Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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USHER , Pte. Charles Edward   1891-1915 

Born at Walbottle the son of Joseph T. and Susannah Usher. In 1901 the family were living at Belts Square, Winlaton and Joseph was a miner. Charles married Dora ( Dorothy) Proud from Westerhope in 1911. Lived at 54, Larch,Benwell,Newcastle upon Tyne. Joined Northumberland Fusiliers, service no. 12982 and was killed in action 28 September 1915. Buried at Ridge wood Military Cemetery, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium grave ref: I.L.6

 Ridge Wood was the name given to a wood standing on high ground between the Kemmel road and Dickebusch Lake.The cemetery lies in a hollow on the western side of the ridge and the position was chosen for a front line cemetery as early as May 1915 for troops defending the Ypres Salient.The German advance in the spring of 1918 pushed the front line back on to the ridge, and it was not till July that the wood was finally cleared by British troops.



Family Tree of the Vallans family of Blaydon 

John Vallans  b1828

Waterman – lived at Tyne Street,Blaydon



William Vallans            Thomas Vallans           John Vallans        George Vallans


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Frederick 1889-1918       William b 1884           John b 1885                Thomas 1890       

                                         LLoyd   b  1889       Joseph  1890               John      1892                                                                                                                                 Thomas 1891           William 1892

                                          Isaac     b 1894       George   1896 

Seven members of the extended Vallans family – brothers and cousins died as a result of the conflict. Six are remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and  Frederick Vallans the son of William Vallans is named on the War Memorial at Lemington, Newcastle upon Tyne.

2d Lieutenant Thomas VALLANS 1891-1919


Thomas was the son of Thomas Vallans and in 1911 was living with his father and siblings at 34 Theresa Street, Blaydon and working as a fitters apprentice. He served with the Durham Light Infantry and Royal Engineers , Service Nos: 2534,190875 and 348038. He died on active service on 28 April 1919 age 28 years and is buried at Basra War Cemetery plot III.J.5.

Awarded the Star, British War and Victory Medals his father applied for his medals on 27 September 1921 and probate records confirm that he died in Mespotamia on active service.                                                                                                                                                                                                 VALLANS/BLAYDON/283


Three sons of John Vallans, a widower and labourer at the glass foundry.


Private Joseph VALLANS 1891 – 1923 

Joseph was the son of John Vallans and worked as a brick works labourer. In 1911 he was living as a boarder at 22 George Street, Blaydon. Joseph served with the Durham Light Infantry service No: 11495.

Awarded the Star, British War and Victory Medals, Joseph died in 1923.



Private William VALLANS 1983-1923 

William was the son of John Vallans and worked as a labourer. He had lived at 12 Cowen Street and at 16 Cowen Street, Blaydon. His service record is fragmentary but he attested to the army reserve West Yorkshire Regiment , service No: 20504 on a short service on 29 November 1915. He was 5’ 4” tall and was mobilised on 4 November 1916 and posted to France on 18 September 1917. He was discharged on 24 March 1919 and awarded a disability pension Class 5, Code 25 although it is not possible to read the nature of his disability. Awarded the British War and Victory Medals he was able to sign for his own medals but subsequently died in 1923.



Private George VALLANS 1896 - 1918  

George was the son of John Vallans he worked as a labourer and lived at 12 and then 16 Cowen Street, Blaydon. George served with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers 1st Battalion service No: 30567. Posted to France he died of wounds on 20 May 1918 age 22 years. Awarded the British War and Victory Medals he is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery plot LXV.C.23.



Two sons of George Vallans, a labourer at a sawmill

Private Thomas VALLANS  M.M.  1890-1918 

George was the son of Thomas Vallans and worked as a labourer at a metal foundry. He lived with his family at 10 Garden Street, Blaydon and later was able to work in a skilled occupation as a platelayer. He served with the Durham Light Infantry service No: 2534 having first enlisted on 5 September 1914 – 29 February 1916 in the territorial force for four years and then re-enlisted in the Royal Engineers from 27 June 1916. He joined the railway troop depot service No: 348038.George’s service records are fragmentary but record that he died of influenza in France on 6 December 1918 age 28 years and was buried at Charleroi Communal Cemetery in Belgium plot O.9.

Awarded the MILITARY MEDAL for gallantry and the Star, British War and Victory Medals his possessions listed at his death were: letters,photographs,match box,watch,2 chains,2 rings,3 rosaries, a wallet and 2 coins. His notes also confirm that his only brother died  23 April 1917.



Private John VALLANS 1892-1917


John was the son of George Vallans living with his family at 10 Garden Street, Blaydon and working as a labourer at the colliery.He served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/5th Battalion , service No: 201013 and 9691. John was killed in action on 23 April 1917 and named on the Arras Memorial to the missing Bay 8.

John was awarded the British War and Victory Medals.