Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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PARKER , Private Edward  1893 – 1918

                Edward Parker was born in Blaydon the son of John and Elizabeth (Gray)Parker and one of nine children. In 1911 the family were living at 105 James Street, Blaydon. Edward was working as a crane driver at an engineering works and his father was a boiler fitter.Edward attested at Blaydon to the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No: 1409 and was later transferred to the Dorsetshire Regiment 6th Battalion, service No: 202595. Edward died of wounds on 31 March 1918 and he is buried at Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery,Somme,France grave ref: XI.C.Z.

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Locally, Edward is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the St. John Wesley Memorial at Trinity Methodist Church, Blaydon.

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PARKIN , Private Launcelot 1888- 1916

 Launcelot Parkin was the son of William and Jane Ann Parkin. In 1911 he was working as a coal miner and living at 76 James Street, Blaydon with his wife Lily and baby daughter Margaret.Enlisted Durham Light Infantry service No: 2570. John died of wounds on 27 March 1916 and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, France grave ref: V1.E.19

During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.

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

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PATTERSON , Private Bolton  1893-1918



 



Bolton Patterson, born at Usworth Co. Durham was the son of James and Catherine Patterson he worked as a coal miner putter and in 1911 the family lived at 7 West View, Blaydon. Bolton joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Battalion service No: 6842 on 3 September 1914. He was posted to France on 3 September 1915 and wounded on 1 October 1915 when he was injured by gunshot wounds to the left thigh. We know from surviving records that he was 5’ 7 1/2  “ tall with dark hair & brown eyes with a good character.

He was discharged on 13 August 1917 as being no longer physically fit for war and an army pension was awarded. He was transferred to the 3rd Battalion Training Reserve service No:TR5/8495. He married after discharge Bella Jobson on 29 September 1917 and lived at 20 Lister Ave.,Greenside.

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British war and Victory Medals he died on 29 January 1918 of wounds he suffered at the Battle of Loos  age 26 and is

buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: S.U.388 and remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

 

 

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PATTERSON, James

 

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the Roll of Honour League of the Cross at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church,Blaydon.

Served with the Northumberland Fusiliers.

We regret we have no other information available. 


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PATTISON , Private John Forster 1894 – 1917

 

John Forster Pattison was the son of Richard Summerside Pattison and Ellen Forster and one of six children. His father worked as a draper’s assistant and in 1911 the family lived at 34 Bowland Terrace, Blaydon. John was working as an office boy for a distillery works.

He served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 16th Battalion, service No: 1461. He was killed in action on 12 February 1917 age 23 years. Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals he is buried at Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, grave ref: II.K.14. Auchonvillers is approximately 20 Kms south of Arras. From the outbreak of the war to the summer of 1915, this part of the front was held by French troops, who began the military cemetery in June 1915. It continued to be used by Commonwealth field ambulances and fighting units, but burials practically ceased with the German withdrawal in February 1917. After the Armistice, 15 of the graves (Plot II, Row M, Graves 4-18) were brought in from scattered positions east of the cemetery.The cemetery now contains 528 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the French graves having been removed to other burial grounds.

Locally John is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial. 

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PAYNE. Walter 





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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PEDELTY , Private George Henry  1894-1915 





George was born at Spennymoor, Co. Durham the son of Ralph, a coal miner , and Jane E. Pedelty, one of eight children. In 1911 the family were living at 33 Burnely Street, Blaydon and George was working in the mine as a putter belowground. He enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Battalion service No: 5079. He was killed in action in Turkey on 10 August 1915 age 21 years and is named on the Helles Memorial, Panel 33 to 35.

He was awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals and is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and the St. John’s Wesleyan Memorial at Trinity Methodist, Blaydon.

 

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PENTLAND , Private Joseph 1894- 1916

 

 Joseph Pentland one of six children was born at Swalwell. In 1911 the family were living at 94 Edward Street, Blaydon. Joseph was working as a pony drive at a mine and his father was a labourer at a fire clay manufacturer, so probably both working at Blaydon Burn. Joseph joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, 27th Battalion Tyneside Irish and was posted to France. He was killed in action on 1 July 1916 the first day of the Somme offensive and one of 539 casualties from the battalion on that day.

 

He is buried at Gordon Dump cemetery, Ouillers la Boisselle grave ref: XN9. On 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme, the 8th Division attacked Ovillers and the 34th Division La Boisselle. The villages were not captured, but ground was won between them and to the south of La Boisselle. On 4 July, the 19th (Western) Division cleared La Boisselle and on 7 July the 12th (Eastern) and 25th Divisions gained part of Ovillers, the village being cleared by the 48th (South Midland) Division on 17 July. The two villages were lost during the German advance in March 1918, but they were retaken on the following 24 August by the 38th (Welsh) Division. Plot I of the Cemetery was made by fighting units after 10 July 1916 and closed in September when it contained the graves of 95 soldiers, mainly Australian. It was called variously Gordon (or Gordon's) Dump Cemetery or Sausage Valley Cemetery, from the name given to the broad, shallow valley that runs down from it to Becourt.

The remainder of the cemetery was formed after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the 1916 battlefields immediately surrounding the cemetery.

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PHILIPSON , Private George Wilfred  1895 – 1916

 

              George, born at Allendale,Hexham,Northumberland was the son of  Thomas Heslop and Jane ( Graham) Philipson. In 1911 George was living with his mother Jane and sister Mary Jean as boarders at 99 George Street, Blaydon. The head of the household was Henry William Bell a fish dealer and shopkeeper. Jane worked as a house helper, Mary Jean was a general servant and George was an apprentice engineer at the glass bottle works.

George enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 24th Battalion Tyneside Irish service No: 24/1039. Posted to France he died of wounds on 2 July 1916 age 21 years. He was buried at Meaulte Cemetery, Somme, France, grave ref: C.7.

 

Meaulte was held by Commonwealth forces (and inhabited by three quarters of its civilian population) from 1915 to 26 March 1918, when it was evacuated after a rearguard fight by the 9th (Scottish) Division. It was recaptured by the 12th (Eastern) Division and tanks on 22 August 1918.The military cemetery was begun in December 1915, and used until February 1917. A few further burials were made after the recapture of the village and after the Armistice, graves (mainly of 1918) were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields and other burial grounds.

 

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

 

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PHILIPSON, Petty Officer James. 1888 – 1917

 

James Philipson was born at Stella, Blaydon on 5 April 1888 the son of George and Emma Philipson and one of seven surviving children. His father was the Manager of the Board Inn, Stella and this was where James worked as a barman. His parents later lived at 6 Tempest Street, Stella.He enlisted on 7 October 1914 to serve with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Hood Battalion service No: TZ/2269. James was killed in action on 23 April 1917 age 29 years. He is named on the Arras Memorial, Bay 1.

 

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

 

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PLETTS , Private Charles 1896-1917

 

Charles Pletts was the son of Thomas and Margaret Pletts. In 1911 he was living with his family at 18 Turret Place, Blaydon.Attested to the Welsh Regiment 17th Battalion he signed up at Blaydon service No: 60956. Posted to France he was killed in action on the 25 November 1917 aged 21 years.  He is named on the Cambrai Memorial , Louvernal, France Panel 7. Awarded the British War and Victory medals his mother signed for these medals on 10 October 1922 giving her address as 35 Front Street, Leadgate. Co Durham.

 

Charles is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and at

St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

 

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POLKINGHORN , Private William James  1890-1917

 

William was born at Hunwick, Co Durham and lived near Bishop Auckland with his parents William ( a coalminer, born in Cornwall) and mother Hannah. In 1911 he was staying in Newcastle upon Tyne and in April 1911 he married Margaret Ellen, worked as a coal miner and they lived at 8 Staith Terrace,Derwenthaugh,Swalwell, Co. Durham.William attested to the Durham Light Infantry service No: 2142 and later transferred to the Lancashire Fusiliers service No: 238231. William was killed in action on 27 September 1917 and his name is recorded at Trois Abres, Cemetery Nord, France ref: 11.Q.4 .  

Awarded 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals. His name is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial.

 

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PORTHOUSE , George Robert

 

Born in Blaydon about 1898, father Joseph a coal miner born Carlisle and mother Georgina. In 1911 the family were living at 71 John Street, Blaydon and father Joseph worked as a metal planer at an iron foundry.

 

I have been unable to trace any military record for George.

He is named on the Blaydon War Memorial and there is a record of a George R. Porthouse died age 22 within Gateshead.

GRO ref: Gateshead Durham  10A  1619 .

 

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POTTER , Private Henry 1894 – 1916

Henry Potter was the son of factory labourer Edward Potter & Emma Potter. One of eight surviving children in 1911 the family were living at 18 Patterson Street, Blaydon and Henry was working as a labourer.

He attested at Blaydon Drill Hall to the Durham Light Infantry 12th Battalion, service No: 31858 on 11 December 1915 and gave his occupation as ferryman. Surviving records confirm that he was 5’6” tall weighed 137lbs with 36” chest. Posted to the reserve he was mobilised on 25 April 1916 and disembarked at Boulogne on 8 August 1916.He was wounded then posted missing presumed dead on 7 October 1916. On that day the British and French advance on Albert-Bapaume road.British advance 1,000 yards and capture Le Sars.French advance north-east of Morval to within 200 yards of Sailly. Henry was awrded the British War and Victory medals and is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 14A & 15C.

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

Sadly, Henry’s brother Septimus was killed on 31 December 1916 – see Potter/Blaydon 221

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POTTER , Driver Septimus 1896-1916

 

Septimus Potter was a factory labourer and in 1911 lived with parents Edward and Emma Potter at 16 Patterson Street, Blaydon. He was born in Lemington. He enlisted  and was posted to the Royal Field Artillery as a driver, in charge of a horse not a vehicle, and was in the 20th Division Ammunition Column service No: 80281. He was posted  abroad on 17 May 1915 and killed in action on 31 December 1916 age 20 years  and buried at Guards Cemetery Les Boeufs, Somme France grave ref: XII.E.6. We know from surviving service records that he was 5’ 5 1/2 “  tall with fair hair, grey/blue eyes and weighed 118 lbs. His personal possessions included correspondence and photographs.

 

Awarded the 15/15 star, British war and Victory medals he is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s, Blaydon.

 

Sadly, Septimus’  older brother Henry Potter was killed in action on 7 October 1916 – see Potter/ Blaydon 220

 

 

 

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POTTS , Private James Robert 1883 – 1917

 

James was the son of John, a colliery labourer and Leah ( Hall) Potts  born at Haydon Bridge, Northumberland. By 1891 his father had died and he was living with his widowed mother and brother William with their grandparents Joseph and Mary Hall and their uncles at Edge House Farm, Chollerford where his grandfather and uncles worked as agricultural labourers.

In 1901 he was living with his grandmother and mother at Errington Red House Farm, Cocklaw, Northumberland and working as a limestone breaker and by 1911 he was living as a boarder in Lincolnshire and working as a gas fitter mechanic.

James enlisted at Stockton on Tees and served with the Royal Engineers service No: 212409 and the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry, service No: 36768. He died of wounds received in France on 6 December 1917 and was buried at Etaples Military Cemetery grave ref: XXXI.B.21.During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick.

James was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. Probate records state that following James’ death administration with will was granted  to his uncle Joseph Elliott Hall, labourer ( the brother of Leah, James’ mother ) of 5 Henderson’s Buildings, Stella, Blaydon.

 

Locally James is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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PUDDIFOOT , Bertie 1888-1918





Bertie Puddifoot was the youngest son of George and Rhoda Puddifoot of 107 Thomas Terrace, Blaydon. George, his father, was born in Watford and worked as a cement drain layer. Bertie worked as an engineering fitter for a firm of shipbuilders.He joined the Royal Naval Reserve with the rank of E.R.A. ( Engine Room Artificer ) service No: 1701EA(ch) on HMS Conquest. He died on 13 June 1918 as a direct result of enemy action and was buried at Blaydon  Cemetery grave ref: F 258.MS Conquest was a C-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was part of the Caroline group of the C-class of cruisers.She was laid down in March 1914, launched 20 January 1915 and commissioned into the navy in June 1915. She was assigned to the 5th Light Cruiser Squadron, Harwich Force, guarding the eastern approaches to the English Channel. She was damaged on 25 April 1916 by German battlecruisers during the German raid of Lowestoft. On 5 June 1917 Conquest sank the German destroyer S 20, and in July 1918 she was damaged by a mine and needed to be repaired. She survived the war, but was considered obsolete before the outbreak of the Second World War and was sold on 29 August 1930 to Metal Industries, of Rosyth to be broken up.

Bertie is remembered locally at Blaydon War Memorial and

 St. Cuthbert’s Church Blaydon.

Sadly Bertie’s brother Edward A. Puddifoot was also killed see ref:

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PUDDIFOOT , Private Edward A. 1885-1916

Edward A. Puddifoot was the second youngest son of George and Rhoda Puddifoot of 107 Thomas Terrace, Blaydon. George, his father, was born in Watford and worked as a cement drain layer. Edward worked as a bricklayer. He joined the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No: 2967 and was killed in action on 15 September 1916 in France.

On 1 July 1916, supported by a French attack to the south, thirteen divisions of Commonwealth forces launched an offensive on a line from north of Gommecourt to Maricourt. Despite a preliminary bombardment lasting seven days, the German defences were barely touched and the attack met unexpectedly fierce resistance. Losses were catastrophic and with only minimal advances on the southern flank, the initial attack was a failure. In the following weeks, huge resources of manpower and equipment were deployed in an attempt to exploit the modest successes of the first day. However, the German Army resisted tenaciously and repeated attacks and counter attacks meant a major battle for every village, copse and farmhouse gained. At the end of September, Thiepval was finally captured. The village had been an original objective of 1 July. Attacks north and east continued throughout October and into November in increasingly difficult weather conditions. The Battle of the Somme finally ended on 18 November with the onset of winter.

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British war and Victory medals he is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and France 14A & 15C. Locally he is remembered on the

 Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church Blaydon.

Sadly Edward’s younger brother Bertie also died during WWI see ref: PUDDIFOOT/BLAYDON223 

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PURVIS, Private Joseph George 1886-1918