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.

30MAY15 ROTDStandschütze Julius Jakob Vetter

A clerk from Dornbirn, Austria, Julius was born on 3rd February 1897. He enlisted in his local Standschütze battalion upon their formation in August 1914 and served in an ancillary role within his home town until May 1915 when he was transferred to the Italian border immediately prior to the outbreak of war between Italy and Austria. Moving across the border after the declaration, Julius was killed in action at Moena, Trentino on 30th May 1915. His grave location is unrecorded.

 30 May 1915



Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

29 May 1916 Pte Alexander Whittle7/3518 Pte Alexander Whittle 1/7th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers

A council worker from Wooler, Northumberland, Alexander Whittle enlisted at Wooler and attested at Alnwick in the second week of June 1915. After training, he was sent to France to join his battalion in early 1916 near Meteren. After moving slightly northwards, Alexander’s battalion was engaged in trench holding duties in the Locre sector, Belgium for the next few weeks. He was killed in action during these routine duties on 29th May 1916 and is buried in La Laiterie Miltary Cemetery, Kemmel.

29 May 1916



Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

27 May 1918 Smn Van Crooke PhillipsSmn 2nd Class Van Crooke Phillips, US Navy

Born at Scotland, Greene County, Indiana on 19 November 1895, Van was educated at Indiana University before becoming assistant principle of Greenwood Public Schools. On 4 May 1918, he resigned from this position and enlisted into the US Navy.

Soon after entering the Great Lakes Naval Training Station at Chicago, Illinois, Van fell ill with appendicitis and died following an operation on 27 May 1918. He is buried at Scotland. Indiana.

27 May 1918



Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service


25 May 1917 Pte Charles Henry Gill32576 Pte Charles Henry Gill, 8th Bn York and Lancs.

A clog iron maker from Silsden, Yorkshire, Charles was born at Bradley, Yorkshire in 1896. He was conscripted into service in February 1916 and, after spending a year with the Training Reserve, was drafted to France with the 8/Y&L in April 1917.

After only a few weeks at the front, Charles was killed in action in the Ypres Salient on 25 May 1917. He is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Zillebeke, West Flanders.

25 May 1917



Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service


28 May 1918 pvt joseph c farrowPvt Joseph C Farrow Co M 28th Infantry Regt 

Born at Shelby County, Indiana on February 17th 1891, Joseph was brought up by his grandmother in Illinois. He voluntarily enlisted into the US Army at St.Louis, Missouri in September 1917. After a short period of training at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana, he was sent overseas to the AEF in December 1917 but posted as missing in action near Cantigny on 28th May 1918. His remains still unfound or unidentified, Joseph is commemorated by name on the Tablets of the Missing at the Somme American Cemetery at Bony.

28 May 1916


Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

Patrouillefuhrer Ignaz Rusch KK LIR Nr 2Patrouilleführer Ignaz Rusch, KK LIR Nr 2

A hotel worker from Dornbirn, Austria, Ignaz was born on 19 March 1875. A part-time soldier in the Landwehr immediately before the war, he was called into full time service in August 1914 and served in Austria before going on active service on the Eastern Front in 1915.

Taken prisoner in early 1916, Ignaz died in captivity at Taschkent, Russia on 26 May 1916. He has no known grave.

26 May 1916



Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service


24 May 1918 Pvt Joseph King ClarkePvt Joseph King Clarke, 82nd Co 6th Regiment USMC

From Cutler, Carroll County, Indiana, Joseph was born on 3 April 1896. He enlisted into the US Marine Corps on 18 May 1917 and underwent training at Parris Island, South Carolina.

On 24 October 1917, Joseph set sail for the AEF in France and served on the Western Front from the end of the year – under the training of the French Army in Alsace. In the spring of 1918, his unit took over a section of front line in the Toulon sector near Verdun and, soon afterwards, came under a German gas attack.

During this attack, Joseph was gassed and evacuated from the frontline. After devoloping pneumonia during his recovery, he died in a French military hospital near Souilly on 24 May 1918 and was initially buried in the American section of Mont Oche Cemetery, Souilly, Meuse. His remains were repatriated to the USA post-war.

24 May 1918



 Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service


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