Blaydon - the Names of the Fallen

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DAGLISH Private Walter 1888 – 1917

Walter Daglish was born in Blaydon the son of Thomas and Sarah Ann Daglish. His father was a blacksmith and in 1901 Walter lived with his family at 37 Mary Street, Blaydon. By 1911 Walter was working as a gardener and living as a boarder at Bridge Street, Howden  le Wear, Co. Durham.He married  Hannah Beattie Mack at Hexham in 1914 and their daughter Hannah was born in 1916.Walter attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 9th Battalion, service No: 32781. He died of wounds received at the Battle of Arras on 3 July 1917 and was buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France grave ref: IV.N.38.

The area around Duisans was occupied by Commonwealth forces from March 1916, but it was not until February 1917 that the site of this cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station. The first burials took place in March and from the beginning of April the cemetery grew very quickly, with burials being made from the 8th Casualty Clearing Station (until April 1918), the 19th (until March 1918), and the 41st (until July 1917).



Most of the graves relate to the Battles of Arras in 1917, and the trench warfare that followed. From May to August 1918, the cemetery was used by divisions and smaller fighting units for burials from the front line. In the Autumn of 1918 the 23rd, 1st Canadian and 4th Canadian Clearing Stations remained at Duisans for two months, and the 7th was there from November 1918 to November 1920.

Awarded the British War and Victory medals, locally Walter is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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DALE , Private Tom  1883 – 1917

Tom Dale was born in Newcastle upon Tyne one of seven children. In 1901 tom was living at 1 Stokoe Street, All Saints, Newcastle with his father Joseph, a groom/horse keeper at a livery, mother Hannah and siblings. He married Sarah Sim, the daughter of a compositor in 1905 at Newcastle. By 1911 they were living at 30 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon with their baby daughter Elizabeth and Tom was working as a railway shunter.Tom served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 1/4th Battalion Territorials,  service No: 204630. Posted to Belgium he was killed in action on 26 October 1917 age 34 years. On that day the Franco-British attack east, north-east and north of Ypres.British positions improved from Passchendaele to Poelcapelle.French capture Draibank; bad weather.He is named on the Tynecot Memorial near Ypres, Belgium. Panel 19-23 and 162. Locally Tom is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthberts Church Blaydon and All  Saints Memorial, Newcastle upon Tyne. I have been unable to trace his medal record card but he should have at least been awarded the British War & Victory medals.

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DAVIDSON,John W. 

Remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and

the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

We regret we have no other records available. 

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DAVISON , Private James 1897 – 1917 

             James was the son of Joseph and Alice Davison of 5 West View Blaydon, later 11 Lynwood Avenue,Blaydon. He was born in Blaydon, one of eight children and in 1911 he was working as a drapers assistant, while his father worked as a life insurance superintendant.James enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Royal Fusiliers, City of London Regiment service No: 9814 and was killed in action on 23 April 1917 age 20 years. He has no known grave and is named on the Arras Memorial to the Missing, Bay 3.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally James is remembered on

Blaydon War Memorial,the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church,Blaydon and on the St. Cuthbert Stella Mens Club Roll of Honour.

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DAVISON , Private Nicholas Forster 1898 – 1918

 

Nicholas was the son of John Edward and Margaret Davison and one of five children. In 1911 the family were living at 15 March Terrace, Blaydon and Nicholas’ father was working as a coke filler at the coke works. Nicholas, born in Blaydon, was still at school.Nicholas attested to the Durham Light Infantry, service No: 40159 and was later transferred to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 1/4th Battalion service No: 36001. Posted to Belgium he was killed in action on 14 April 1918 age 20 years. By the time of his death his father had also died and his mother was living at 16 Lanercost Avenue,Blaydon. Nicholas is named on the Tynecot Memorial to the missing, panel 108-111.

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

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DENNY , Private Thomas  1893 - 1918 

Thomas Denny was the son of James and Mary Ann Denny. One of seven surviving children he was born at Newcastle upon Tyne. By 1911 the family were living at 34 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon and later 25 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon. Thomas worked as a coal miner putter while his father worked as a plasterer and his brother John as a metal moulder.

Thomas attested to the army at Workington on 3 September 1914 and served with the Kings Border Regiment 5th and 7th Battalions, service No: 12391. From surviving records we know that he was 5’7 1/4  “ tall with a fresh complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair, 37” chest and weighed 140lbs. Posted to France he received a gun shot wound to the shoulder on 7 July 1916 , in hospital 7/7/1916 - 28/7/1916 and wounded again in the thigh on 29 July 1916 and hospitalised 29/7/1916 – 8/8/1916. Passed as fit he was transferred to a tunnelling company on 18 November 1916. Having gone absent without leave on 2 April 1918  Thomas re-joined his regiment from Durham on 28 May 1918. As a punishment he was stopped pay amounting to £1.5s.5d and sentenced to 112 days detention. The unexpired portion of detention ( 38 days ) was remitted on 16 August 1918 and he was posted back to France on 16 August 1918 only to be killed in action on 29 September 1918.On that day there was good progress of Anglo-Belgian attack; Dixmude, Passchendaele, Messines, Gheluvelt and other places occupied; Allies reach Roulers-Menin road.  British reach outskirts of Cambrai and break Hindenburg Line on a 6-mile front.  22,000 prisoners taken in three days.Stiff fighting by Australian and American troops about St. Quentin tunnel and General Mangin reaches the Ailette.

Awarded the  15 Star, British war and Victory Medals, Thomas is named on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, France; Panel 6

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


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DEVLIN , Private Peter  1883 – 1921

 

Peter Devlin was the son of Patrick (1850-1899) and Catherine ( O’Neill) (1860-1951) Devlin. In 1901 Peter, still single and working as a miner was living with his widowed mother and 5 siblings and 5 boarders at  23 Robinson Street, Blaydon while his mother worked from home as a fishmonger. By 1911 Peter was working as a stoker for the Royal Navy and was stationed on HMS ‘Conflict’ at Sheerness, Kent along with 22 other crew. He married Margaret Welsh at Stella on 9 October 1912. He lived at 125 John Street, Blaydon with Margaret and step children Frances Mary b 1906 and Joseph Welsh b 1906. Their other children were Catherine b 1913, Laurence b 1917 and Annie E. b1919 .

Peter attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers Army Reserve( Special Reservists) service No: 9116 on 3 September 1914 but was discharged after 25 days on 27 September 1914 as ‘Not likely to become an efficient soldier’. He stated that he had been a stoker with the Royal Navy for seven years.

He re-enlisted on 18 November 1914 to the Durham Light Infantry 9th Battalion service No: 3403 but was discharged on 31 July 1916 due to sickness. From surviving records he was 5’5” tall, weighed 118 lbs with a 35” chest. He had grey eyes, dark brown hair and tattoos on both forearms and had been working as a miner once more. He died at Sunderland on 10 June 1921, believed to be from the effects of gassing in the war,  and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: R.U.149. Awarded the 15Star,British War and Victory Medals he is also remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and the Roll of Honour at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church, Blaydon.

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DIXON FAMILY TREE

 

George William Dixon 1861-1903 m Margaret Ray b1852

 

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John William Dixon            Joseph Dixon                         James Dixon                Irving Dixon

 

Brother Joseph Dixon ( 1885 – 1918 ) who lived in Cumberland served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers service No: 72222 and was killed in action in Egypt on 6 November 1918.

Tragically four brothers in the Dixon family laid down their lives during the conflict.  John, James and Irving are all remembered locally at Blaydon and Winlaton – see reference numbers below: while Joseph is remembered in Cumberland.

 

 

DIXON , Corporal Irving 1889 – 1915

 

Irving Dixon, coal miner, was the son of Margaret and the late William Dixon. He was born in Cumberland and at the time of the 1911 census was living with his widowed mother at 15 Monarch Terrace, Blaydon. He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 13th Battalion ‘C’ Coy service No. 5802.

He was killed in action 26 September 1915 and He is remembered on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France panel 20 to 22.

 

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War & Victory medals, locally Irving is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

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DIXON , Private James 1887 – 1916

James, born in Cumberland was the son of George William and Margaret

( Ray ) Dixon. His father died in 1903 and by 1911 his mother lived at 15 Monarch Terrace, Blaydon with brother Irving. James had married Georgina Nichol in 1903 and in 1911 he was working as a coal miner and they lived at 42 Burnley Street, Blaydon with their daughters Elsie, Margaret,Sarah Ann and Ada, sadly Olive died as a baby.

James served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 1/4th Territorials service No: 4193 and was killed in action on 15 September 1916 age 29 years. He is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval grave ref: XIX.I.10.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally James is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, The plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

Tragically four brothers in the Dixon family laid down their lives during the conflict.  John, James and Irving are all remembered locally at Blaydon and Winlaton – see reference numbers below: while Joseph is remembered in Cumberland.

Brother Joseph Dixon ( 1885 – 1918 ) who lived in Cumberland served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers service No: 72222 and was killed in action in Egypt on 6 November 1918.

 

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DIXON, Private John William 1883 – 1916

 

             John, born in Cumberland was the son of George William and Margaret ( Ray) Dixon. By 1911 his widowed mother was living at 15 Monarch Terrace, Blaydon with brother Irving. John, working as a coal miner was married to Eleanor and living at 17 Harriet Street, Blaydon with their children Margaret Isabella and William Leslie. A later address is 217 Polmaise Street, Blaydon.John attested at Newcastle at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Battalion, service No: 19023. He was killed in action on 22 June 1916 age 33 years and is buried at Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel- Becourt,Somme,France.

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

Tragically four brothers in the Dixon family laid down their lives during the conflict.  John, James and Irving are all remembered locally at Blaydon and Winlaton – see reference numbers below: while Joseph is remembered in Cumberland.

 

Brother Joseph Dixon ( 1885 – 1918 ) who lived in Cumberland served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers service No: 72222 and was killed in action in Egypt on 6 November 1918.

 

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DIXON William

 

Remembered on Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information available.

 

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