and was killed in action by German shellfire in the Canal Bank sector, northern Salient on 6th July 1915.

He is buried in Talana Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

6 July 1915 killed in action



Research by David O'Mara

Pvt. Philip Danforth Peterson, Co.D, 28th Infantry Regiment

Philip Peterson was born at Rivergrove, Illinois on May 4th 1900. He was a professional soldier. He enlisted, age 15, on August 6th 1915.

After being stationed for much of his wartime service at Fort Benjamin Harrison, he was posted to the American Expeditionary Force in France in early 1918.

He was seriously wounded in action at the end of June.

He died of wounds in the American Hospital at Angers (base hospital no. 27) on 4th July 1918.

At the time, buried in the hospital cemetery.

Pvt Peterson's remains were repatriated to the USA post-war.

4 July 1918 died of wounds



Research by David O'Mara

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