Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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BLACKBURN , Private David Thacker Marriott 1891-1916 

David was the son of John and Isabella Blackburn and born in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1911 he was living with his father and four other siblings at Lemington and working as a labourer. He married Sarah Elizabeth Hertbertson in 1914 and their daughter Constance was born later that year. Sadly David never met his daughter Constance as he was away when she was born. They lived at 9 Cuthbert Square, Blaydon while David worked at the Addison Colliery. He enlisted at Newburn and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 14th Battalion, service No; 100439. Posted to France he was killed in action at Armentieres on 20 February 1916 age 24 years and buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery,Armentieres, France grave ref IX.F,79. 

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

He is also listed again on the Blaydon War Memorial as Marriott Blackburn.

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BOWEN , Able Seaman George Robert  1895- 1922

George Robert Bowen was born at Trimdon Grange, Co. Durham where the family were living in 1901. By 1911 the family were living at Shibdon Cottages, Blaydon where George lived with his parents George and Sarah Bowen. He worked at the Blaydon Main Colliery as a miner , underground.He enlisted  on 14 November 1914 in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve service No: TZ/1581.

Enlisted 14/11/14 ; Joined Collingwood from 1st Reserve Bn. 9/5/15, transferred to Howe Bn. 8/6/15 -7/8/15 admitted to Hospital Alexandria Otitis Media, rejoined Howe Bn. 1/10/15-17/2/17 SW Legs severe, Invalided to UK 28/2/17 ; Draft for BEF 18/10/17, joined Howe Bn. 13/11/17-30/12/17 GSW Forehead, rejoined Howe Bn. 25/1/18-22/2/18 joined 7th Entrenching Bn., posted to Drake Bn. 14/3/18-25/3/18 missing, POW ; Repatriated 2/1/19 ; Demob. 6/3/19.  Tyneside Z/1581.

 

ADM/171 = St.V.B. issued to Father, IC/1989/1922 ; b.26/2/1895 ; A Miner ; Home address & Next-of-Kin: Parents, George & Sarah, Shibdon Cottages, Blaydon Main Colliery, Blaydon-on-Tyne, later of: 10 March Terrace, Blaydon Main Colliery, Blaydon-on-Tyne. ; GRO = September Quarter 1922, age 27, Morpeth, Vol.10b, p.372.

He was badly injured in 1917, rejoined his battalion and was captured and held as a prisoner of war until 1918. Repatriated and demobbed in 1919. He died in September 1922 at St. Mary’s Hospital Morpeth. This hospital was built in 1913 as a pauper asylum but was requisitioned by the military for the duration of WWI. Following the end of its war duties the hospital was returned to Gateshead and used as a sanatorium for TB patients. Closed 1995.

George is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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BREWIS , Private William E.  BREWIS

 

William Brewis enlisted at Newburn to the Northumberland Fusiliers 14th Battalion service No: 13952. Posted to France he was killed in action on 31 March 1916 AND he is buried at Caestre Communal Cemetery, France Nord grave ref: II.A.2 along with ten other WWI casualties.

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, he is remembered locally at Addison War Memorial, Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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BRINTON,Staff Nurse May G.  

       

The only woman named on either Memorial appears on the Blaydon memorial. In 1911 she was living at Ryton – her father Frederick was manager of the Ryton Hotel & she was there with he mother Hannah, two brothers and two sisters. One of her sisters was a school teacher but no occupation was listed for May.The Territorial Force Nursing Service was formed in 1908 as a result of the Territorial and Reserve Forces Act of 1907.  It provided a nursing service for the Territorial Force, and was intended to staff twenty-three territorial military hospitals in the United Kingdom.  The women who enrolled in the service from 1909 were civilian nurses who continued to work in their usual capacity, but had undertaken to be mobilised at short notice in case of war. Over 8000 women enrolled.She probably served at the Northern General Hospital, Newcastle either at the Newcastle Workhouse Infirmary or at Framlingham Villa. She died on at the Northern General Hospital on 30 October 1918, aged 25 years  – which given the date could have been influenza. She is buried at Blaydon Cemetery, grave ref: M.C.210.

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BROWN ,Alexander Stuart.  died 1917

Alexander and his brother Charles appear on the 1911 census living at 53 Cuthbert Street

, Blaydon with their parents Thomas and Janetta Brown and three other siblings. Thomas was a miner while Alexander was still at school in 1911 and Charles was an apprentice glass blower. Alexander served with the Northumberland Fusiliers service no 19/1639 , 19th. and then moved to14th. bttn., he was killed in action on Thursday 13 July 1916. He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial Pier & Face 10B, 11B & 12B

Alexander and Charles are remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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BROWN , Sapper Alfred  1896 – 1917

Alfred Brown was the son of Alfred and Elizabeth Brown of Robinson Street, Blaydon and one of six surviving children. In 1911 Alfred was working as brickyard labourer while his father worked as a chemical labourer. Alfred served with the Royal Engineers 560th Battalion Service No’s: 2190 & 459405. He was wounded in action and died of wounds received on 7 June 1917.

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

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BROWN, Charles

Charles and his brother Alexander appear on the 1911 census living at 53 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon with their parents Thomas and Janetta Brown and three other siblings. Thomas was a miner while Alexander was still at school in 1911 and Charles was an apprentice glass blower.

Alexander and Charles are remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

We have no other positive information on this soldier.

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BROWN , 2nd. Lt. Donald Andrew 1896 – 1916

 

                                                                 Donald as a young boy with his father                   

 

Donald was the son of Daniel Angus (1853-1917) and Jane Ann (Spoor 1856-1915) Brown, one of three surviving children. Donald’s father was a merchant tailor and woollen draper with a shop in Blaydon and in 1911 the family were living at Bute House ,Lucy Street,Blaydon, the household included his brother Stephen age 25, an incorporated accountant, sister Elizabeth age 30 and two servants . Donald was a Dental Student. In 1907 he had been a pupil at a Dentistry College at Harrowgate, Yorkshire Dales.









Donald served with the Durham Light Infantry 9th Territorial Battalion. Posted to France he died in enemy hands between the 22 and 23 July 1916 age 20 years. He is buried at Pont–du–Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue, France Nord. Grave ref: IV.H.2. On 22 July 1916 the British attacked along the whole front from Pozieres to Guillemont, violent fighting occurred. On 23 July the 2d phase Battle of the Somme began with intense fighting in and around Pozieres. The British recaptured the whole of Longueval but the Germans re-took the north end of the village

Awarded the British War & Victory Medals his medals were applied for by Miss E.S. Brown ( sister) , 15 Whitley Avenue, Hexham and W.H.Stephenson of 30 Park Parade, Whitley Bay..

 

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BROWN , Private Isaac 1899 – 1918

Isaac Brown was the son of Robert (1865-1898) and Rose Lee

( Wordsworth ) Brown late of Gateshead. In 1901 he was living with his widowed mother and siblings in Gateshead where his mother worked on her own account at home running a provision shop. By 1911 Isaac was working as a miner at the Stargate Colliery, his mother had remarried and the family were living at 36 George Street, Blaydon. He had four full siblings and three half siblings. Isaac enlisted at the Drill Hall, Blaydon on 3 January 1917 giving his address as 39 Mary Street, Blaydon. He served with the East Yorkshire Regiment Reserve Battalion service No: 81839, then the Northumberland Fusiliers service No: 64760 and the Durham Light Infantry, service No: 46635.From surviving records we know he was 5’ 5 1/2 “  tall with a 36” chest and weighed 121 lbs. Posted to France on the 27 March 1918 he gave his sister Mary Ann as his next of kin. His mother having died in 1913.Isaac saw action in the second battle of the Somme 1918 and the Battle of Albert and was killed in action on 24 August 1918 age 19 years. On that day the British advance on Bapaume, capture Bray (south of Albert), Thiepval Ridge (north-east of Albert), Miraumont (west of Bapaume), Biefvillers (north of Albert) and reach Avesnes les Bapaume (western outskirts of Bapaume).He was buried at Regina Trench Cemetery, Somme, France grave ref: VIII. A. 16 and was awarded the British War and Victory medals which were signed for by his sister Mary Ann Ridley of 39 Mary Street, Blaydon.Isaac’s obituary appeared in the Blaydon Courier p4, 28 September 1918 and locally Isaac is remembered on the Ryton War Memorial, Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church , Blaydon and on the United Methodist Church Memorial. Awarded the British War and Victory medals.

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BROWN , Private James  1881 – 1916

James Brown was the son of Charles and Jane Scott Brown, one of ten children. Born at Blaydon, in 1881 and 1891 he was living with his family at Path Head while his father worked as a coal miner. In 1901 his widowed mother was living in Cullercoats with two of her daughters working on her own account running a refreshment room at 10 Front Street. James was living at Path Head, Blaydon as a boarder and working as a railway porter.By 1911 he was working as a coal miner, hewer and living with his widowed mother and youngest sister Ellen at 20 Path Head, Blaydon. He served with the Durham Light Infantry service No: 27059. Posted to France he died of wounds received on 1 November 1916. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery grave ref: XII.C.19A.







Awarded the British war and Victory medals, locally James is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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BROWN , Private Robert  1895 – 1916

Robert Brown was the son of Robert (1865-1898) and Rose Lee

( Wordsworth ) Brown late of Gateshead. In 1901 he was living with his widowed mother and siblings in Gateshead where his mother worked on her own account at home running a provision shop. By 1911 Robert was working as a miner , his mother had remarried and the family were living at 36 George Street, Blaydon. He had four full siblings and three half siblings. Robert enlisted at the Drill Hall, Blaydon  giving his address as 39 Mary Street, Blaydon. He served with the  Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion, service No: 2535.His next of kin was his sister Mary Ann Ridley  of 39 Mary  Street, Blaydon, their mother having died in 1913.Posted to France he died of wounds received on 2 October 1916. Awarded the 15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, Robert was buried at Flatiron Copse Cememtery, Mametz, Somme, France. Grave ref: I.G.34.Locally Robert is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church ,Blaydon and at Trinity Methodist Church, Blaydon.

His brother Isaac Brown is also named on the Blaydon War Memorial see ref: BROWN / BLAYDON 035

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BROWN, Robert

 

Named on Blaydon War Memorial &

Plaque at Trinity Methodist Church, Blaydon

We regret we have no other information available.

 

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BROWN,Thomas

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial.

No other information at present. 

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BROWN , Private Thomas ( Tom) Nixon 1899-1918 

            Tom Was the son of Mary Alice and John Nixon Brown. In 1911 the family were living at 114 James Street, Blaydon with Tom’s two older brothers John and Robert. Tom’s father was a pattern maker and Tom was still at school. Tom served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Battalion , service No: 83913. He enlisted at Blaydon, posted to France he died of wounds on 27 October 1918 age 19 years. He is buried at Awoingt British Cemetery, France grave ref: II.D.2.

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

Tom’s cousin also Thomas ( Tommy) Nixon Brown  died in the service of his country. See BROWN/BLAYDON 041 

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BROWN ,Private Thomas ( Tommy) Nixon BROWN 1892-1917

            

Tommy was the son of Sarah Hannah ( Hurst) and Stephen N. Brown. In 1911 he was living with his parents and four other siblings at 5 Shibdon Street, Blaydon. Tommy’s father was a grocer working on his own account and Tommy was employed by his father as a grocery assistant. Tommy enlisted at Blaydon and served with Army Service Corps. 15th division Supply Co. service No: M2/081168. Posted to Belgium he died of wounds on 15 July 1917 age 25 years and wad buried at Lijssenhoek Military Cemetery, Belgium grave ref: XVI.F.1A 

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, locally Tommy is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the Roll of Honour at St. Cuthbert’s Mens Club in St. Cuthbert’s Church Hall.

Tommy’s cousin Tom Nixon Brown also died serving his country see: Brown/Blaydon 040

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BROWN ,Private William 1899-1918 

                  William Brown was the son of William and Margaret Brown and one of five children. In 1911 the family were living at 33 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon , William was still at school while his father worked as a glassbottle maker.

William served with the Territorial Reserve Battalion service No: 5/14514 and was transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers Territorials service No: 66316. Posted to Belgium he was killed in action on 11 April 1918 age 19 years. He is named on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 2.

Awarded the British war and Victory Medals, locally William is remembered on the

 Blaydon War Memorial.

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BRYANT , Private Albert William 1867 – 1922

 

Albert W. Bryant was born in Buckinghamshire. He married his first wife Mary H. Adams in 1890 and they two children James born 1892 and George W. in 1894. Following the death of Mary, Albert remarried in 1903 to Sarah and together they had five children; Albert,Vernon,Greta,Grace andSydney.By 1911 the family were living at 1 Shibdon Street, Blaydon and Albert and his two eldest sons were all working as coal miners.

There is a record of an Albert Bryant who served with the Royal Defence Corps service No: 23076 who enlisted on 14 February 1915 and was discharged on 1 August 1919.

Albert died  in March 1922 age 56, but his death is not registered by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Locally Albert is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

 

His son George was killed in action see: BRYANT/BLAYDON 044.

After the war son James is living at 129 Arkwright Town,Chesterfield

 

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BRYANT , Private George William  1894 – 1917                                   

 

George was the son of Albert William Bryant and Mary H. Adams. They had married in 1890 and had two children, George and his elder brother James. Following the death of Mary, Albert remarried in 1903 and with second wife Sarah they had five more children. . In 1911 the family were living at 1 Shibdon Street, Blaydon and George, James and their father were all working as coal miners.

George enlisted at Bishop Auckland and served with the Royal Army Medical Corps 3d Field Ambulance service No: 11182. He was killed in action on 1 December 1917 and buried at Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension grave ref: II.E.20

 

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

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BURKE , Sergeant William  1884-1917

 

                                 24th Tyneside Irish – William Burke No43 – 3d row from front, 4th from right.

 

 

William Burke was born in Blaydon the son of Michael and Mary Ann Burke. He worked as a stoneman at a colliery and in 1905 married Edith Graham. In 1911 they were living at 39 George Street, Blaydon and had no children. William joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 24th Battalion Tyneside Irish service No: 24/550. He died of wounds, records are confusing he may have been injured on 10 April 1917 and died on 17 May, other records suggest he died on 10 April 1917. He is buried at St. Catherine’s British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Grave reference A12. He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. At the time of his death their address was 17 Evelyn Terrace, Blaydon.

Locally remembered at Blaydon War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour at St. Joseph’s RC Church, Blaydon.

 

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