Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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SCOTT , Private Ernest 1890 – 1915

Ernest Scott was the son of Henry and Elizabeth Scott, one of five surviving children. His father Henry worked as a foreman at the sanitary pipe works while Ernest worked as an insurance agent. In 1911 the family were living at 108 George Street, Blaydon later at 116 James Street, Blaydon.

Ernest attested to the Durham Light Infantry ‘D’ Coy. 1/9th Battalion service No: 2554. He was killed in action on 27 May 1915 age 25 years and buried at the Ypres Town Cemetery extension, Belgium grave ref: I.C.7.

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

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SCOTT, J. William

The Son of William and Mary Scott who lived at 26 Bowland terrace, Blaydon. One of eight surviving children his father worked as a deputy at a coal mine while his mother was a dressmaker.

We regret we have no other information about this soldier.

He is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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SHAW, Private John Warwick  1897 – 1917

John Warwick Shaw was born in Blaydon the son of George and Charlotte ( Warwick) Shaw. In 1911 he was living with his parents, sister Margaret Annie and other members of his extended family at 4 Birdhill Street, Blaydon. John was working as a colliery labourer while his father worked as a cartman at the glass bottle works.John enlisted at Blaydon and served with the Yorkshire Regiment, service No; 45037 and the Manchester Regiment, service No; 50862.Posted to Belgium he was killed in action on 9 October 1917 during the 3d phase of the 3d Battle of Ypres. On that day there was a Franco-British attack east and north-east.  Outskirts of Houthulst Forest were taken and there was a one-mile advance on Passchendaele Ridge taking 2,000 prisoners.  Enemy counter-attack drives in advance troops south of Ypres-Staden railway on 2,000 yards front.Keen artillery struggle, north of Chaume Wood (Verdun).John was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and he is named on the Tynecot Memorial to the Missing, Belgium, Panel 120-124 & 162-162A & 163A.

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

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SHIPPEN , Lance Corporal John  1891 – 1919

 John Shippen was a miner the son of Joseph and Sarah Shippen of Addison Colliery, Blaydon. By the onset of war he was working as a glass moulder and living at 63 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon with his wife Elizabeth Waggot whom he had married at Gateshead register office on 29 June 1912. Their daughter Elizabeth Jane was born on 21 August 1912. John enlisted into the Machine Gun Corps service No: 82745 as a sapper engaged in tunneling work and he was later promoted to Lance Corporal. His records state that he was 5’ 4” with brown eyes, brown hair, weighed 140lbs. and had a tattoo on his left foreman. His character was described as very good.

However he had suffered from rheumatic fever in 1908 which had weakened his heart. He suffered from gun shot wounds to the left foot and together with an enlarged heart and palpitations he was discharged from the military hospital in Grantham on 24 September 1917 as no longer fit for military service. He was awarded an 80% pension ( 20% for the gunshot wounds & 60% for the heart problem ) @ 13 s 9d plus 2s 6d for his child. By now the family were living at 2 South Street, Blaydon.

The death of John Shippen is recorded in December 1919 at Gateshead.

Locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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SMITH, Sergeant J.R.

Served with the Northumberland Fusiliers No: 155

Died 3 January 1919 and buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: NC74.

We regret we have no other information.

Not named on war memorial.

 SOMERVILLE, Driver Robert

 



Robert served with the Royal Field Artillery service no 32835 with the rank of driver. He had served abroad and was awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals. Robert died on 21 October 1919 and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery, grave ref: CC397.

Robert is also remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and the memorial Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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SOMERVILLE, William

William Somerville ,one of eight surviving children, was the son of Robert and Rachel Somerville of 5 Turret place, Blaydon.

We regret we have no other information about this soldier.

William is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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SPOORS , Richard Hammond  1891-1918

 

             

 

Richard Hammond Spoors was a miner at Addison Colliery and the son of Thomas and Mary Jane Spoors of 5 Stella Cottages, Stella, Blaydon. He enlisted at Blaydon on 28 April 1914 to the territorial reserve but was later called up for action at the Front. Regiments Durham Light Infantry 2861, Border regiment 4155 and 8th Battalion Border Regiment 241729. He saw action at the Battle of the Lys, Belgium 9 -29 April 1918, 1st battle of Kemmel 17-19 April 1918. We know from surviving service records that he was 5’ 9¼ “ tall and suffered a mild elbow wound on 11 November 1916. He was seriously wounded in the chest and arm on 19 April 1918 at Etaples his condition was described as dangerous and he died of his wounds on 20 April 1918. Awarded the British War and Victory medals, his father signed for these medals in 1922. He is buried at Mendinghem Military Cemetery in Belgium grave ref: X.B.II.

Locally, Richard is remembered at Addison War Memorial,

St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Stella and on Blaydon War Memorial.

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STEEL ,Private Thomas Edward 1889 – 1916

 

Thomas was the son of Thomas Edward and Mary Jane Steel and one of four surviving children. At the time of the 1911 census he lived with his family at Front Street, Swalwell, Co. Durham. He was working as a coal miner while his father worked as a tool store keeper at an engineering works.

In 1911 he married Amelia Blythe and the couple lived at Blaydon.

Thomas enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 10th Battalion service No: 13871.

Posted to Belgium, he was killed in action on 25 October 1916 age 29 years. He is buried at Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery, grave ref: IV.J.18

 

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

 

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STOCKDALE, SergeantWilliam Henry

 

 

William was born in Keswick, he worked as a teacher and in the 1911 census was living as a boarder at 14 Frederick Street, Chopwell. In 1915 he married Edith Pritchard in Newcastle upon Tyne.He enlisted at Durham to the Durham Light Infantry 1/8th Battalion service No: 3473. Posted to Belgium he was killed in action on 2 March 1916 and buried at railway Dugouts Cemetery, Ieper grave ref:II.D.2.

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

 

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Stokoe , Gunner Alfred E.  1884-1917

 

Alfred Stokoe was a joiner born in 1884 and one of five children of Jane Stokoe ( widow) they lived at 17 Cochrane Street, Blaydon. Alfred attested  on 25 October 1915 to the Royal Garrison Artillery 67th Siege Battalion service no: 60548. Posted to Belgium he was killed in action on 30 October 1917 and buried at the White House Military Cemetery at St. Jean –les-Ypres grave ref: III.M.2 He was  awarded the British War and Victory Medals and his mother signed for his personal possessions which were returned to her on 20 February 1918. They were: a disc,letter,photo,pipe,diary,tobacco tin,purse,wallet,christmas card,fountain pen, and a pin cushion.

 

Locally Alfred is remembered on the Blaydon war memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church Blaydon.

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STONEHOUSE, Pte. Thomas 1897 – 1916

 

Thomas was born at Winlaton the son of Edward and Isabella Stonehouse. In 1911 the family were living at Medomsley Thomas’ father worked as a coal miner.

Thomas enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and  served with the Northumberland Fusiliers service No’s: 4/3194, 5/7186 and 242373. He was declared missing presumed dead on 14 November 1916 and his name is recorded on the Menin Gate at Ypres, Belgium panel 8 & 12.

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

 

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STOREY , Private Robert 1878 – 1916

 

Robert Storey, born in South Shields ( listed as Story on war memorial) was a coal miner stone man and in 1911 was living at 80 George Street, Blaydon with his wife Isabella and three young children; Oswald, Robert and baby Lizzie. He attested at Newburn to the Northumberland Fusiliers 14th Battalion service No: 13978. Killed in action at the Somme on 27 September 1916 age 38 years he was awarded the 15 Star, British War & Victory Medals and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France ; Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B.

Locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.





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STRANGE , Private George Edward  1898- 1918

 

George was born in Hebburn the son of Henry and Dorothy strange. In 1911 George was still at school living with his parents Henry, a fitter’s labourer at a colliery, & Dorothy Strange at 63 John Street, Blaydon.

He joined the Durham Light Infantry 72920 and was later transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers 9th Battalion service No: 64842. He was killed in action on 24 August 1918 aged 20 years. Awarded the British war and Victory medals he was buried at Merville Communal Cemetery Extension grave ref: I.F.48.

Locally he is remembered at Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church Blaydon and Trinity Methodist Church, Blaydon.

 



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SULLIVAN , Private Owen 1893-1915

 

 

Owen Sullivan was the son of James and Ann Sullivan. Born at Leadgate in 1911 he was living with his brother James and family at 130 Cross Row, Hamsterley and working as a pony putter in a coal mine.

He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 13th Battalion service No: 5750 he was posted missing presumed dead on 27 September 1915. He is named

On the Loos Memorial, Panel 20 – 22.

 

Locally Owen is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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SURREY , Private John James 1891 – 1915

 

John Surrey, born in Blaydon was the son of William and Mary Surrey of 39 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon and one of ten children. He worked as a general labourer above ground at the colliery. In 1913 he married Lily Bagnall and they had child Lily Surrey born in March 1914.

 

John attested to the Durham Light Infantry 11th Pioneer Battalion on 18 August 1914, service No: 12185. From surviving records we know he was 5’10” tall, weighed 132 lbs with a 35” chest. Posted to France he was killed in action on 20 December 1915 age 24 years. His widow Lily was awarded a pension of 15/- ( 75p) for herself and her child. However, sadly John’s widow Lily herself died in September 1918 leaving their young daughter Lily an orphan at only 4 years old. Her appointed guardian was her maternal grandmother Mrs. Barbara Walker of 4 Blaydon Burn. John’s medals were to be held in trust for young Lily with instructions from the war office :

“ It should be made clear they ( the medals ) are the property of and should be handed to the child on attaining an age to appreciate their value.”

The medals awarded were the 14/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals. John was buried at Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France

( near Armentieres ) grave ref: II.K.22 and is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

Lily Surrey died age 10 years  in December 1924

 

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Private Lancelot Jobling SWAN 1893-1919









Lancelot swan was born in Winlaton and in 1911 lived with his parents Roger and Mary Swan at 15 Blaydon Burn. He was working as a screener at the Blaydon Burn Colliery and enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry service No: 40314 on 11 December 1915 and classed as reserve. He was mobilised on 26 April 1917 and posted abroad. We know from surviving records that he was 5’3 ½ “ tall and weighed 126lbs his address now was 5 Townley Terrace, Summerhill and his occupation was as a shell filler. He suffered a gunshot wound to the left hand 27 September 1917 and was discharged from hospital on 12 October 1917 the wound having healed. However, he was wounded again on 21 March 1918 this time a gun shot wound to the right arm. He was also diagnosed with Diabetes. Discharged from hospital on 8 August 1918 he was classed as permanently no longer fit for war service and granted a pension.

He married Hannah Bousfield in early 1917 and a son Lancelot was born on 15 October 1917.







Awarded the British War and Victory medals, Lancelot died in 1919 aged 27 years and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery grave ref: HU 179. He is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church Winlaton, Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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SWAN ,Able Seaman Thomas  1890 – 1918

 

Thomas Swan born Blaydon was the son of William and Jane Swan and one of seven children. He worked as a coal miner. In 1911 the family lived at 11 Cromwell Place, Winlaton then later at 57 Robinson Street, Blaydon.

Thomas joined the Durham Light Infantry and later transferred to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, service No: TZ/761

During the First World War the British army was enlarged to many times its peacetime strength. This was done mainly by adding new battalions to existing regiments Although sometimes identified by shoulder titles, generally the new battalions could not be identified from appearance Men of the Royal Navy served on land in many areas throughout the world, The Hawke Battalion served as an infantry division in Belgium and France (the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division)

 

 

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Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve,

 

Hawke Bn.

 

Able Seaman Higher Grade

 

21 Mar 1918

 

Killed in action

 

Arras Memorial (MR 20)  Bay 1

 

Formerly served 4 years in 9th Durham Light Infantry Territorials ; Enlisted RNVR 29/10/14 ; Benbow Bn. 'B' Company 24/4/15, transferred to Nelson Bn. 12/6/15-23/11/15 Dysentery, Invalided to UK 3/1/16 ; Draft for Nelson Bn. BEF 21/1/18, joined 7th Entrenching Bn. from RND Wing 22/2/18-15/3/18 crossposted to Hawke Bn.

 

Tyneside Z/761

 

CWGC = AB ; Rated AB Higher Grade 6/5/15, Acting Leading Seaman 26/8/15, Leading Seaman 17/3/17, reverts to AB Higher Grade 17/1/18 ; A Miner ; b.31/12/1890 ; Next-of-Kin & home address: Father, William, 57 Robinson St., Blaydon-on-Tyne.

 

Awarded the Star, British War and Victory Medals Thomas is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial, at St. Cuthbert’s Church ,Blaydon and on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

 

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