Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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RAPER , Private Joseph 1890 – 1917

Joseph Raper was a coal porter and in 1911 was living as a boarder at 13 Short Row West, High Spen. He had been born in Gateshead in September 1889 the son of William, a bridge rivetter & Elizabeth Jane ( Irwin) Raper and one of eight surviving children. Both his parents died in 1929. (Although the CWGC records states his parents as Joseph & Mary Raper of 22 Leopold Street, Gateshad I believe those names are incorrect ) In 1911 William and Elizabeth Raper are living at 32 Leopold Street, Gateshead.

Joseph married Esther Olive Crompton in 1914 and the couple lived at 16 Evelyn Street, Blaydon their only child together Joseph Arthur Edwin Raper being born on 5 September 1915. Joseph attested at Blaydon on 22 March 1915 to the Durham Light Infantry Territorial Force, 2d Line 9th Battalion  service No:3876. He was 5’ 3” tall with a 36” chest and was posted to France on 19 July 1916. He was later transferred within the DLI to 1/6th Battalion service No: 6095 the service No:250912.

He was killed in action on 22 February 1917 age 27 years. On that day east of Vermelles and south of Neuve Chapelle hostile raids were repulsed with heavy loss. North of Gueudecourt British take enemy trench and 30 prisoners.  British push forward cautiously. Awarded the British war and Victory Medlas he is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and face 14A and 15C.Joseph’s widow Esther re-married in late 1917 at Sunderland to John Whitehead and moved to 21 Milton St, Wombwell and then 25 Pickup Court,Wombwell,Barnsley,Yorkshire.

Locally Joseph is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

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RICHARDSON, Harry

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

We regret we have no other information.

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RICHARDSON, James

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

We regret we have no other information.

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RICHARDSON, Lance Corporal Thomas Henry 1882-1916

 

 

Thomas was born at Mitcholm Cumberland and by 1911 was married to Hannah and working as a coal miner hewer at Emma Colliery. They lived at 77 John Street, Blaydon with their two young children Thomas and Phyllis. Thomas enlised on 21 September 1914 as a reservist. However, he was called to the front and served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 11th Battalion service No: 18946.Posted to France he saw action at the battle of the Somme and was killed in action on 1 July 1916. With no known grave, Thomas is named on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and face 4D & 5B.

His obituary appeared in the Blaydon Courier page 8 on 7 April 1917.

Awarded the British War and Victory medals, locally Thomas is remembered on the Ryton War Memorial, Emma Colliery War Memorial, Blaydon War Memorial and the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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RIDLEY , Private Henry  1893 – 1917





Henry Ridley was the son of Margaret Ridley and one of seven surviving children. In 1911 he was working as a coal miner and living with his widowed mother and siblings at 25 Cowen Street, Blaydon Haughs. In 1915 he married Margaret Jane Brown and they lived at 21 Clifford Street, Blaydon.Henry attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 26th Tyneside Irish Battalion service No: 1186. Posted abroad he died of wounds on 11 July 1917 and is buried at Coxyde Military Cemetery, Belgium grave ref: I.D.66 and awarded the British War & Victory Medals.

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

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RILEY , Private William 1888 – 1918

William, one of two surviving children, was the son of John, a joiner’s labourer with the Co-operative Society and Bridget Riley. Although born at Jarrow by 1911 the family were living at 57 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon. On 6 December 1913 William, working as a brickyard labourer, married Alice Riley and they had two children William born 22 July 1915 and Caroline Ann born 29 March 1917. William attested to the Durham Light Infantry at South Shields on 17 July 1916 and was posted to France on 5 November 1916. At that time his home address was 107 Edward Street, Blaydon. From surviving records we know he was 5’7” tall with a 37” chest.Killed in action on 24 September 1918 he is named on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 9. On that day French and British co-operate in attack in St. Quentin sector, good progress made, in spite of strong resistance, around hamlets of Salency (Noyon) and Gricourt.Allies within two miles of St. Quentin.French capture Francilly-Selency and Dallon; approach Giffecourt.

He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and locally remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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  ROBERTS, Private Frank 1899-1918

Frank Roberts was born in Kibarty, Russia c1899 but by 1911 he was living at 2 George Street, Blaydon with his family. The family group who were all born Russia/Poland but were British residents were  father Frank, mother Frances, sister Hannah, uncle Charles and a boarder Adam Stundins. All the adult men worked as boot and shoe repairers on own account at home.  Frank enlisted to the Durham Light Infantry, service No: 91995 and later 5-170085, at Blaydon on 7 February 1917 giving his age as 18. He was 5’5” tall, brown hair and eyes. He worked as a forgehand and by this time lived at 17 Railway Street, Blaydon.Frank was posted to France on 18 December 1917 and killed in action on 24 September 1918. His final resting place is unknown and he is named on the Memorial at Vis-en-Artois, Panel 9. At his death his possessions returned home included 2 religious books, a rosary and a medallion.

Awarded the British War and Victory medals, locally Frank is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and the League of the Cross at St. Joseph’s Church, Blaydon.

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ROBERTSON, Private John 1889-1917

John ( Jack) Robertson was born in Scotland and in 1911 was working as a groom at Axwell Hall, Blaydon.He enlisted at Blaydon and served with the Durham Light Infantry service No: 37439 and the Northumberland Fusiliers 26th Tyneside Irish service No: 35601. Killed in action on 9 April 1917 and awarded the British War and Victory medals, locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and as Jack Robertson on the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church,Blaydon.

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ROBINSON, Private William  1886 – 1918

William Robinson was born at Frizington, Cumberland the son of Ellen and William Robinson. He moved to Blaydon and lived as a boarder at 4 Cromwell Street, Stella, working as a coal miner.He enlisted at Gateshead and served with the 9th Battallion Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry service No: 32047 and the Machine Gun Corps. Service No: 77348. Posted to France he died of wounds on 25 April 1918 age 32 years. William is buried at Crouy British Cemetery grave ref: I.B.13.His obituary appeared in the Blaydon Courier page 8 on 25 May 1918.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally William is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the Rolls of Honour at St. Mary and St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Stella and at Ryton Social Club.

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ROBSON, John

Named on Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information.

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 ROBSON, Joseph

Named on Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information.

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            ROBSON, J Lance Cpl.

Northumberland Fusiliers service No; 18/568 died 14 February 1919

Buried at Blaydon cemetery grave ref:HU105

ROCHESTER,Sergeant Charles 1880 – 1915

 Charles John T. Rochester was the son of George Rochester, a joiner and Margaret(nee) Tait. One of five children he was born at Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne and where he was living with his family in 1891.

By 1911 Charles was working as a coal miner for the Stella Coal Company and living as a boarder at 23 Nelson Street, Greenside in the home of Christopher Arthur and family.  Charles enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Battalion, service No: 10008. He was killed in action at the Battle of Loos on 27 September 1918, age 35 years. His name is recorded on the Loos Memorial, France, Panel 20 – 22.

Locally, Charles is remembered on the Blaydon war Memorial, the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church Blaydon and the Addison Colliery Memorial.

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ROCHESTER, Thomas – air mechanic 2d class

 

Thomas, born in Blaydon  was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Rochester and one of three surviving children. In 1911 the family lived at 1 John Street, Blaydon and Thomas’ father worked as a cartman. Thomas served with the Royal Air Force service no: 296167.

Thomas died on 30 July 1919 and he is buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: D.C.127. Thomas is also remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

Death divides but memory clings.

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ROGERS , Private Frederick Thomas 1874-1916

 Frederick Thomas Rogers was a coal miner born at Morpeth. He married  Elizabeth Batey in 1896 and they lived at 18 Bridge Street. Blaydon with their six children. He enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers 24th Battalion Tyneside Irish with the rank of private, service No: 24/321. Wounded in July 1916 he died on 7 September 1916 aged 44 years and is buried at Flatiron Copse Cemetery, Mametz, Somme,France grave reference: 111.1.20.

Awarded the British War and Victory medals he is also remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.



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ROGERSON , Private William  1886 – 1916

William Rogerson born in Blaydon, a coal miner, stonemason married to Violet. In 1911 they were living at 5 Rifle Court, Blaydon with their two young children Edith age 4 and John age 1.

William attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 25th Tyneside Irish Battalion service No: 25/574. Posted to France William died either on 1 July 1916 or 1 August 1916 – there are conflicting records of the date. By the time of his death their address is recorded as 67 Back Robinson Street, Blaydon. On 1 July 1916 the Great Franco-British offensive begins on 25-mile front north and south of Somme.  British capture Montauban and Mametz; break through towards Bapaume.  French attack towards Peronne; reach outskirts of Hardecourt and Curlu; take Dompierre, Becquincourt, Bussus, and Fay.  5,000 prisoners taken. Awarded the British War and Victory medals , William was killed in action and  his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial Pier and Face 10B, 11B & 12B.

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

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