Blaydon War Memorial - the names of the Fallen

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MARCH , Private Joseph 1885 – 1916

 Joseph was the son of John March and Mary ( Hunter ) March. His father had worked as a night watchman but 1911 John March had died and Joseph was living with his widowed mother at 21 Theresa Street, Blaydon. Joseph worked as a labourer at an iron foundry; brother William was an apprentice at the sanitary sink works, brother Patterson at school, sister Elizabeth a tailoress and sister Mildred  a boot and shoe sales assistant.Joseph served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 25th Tyneside Irish Battalion, service No: 25/1102. Posted to France he was killed in action on 12 February 1916.He was buried at Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois Grenier, France Nord, grave ref: IV.A.4. Bois Grenier is a village 3km south of Armentieres.The cellar of the brewery was used as a dressing station and the cemetery was started in the orchard nearby in November 1914. It was sheltered from enemy observation by ruined houses and continued in use until January 1918.



Awarded the British War and Victory medals, locally Joseph is remembered on the Blaydon war Memorial, the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the St. John Wesley Methodist Memorial ( now at Trinity Methodist, Blaydon
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MARSHALL,George

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the

Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

We regret we have no other information available.

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MARSHALL , John

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial and the

Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

We regret we have no other information available.

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MARSHALL , Private Joseph 1898 – 1916

 

            Joseph Marshall born at Blaydon was the son of George and Elizabeth Marshall and one of five children. In 1911 Joseph was still at school, his father worked as a miner and the family were living at 81 Thomas Terrace, Blaydon.

Joseph enlisted at Newcastle and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 26th Tyneside Irish Battalion service No: 26/1102. Posted to France he was killed in action on 1 April 1916 age 19 years and buried at Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois-Grenier plot IV.B.32.The cellar of the brewery was used as a dressing station and the cemetery was started in the orchard nearby in November 1914. It was sheltered from enemy observation by ruined houses and continued in use until January 1918.Brewery Orchard Cemetery contains 339 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

 

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

 

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MASON , Private Charles Edwin 1892-1918

 

                                                  

 

Charles Edwin Mason was born at Knaresborough in Yorkshire the son of Mrs. Mason who later lived at Foundry Lane, Hexham,Northumberland. He worked as a farm labourer in the Hexham area and later became the adopted son of Mr. & Mrs. Broderick of 7 Tempest Street, Stella, Blaydon. Charles enlisted into the army in 1909 at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the 18th battalion, Queen Mary’s Own Hussars service No: 10328 and 10th Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders service No: 13425 ( also recorded as 13485). Charles was wounded at the 1st Battle of Ypres in 1914  and in all before his death wounded nine times and gassed once. He was mentioned in the Illustrated Chronicle on 7 December 1914, 4 January 1915, 3 April 1915 and 18 April 1918.

Charles died on either the 4 or 5 April 1918 in a military hospital of injuries caused by being kicked by a horse. He is buried at Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension , France plot C.178.

 

Awarded the 14 Star, British War and Victory Medals, locally Charles is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the St. Wilfred’s War Memorial Cross at Hexham,Northumberland.

 

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MAUDE , Lance Corporal John Blackburn 1889-1917







  John Blackburn Maude was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and lived variously at Benwell, Elswick, Edmondsly, Co. Durham and finally as a miner at Addison Colliery. His parents were George Abell & Hannah Maude and he had three older sisters. John enlisted at Newburn in the Northumberland Fusiliers 13th Battalion service No: 12773 and was killed in action on 26 February 1917 aged 28 years.

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals he is remembered at Blaydon and at Vermelles British Cemtery, Pas de Calais , France ref: VB33. His name was also on the Addison  Colliery Memorial which was lost during a fire in 1930.

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MAUGHAN , Lance Sergeant John 1881-1917

 John Maughan was a miner at Addison Colliery. He married Elizabeth Jane Usher in 1901 and in 1911 they were living at 6 Shop Spouts, Blaydon with their four young children: Joseph,John,Margaret and Norah. John enlisted into the Northumberland Fusiliers 24th Battalion Tyneside Irish service No: 24/517. John was involved in the Battle of Arras in 1917, the Second Battle of the Scarpe 23/24 April 1917 and died on 28 April 1917 age 36 years. He is named on the Arras Memorial, Bay 2&3. Awarded the British War and Victory medals his widow was now living at 7 Widdrington Road, Blaydon.

He is remembered on the Addison Colliery war memorial, Blaydon war memorial and at

St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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McC(H)RYSTAL  , Private James d 1916

 

James served with the Durham Light Infantry 9th Battalion, service No: 3217. He was killed in action on 12 February 1916 and buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, grave ref: II.E.II.

 

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

 

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McFARLANE , Private Anthony 1880 – 1917

Anthony McFarlane was one of eight children and the son of Mathew and Mary Jane (Hall) McFarlane. By 1911 Anthony’s father had died and he was living at School House, St. Cuthbert’s Square, Blaydon with his widowed mother, sister Phyllis and brother Mathew. Anthony was working as a general labourer while his mother worked as a school caretaker. 

Anthony attested to the Durham Light Infantry 11 th  Battalion, service No: 16467 , at Gateshead on 5 September 1914. We know from surviving records that he was 5’6” tall weighed 128lbs and had a 36” chest and  suffered from a corneal eye ulcer in 1916.He was killed in action on 30 November 1917. On that day on the Cambrai front: enemy attacks salient at Vendhuille, Bourlon Wood and Moeuvres; penetrating British position as far as La Vacquerie and Gouzeaucourt.  British counter-attack regains La Vacquerie.

Mrs. McFarlane was later informed by the military that it had been found necessary to exhume her son’s body for re-burial. This had been carried out with every measure of care and reverence and that special arrangements were made for the appropriate religious service to be held. Anthony’s remains were reburied at Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery grave ref: IV.E.II..

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals, for which his mother signed, locally Anthony is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon. Anthony’s brother Mathew also served with the Durham Light Infantry and survived the war.

 

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McGURK , Sergeant Thomas William  1887-1916

 

Thomas was born in Blaydon and spent his life living with his extended family. In 1891 at Turret place, Blaydon, in 1901 at Stella and in 1911 as a visitor ( possibly on leave ) at 6 Edward Street, Blaydon. He joined the army before the onset of war and was already a serving soldier in 1911 enlisted in the Kings Own Scottish Borderers 8th Battalion service number 17136. He was killed in action on the 14 May 1916 age 29 years and is named on the Loos memorial, Pas de Calais, France Panel 53-56.

Awarded the 14/15 star, British war and Victory medals he is also remembered locally on Blaydon War Memorial.

 

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McKAY , Private James 1892 – 1917

 

James McKay was born in Gosforth the son of Frank and Bridget McKay. In 1911 the family were living at 3 The Bairns, Chopwell and James was working as a coal putter. By the time of his death his parents were living at 2 Store Street, Winlaton.

James attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 16th Battalion service No: 24/715 and was posted to Belgium. He was killed in action on 12 July 1917 age 25 years and his name is recorded on the Nieuport Memorial, West-Vlaanderen Belgium.

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

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McKENNA , Able Seaman Peter 1887 – 1915

 

Peter McKenna, born 2 August 1887 was the son of the late Mr. McKenna and Mrs. Margaret ( Moralee )Mckenna of 53 Bridge Street, Blaydon. Peter worked as a coal miner and enlisted to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve on November 14th 1914 ; Collingwood Bn. 'D' Company 1st Platoon 4/3/15-4/6/15 DD. Service No: Tyneside Z/1546. He served with the Meditteranean expeditionary force at the Dardenelles and he was posted missing, assumed killed in action on 4 Jun 1915.He is named on the  Helles Memorial (MR 4) which stands on the tip of the Gallipoli Peninsula. It takes the form of an obelisk over 30 metres high that can be seen by ships passing through the Dardanelles. The eight month campaign in Gallipoli was fought by Commonwealth and French forces in an attempt to force Turkey out of the war, to relieve the deadlock of the Western Front in France and Belgium, and to open a supply route to Russia through the Dardanelles and the Black Sea.

 

Awarded the Star, British War and Victory Medals, Peter is  remembered

Locally on the Blaydon War Memorial.

 

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McKENNA , Sergeant Stephen 1888 – 1918

DCM & Croix de Guerre

 

Stephen McKenna was the son of Joseph, born Tyrone, Ireland and Bridget ( Donnelly) McKenna and one of eight surviving children. Born at Jarrow by 1911 the family were living at 215 Whitfield Road, Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne. Stephen worked as a general labourer, as did his father.

Stephen enlisted at Jarrow and served with the Royal Army Medical Corps. 37th Field Ambulance , service No: 54003.

On 22 September 1916 while he was still a Corporal he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and this citation appeared in the London Gazette on 15 April 1916.

“ For gallantry and devotion in attending to and carrying in under heavy fire large numbers of wounded, who had been lying in the open. He repeatedly led stretcher parties to the front line and refused rest and food while he knew wounded were lying about.” Stephen was killed in action on 28 March 1918 age 30 years and is buried at Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France.

 

Stephen was awarded the following medals:

DCM & Bar

15 Star, British War and Victory Medals

Croix de Guerre

 

Locally Stephen is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

 

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McLAUGHLIN, Private Richard 1880-1917

 

Richard married Margaret Glennon in 1909 and by 1911 they were living at 10 Patterson Street, Blaydon with their four young children while Richard worked as a labourer. Called up for service Richard attested to the Durham Light Infantry 4th Battalion, service No 40073. He died at home on 10 April 1917 age 37 years and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery, grave ref: RU176.

Not named on war memorial.



 

McMASTER , Lance Corporal Samuel 1891 – 1916

 

 

Samuel McMaster was born at Parton, Cumberland the son of Francis and Eleanor McMaster. Both Samuel and his father worked as coal miners. Samuel married Mary and they had two children Sydney and Andrew, they were all still living in Cumberland in 1911.

Samuel enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and is recorded as living at Blaydon. He served with the Northumberland Fusiliers service no: 14301 and was later transferred to 8th Battalion  Prince Albert’s Somerset Light Infantry service No: 15692. He was killed in action, posted missing assumed dead on 1 July 1916 age 25 years and is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France Pier and Face 2A.

 

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

 

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McRAE , Private Alfred 1899 – 1918

 

Alfred Mcrae was the son of John McRae and Jane Hird and one of nine surviving children. His father was born in Dingwall and worked as a blacksmith, his mother was born in Aberdeenshire but all the children had been born in Blaydon. Alfred worked as a munitions worker and lived with his family at 30 Bowland Crescent, Blaydon. He was conscripted into the army and enlisted at the Drill Hall, Blaydon on 5 March 1917. From surviving records we know he was 5’ 6 ¼ “ tall with a 34 ½ “ chest. Assigned initially to the Training Reserve Battalion, then the Leicesters he was transferred to the Sherwood Forresters ( Notts & Derby) 1st Battalion service No: 102109 and posted to France on 11 March 1918.

Alfred was killed in action on 24 April 1918. On that day there were violent attacks on junction of British and French in Amiens sector south of Somme; Villers-Bretonneux lost.Battle very severe at Hangard; Germans finally capture village.Attacks beaten off east of Robecq and north-east of Bailleul.Heavy artillery fire in Woevre.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals he is named on the Pozieres Memorial, Panel 52 & 54. The Pozieres Memorial relates to the period of crisis in March and April 1918 when the Allied Fifth Army was driven back by overwhelming numbers across the former Somme battlefields, and the months that followed before the Advance to Victory, which began on 8 August 1918. 
Locally Alfred is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

 

 

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MELVIN , Private William John  1894-1918

 

William John Melvin was born in Cumbria and in 1901 the family were living in Workington. The son of the late Samuel and Ann Melvin and one of four children. By 1911 Ann and her family were living at 19 James Street, Blaydon and William was working as a labourer. He enlisted in the Durham Light Infantry in Blaydon, transferred to the Border regiment and was posted to France. Service No’s:  DLI 3174,Border 4142,Border 241718.

 

 He died of wounds on 1 October 1918 age 24 years and is buried at Brie British Cemetery, Somme, France , grave reference 111.E.10. Awarded British War and Victory medals he is remembered locally at Blaydon War Memorial,St. Cuthbert’s Church Blaydon and at Trinity Methodist Church Blaydon.This memorial having been formerly at St. John’s Weslyan Methodist Chapel, Blaydon which was destroyed by fire.

 

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MILLS,Able Seaman John Joseph C.

 

                                           

 

John Joseph C. Mills was the son of the late Francis and Jane Mills of Askew Road, Gateshead, Co. Durham. He had lived at James Street Blaydon and Whorlton Terrace Swalwell.Husband of Margaret Carbutt (formerly Mills) of 10 Hawthorn Gardens, Stargate, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Joseph worked as a crane driver and had two children.

Joseph had completed five years regular service and enrolled with the Regular Fleet Reserve on 15th January 1912. HMS Good Hope was lost with all hands whilst engaging a German naval squadron off Coronel, South America. He was involved in the Battle of Coronel, Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile and killed in action on 1st November 1914. He has no known grave.

 His obituary appeared in the Blaydon Courier, 28th November 1914. Blaydon Courier, page 3, 11th September 1915. Locally he is remembered on theBlaydon War Memorial, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Wesleyan Methodist Church War Memorial, Blaydon on Tyne, Co. Durham. Ryton War Memorial, Station Bank, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Greenside War Memorial, Greenside, Ryton on Tyne, Co. Durham. Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire Reference 2.

 

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MITCHINSON , Private Andrew   1893-1917

 

 Andrew was born in Blaydon and worked as a miner at Blaydon Burn Colliery. He was unmarried and lived with his parents David & Mary Ann Mitchinson at 47 Mary Street, Blaydon. He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, Tyneside Irish Battalion service no 25/1093 but was later transferred to the Tyneside Scottish 21st Battalion and was killed in action, missing presumed dead on 5 June 1917.



Andy is named on the Arras memorial, bay 2 & 3. Awarded the British War and Victory Medals he is also named on the Blaydon War Memorial and the tablet at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon. His mother who died in 1945 never gave up believing that he might return.

 

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MITCHINSON , Corporal Thomas 1880 – 1919

 

Thomas Mitchinson was the son of Thomas and Annie Mitchinson of Durham.

He served with the Canadian Infantry 14th Battalion , Quebec Regiment service No: 23027. He died on 3 April 1919 and is buried in Canada at the Nelson Memorial Park, British Colombia, grave ref: MIL.Plot.B.4.G.17. This cemetery contains 31 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war. His name is also recorded on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

 

Locally Thomas is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

 

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MULVANEY , Private Thomas  1881 – 1918

Thomas Mulvaney was born in Kells, Co. Meath ,Ireland. He married Carlisle born Annie Elizabeth Nicholson in 1909 in Gateshead. In 1911 they were living at 65 George Street, Blaydon with their two young children John Joseph and Lizzie Nicholson. Thomas was working as a coal hewer.He attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers service No: 20/438 but was transferred to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry service No: 63419. Posted to France he was killed in action on 4 November 1918 age 37 years, only one week before the armistice. On that day was the Great British (1st, 3rd and 4th Armies) and French offensive on 30-mile front from east of Scheldt at Valenciennes to Guise on Oise, reaching to east of Le Quesnoy, half way through Mormal Forest, past Landrecies on Sambre and across Sambre-Oise Canal.  10,000 prisoners and 200 guns were captured.The Belgians advanced to north-west and southern suburbs of Ghent.French reach Le Chesne on Ardennes Canal.Americans advance to Stenay on Meuse.

Thomas was awarded the British War and Victory medals and is buried at Ruesnes Communal Cemetery, Nord, France.

Locally, Thomas is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

 

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MURPHY , Private Dominic 1896 – 1918

Dominic Murphy was the son of John, a colliery labourer, and Mary Murphy. One of nine children he was born in Blaydon and the family lived at 18 Skiff Row, Derwenthaugh, Swalwell. In 1911 Dominic was working as a colliery labourer but by the time he joined the army he described his occupation as press hand. He attested on 11 December 1915 and was assigned to a training reserve battalion. However on 15 January 1917 he was mobilised and assigned to the York and Lancaster Regiment, 2/4th ( Hallamshire) (TF) Battalion, service No: 32899 and posted to France on 14 May 1917.

From surviving service records we know he was 5’7” tall with a 36” chest. Killed in action on 22 April 1918 he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. His father signed for his personal possessions as next of kin on 25 August 1918. These were listed as; photos, writing case with pad, religious set of medallions, religious book, safety razor, strop, comb, 3d in coins, letters, pipe, religious medallion, flask lamp ( damaged ), rosary (broken), match box cover and a shoulder title(?).

On 22 April  1918 there was local fighting to British advantage in Albert, Robecq and Wytschaete sectors.Near Villers Brettoneux and on Ancre river, enemy concentrations were dispersed.Austrian troops reported to be arriving in Belgium.Dominic was buried at Bienvillers Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France grave ref: XIII>C.5.

Locally Dominic is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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MURRAY , Private William  1886-1918