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.

200757 L/Cpl Robert Dawson2 May 1918 L Cpl Robert Dawson, 8th Bn King’s Own (Ryl Lancaster Regt).

Born at Millom, Cumberland in 1895, Robert was living at Burton-in-Lonsdale at the time of the outbreak of war. He enlisted at the village hall in Burton in December 1914 into the 1/4th Bn King’s Own (as 3051) and was sent to France on 3 May 1915. Through fighting at Festubert, Givenchy, the Somme, Arras and 3rd Ypres, Robert was wounded four times throughout his service.

He was posted as missing in action following the Battles of the Lys on 2 May 1918. Robert’s body was later recovered and he is now buried in Chocques Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais.

2 May 1918

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

1 May 1916 Pte Frederick Baldwin433052 Pte Frederick Baldwin, 49th (Edmonton) Battalion CEF

Born in Burnley, Lancashire on 7 January 1895, Frederick lived at Settle, Yorkshire before emigrating to Canada in 1905. Employed as a farmer at the time of the outbreak of war, he enlisted into the CEF at Edmonton on 6 March 1915 and, soon afterwards, set sail for England.

He landed at Boulogne in October 1915 but, only after seeing limited frontline service, was struck down with appendicitis at the end of December 1915.

After rejoining his unit in March 1916, Frederick served in the Ypres Salient and was killed in action during a German bombardment on ‘Trench 60’ in Sanctuary Wood. He is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, West Flanders, Belgium.

1 May 1916

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

29 April 1918 Gnr John William Wilson83664 Gnr John William Wilson, 462 Bty R F A

Born at Steeton, Yorkshire in 1892, John was employed as a turner in his civilian life. A keen cricketer and footballer, he enlisted into the army in January 1915 and served on the Western Front as from July 1915. Gassed in August 1917, John returned to the UK (Woodfield Hospital, Oldham) for treatment before returning to France in early March 1918.

John was killed in action by the detonation of a shell in his gun pit near Amiens on 29 April 1918. He is buried in Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

29 April 1918

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

 

27 April 1918 Pvt Clyde MillardPvt Clyde Millard, Co M 18th Infantry Regiment

Born at Bristol, Virginia on 3 May 1900, Clyde was employed as an apprentice moulder in Blackford County, Indiana at the time of his enlistment into the army. He enlisted into the US Regular Army at Columbus, Ohio on 15 January 1917 and was stationed at Camp Colt, Pennsylvania at the time of the US declaration of war.

After moving to France with the first contingent of the AEF in June 1917, Clyde first saw frontline service in the Vosges mountains before partaking in several actions of varying scale over the next few months.

He died of wounds received near Cantigny on 27 April 1918 and was buried locally. Post war, his remains were repatriated to the USA.

27 April 1918

  

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

30 April 1918 Inf Friedrich WolfInf Friedrich Wolf, 2 Komp Kgl Bay 5 Inf Regt Großherzog Ernst Ludwig von Hessen

Born in Bamberg, Bavaria on 27 June 1893, Friedrich was already a serving soldier at the outbreak of war. A veteran of the Battle of the Frontiers, the ‘Race to the Sea’ and the 1st Battle of Ypres in 1914, he saw much action on the Western Front throughout the war. The battles of Artois and Loos in 1915 were followed with action on the Somme in 1916 and Arras and 3rd Ypres in 1917.

In 1918, Friedrich fought at Kemmel and Armentieres during the Battle of the Lys but was killed in action on 30 April 1918. He is buried in the German military cemetery at St Laurent-Blangy.

30 April 1918

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

 

28 April 1918 Sgt Alois GresslingerSgt Alois Gresslinger, 2 Bayr Mun Kol

A farmer from Schleindlsberg, Bavaria, Alois was born in 1884. He was a recalled reservist in August 1914 and saw service for much of the war on the Western Front as from the first days.

A holder of the Iron Cross 2nd Class, Alois was severely injured by shellfire between Armentieres and Lille on 28 April 1918 and died of his wounds later the same day in a field hospital to the north of Lille. He is buried in the German military cemetery at Wambrechies, Nord.

28 April 1918

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

26 April 1915 Inf Benedikt JauchInf Benedikt Jauch, 12 Komp Res Inf Regt 250

Born at Burladingen, Baden-Württemberg on 1 October 1894, Benedikt was called up for full time service in August 1914. After training at Heuberg Camp in Baden, he was sent to the Russian Front in January 1915 and took part in the Battle of the Masurian Lakes and saw action at Ostrolenka.

Benedikt was killed in action near Lipniki, Russia on 26 April 1915 and has no known grave.

26 April 1915

 

 

Research by David O'Mara, Croonaert Research Service

 

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