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.

James Lucas was born April 13th 1887.
6June1918 Sgt James Lucas Co H 9 Infantry Regt

He was a farmer from Reddington, Jackson County, Indiana.

He enlisted into the US Regular Army at Laredo, Texas on July 17th 1915 and saw service in the Mexican Border campaign prior to the US declaration of war.

James Lucas was sent to join the American Expeditionary Force  in France in September 1917 and served in Lorraine before moving to Picardy following the German 1918 offensives. He was killed in action near Vaux sur Somme, June 6th 1918. he was originally buried locally.

Post – war, James’ remains were transferred to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau, Aisne.

6th June 1918

 

 

Research by David O'Mara

5 June 1915 Landwehrmann Lorenz SchmolzLandwehrmann Lorenz Schmölz Kgl Bayr Inf Regt 2

A shop keeper from Hohenfurch, Bavaria, Lorenz was born on 3rd November 1883.

Called into full time service in August 1914, he saw service within Germany until 1916 when he was sent into action in Rumania. After seeing action in several engagements in Rumania between 1916 and 1918, during which time he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class, Lorenz’ regiment was transferred to the Western Front in April 1918 and took part in the 2nd Battle of the Aisne from the end of May.

Lorenz was killed in action near Ville en Tardenois on 5th June 1918 and is now buried in the kameradengrab in the German military cemetery at Bligny, Marne.

KIA 5 June 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

3 June 1915 Pvt Warren Finley HoylePvt Warren Finley Hoyle 75 Co 6 Regt US Marine Corps

Born at Shelby, North Carolina on 2 September 1895, Warren was educated at Berea College, Kentucky before gaining employment with the Lonk Belt Company, Indiana.

He enlisted into the US Marine Corps at Indianapolis on May 29th 1917 and trained at Parris Island, South Carolina and at Quantico, Virgini. He was before sent overseas with the 6th Regiment on September 18th 1917.

After service in Alsace and Lorraine Pvt Hoyle's regiment was moved north to assist the French defence against the German offensives.

Private Warren Hoyle was killed in action near Lucy-en-Bocage, Aisne on 3rd June 1918 and is buried in the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery at Belleau, Aisne.

KIA  3 June 1918

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

ROTD 1 JUNE 191541110 Pte Allan Dent 18 Bn Lancashire Fusiliers

Born in Burnley, Lancashire, in 1896, Allan worked as an office clerk at Spafield Mill where his father was a manager. He enlisted in February 1915 into the Army Service Corps as Driver S4-065088. He served in France from May 1916 and transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers.

Allan Dent was wounded in action during the March Offensives in 1918. On 1st June 1918, having only just returned to the frontline following his recuperation, he was killed during an attack near Aveluy Wood. He has no known grave.

Pte Allan Dent is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial to the Missing.

1 June 1915

 

 

 Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

4 June 1915 Benjamin Omerod36274 Pte Benjamin Thomas Ormerod 77th F.A. R.A.M.C.  

Born in Blackburn, Lancashire in 1885, Benjamin was employed as a weaver at Wheelhouse Mill, Barnoldswick prior to the war. He was also a part-time member of the Barnoldswick St.John Ambulance Service.

Benjamin Omerod enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) in September 1914. After training he joined the 77th Field Ambulance based at Flowerdown Camp in Winchester.

On 4th June 1915, Private Omerod left Flowerdown Camp for a short spell of home leave and, after arriving in London in the early afternoon, attempted to cross the road near St.Pancras station. After stepping off the pavement, he realised that he was about to be hit by a lorry so attempted to evade it. In doing so, he stumbled and fell into the road under an omnibus travelling in the opposite direction.

The omnibus passed over Benjamin’s chest before it could stop leaving him unconcious between the wheels. By the time assistance arrived he was already dead. Benjamin Omerod was buried the following week at St.Mary-le-Gill churchyard in Barnoldswick.

4 June 1915

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

2 June 1915 Pte Charles Edward Edmondson BnW141768 Pte Charles Edward Edmondson 42 Bn Machine Gun Corps  

Charles Edmondson, born in Burnley in 1897, was an alter boy at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Churcha and weaver at Emmott’s Mill

He was conscripted into service in September 1916 and sent on active service with the Manchester Regiment in March 1917. He was subsequently transferred to 127th Machine Gun Company (MGC).

Pte Edmonson saw action at Third Ypres, known as 'Passchendaele'.

127th MG Company was moved into No 42 Bn on 23 February 1918.

Charles was killed in action, age 21, near Arras on 2 June 1918.

He is buried in Couin New British Cemetery.

KIA 2 June 1918 : Notice from the Burnley Express. 

 

 Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

31 May 1918 Gefr Sebastian Obermaier Gefr Sebastian Obermaier 10 Komp Kgl Bayr Res Inf Regt 17

From Obing, Bavaria, Sebastian was born in March 1894. Called into full time service at the outbreak of war, he first saw action near Ypres in early 1915 and fought on the Western Front from thereon. A veteran of the Battles of Fromelles, the Somme and Arras (during which time he was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class), he also served in Alsace and on the Chemin des Dames. After partaking in the German Spring Offensives, Sebastian was killed in action by artillery fire near Nouvron, Aisne on 31st May 1918. He is buried in the kameradengrab in the German military cemetery at Soupir.

 31 May 1918 

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

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