People of World War 1 Featured on greatwar.co.uk
This page lists some of the people featured on this website who played a part in the events of the First World War.
Remembering Our WW1 Ancestors
Twenty members of our family served in the military during the First World War. This website is dedicated to them.
Lance Corporal Thomas (Jack) Axford, VC, MM
Lace Corporal Axford was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry in action with the Australian Imperial Forces at Vaire and Hamel Woods on 4th July 1918 during the Battle of le Hamel.
Private Henry (Harry) Dalziel
Private Dalziel was serving with the Australian Imperial Force on 4th July 1918 at the Battle of Le Hamel. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry on that day.
Nurse Helen Fairchild
Helen Fairchild served as a U.S. Army Reserve Nurse in France and Belgium from June 1917. She became ill and died in January 1918 of complications believed to have been caused by exposure to Mustard Gas.
Sergeant Simon Fraser
Sergeant, later Second Lieutenant, Simon Fraser was one of many Australians who fought at the Battle of Fromelles in July 1916. He and his comrades went out after the battle to rescue wounded men over three days. He has been immortalized in a life-size sculpture at the Australian Memorial Park Fromelles.
Rifleman Albert Edward French
Albert E French was one of many young men who volunteered to join the British Army under-age. He claimed to be 19 years old when he enlisted despite being only 15 or just 16 years old in October 1915. Posted to the Theatre of War in France & Flanders at the beginning of May 1916 he was killed in action just six weeks later, aged 16.
Find out how an examination of Albert's British Army Service Record reveals fascinating and moving information about Albert, his family and his short period of service with the 18th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps (K.R.R.C.).
Captain Georges Guynemer
Captain Georges Guynemer was a pilot and national hero of France, flying with the famous Storks Escadrille N.3. With a total of 53 victories he disappeared over the German lines on 11th September 1917 in the Ypres Salient.
Lieutenant William Noel Hodgson, MC
Author of the poem Before Action. Lt Hodgson was killed on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme 1916.Lieutenant William Noel Hodgson, MC
Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries, VC
Captain Jeffries was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions during the attack by the ANZAC II Corps on 12th October 1917 during the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge.
Lieutenant John Kipling
John Kipling, only son of the author Rudyard Kipling, served in 2nd Battalion Irish Guards from September 1914 to September 1915. He was wounded and missing on the afternoon of 27 September 1915 at the Battle of Loos. In August 2015 the authors of this website provided new evidence to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission concerning the incorrect map reference for the unidentified Irish Guards lieutenant discovered on the Loos battlefield after the war.
Lance Corporal Fracis Edward Ledwidge
The Irish poet Francis Ledwidge was killed on the battlefield at Boesinghe, Ypres Salient, on 31st July 1917. It was the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres.
Sergeant Lewis McGee, VC
Sergeant Lewis McGee was awarded a Victoria Cross for his gallantry with the ANZAC II Corps on 4th October 1917 during the Battle of Broodseinde Ridge.
(Photograph by kind permission of Patricia Downes)
Moina Michael, also known as “the Poppy Lady” was the American teacher from Georgia responsible for introducing the idea of the Red Flanders poppy as a symbol of Remembrance.
Corporal Thomas Pope
Corporal Pope was the first U.S. soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honour. He won it when serving with the 33rd U.S. Infantry Division at the Battle of le Hamel on 4th July 1918.
Captain Clement Robertson, VC
Captain Clement Robertson was the first member of The Tank Corps to be awarded the Victoria Cross.
Private James Peter Robertson, VC
Private Robertson was killed in action on 6th November 1917 while serving with the Canadian 27th Battalion in the last days of the Third Battle of Ypres (the Battle of Passchendale). He was awarded a Victoria Cross for his gallantry.
Sergeant John William Streets
John William Streets “Will” was born on 24th March 1886. Will found himself in a very active sector of the battlefield at Serre. Behind the British Front Line the men of the Sheffield Pals spent this time training and practising for the battle of the Somme. During this busy time Will wrote poems and ideas in a red-covered pocket-book. Now and again he sent some of these poems home.
For information about Will and to read some of his moving poems see our page at:
Rifleman Valentine Joe Strudwick
Valentine was 15 years old when he died on 14 January 1916. He is buried in Essex Farm Cemetery near Ypres.
Tracing World War 1 Family History
Our pages about getting started on tracing a person in your family who served in the First World War will help to give you information about what sort of detail you can find for medals, war graves, Service Records and where to look for it online or in archives and museums.
WW1 Personal Experiences
A selection of autobiographies and official archive collections of diaries, letters and papers which tell the stories and experiences of the Great War 1914-1918 by the people themselves.
The National Archives, Kew, Surrey
Forces War Records
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