Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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ADAMSON, Private James Stanley (1898 -1921)



James Stanley Adamson was the son of coal miner John and Mrs. Jane  Adamson of 133 John Street, Blaydon and one of seven children. He enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Battalion service No: 83935.

Stanley died on 9 January 1921 age 23 years and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: FU 193. Awarded the British War and Victory medals he is also remembered on Blaydon War Memorial.



ALLAN ,Private George Henry (1899- 1919)

George Henry Allan was the son of coal miner Andrew and Mrs. Annie Allan of 3 Oswin Street, Cuthbert Square, Blaydon; one of seven children. He enlisted into the R.A.S.C. R/259083 at Blaydon and was transferred to the Cheshire Regiment service No: 64562. Posted to France he died of wounds on 7 June 1918 age 19 years. He is buried at Sezanne Communal Cemetery, Marne, France grave ref: C.44 The town of Sezanne is 100 km east of Paris and French medical units were at Sezanne from September 1914 onwards, and of the 32nd Casualty Clearing Station in June and July 1918.The communal cemetery contains a plot of 127 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, four of them unidentified.

He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. and is also remembered on Blaydon War Memorial.

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AMOS , Private George Septimus  1889 – 1916



George Septimus Amos was born on 22 November  1889 at Swalwell and was the son of Andrew, a colliery labourer and Mary Amos . The family were living at 59 George Street, Blaydon by 1911 and Septimus worked as a labourer ( blacksmith’s helper ) at an iron foundry. It would appear that Septimus had emigrated to Canada as he joined the Canadian Infantry

( Manitoba Regiment ) 8th Battalion service No: 1318 on 21 September 1914 at Val Cartier, Quebec, Canada. When he attested to the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force he stated that he had previously been in the military - 5th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers 1907-1911. He was 6’ in height with blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion.

A George Amos sailed from Liverpool to Quebec on the ‘Victorian’, Allan Line Ships on 24 June 1914 giving his occupation as labourer but age 21 and dob:1893. NB: Canadian soldiers were paid more than English soldiers.

He died in England on 5 November 1916 age 26 years and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: MC 227. He is named on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, commemorated on page 46 on the Canadian WWI Book of Remembrance and on the Blaydon War Memorial. Awarded the Canadian 14/15 Star.



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ANDERSON , Private Robert (Peel)  1892 – 1918



Robert Anderson was a painter and the only son of John and Eleanor Anderson of 3 Nixon Terrace,Winlaton. He married Margaret Clark at the Register Office, Gateshead and they lived at 4 Garden Terrace, Winlaton with their two young sons John born 2 November 1914 and Henry born 3 July 1916. Robert enlisted to the Durham Light Infantry at Blaydon service No: 73421 on 11 December 1915 and was posted to France on 2 January 1918. He was 5’6 ¼ “ tall. Missing presumed dead by war on 31 March 1918  he is named on the Pozieres Memorial, Panel 68-72 and. His widow was awarded a pension of 25/- 5d  (£1.26) per week.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals,locally Robert is remembered at Winlaton War Memorial,Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.


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ANDERSON , Gunner Thomas  1894 – 1918


Thomas Anderson was a coal miner who lived at 5 Path Head, Blaydon with his parents William and Sophia Anderson and six other siblings. He enlisted the Royal Horse Artillery, Royal Field Artillery service Nos: 1428 & 750418. Posted to France he was killed in action on 28 May 1918, he is named on the Loos Memorial, France - Panel 3

 Awarded the 14/15 star, British War & Victory medals Thomas is remembered locally at Blaydon War Memorial and St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.



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ARCHER , Private John Matthew  1898- 1917


John M. Archer was still at school in 1911 and lived with his parents William and Jane Archer and three other siblings at 9 Burnley Street, Blaydon. His father worked as a horsekeeper, underground at a colliery. John joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, Tyneside Scottish 22d Battalion service No: 204382. Posted to France he was killed in action on 9 April 1917 aged 20 years. Awarded the British war and Victory Medals he is buried at Roclincourt Valley Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France grave ref: II.B.I and remembered locally on Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church Blaydon and Trinity Methodist Church, Blaydon. His parents later moved to Gill House, Alston, Cumbria.

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Named on the Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information available.

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ARMSTRONG , Private John 1890-191 

John was born at 4.05 am on the morning of 17th October 1889 at Church Street, Inverkeithing, Fife the son of John and
Sarah Armstrong and one of eight surviving children . His father was working in the area as a “hammerman” (possibly in connection with the Forth Bridge, because in the 1891 census he was working on the Manchester Ship Canal) although we have no definite proof as yet. When the 1891 Census was taken, his father was in Ince, Cheshire working on the canal, but
John, his mother and two elder siblings had gone to live with his grandparents, Matthew and Martha Cousin, in Oakey Cottages, Stanley.By the time of the 1901 census, he was living with both his parents and siblings at Staithe Terrace, Derwenthaugh.  The family were still there in 1911 and John was working as a labourer.  Sometime between 1911
and 1917 (when his brother Robert enlisted) the family moved to Delta House.  John’s date of enlistment is not known, but a comparison of his number with that of other soldiers would suggest a date around mid November 1914, which fits well with the November date for the raising of the 2nd Battalion of the Tyneside Irish.  The 25th sailed from Southampton to Boulogne on 11th January 1916.  By the 21st January 1916 when he signed his informal will leaving all his effects to his mother, he was a Lance Corporal.  At first, the battalion including John were in trenches  near Bois Grenier, but by 10th May they were stationed in an area known as Tara and Usna Redoubts, north of Albert, where they took over a section of the front line on 15th May.  
There is some confusion over John’s actual date of death, some records say 21st May and some the 22nd.  There is a very feasible explanation for this discrepancy.  The extracts from the 25th Battalion War Diaries provided to me by Mrs Lesley Frater of The Fusiliers Museum of Northumberland describe an attack on John’s company’s position, during which he was mortally wounded, which began on the night of 21st May and continued into the early hours of 22nd May.  The diary was written up on the morning of the 22nd, so this is the date which has tended to be used, although the 21st is the date on his grave stone.  A tree at the Woodland Trust’s Centenary Wood at Langley Vale near Epsom was dedicated to John by his family .
John served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 25th Battalion Tyneside Irish service No; 25/755. Killed in action on 22 May 1916 age 26 years he is buried at Becourt Military Cemetery, Somme, France grave ref: I.M.1.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally John is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.


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AYRE , Sergeant Thomas  1891-1916





Thomas Ayre was born at South Shields the son of Joseph Charles and Mary Ellen Ayre. He worked as a coal miner at Blaydon Main Colliery and lived with his family at Shibdon House, Blaydon. He had already been in the territorial force for four years from 17 December 1908 – 16 December 1912 when he attested to the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service no: 1520. We know from surviving records that he was single and 5’ 3 ½” tall. He was posted abroad on 20 April 1915 and promoted to Corporal on 27 May 1915 and Sergeant on 2 March 1916. He was accidentally wounded by a hand grenade on 5 October 1915 and killed in action on 15 September 1916 age 25 years. In his army will dated 26 April 1915 Thomas left his property and effects to his mother.

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals he is named on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 14A & 15C.

 Locally Thomas is remembered on Blaydon War Memorial and at

 St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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