I know of no DIRECT ancestors who died fighting for their country.
My grandfather, Alf Pilcher, Pilcher-359 , was gassed at Ypres (1914), and wounded by shrapnel, but survived and lived another 40 years.
But in my Watchlist I have 16 relatives killed in WW II (most in Europe but a couple in Asia) and 43 killed in WW I (most in "France and Flanders", quite a few lost at sea (in the Navy) and a couple lost at Gallipoli)
The one who is probably my closest relative is my first cousin twice remove, Reginald Meacham (1895 - 1918) ( Meacham-1083 ).
Reginald was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, emmigrated to Australia (with his parents and siblings) in 1913. He joined the 9Th Infantry Battalion in 1917. He was killed 8 Aug 1918, and is buried at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnieres, France. Based on the date of death and burial location, he was probably killed on the first day of the Battle of Amiens (1918), the first battle of the Hundred Days Offensive which led to the defeat of the Germans and the end of World War I.
Another first cousin twice removed Cyril Gilbert (1895 - 1917) ( Gilbert-13609 ) (first cousin of Reginald Meacham) (also born in Lichfield) was a gunner in the Royal Horse Artillery And Royal Field Artillery. He suffered fatal wounds (apparently to his head) on 7 December,1917,while exchanging artillery fire with the Germans, in the First Battle of Cambrai, and died on 10 December.
Cyril's short life is described in a small book - The Road to Rocquigny by R. A. Gilbert (his nephew)
- "This true story begins in 1895 and tells of the life and times of Cyril Gilbert. A hard hitting account of a son of Lichfield who paid the ultimate price during the Great War of 1914 -1918."