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.

9 May 1915 Sdt Camille Renard821 Sdt Camille Renard, 26e R I.

Born at Bourg de Thizy, Rhone on 11 September 1890, Camille was living at 10, rue Courte, Roanne at the time of his enlistment. He had only just finished his compulsory military service with the 60e R I at the time of the outbreak of war and was, therefore, immediately recalled into service on 3 August 1914.

After seeing action in the Battles of the Frontiers, in Lorraine, on the Somme and at the 1st Battle of Ypres in 1914 with the 26e R I, Camille was killed in action in ‘the Labyrinthe’ near Neuville St Vaast during the Battle of Artois on 9 May 1915. He has no known grave.

9 May 1915

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

8 May 1917 Pte Arthur Chatterton27209 Pte Arthur Chatterton, 8th Bn East Yorkshire Regt.

Born at Theddlethorpe, Lincolnshire in 1881, Arthur was working as a wool sorter in the USA at the time of the outbreak of war. Upon the declaration of war, he returned to the UK and worked as a munitions worker near Glusburn, Yorkshire before enlisting into the East Yorkshire Regiment at Cross Hills, Yorkshire in early 1916.

He was sent on active service to the Western Front in November 1916 and first saw action on the Ancre following the Battle of the Somme. Arthur was next in action during the Battle of Arras in April 1917 where he was severely wounded (gun shot wound to the left leg) during the Battle of Arleux towards the end of the month. He died of wounds in one of the General Hospitals at Camiers on 8 May 1917 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais.

8 May 1917

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service 

 

6 May 1918 Pvt William Edward AlbertPvt William Edward Albert, 13th Amb Co 31st Ambulance Train US Army Medical Corps

Born at Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana on 12 June 1898, William was a railroad employee in Marshall County at the time of his enlistement. He enlisted into the US Army at Logansport, Indiana on 26 August 1917 and underwent training at Fort Thomas, Kentucky and Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana. After being assigned to the 31st Ambulance Train, William was sent to Hoboken, New Jersey in May 1918 where he was to embark for overseas service with the AEF.

However, after falling ill on the journey, he didn’t manage to set foot on his assigned troop-ship as he died of pneumonia in Hoboken the day before he was due to set sail. William is buried at Culver, Indiana.

6 May 1918

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service 

 

4 May 1918 Pvt Robert William FlookPvt Robert William Flook, Field Hospital Company No 6 US Army Medical Corps

Born at Omaha, Nebraska on 18 December 1918, Robert was a farmer in Indiana by the time he was an adult. He was drafted into the US Army at Cambridge City, Indiana on 6 March 1918 and underwent training at Camp Greenleaf, Georgia.

Assigned to the US Army Medical Corps, he was sent to Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia where he died of pneumonia on 4 May 1918. Robert is buried in Crownhill Cemetery, Centreville, Indiana.

4 May 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

7 May 1918 Pvt Donald Jefferson LyonsPvt Donald Jefferson Lyons, US Army Medical Corps

Born in Kokomo, Indiana on 30 December 1899, Donald grew up in Logansport, Indiana. He enlisted into the US Army Medical Corps on 6 November 1917 and underwent training at Fort Thomas, Kentucky and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia before being posted to the Base Hospital at Aberdeen, Maryland.

Donald died of scarlet fever at Aberdeen on 7 May 1918. He is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Logansport, Indiana.

7 May 1918

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service 

 

5 May 1915 Rez Josef GoderbauerRez Josef Goderbauer, Kgl Bayr Res Inf Regt Nr 2

From Einach, Baden-Wurttemburg, Josef was born in 1887. A warehouseman in civilian life, he was called back into full time service in August 1914 and saw action in the Battle of the Frontiers, the ‘Race to the Sea’ and the Battle of Arras 1914 before holding the line in Flanders.

Josef was killed in action on 5 May 1915 and has no known grave.

5 May 1915

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

3 May 1918 Pte James Harrison34205 Pte James Harrison, 1st (Garrison) B, South Staffordshire Regt.

A farmer from Austwick, Yorkshire, James was born in 1896. He enlisted into the West Yorkshire Regiment under the terms of the ‘Derby Scheme’ in 1915 and attested for full time service in January 1916. After training in the UK, he was transferred to the South Staffordshire Regiment prior to being sent to India in February 1917 where he served for the next year with the 1st Garrison Battalion.

James died of advanced erysipelas in Caloba War Hospital, Bombay on 3 May 1918 and is commemorated on the Kirkee Memorial, India.

3 May 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

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