Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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NACEY , Lance Corporal Michael  1881-1917

Michael was a coal miner born at Scotswood, Newcastle upon Tyne and the son of John, also a coal miner and Mary Nacey living at 17 Shibdon Street, Blaydon. In 1911 Michael, one of eight surviving children was living with his parents brother Martin and nephew Robert.In 1914/15 he was living at Millerton, South Island, New Zealand.

A soldier of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force, Canterbury Regiment service No: 6/2230.Michael was killed in action on 24 December 1917 aged 37 years and is named on the Buttes New British Cemetery New Zealand Memorial , Polygon Wood.

He is also  remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and the New Zealand WWI Roll of Honour.

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                  NELSON , James  1891-1914

James Nelson    L/Cpl 5840 2nd Bn Kings Own Scottish Borderers 
Born 13th Dec 1891 in Swalwell, son of Edward and Jane (nee Gray )
Married to Amy Ellen Brown  12th Aug 1912 in Winlaton
Died 1st Nov 1914   at battle of Le Bassee France
Leaving  one son  Alfred Edward Nelson  

James  Played local football and had won several Gold medals "

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

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NEWTON, William b1879 

William was the son of Jane Ann Newton and in 1891 was living at 61 Stella Road with his grandfather Thomas  Daglish who was employed at the brickworks. In 1901 William was a coal miner and he was living with his mother and uncle Thomas Daglish, a foreman at the brickworks, at 70 Bridge street. By 1911 he is living at 112 James Street with his mother but his name is recorded as William Daglish.

We have been unable to trace William’s military records, locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the Plaque that was at St. John Methodist Church,Blaydon.

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NELSON, Edward

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information.

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NELSON, Philip

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information. 



NICHOLSON, Private Robert Ernest 1891-1916


Robert, born at Newcastle upon Tyne was the son of John and Hannah Nicholson. One of four surviving children he lived at 54 George Street Blaydon with his family while both he and his father worked as coal miners. In 1914 he married Hilda Lobelia Cunningham.Robert enlisted at Blaydon and served with the Durham Light Infantry service No: 1391 and was later transferred to the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 10th Battalion service No: 35022. Posted to France he was reported dead, killed in action on 25 September 1916 age 25 years.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally Robert is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial. Hilda remarried in 1917 to Benjamin Arckless, 14 Hardie Street,Highfield,Rowlands Gill.


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NOBLE , Private David John 1891 - 1915

    David, one of five children was born in Blaydon the son of Thomas & Margaret (Parkin) Noble. By 1911 Margaret had died and Thomas, David and three other children were living at a lodging house 56 James Street, Blaydon. David worked as a labourer at the iron works whilst his father was a labourer at the chemical works.David attested at Newburn and served with the Alexandra, Princess of Wales own Yorkshire regiment 10th Battalion, service No: 17508.Posted to France he was killed in action on 28 September 1915. On that day there was severe fighting round and north of Loos; ground recaptured north of Hill 70.British capture altogether 3,000 men and 21 guns.French continue to gain ground east of Souchez and progress in Champagne.David is named on the Loos Memorial,

Awarded the 15 Star, British War & Victory medals, David’s father still living at 56 James Street applied for his son’s medals. Locally David is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church Blaydon.

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NOON , Private John Joseph 1886- 1917


(John)Joseph Noon was the son of John and Mary Noon who had been born in Ireland. In 1891 and 1901 he was living at 4 North Street, Blaydon with his family, including brother Robert ( 1891). By 1901 his mother was widowed and Joseph was working as an apprentice bottle maker.

By 1911 Joseph was already serving in the army, giving his civilian occupation as bottle maker. He had enlisted at Edinburgh to the 1st Battalion Seaforth Highlanders service No: 224.He was killed in action on 5 November 1917 in the Persian Gulf and he is named on the Basra War Memorial, Iraq, Panel 37 and 64

The Basra Memorial commemorates more than 40,500 members of the Commonwealth forces who died in the operations in Mesopotamia from the Autumn of 1914 to the end of August 1921 and whose graves are not known.Awarded the 14 Star, British War and Victory Medals, locally Joseph is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and the League of the Cross at St. Joseph’s RC Church,Blaydon. 

Joseph’s brother Robert Noon also died: See Noon/Blaydon 202SL/062013                                                                  NOON/BLAYDON 201


NOON , Private Robert 1878 – 1918


Robert Noon was the son of John and Mary Noon who had been born in Ireland. In 1891 Robert was living with his parents and brothers – James and John Joseph and sisters Elen and Annie at 4 North Street,Blaydon. Robert’s father worked as labourer at the glass works and Robert was an apprentice bottlemaker.

By 1901 Robert was living as a boarder in Yorkshire and working as glass bottle blower. By 1911 he was living at 44 Totnes Road,Canning Town,Victoria Docks, London. He was single, living as a boarder and working as a glass bottle blower.

The only military record to be found for R. Noon is as a private in the London Regiment, Royal Fusiliers, service No: 233884, died on 23 November 1918, just twelve days after the armistice. He is buried at Premont British Cemetery,France. Grave ref: III.C.19.Premont village was captured by the 30th American Division on the 8th October 1918. Premont British Cemetery was made and used by four Casualty Clearing Stations (the 20th, 50th, 55th and 61st), which came to Bohain in October 1918, and it was closed in the following December.

Locally, Robert is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

Brother Joseph Noon also died – see Noon/Blaydon 201

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OGILVIE, George John  1880 – 1935


George John Ogilvie was the son of George and Ann Ogilvie. In 1891 he was living with his parents and two brothers at 13 Mabel Street, Blaydon. He was still at school while his father worked as a cupola man at a foundry. George married Jane Bewick in 1901 and by 1911 was living with his wife at 9 Mayfair Road West, Jesmond and working as a journalist.

George is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial.


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OGLE , Private John  1882-1918





John Ogle was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and at the time of the 1911 census was working as a stationary engine man at the colliery and living at Townley Terrace, Summer Hill, Blaydon with his stepmother Isabella and stepsister. His father William having died. He enlisted at Blaydon and joined the 1/4th Battalion East Yorkshire regiment service No: 205411.

Following the attack on Sambre et Oise canal sector John was severely injured and taken prisoner of war. He died of wounds on 10 October 1918.

Awarded the British War and Victory medals he is buried in Berlin at the  South West Cemetery, Brandenberg, Berlin.

Locally he is remembered on Blaydon War Memorial,

 St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on Ryton War Memorial.


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ORMSTON , Sergeant John  1880-1917



John Ormston, born in Blaydon, was the son of Isabella and the late John Ormston and grandson of William and Dorothy Ormston of Blaydon. He had various jobs having been a miner at the Addison Colliery, an oil merchant( hawker self employed ) and a labourer. He married Amy c 1904 and they had three sons – John, Leslie and Ernest. In 1911 the family were living at 23 John Street, Blaydon. He joined the army on 31 August 1914 at Consett – the Durham Light Infantry 11th Battalion Pioneers service No: 14065 and was posted to France on 20 July 1915. Promoted to lance Corporal 2 /10/1914, Corporal 14/10/1914 and Sergeant 24/12/1915. We know from surviving service records that he was 5’ 8 1/2 “ tall with black hair and blue eyes. And was allowed leave home on 15/5/1917.

 He was severely wounded and died from his wounds on 5 December 1917 at the 8th General Hospital aged 37 years and was buried at Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension, Seine- Maritime, France. Grave ref: B.11B.Bois Guillaume is a suburb of Rouen, the extension adjoins Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery. It was begun in March 1917 and most of the burials came from No.8 General Hospital, which was quartered at Bois Guillaume in a large country house and grounds. There are now 360 First World War burials in the extension and one from the Second World War. The communal cemetery contains a further 20 First World War graves.

 His personal possessions were :- comb, 2 religious books, knife, copy of army orders, measure, watch, purse, compass, rosary ( although he had recorded his religion as Church of England), watch chain, charm, badge, wallet and some Franc notes. His widow signed for his goods on 25 March 1918 but by the time she signed for his medals in June 1921 she had remarried on 26 July 1919 and was now Amy Paxton of 28 Gladstone St., Consett. In his army will John left his gold albert chain and silver watch to his son John and everything else to his wife Amy.  Amy was  awarded a pension of 32/- 1d  ( £1 -62p) per week for herself and the three children.

John is remembered locally at the Blaydon War Memorial, St John’s Weslyan Methodist War Memorial ( now at Trinity Methodist ), Blaydon and the Consett War Memorial Cross. He was also named on the Addison Colliery Memorial which was destroyed by fire in 1930. 

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OSBORNE, William 1892-1918

 William, born in Cumberland was the son of Thomas and Jane Holliday Osborne, one of eight children. In 1911 the family were living at 9 St. Cuthbert’s Place, Blaydon where William and his father both worked as coal miners. A later address is 18 St. Cuthbert’s Place.

William enlisted in Cumberland and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 4th Battalion service No: 10922.

He died of wounds on 3 April 1918 age 26 years and is buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, France grave ref: P.VII.I.2A.

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

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