Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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DOBBY , Petty Officer John  1891-1918    


John Dobby born 25 November 1890 was the son of William and Isabella and one of eleven children. The family lived at 11 Stargate, Ryton where John worked as a coal miner. He married Florence Stewart in 1913 and they lived at Path Head, Blaydon with their son Stanley. John enlisted in the Royal Naval Volunteer reserve, Regimental Depot, Royal Naval Division formerly Hood Battalion at HMS Calliope, Elswick,Newcastle upon Tyne on 7 August 1915. He was drafted for the British Expeditionary Force on 25 September 1916 and joined Hood battalion 25 November 1916-28 March 1918. Rated Acting Able Seaman Higher Grade on 12 May 1917, Leading Seaman on 30 May 1917 and promoted to Petty Officer on 20 November 1917.

He was wounded in action with severe gunshot wounds to his chest and right knee and died of pneumonia at 10.15am on 29 October 1918 at the Connaught Hospital, Aldershot, Hampshire. Awarded the British War and Victory medals he was buried with full military honours at Ryton Cemetery grave reference D189 and is remembered both at Ryton and at Blaydon.                            

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DODDS, John K.

Remembered on Blaydon War Memorial.

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DODDS , Private Thomas 1896 – 1916

          Thomas Dodds was born at Bridge Street Blaydon the son of Joseph and Sarah Jane Dodds and one of six children. In 1911 the family lived at 54 Edward Street, Blaydon. Thomas worked as a coal miner while his father worked as a bricklayer’s labourer. Thomas enlisted at Gateshead and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers service No: 6672 and the Machine Gun Corps Infantry, service No: 7571. Posted to France he was killed in action on 30 September 1916 age 21 years and buried at Heburterne Military Cemetery grave ref: IV.Q.2.

The village gave its name to a severe action fought by the French on the 10th-13th June 1915, in the "Second Battle of Artois". It was taken over by British troops from the French in the same summer, and it remained subject to shell fire during the Battles of the Somme. It was again the scene of fighting in March 1918, when the New Zealand Division held up the advancing enemy; and during the following summer it was partly in German hands. It was later "adopted" by the Borough of Evesham.

Hebuterne Military Cemetery was begun by the 48th (South Midland) Division in August 1915, and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances (particularly those of the 56th (London) Division) until the spring of 1917; and it was reopened in 1918. The conditions of burial explain the irregularity of the rows.There are now over 750, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. 

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, Thomas is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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DODDS ,Private William 1894-1915  

William Dodds was born at Chester le Street the son of John and Margaret Dodds and one of five children. In 1911 the family were living at 43 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon then later at 27 St. Cuthbert place, Blaydon. William worked as a coal miner while his father worked as a bricklayers labourer. William enlisted at Newcastle and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers ‘C’ Coy. 13th Battalion, service No; 5826. He was killed in action, posted missing presumed dead on 26 September 1915 age 22 years. He is named on the Loos Memorial, panel 20 to 22.

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, locally William is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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DOUGLASS ,Sapper Joseph 1896 – 1918    



Joseph was born at Blaydon the son of William and Helen Douglass. In 1891 his father’s occupation was blacksmith but by 1901 this had changed to publican. Joseph attested to the army at Newcastle upon Tyne on 14 June 1915 giving his address as The Oaks, Blaydon and his occupation as telegraphist. He worked at 18 Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne and the manager of the company Norman Hall attested to his good character. He served with the Northumbrian Division territorial Force, service No: T2584, Corps of Royal Engineers, service No: 463227. Surviving records confirm that he was 5’8 1/2” tall with a 36” chest. He was posted abroad on 18 June 1916.

He had been sent to a signals training unit in Bedfordshire and having passed his final exam was granted leave. On his way home before rejoining his Battalion he stayed with friends Mr. Couling and family of Cambridge Road, Sandy, Bedfordshire. It was here that he was seized with illness and the Doctor was called and forbade him to move. He died of influenza and pneumonia on 8 July 1918 age 22 years. The Doctor testified that Joseph has been partially, but severely gassed and this had made him susceptible to pneumonia. His death was reported to the Royal Engineers Corps, Biggleswade and Joseph was buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: D.C.66. 

His next of kin were his sister Jane Douglass of 12 Summerhill, Blaydon and his brother Nicholas who farmed at Park Head Farm, Winlaton. Probate was granted to his sister Jane Douglass on 6 July 1920 and his memorial scroll was sent to her on 6 September 1923 by which time she was living at Beda Lodge, Rowlands Gill.

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

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DUNWOODIE , Corporal John  1896-1918

John Dunwoodie was a coal miner, the son of John Dunwoodie who in 1911 was living at 37 Edward St., Blaydon with his father and sister Isabella. He joined the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No: 325149 and was promoted to Corporal. He was killed in action on 23 July 1918 and buried at Marfaux British Cemetery, Marne France. Marfaux was captured by the Germans in May 1918, and retaken, after severe fighting, on the 23rd July, John Dunwoodie was killed on this day aged 22 years. The cemetery was begun after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields and from other Military Cemeteries in the Marne.

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

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EDGAR , Private John William 1896-1916


John William Edgar was a pony driver in a coal mine and lived with his parents Adam; a miner and Margaret Jane and his brothers Adam,Alfred Norman, Edward and cousin Andrew Brown at 27 Harriet Street, Blaydon. He enlisted in Blaydon to the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion  service No: 2862. He was killed in action on 16 September 1916 aged 21 years. Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals his name is remembered at Blaydon and on the Thiepval Memorial, France; Pier and Face 14A & 15C.  John is remembered locally on Blaydon War Memorial & on Winlaton War Memorial Cross.


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ELDER , Private John  1893-1918


John who was born in Jarrow was the son of George, a shipyard labourer from Sunderland and Georgina Elder. By 1911 he was working as a miner at Blaydon Burn Colliery and living at 3 Skinnery, Blaydon Burn with his widowed Uncle George who was a steam craneman at the Blaydon Burn Brickworks. Also in the house were John’s sister Elizabeth and their cousins. John joined the 14th Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers  service No: 10111 and was transferred to the Tank Corps Reserve Unit service No: 304500. Awarded the 15 Star British War and Victory medals he died after the cessation of hostilities and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: HU 184.Locally John is remembered on Blaydon War Memorial.

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ELLIOTT , Private Wilfred 1894-1918


Wifred Elliott was born in Ryton the son of William Elliott, born Weardale. Wilf worked as a clerk at Blaydon Burn Colliery where his father was a miner and lived with his parents and two brothers and two sisters at 34 Bridge Street,Blaydon. He joined the Durham Light Infantry service No: 31436 later transferred to the 9th Glasgow Highlanders Battalion Highland Light Infantry service No: 281838.His brother Harold served with the 17th Battalion Royal Defence Corps.

Wilf died of wounds on 30 September 1918 aged 25 years. He is buried at Domino British Cemetery, Epehy, France. Grave ref: 1.B.4. He was awarded the British Victory and War medals and is remembered at Blaydon and an obituary in the Blaydon Courier, page 8, on 2 November 1918.

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