Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen



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

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 LAVERY ,Private John 1889 – 1916

John Lavery was born at Pomeroy, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. He lived with his widowed mother Ann Lavery and his brothers Patrick,Michael,Joseph and Thomas at 1 South Street, Blaydon and was working as a labourer. He also had sisters Sarah and Mary.John attested at Newcastle upon Tyne on 27 August 1914 to the Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion, service No: 13411. From surviving records we know he was 5’7” tall, weighed 157 lbs with 34” chest and had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion. Posted abroad on 12 February 1916 he disembarked at Etaples and was killed in action on 1 July 1916.John is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 14A & 15C.

Awarded the British War and Victory medals, his mother Ann signed for the medals. Locally John is remembered on the Blaydon war Memorial.

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LAYBOURN , Leading Seaman Alexander 1894 – 1915


 Alexander Laybourn was born 9 July 1894.  Alexander had been sharing a house with his sister Mary Jane Laybourn at 11 Clifford Street, Blaydon, both his parents having died, his father Alexander Carr Laybourn in 1910 and his mother Jane (Watson) Laybourn in 1902. Alex had worked as a miner at Addison Colliery and enlisted on 14 November 1914 serving with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Anson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, service No: Tyneside Z/1580.

He was drafted to Military Expeditionary Force on 28 June 1915 and joined 3d platoon Anson battalion 18 July 1915 to 19 August 1915.He took part in the  Dardanelles/Gallipoli Campaign in Turkey 1915, Gully Ravine Kartha Nullah sector and following gun shot wounds to the head on 8 August 1915 died at Alexandria 15th General Hospital on 19 August 1915.Alex was buried at Alexandria ( Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery, Egypt. His obituary appeared in the Blaydon Courier page 3 on 23 September 1916.

Locally Alexander is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon, Swalwell War Memorial and he was also named on the Addison Colliery War Memorial.

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LEE, James 

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial and the Plaque at

 St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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LENNOX , Lieutenant Frederick William  1893 – 1918


Frederick William Lennox was an insurance clerk born in Dunston and the son of John, a Co-op butcher, & Mary Ann Lennox, the family lived at 40 James Street, Blaydon. He married Ann Urwin in October 1917 at Holy Cross Ryton and the young couple set up home at 23 Holly Avenue, Ryton.




It is recorded that Frederick was not of robust health, but he still answered his country's call when war broke out. He enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers in September 1914 and subsequently sat for his commission at Trinity College, Oxford. He later served with the Durham Light Infantry as a 2nd Lieutenant service No: 2021 (his commission was announced in the Blaydon Courier, 11th November 1916 and 28th April 1917). He embarked for France in April 1915. Whilst serving with the Northumberland Fusiliers in France he was wounded in the leg at Ypres, Belgium, and was transferred to a hospital in England. Having recovered, he returned to active service but contracted trench fever and pneumonia. He again returned to England where he was given light employment of a clerical nature. He became a drill instructor and trained recruits for nine months before going to Oxford. Frederick never recovered from his illness. Frederick was well known and respected in the district. He was an enthusiastic cricketer and played for Blaydon Cricket Club for several years. Later he played for Chester-le-Street Cricket Club, where his main strengths were his bowling. On the 3rd May 1913, a friendly cricket match took place at Blaydon Cricket ground (Denefield) to officially open the premises. The opposing team was Lieutenant Colonel Simpson's XI, mostly comprising officers of the 9th Durham Light Infantry. The visitor's score card that day read: Lt. M H Bettison caught Lennox, bowled Rushworth. Fred took a catch that day when he caught a skier off Lieutenant Bettison (killed in action 18th April 1916) as he tried to hit Rushworth out of the field. Fred also took the wicket of Lieutenant Colonel Simpson, his first and last wicket at Denefield.

Frederick died at home age 25 years and was buried with full military honours  in Ryton Cemetery, grave ref: CU 348. The coffin was covered by the Union Jack and was borne by a gun carriage. Three volleys were fired over the grave and the Last Post was sounded. He was awarded the 14/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals