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Pte. William George Face

British Army 7th Btn. Leicestershire Regiment

Account by William George Face, 7th Leicestershire's Regtl No 235623 of his capture:

Captured May 27 1918 at Champagne district. Marched down to temporary camp for a few hours. Marched to Rethel and stopped for night in prison. May 28 entrained for internment camp at Blanc Saint Jen, stopped for a few days entrained for new camp at Bazan Court where worked on new railhead for five weeks pay 30 Fncs a day. Was picked out for work. Sent away on July 10 entrained for Charleville and stopped there in small French cage for three nights. Entrained for a destination unknown (13 July ) at present. First day we were travelling through France and Belgium where the people on station were very good to us giving us cigarettes and money. We continued our journey through the night and waking up in the morning found ourselves just in the border of Germany. We arrived at Coln on the 14th where we had to change and stopped there an hour or two, and the next stop was Bremen where we arrived at midnight and stopped the night. We started off again on the 15th at 6am and travelled on until we arrived at Hamburg at 10:30 where we changed again and had the first basin of hot soup at a Red Cross building which was very good. We started off again at 3 o'clock for our destination which we had been guessing at all the way. We arrived at 8 o'clock and had a very agreeable surprise waiting for us for we were issued out with two loaves a man as an emergency parcel and a grocery parcel the next day, both issued by our Red Cross society. We are waiting to be sent out as working parties. We stay here until 31 July, my 25th birthday, by which time we had another grocery parcel and two biscuits parcels. On the night before we left we have a train journey of about 28 hours and arrived at ? where we are billeted on board an old warship and where I have my first experience of sleeping in hammocks, which I find very comfortable. There are several more Englishman here who have been captured from 1914, and all receiving their parcels and they are very good to us giving us biscuits and cigarettes. Held by SOM 3194

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Captured 2

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Captured 3

William Face

William Face


2nd Lt. James Edward Fagan

British Army 6th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

from:Lismacaffrey, Co. Westmeath

(d.5th Oct 1916)

My great uncle, James Edward Fagan from Lismacaffrey, Co. Westmeath, was a 2nd Lieutenant (temporary) with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, 6th Battalion attached to the 8th. He was injured in late September 1916 and died of his wounds on the 5th of October 1916. I am not sure which battle he was injured in. We have his ceremonial swords, an uncle of mine has his service revolver and helmet.


Pte. Thomas Fagan

British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers


(d.29th Mar 1915)

Thomas Fagan was married with two daughters when he joined the army. He died on 29 March 1915 and is buried at Ration Farm la Plus Douve annexe.


Pte. Thomas Fagan

British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers


(d.29th March 1915)

Thomas Fagan was my great grandfather and he was from Dublin, not Glasgow as suggested. He had two daughters, Rosemary and Annie. He had never seen Annie, who was just a few months old when he died. The family history is that he was hit and killed by a shell, and there is some suggestion that he was decapitated by that shell. He is buried at Ration Farm, on the outskirts of Ypres and on 29th March 2015 three generations of the family visited his grave on the 100th anniversary of his death.


Pte. Joseph Fail

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry



Pte. John Fairbairn

British Army 7th/8th Battalion Kings Own Scottish Borderers

from:Kelso, Scotland

(d.5th Dec 1918)

John Fairbairn was a 42 year old father and husband when he was conscripted into the Kings Own Scottish Borderers in 1918. Restrictions on who could be called up were lifted due to the horrific losses suffered during the previous three years. He survived the war but fell victim to the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918 and died on the 5th of December 1918. He is buried in Lille Southern Cemetery. He was my Grandad William's father on my mother's side.


Pte. S. Fairbrother

British Army 11th Btn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

(d.1st Jul 1916)


Pte. Edward Fairburn

Canadian Expeditionary Force 18th Btn.

(d.2nd Mar 1918)

Edward Fairburn was executed for desertion 02/03/1918 age 23 and buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, France. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario on 21 September 1895. After enlisting in November 1915, Fairburn was sent to France as part of a reinforcement for the 18th (Western Ontario) Battalion.

Following a period of charge-free conduct, Fairburn went missing during the period 9–16 April 1917 and he remained missing for 10 months, before being arrested just north of Arras. During his period of absence, Fairburn had missed the major battles at Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendale (Third Battle of Ypres), which made his desertion appear even worse in the eyes of the Army authorities, and it came as no surprise that Fairburn was court-martialled for desertion, found guilty and sentenced to death by shooting.


Pte. James Frederick Fairburn

British Army 2nd Btn. Durham Light Infantry

(d.21st Oct 1914)

James Frederick Fairbairn, my great grandfather was the second man of the 2nd Durhams to be killed. He was 30 years old and left behind 4 children, the youngest my nanna was 4 weeks old. He is buried in Boulogne.


Pte. John Fairburn

Army Durham Light Infantry

(d.15th Sep 1916)


Cpl. William Fairburn

British Army 1st Btn. East Lancashire Regiment

from:Burnley, Lancs.

(d.26th March 1918)

William Fairburn died on the 26th of March 1918, aged 28. Buried 5A in the Etaples Military Cemetery in France, he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fairburn. A widower, he lived with his wife's parents and two children at 30 Clifton Street, Burnley.


Nurse Helen Fairchild


(d.18th Jan 1918)

Helen Fairchild was a nurse from Pennsylvania who staffed a unit at the Western front at Passchendaele in Belgium. She died after surgery on a gastric ulcer due to the effect of mustard gas in January 1918.


Pte. John Fairclough

British Army 7th Btn. South Lancashire Regiment

from:St Helens

(d.8th June 1917)

John Fairclough went missing in action on the 8th of June 1917 and is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial.


Pte. Arthur Fairey

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry


Pte. Matthew Fairhurst

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

from:Wheatley Hill

(d.1st July 1916)

Matthew Fairhiurst is named on The Thiepval Memorial


Pte. Edward Fairless

British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

(d.27th Jul 1916)

Edward Fairless was born on 16th April 1892 in Westgate, County Durham. He was a student at St John's York 1911-13 being cricket club captain in 1913. He was employed as a teacher at Tudhoe Colliery CS, County Durham. Edward served as a Lance Corporal with the 18th Btn, Durham Light Infantry and died on the 27th July 1916 aged 24. He fought and died alongside fellow Johnsman Matthew Fullerton. They are buried in adjoining graves in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’avoue, France. A memorial oak tree in his remembrance stands in the grounds of his old school at Wolsingham, County Durham.


Sapper Thomas Fairley

British Army 250th Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers

from:South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland

(d.2nd Nov 1917)

Thomas Fairley's name appears on the Queensferry War Memorial, West Lothian, Scotland. He died of wounds on 2nd November 1917.


L/Cpl. Andrew Fairlie

British Army 2nd Btn. Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)


(d.13th Jul 1918)

Andrew Fairlie died aged 20 and is buried in the Alexandria (Hadra) War Memorial Cemetery in Egypt. He was born on 1st February 1898, the son of Mrs. J. Fairlie of 23 John Street, Ayr.


Pte. William Manfield Fairman

British Army 9th Service Btn. A Coy. Gloucester Regiment

from:24 Filton Road, Horfield, Bristol


Pte. William Manfield Fairman

British Army 9th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment

from:Horfield, Bristol

49th General Hospital Salonika

49th General Hospital Salonika

William Fairman was born on 8th January 1898 to William Francis and Emma Jane Fairman (nee Manfield)in Kingsdown, Bristol. Known as Billy to his family and attended Stokes Croft Endowed School, Bristol. He moved with his family to Horfield, Bristol in about 1912.

Billy enlisted at Horfield Barracks on 11th December 1915 giving a false date of birth. He was assigned to the 9th Service Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment. His employment prior to his enlistment was a Grocer (canteen work. His height was 5'2" with a chest measurement of 34" when expanded. Billy was at home 24 Filton Road, Horfield from 5th September 1916 to 18th January 1917 as his mother was ill. Emma dies of pneumonia in the last quarter of 1916.

From 19th January 1917 he was part of the Salonika Campaign with his battalion. He fought at the Battle of Dorian in Salonika and suffered gunshot wounds to the face and head on 24th or 25th April 1917 and spent 2 months in an army hospital. Upon his discharge from the hospital he suffered fainting attacks but never actually fainted and never felt "quite strong". He was then transferred to the 49th General Hospital in Salonika arriving on 18th August 1917 whereupon they found he had a heart problem - an aortic valve problem. One of his doctors was a Captain Tomlinson. Billy was at the 49th GH until 9th October 1917 when he was transferred to the 50th General Hospital at Kalamaria in Salonika. Finally on 27th November 1917 he was recommended for invaliding and he was sent to Valetta, Malta to await a hospital ship to transport him back to England. He apparently loved the people and Malta during his time there. He was transferred from Malta on 21st February 1918 aboard HMHS Wandilla arriving back in England on 24th February 1918. His medical transfer certificate signed by Captain J C Scott RAMC shows Billy had VDH - vascular disease of the heart.

Billy was finally discharged unfit from the Army on 3rd May 1918. His Field Medical Card shows he served for 1 year and 242 days in the Army and was a good steady intelligent man. The time spent during the First World War never left Billy's mind although he would very rarely talk about his experiences. He married, had a child and had a happy but short life dying of heart disease in 1949 aged 51

50th General Hospital, Salonika

50th General Hospital, Salonika


Spr. William Fairs

Australian Imperial Forces 1st Australian Tunnelling Coy.


Pte. David George Fairweather

British Army 4th Btn Black Watch


(d.14th Oct 1916)


Pte. James Henry Faithful

British Army 11th Btn. Suffolk


(d.15th November 1918)

James Henry Faithful was wounded in late October of 1918 and died of his wounds on the 15th November 1918 at Awoingt Military Hospital. He was buried in the hospital cemetery which is now the British Military cemetery at Awoingt, Nord, France. James was a London boy born and bred, he was just aged 27 at the time of his death and left a wife and baby daughter (my mother and grandmother).


Pte. Ferdinand Albert Faithfull

British Army 32nd Btn. Royal Fusiliers

from:Forest Green

(d.7th June 1917)

Ferdinand Faithfull was the 8th youngest of 10 children to Ferdinand Edwin Faithfull and his wife Susannah Anne (nee Holes). Ferdinand was the 3rd youngest brother to my Grand-Mother Florence Susannah Faithfull.


Pte. Joshua Falcus

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Joshua Falcus was wounded in March 1916


Pte. Robert Falcus

British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers


Robert Falcus was discharged in 1917 sick


Pte Harry Falgate

British Army 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers

from:12. Muriel St, South Moor, Stanley, Co. Durham.

(d.11th Jul 1916)

Falgate, Harry. Private 19/1467, Killed in Action on 11th July 1916. Aged 19 years.

Remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 10 B 11 B and 12 B.

Grandson of Henrietta Falgate, of 12. Muriel St, South Moor, Stanley, Co. Durham.

From the 19th Btn Northumberland Fusiliers Roll of Honour.


2nd Lt. Frederick Ewen Baldwin Falkiner MC.

British Army Royal Flying Corps

from:Dublin, Ireland

(d.21st Aug 1917)

Frederick Falkiner served with the the Royal Irish Rifles and Royal Flying Corps, who also served with the 7th Royal Dublin Fusiliers in Gallipoli and Serbia 1914 – 1916 and at the Battle of Messines. He died fighting in the air near Ypres 21st of August 1917, aged 22 years


2nd Lt. George Stride Falkiner

British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

from:Dublin, Ireland

(d.16th Aug 1917)

George Falkiner fell at Frezenberg, Flanders on the 16th of August 1917 When, being left alone in command of his company, he continued to lead his men to the attack. Aged 19 years.


Pte. William George Fall

British Army 1st Btn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment


(d.3rd May 1917)

At the time of his death, William Fall's Battalion, the 1st Warwickshires, were part of the 4th Division which were involved in the Battle of Arras. His medal card indicates that he qualified for the 1914 Star, the qualifying date being 8th November 1914. William is interred in the Crump Trench British Cemetery in Fampoux.

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