Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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TAYLOR, John G.

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information available.

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       TELFORD, Able Seaman Higher Grade  Edward Dobson 1895 – 1920

Edward was the son of George and Susan Telford. Born on 8 June 1895 in the 1911 census Edward, who worked as a miner, was one of four surviving children  and living with his parents and siblings  at 8 St. Cuthbert Square, Blaydon.Edward enlisted 4 November 1914 to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve. He was attached to unit 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery (Hawke Bn. attached 189th Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery, Service No: Tyneside Z/914. He served with Hawke Bn. 'A' Company. Invalided 3/5/15-20/8/15 with Impetigo, rejoined Hawke Bn. 15/9/15-10/7/16 and transferred to 2nd Brigade Light Trench Mortar Battery.

On 19 January 1917 he was badly wounded suffering, gun shot wounds to  right jaw/cheek, and  invalided to UK on 1 February 1917. On 5 October 1917 he was transferred to Crystal Palace Depot. ; HMS "Victory VI" where he stayed from 6 October 1917 to 28 October 1918. He was then  demobbed. Edward died in December 1920 at the age of 24 years. His records are not listed by the CWGC.

Locally Edward is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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TENCH , Private Richard  1881 – 1916

Richard Tench was the son of James and Jane Anne Tench and one of 8 children. James Tench, who worked as a contractor’s cartman and his 2d wife Mary had another 8 children including Thomas Tench 1894 – 1917 ( ref Blaydon/262 ).  In 1901 Richard was living with his family at 4 Victoria Street, Stella. Richard was working as a mason’s labourer. The Tench family ran a long established and long lasting haulage business in the Blaydon area. By the time of WWI Richard was living at 20 Russell Street, Low Teams, Gateshead with his wife Mary Martha ( Telford ) whom he’d married at Gateshead Registry Office in 1912 and their two young children John born 1905 and James born 1908. His father & stepmother were living at 19 George Street, Blaydon.Richard attested to the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion on 25 August 1915, service No: 5055. We know from surviving service records that he was 5’ 6 1/4” tall with dark brown hair, blue eyes a fair complexion, weighed 112 lbs with a 38” chest. He was posted to France on 15 August 1916 disembarking at Boulogne and killed in action, posted missing presumed dead 5 November 1916. On that day the French occupy whole of Vaux.Somme front north: British progress and retreat near Butte de Warlencourt; attack on Le Transloy.French capture most of Saillisel and attack St. Pierre Vaast Wood. His widow Mary was awarded a pension of 22/- 11d for herself and the two children. Awarded the British War & Victory Medals his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, France, Pier and Face 14A & 15C. Locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon. . (Richard was killed exactly 11 months before his half brother Thomas who died in 5 October 1917).

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TENCH , Private Thomas  1894 – 1917

Thomas Tench was the son of James Tench and his 2d wife Mary and one of 8 children. His father James working as a contractor’s cartman also had 8 other children with his first wife Jane, including Richard Tench 1881-1916 ( ref: Blaydon 261 ). The Tench family ran a long established and long lasting haulage business in the Blaydon area. In 1911 the family were living at 4 Douglas Terrace, Blaydon Haughs and Thomas was working as a general labourer. He attested to the Durham Light Infantry service No: 36398 and was later transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. ( Infantry) service No: 58571.He was killed on 5 October 1917 age 23, exactly 11 months after his half brother was killed in France, and buried at Hooge Crater Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium, on this day the number of German prisoners taken in the previous five days on Ypres front totalled 4,446.  Congratulations were sent from the King. Grave ref: X.K.5.Awarded the British War and Victory medals Thomas is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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THOMPSON, Lance Sergeant Walter 1892-1917 (MILITARY MEDAL)

Walter, one of six surviving children, was born at Darlington  the son of Arnold and Esther Thompson. In 1911 the family were living at 6 John Street Blaydon where Walter worked as a metal moulder and his father was a railway worker.Walter served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Battalion service No; 4508. Posted to the Balkans and France he was killed in action on 27 November 1917 and is named on the Arras Memorial Bay 2& 3.Walter was awarded the Military Medal for bravery and the 15 star, British War and Victory medals.After the death of his father , his mother Esther moved to 2 Clarks Yard,Princess Street, Scarborough.

Locally Walter is remembered on the Blaydon war Memorial and he was also named on the plaque at St. John Methodist Church, Blaydon.

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THOMPSON, William  b1882

William Thompson was born at Felling, Gateshead. In 1911 he was working as a miner and living at 5 Oldwell Lane, Winlaton with his wife Ellen and young children Thomas, Catherine and John.

Locally William is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information available.

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THORBURN , Stoker Robert Andrew 1899 – 1917

Robert Andrew Thorburn was the son of Frank Thorburn and Margaret Ann Peel and one of five surviving children. In 1911 he was still at school and the family were living at 12 Old Pit Blaydon, later recorded as 2 Mary Pit, Blaydon where his father and two older brothers worked as coal miners.Robert joined the Royal Navy and served as a stoker first class , service No: K/25646 aboard HMS Attack. Robert was killed in action on 30 December 1917 age 19 years.HMS Attack, one of two Yarrow Specials and one of the old Acheron Class Destroyers of the Royal Navy, was built by Yarrow and Co, Scotstoun, Glasgow and launched in 1911. Attack was part of the 1st Flotilla from 1911-12 joining the Grand Fleet in 1914 until 1916; transferred to the 3rd Battle Squadron. On the 30th of December 1917 the transport ship HMS Aragon arrived at Alexandria with 2, 700 onboard and was ordered back out of the harbour as no berth was available. Immediately having cleared the harbour she was torpedoed by U-34 and sank with a loss of 610 lives. HMS Attack, a destroyer who came to her aid, was also torpedoed by U-34 and sunk. On 27 December 1917, Attack and two Imperial Japanese Navy destroyers escorted two transport ships, HMT Aragon and SS Nile, from Malta to Egypt. The convoy weathered a gale and off the Egyptian coast at daybreak on Sunday 30 December it divided Nile and the two Japanese destroyers proceeded to Port Said, while Aragon and Attack made for Alexandria. Aragon and Attack were in Alexandria Roads about 8 miles (13 km) or 10 miles (16 km) outside the port, awaiting permission to enter, when at about 1100 hrs the German Type UC II submarine SM UC-34 torpedoed Aragon which rapidly began to sink. Attack and the armed trawler HMT Points Castle came to the rescue. Attack drew right alongside Aragon to take survivors aboard as quickly as possible, helped by lines cast between the two ships. About 17 to 20 minutes after being hit Aragon went down, and she suffered a second explosion as the cold seawater reached her hot boilers. Some of her boats were left upturned in the water. Attack was now crowded with 300 to 400 survivors: some naked, some wounded, many unconscious and dying.Then a torpedo struck Attack amidships and blew her into two pieces, both of which sank with five to seven minutes. The explosion ruptured Attack's bunkers, spilling tons of thick, black bunker fuel oil into the sea as she sank Hundreds of men were in the water, and many of them became covered in oil or overcome by its fumes. Aragon's surviving lifeboats now ferried hundreds of survivors to the two trawlers and other trawlers came out to assist. While 10 sailors from Attack died, one of whom was Robert, 600 lives were lost in Aragon.

With no known grave Robert is remembered on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Panel ref: 26 and locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and on the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon

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TODD , Private Thomas 1897 – 1918

        Thomas was born at Derwenthaugh, Swalwell the son of Moses Todd and Isabella Graham and one of seven children. In 1911 the family were living at Derwenthaugh, Swalwell where Thomas’ father was working as a labourer at the shipping staith. Thomas himself was still at school.Thomas served with the East Yorkshire Regiment 9th Battalion and 7th Battalion Training Reserve, service No: TR5/127250.

Thomas died at home on 7 November 1918 age 21 years and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery, grave ref: DC148. Locally he is remembered on Blaydon War Memorial.

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TOLSON , Private Joseph B.  1888-1916

Joseph B. Tolson was born in Crewe, Cheshire and  worked as a coal miner.One of 3 children he lived with his parents at 27 Path Head , Blaydon. He enlisted into the Northumberland Fusiliers 21st Battalion Tyneside Scottish service No: 21/88. He died of wounds received on 2 July 1916 and is buried at the Somme, France at Warloy Communal Cemetery Extension.

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

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TREMBATH, Pte. William John  1899 - 1918

William John Trembath was the son of Mary Taylor and the stepson of William Taylor of 4 Burnside, Blaydon. In 1911 he was living with his grandparents John and Elizabeth Dodds of 2 Skinnery, Bridge Street, Blaydon where John Dodds worked as a waterman.William, who was possibly known as John, served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Battalion service No: 66603. He died on 8 October 1918 age 19 years and is buried at Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing,France grave ref: II.C.23.

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

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TROTTER , Private David  died 1916

                            David Trotter was born in County Durham. He attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 22nd  Tyneside Scottish Battalion service No: 22/918The origins of the Tyneside Scottish are in the Kitchener's Army and the call to arms in World War I. The Recruitment to the British Army during World War I saw the raising of the Pals battalion. The Tyneside Scottish Committee was formed and raised the Tyneside Scottish Brigade of four service Battalions of the Northumberland Fusiliers. The Brigade's first major action was the Battle of the Somme where it sustained a large number of casualties. The Brigade was subsequently brought up to strength and served at Armentiers, Battle of Arras (1917), and the final battles of 1918. The Brigade was disbanded in 1919.On 1 July 1916 David was killed in action. On this day the Great Franco-British offensive begins on 25-mile front north and souh 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.  He was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B.Locally David is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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                                                             TULIP , Private Joseph 1885-1916

Joseph Tulip was born at Barlow and in 1911 he was working as a labourer and living at 13 Twizell Avenue with his wife Ethel Jane and baby daughter Ivy. By 1914 he was working as a miner and they lived at 31 Edward Street, Blaydon. He joined the Durham Light Infantry 9th Battalion ‘D’ Company service No: 3209 in the reserve on 10 November 1914. He was 5’ 6” tall with dark brown hair and blue eyes and of good character. He was discharged on 9 January 1916 as no longer physically fit for war service due to heart disease.Notes on his file state that he had never been to hospital, he was playing in the band and he fell on his face as if he was dead. He came around again after ten minutes. Since then he has never been able to do any parades owing to shortness of breath and palpitations, caused by rheumatic fever. He was on active or ordinary military service and exposed to cold when he had the first attack or heart failure.

Joseph died on 23 March 1916 age 30 years and is buried at Blaydon Cemetery Grave ref: H.U.44 and named on Blaydon War Memorial.

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TULIP , Private Robert  1877 – 1918


                         

       Robert Tulip was born in Blaydon and was the son of Thomas and Isabella Tulip of Walbottle. He married Elizabeth ( known as Lizzie ) Alice Picton and their daughter Alice was born in 1898.The couple went on to have four more children;  Thomas born 1900, Robert born 1902, Elizabeth born 1910 and Phyllis born 1912  Robert was a steel worker and they lived at 37 Bridge Street, Blaydon. He attested to the Durham Light Infantry 1/8th Battalion service No: 202509.Posted to France he was mortally wounded and died of injuries received at the Battle of Lys on 10 April 1918. He is buried at Haverskerque British Cemetery, France Nord. Grave ref: A.20.

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

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TUNLEY , Lance Corporal William 1881 – 1916

William Tunley or Tunly was born in Cumberland the son of James and Annie of Townley Terrace, Blaydon Haughs. A railway labourer he married Georgina Purvis in 1900 and in 1901 they were living at 3 Victoria Street, Stella ( although their surname is recorded as Harris ). He attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 24th Tyneside Irish Battalion service number 24/543. He was killed in action on 1 July 1916 at the Somme and his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Pier and Face 10B, 11B and 12B.

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

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TURBITT, Private James Samuel H. 1892-1916

 

James Samuel H. Turbitt was born at Stella in 1892 one of six children and the son of Robert and Jane Turbitt. James worked below ground for Priestman’s Collieries and in 1911 the family were living at 21 Burnley Street, Blaydon. He enlisted at Blaydon the 1/9th  Battalion Durham Light Infantry on 2 July 1911 aged 19, service No: 1213. Gradually promoted to Sergeant he reverted back to Private at his own request. He was 5’8” tall and he died of wounds received on 21 January 1916 age 24 years.

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals. His obituary appeared in the Blaydon Courier, page 8 on 12 February 1916 and he was buried at Perth Cemetery ( China Wall ) Belgium, his body having been removed there after the war ended. A letter from his commanding officer to his next of kin, his father Robert Turbitt of   56 Theresa St., Blaydon advises as follows : 9 September 1919  I beg to inform you that it has been necessary to exhume the remains of the late No 1213 Pte. James Turbitt 1/9th battalion D.L.I. for proper burial at Perth Cemetery ( China Wall ), Zillebeke ½ mile east of Ypres. The new grave has been duly marked with a cross bearing all the late soldiers particulars. The removal was undertaken with every measure of reverence and the re-interrment conducted by an army chaplain.

James is remembered locally at Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the

 Mens Club Roll of Honour at St. Cuthbert’s Church Hall.

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TURNER , 2nd Lieutenant Cuthbert 1893 – 1917 

Cuthbert Turner was the son of Cuthbert and Mary Turner, one of seven children. In 1911 the family were living at Bute Terrace, Derwenthaugh, Swalwell. Cuthbert’s father worked as a staithe traffic manager while young Cuthbert, a former pupil of Blaydon Secondary School, worked as a clerk. He joined the Border Regiment 4th Battalion attached to the 7th Battalion Territorial Force and was commissioned on 4 September 1916. Service No: 4621. Posted to France he was involved in the 2d phase of the Battle of Arras and the British attack north and south of the Scarpe ( Arras) when troops captured two villages. Cuthbert was killed in action on this day 23 April 1917 age 23 years. An Easter edition of the Old Blaydonian Magazine recorded the names of the nine former pupils of the school who had “gone west”  with photographs. This was reported in the Blaydon Courier 22 April 1922 and the Newcastle Daily Chronicle 6 April 1920. The medal record card notes his brother W.L.Turner of Heatherlea,Stocksfield,Northumberland. The  Probate Register records the death of 2d Lt. Cuthbert Turner, killed in action.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals his name is recorded on the Arras Memorial, Bay 6. Locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and also the Memorial Plaque to former pupils of Blaydon Secondary ( later Grammar) School, originally in the school building but now at St. Paul’s Church Winlaton

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TURNER, George

Named on the Blaydon War Memorial.

We regret we have no other information available.

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TWEDDLE , Sapper John Hawarden 1881-1918

John H. Tweddle was the second son of the late Thomas and Mrs. Catherine Tweddle of Loup Farm, Blaydon. In 1911 he was working as a plumber and  living with his parents and siblings at 10 Parliament Street, Winlaton. He enlisted at Blaydon to the Corps. Of Royal Engineers 248th Field Company service No: 223704 and was posted to France. While on leave he married Florence Davison at Newcastle upon Tyne in 1917 and their address was 133 Farndale Road, Benwell Grove, Newcastle upon Tyne.John was mortally wounded and died of wounds on 26 August 1918 and he is buried at Bucquoy Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France grave ref: B.5. Awarded the British War and Victory Medals oddly a note on the medal record card states that his widow Florence did not desire the medals and they were returned on 8 March 1922 as unwanted.

John is remembered on the Ryton War Memorial,Blaydon War Memorial and the

 Winlaton War Memorial at St. Paul’s Church.

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TWIZELL , Pte. Matthew Martin   1894-1917

                                    Matthew was born in June 1894, his parents were Matthew, a blacksmith and Susannah Twizell. One of fifteen children Matthew was their 8th child, he was named after his father and Martin was his mother’s maiden name. He worked at Addison Colliery as a miner while living with his family in a two up, two down cottage at 9 Stella Bank. At Christmas 1900 he won a book prize for good attendance and good conduct at Stella School, presented to him by Canon Wrennall.Matthew served with Alexandra Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire Regiment as a Private, service No: 45839.He was killed in action on 29 November 1917 age 23 years and is buried at St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Loos, Pas de Calais, France grave ref: II.E.6. On that day there had been a slight British gain west of Bourlon Wood an enemy attack on Belgian positions near Aschhoopand and artillery activity in Ypres sector. St. Patrick's Cemetery was begun during the Battle of Loos by French and British troops and closed in June 1918, but a small number of graves were brought into it after the Armistice from the battlefields between Loos and Hulluch. There are now 583 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war commemorated in this cemetery. Of these, 41 are unidentified and the graves of 23, destroyed by shell fire, are now represented by special memorials. There are also 54 French burials here. Awarded the British War & Victory Medals, locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and at the church of St. Thomas Aquinas, Stella. He was also named on the Addison Colliery Roll of Honour, this memorial was lost in 1930 when the Addison Colliery Miners Institute was destroyed by fire.  Awarded the British War & Victory Medals, locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and at the church of St. Thomas Aquinas, Stella. He was also named on the Addison Colliery Roll of Honour, this memorial was lost in 1930 when the Addison Colliery Miners Institute was destroyed by fire. 

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