Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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BAILEY, Private Joseph Edward  1900-1918 

Joseph was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1911 he was living at 31 Countess Avenue, Whitley Bay with his parents John, a fruit seller and Louisa Bailey and his younger siblings.The family later moved to 67 James Street, Blaydon. Joseph enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry 53d Battalion service No: TR5/118383.

He died of sickness on 7 February 1918 and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave reference: S.U. 387 and is remembered also on Blaydon War Memorial.

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BALLANTYNE ,Pte. Thomas  1888-1916

Thomas Ballantyne born 1888, the son of J.H. & Catherine Ballantyne of 42 Thomas Terrace, Blaydon and worked as a general labourer at a chemical works. Married to Mary in 1909 the family lived at 16 Thomas Tce.,Blaydon with their two young children Bella & Thomas jnr.. Thomas joined the 9TH Battalion Durham Light Infantry service No. 2561 and was killed in action in France on 1 October 1916 aqed 28 years. His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier & Face 14A & 15C. Mary died in 1920 at age 30.

Awarded the 15 star, British war and Victory medals, locally Thomas is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial

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BANKS ,Private James

James Banks was born c1884 the son of Thomas and Isabella Banks of Stella Bank, Blaydon. In 1901 he was still single and living with his parents. His father worked as a labourer at the coke yard while James was an apprentice at the sanitary pipe works.By 1911 James was married to Sarah with a young son James born c1907. The family were living at 18 Boathouse, South Benwell and James was working as a labourer at a brickyard.We have been unable to trace James’ military record but he is named on the Blaydon War Memorial

Brother of Thomas Banks ref: Blaydon 013

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BANKS ,Private Thomas  1892-1916

        Thomas Banks was one of five children and the son of Thomas and Bella Banks of 11 Stella, Blaydon. He worked as a labourer at the colliery as did his father. He enlisted on 5 November 1914 into the Northumberland Fusiliers, 24th Tyneside Irish Battalion service No: 24/622. Killed in action on 16 September 1916 he is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Pier and face 10B, 11B and 12B.

Awarded the British War and Victory medals, locally he is remembered on Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church and the Roll of Honour at St. Cuthbert’s Church Hall.

Brother of James Banks ref: Blaydon 012

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BARRETT, John 

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial

We regret we have no other information available.

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BARTON , Sapper James Frederick ( Fred) 1888-1916

               James Frederick Barton ( Fred) was born in Newcastle upon Tyne the son of James and Mary Barton. In 1891 the family lived at Whitley Bay where Fred’s father worked as a watch maker. By 1901 Fred was at school in Barnard Castle as a boarder and by 1911 he was living again as a boarder at 9 West View, Blaydon and working as a watchmaker on his own account.He married Harriett Ellen Robson in the July/August/September quarter of 1911 and they lived together at 4 Thorneyholme Terrace, Blaydon.Fred served with the Royal Engineers 225th Field Company, service no 101157. Posted to France he was killed in action on 27 July 1916 age 28 years. He was buried at Le Touret Military Cemetery. Richebourg-L’Avou, Pas de Calais ,France grave ref : III.K.8

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

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BARTON , Private Tom ( Thomas) 1879-1916

Tom Barton was a miner at Addison Colliery and lived at 67 John Street, Blaydon with his wife M.A.Barton. He enlisted at Newcastle in the Northumberland Fusiliers 25th Battalion, 2nd Battalion Tyneside Irish service No: 25/94. He was in action at the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Albert 1 – 13 July 1916 , was killed in action on 1 July 1916 and is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and face 10B,11B and 12 B.

Awarded the British Victory and War medals, locally Tom is remembered on the Addision Colliery War Memorial, The Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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BATES, Private John  1894 – 1917

John Bates was the son of Alfred and Eliza Bates of 64 Theresa Street, Blaydon. John worked as a coal miner and joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 24th Battalion Tyneside Irish, Service No: 19691. Posted to France he was pronounced missing presumed dead on 28 April 1917. Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals he is named on the Arras Memorial , Bay 2 & 3 and locally remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

BATES,Tom 

Tom was the son of Joshua and Jane Bates, born 19 May 1886. He served as a stoker with the  Royal Navy on

 HMS Victory and was killed on 28 August 1915.

Named on the Blaydon war Memorial and the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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BATEY ,Private George Albert  1895-1915 

 

Albert was the son of Jacob Thomas and Harriet Batey of 86 George Street, Blaydon. Born at Lemington and one of six surviving children 1911 both father and son worked for the Stella Coal Company as coal miners.Albert enlisted at Blaydon on 24 April 1913 and served with the Durham Light Infantry 9th Battalion, service No: 1543. From surviving records we know he was 5’ 6 1/2 “ tall with a 35” chest.Posted to France he disembarked at Boulogne on 20 April 1915 and died from wounds received in combat on 3 May 1915 at the age of 20 years. He was buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension plot no: I.F.20. The record states that he was ‘Buried in the Military Cemetery and the grave was marked with a wooden cross giving full particulars’.

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, locally Albert is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon as Albert G. Batey.

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BATEY , Lance Corporal James 1889-1916 

            James Batey was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Batey. He was born in Blaydon in 1889 and by 1911 was living at 67 Edward Street, Blaydon with his wife Mary Ellen and baby son of 4 months, Ernest. James worked as a clay moulder at the sanitary pipe works where his father worked as a foreman.James served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion, service No: 2584 promoted to Lance Corporal he was posted to France and killed in action on 17 September 1916age 28 years. Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory medals James is named on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 14A & 15C. 

 Locally James is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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BECKINGHAM ,Private John J. c1899 – 1918      


    

John James Beckingham was the son of Peter and Margaret Beckingham of 22 Cowen Street, Blaydon Haughs. He served with the Durham Light Infantry, Service No: 82089 and the Northumberland Fusiliers, Service No: TR/5/19516. John James was only 15 years old when he went to fight in the First World War, having lied to the Army about his age. He survived the war, only to be killed by the Spanish Flu before making it home to England. 

He died on 7 December 1918 age 19 years and is buried at Terlincthun British Cemetery, grave reference XII.B.37.

Awarded the British War and Victory medals, locally John is remembered on the

Blaydon War Memorial.

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                                 BELL ,Lance Sergeant Herbert Sidney MM 1895-1918                                                

Herbert Sidney Bell was the son of Hannah and James Bell of 13 Loup Terrace, Blaydon and one of nine surviving children. In 1911 Sidney was an apprentice engineer pattern maker while his father was a blacksmith. Sidney had enlisted with the 61st Territorial Battalion service No: 4/16875 and was later transferred to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry service No; 43653. Sidney was awarded the Military medal for conspicuous bravery.

The Military Medal (M.M.)is a Level 3 Gallantry Award instituted on 25th March 1916 (and backdated to 1914) it was awarded to other ranks of the British Army and Commonwealth Forces. It was an award for gallantry and devotion to duty when under fire in battle on land.On the reverse of the medal is inscribed “For Bravery in the Field”. Recipients of the medal are entitled to use the letters M.M. after their name.The Military Medal is the British Army equivalent of the Distinguished Conduct Medal (D.C.M.), the Distinguished Flying Medal (D.F.M.) and the Air Force Medal (A.F.M.).Also awarded the British War an Victory medals Sidney was killed in action on 19 July 1918 and buried at Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbeque, France Plo1,Row B,Grave 11.

Locally Sidney is rememberd on the Blaydon War Memorial ( as H.Sidney Bell), the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the St. John Weslyan Memorial.

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BELL , Private John Allan 1882 – 1915

           

John Allan Bell was born at Houghten le Spring, Co. Durham in 1899 he married Harriett E.H. Lowden and by 1911 they were living at 29 James Street, Blaydon with their three young children: Jane, Robert and Harriet. John was working as a coal miner deputy overman. John enlisted at Blaydon and served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion, service No; 2530 posted to France he died of wounds received on 11 June 1915 age 33 years. He was buried at Wimereux Communal Cemetery grave ref: I.I.29.After the war his widow moved to 205 Marsden Street, Westoe, South Shields.

 

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals John is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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BELL, Private T.

 

 

Served with the Northumberland Fusiliers, 21st Tyneside Scottish service No: 21/1400 .

Died on 15 February 1915 and buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: HU95.

We regret we have no other information available.

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 BELLAMY ,Able Seaman James Joseph  DCM  1897 – 1918

 

James Bellamy the son of the late Samuel and Jane Bellamy was employed as a driver at a coal mine. Born in Sunderland by 1911 he was living in Blaydon with his mother and stepfather Joseph Settle at 78 Edward Street and later 11 Railway Street, Blaydon. He joined the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Hood Battalion on 18 October 1915 service No: Tyneside Z/7755. He died of wounds at 10.45am at 8th General Hospital Rouen age 22 years, having suffered gunshot wounds to his right thigh and compound fracture to the femur. Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal on 15 October 1918 the following citation appeared in the London Gazette on 16 January 1919 p 828.

“ He was acting as a runner to the Company Commander during an attack north west of Achiet-le-Petit on 21 August 1918 and working with great gallantry and complete disregard of danger. In country swept by shellfire he rendered services of great value. In company with another man he located and captured an enemy MG, disposing of the crew. By his courage and initiative he saved many wounded men by getting them to places of safety in spite of heavy fire.”

Instigated  by the British as a means of recognising acts of gallantry performed by 'other ranks' (i.e. non-commissioned officers) during the Crimean War (from 4 December 1854), the Distinguished Conduct Medal was regarded as second only to the Victoria Cross in prestige.

 

He is buried at Boisguillaume Communal Cemetery Extension (FR 17) Seine Maritime, France grave reference F.II B and remembered locally on Blaydon War Memorial.

 

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BIRKETT , Private James 1889-1919

 

James Birkett was the son of George and Charlotte Birkett, 95 James Street, Blaydon. In 1911 he was working as a coal miner and living with his aunt and uncle at 23 James Street, his parents having died. He married Elizabeth and lived at 8 Warkworth Street, Lemington, Newcastle upon Tyne. He enlisted as a private in the Royal Field Artillery service No: 34034 as a gunner and was later transferred to the Labour Corps service No: 499112. Hi died on 20 March 1919 age 30 and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave reference: C.C.64.

Awarded 14/15 Star,British War and Victory Medals, James is also named on the Blaydon War Memorial and St. Cuthberts Church Blaydon.                  

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BIRSS ,Private John Stephen 1880-1918

John Stephen Birss was born in Walker the son of John and Frances Birss. In 1911 he was working as a marine engineer and living at 139 George Street, Blaydon with his wife Mary Agnes, born South Shields, and two children John Stephen age 5 and Robert Raymond age 4 both born at Cullercoats. He enlisted in the Royal Army Service Corps. where he was a driver service No. M2/076036, 7th Division Mechanical Transport Company. Posted to Italy he died on 14 October 1918 aged 38years.

 He is buried at Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension, Italy ( near Vicenza) grave ref: Plot 6,Row D, Grave 5The Italians entered the war on the Allied side, declaring war on Austria, in May 1915. Commonwealth forces were at the Italian front between November 1917 and November 1918, and rest camps and medical units were established at various locations in northern Italy behind the front, some of them remaining until 1919.Between April 1918 and February 1919 those who died from wounds or disease in the 9th, 24th and 39th Casualty Clearing Stations were buried either here or at Dueville. Certain graves were brought in after the Armistice from other burial grounds in the area. Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension contains 439 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

 

 Awarded 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals, locally John is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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