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.

23 May 1916 Inf Josef MoserInf Josef Moser, 2 Komp Kgl Bayr Res Inf Regt Nr 19

A farmer from Steinhof, near Hebertsfelden, Bavaria, Josef was born in 1893. Already serving in the army at the time of the outbreak of war, he saw service at home before being transferred to the 19th Reserve Infantry Regiment in January 1915.

With the 19th, Josef fought in the mountain warfare of the Vosges throughout 1915 (apart from a couple of months during the summer when he was transferred to to Galicia and particpated in the capture of Przemsl in June)- including the severe actions on the Hartmannswillerkopf and the Reichackerkopf.

Still in Alsace into 1916, Josef was killed in action by a shell splinter to the back of the head on 23 May 1916. He has no known grave.

23 May 1916

 

 Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

22 May 1918 Gnr John Moore50517 Gnr John Moore, Y 24th Medium Trench Mortar Battery RFA

Born at Hawes, Yorkshire in 1895, John attempted to enlist in August 1914 but was sent home due to overwhelming numbers enlisting at that time. He was successful at his second attempt in October 1914 and, after training, was sent to the Western Front on 31 August 1915.

Wounded once during his time on active service, he returned to his unit but was severely wounded by shrapnel in his back and left leg on 9 May 1918 whilst serving near Amiens. After being evacuated back to the UK, John died of his injuries in hospital in London on 22 May 1918. He is buried in St Margaret’s Churchyard, Hawes.

22 May 1918

 

 

 Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

20 May 1915 Inf Albert GrabherInf Albert Grabher, KK LIR Nr 2

A bank clerk from Dornbirn, Austria, Albert was born on 2 February 1876. He was called into full-time Landwehr service in August 1914 and fought against the Russians on the Eastern Front from the end of that year.

Taken prisoner in the early spring of 1915, Albert died in Russian captivity at Taschkent, Russia (now Usbekistan) on 20h May 1915. He has no known grave.

20 May 1915

 

 

 Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

18 May 1918 Pvt Charles C SturdevantPvt Charles C Sturdevant, Med Section 7th Field Artillery Regt.

A farmer from Tipton County, Indiana, Charles was born at Brewersville, Jennings County on 8 January 1895. He enlisted into the US Regular Army at Columbus, Ohio on 2 May 1916 and was still serving at the time of the US declaration of war.

Stationed at Fort Sam Houston, Texas until June 1917, he embarked at New York for service in France on 10 June 1917 and saw service in Lorraine and the Vosges before being rushed to Picardy to bolster the French forces following the German offensives in that area in April 1918.

Charles was killed in action on the Montdidier front on 18 May 1918. He is now buried in the Somme American Cemetery, Bony, France.

18 May 1918

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

21 May 1915 Ers Rez Johann AsemannErs Rez Johann Asemann, 4 Komp Kgl Bayr Res Inf Regt Nr 12

Born at Honsolgen, Bavaria on 24 June 1884, Johann was recalled into full time service in August 1914. He first saw action during the ‘Race to the Sea’ actions and at the Battle of Arras 1914, before settling into the trenches of Flanders and Artois where he was to remain for the remainder of his war.

Johann was killed in action near Arras on 21 May 1915 and is buried in the ‘kameradengrab’ in the German military cemetery of St Laurent-Blangy.

21 May 1915

 

 

 Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

19 May 1916 Oberleutnant i Res Goswin RhombergOberleutnant i Res Goswin Rhomberg, K K Landsturm Baon 165

A manufacturer from Dornbirn, Austria, Goswin was born on 18 February 1872. He had served in the pre-war Austrian Army and, by the time of the outbreak of war, was an officer in the Landsturm. Called into full time service in July 1914, Goswin served on home duties in Austria before being transferred to the Italian front in 1915.

He was killed in action near Contrin (Monte Seif), Italy on 19 May 1916.

19 May 1916

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

17 May 1917 Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate786032 Gnr Dennis Albert Holgate, D Bty 312th Bde RFA

Born in Draughton, Yorkshire in 1898, Dennis was conscripted into service at Otley in 1916. After arriving in France in early 1917, he saw action at Bullecourt and Lagnicourt during the Battle of Arras before being wounded in action in mid-May 1917.

Dennis died of wounds in the 49th CCS on 17 May 1917. He is buried in Achiet le Grand Communal Cemetery Extension.

17 May 1917

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

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