Blaydon War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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WALLACE ,Sapper William  1893 – 1917

 William was born in Blaydon the son of George, a steel dresser and Sarah Wallace. In 1911 he lived at 53 Mary Street, Blaydon with his parents and five siblings and gave his occupation as an iron moulder. By the time he signed up the family were living at 60 Thomas Terrace, Blaydon and he worked as a machine man. He attested at Blaydon on 10 February 1916 to the Royal Engineers service No: 145994. From surviving records we know he was 5 ’ 8½ “  tall with a 32” chest.

Posted to France he was killed in action on 8 November 1917 age 24 years his personal possessions included letters, photographs and his wallet.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals his name is recorded on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Panel 1.  Locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

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WALSH,  Private Philip  1893 – 1916

Philip Walsh was born at Stella, the son of Patrick &  Elizabeth Walsh and one of seven children.In 1911 he was working as a miner and living at 2 Summerhill, Blaydon with his family.He enlisted at Newburn to Alexandra, Princess of Wales Own Yorkshire regiment 10th Battalion service No: 17595.  He was killed in action on 1 July 1917 in France. On this day 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 15 Star, British War and Victory medals his name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial , Pier and Face 3A & 3D. Locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial.

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WALTON , John T.

Named on Blaydon War Memorial.

No other information available.

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WATSON, J.

Named on Blaydon War Memorial

And the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church,Blaydon.

No other information available.

 

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WATSON , J.

 

Named on Blaydon War Memorial

And the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church,Blaydon.

No other information available.

 

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WATSON , George H.

 

Named on Blaydon War Memorial

And the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church,Blaydon.

No other information available.

 

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WATSON , Robert

 

Named on Blaydon War Memorial

And the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church,Blaydon.

No other information available.

 

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WATSON,Thomas

Named on Blaydon War Memorial

And the Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

No other information available.

 

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WAUGH , Ernest

 

In 1911 Ernest Waugh, the son of Andrew and Elizabeth Waugh, is married to Margaret and works as a colliery boiler minder; they are living at 32 John Street, Blaydon with their four young children : Andrew,William,Ernest and Elsie.

 

Named on Blaydon War Memorial.

Possibly died 1921 – no other information available.

 

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WEARS , Private James 1876 – 1917

 

James Wears was an iron moulder married to Matilda and they lived at 20 Cowen Street , Blaydon in two rooms and later at 21 Victoria Street, Blaydon Haughs. Their children : James b 1899, Priscilla b 1901,Thomas b 1906, Jane b 1910 and Elizabeth b 1914. James attested at Blaydon on 25 January 1915 to the Durham Light Infantry 9th Battalion service No: 3642 and was later transferred to the Border Regiment 1/5th Battalion  service No: 241736. From surviving service records we know he was 5’ 5 ¾ “ tall. Posted to Etaples, France on 15 July 1916 he was killed in action on 18 January 1917 age 41 years. His body was later exhumed and he was re-buried at Warlencourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France Grave ref: II.L.37.

 

 

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals he is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon. His widow was awarded a pension of 26/- 3d ( £1 – 32p ) for herself and the children.

 

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WELSH , Private John George 1877-1917

 

 

 

 

John George Welsh was born 6 September 1877 at Bywell, Northumberland the son of George and Elizabeth Welsh. He married Sarah Rutherford in 1901, worked as an insurance agent and lived at White House,Stella, Blaydon with his wife and two young daughters Mary Elizabeth and Sarah Agnes. He served with the Royal Marines Field Ambulance, Royal Marines Medical Unit service No: deal/3646/S.

 

Enlisted 26/3/15 ; Draft for MEF 12/5/15, joined 2nd (RN) Field Ambulance 29/5/15-1/12/15 transferred to reorganised 1st (RN) Field Ambulance ; Embarked Mudros 15/5/16, disembarked Marseille 21/5/16 (1st RN Field Ambulance).148th (RN) Field Ambulance War Diary 24/10/17:- "6pm Relieved 27th Field Ambulance, 9th Division in the line & took over charge of the evacuation of the forward area. Relief completed 6pm. HQ of this Ambulance situated at C.17.d.2.6 map ref. Sheet 28. S/3646 Private J.G. Welsh. killed in action." ; b.Bywell, Northumberland 6/9/1877 ; Wife, Sarah, Whitehouse, Stella, Blaydon-on-Tyne.

 

Killed in action on 24 October 1917 John is buried at Dochy farm Cemetery, Ypres Plot V.B.18. Dochy Farm, which had become a German strong point, was taken by the 4th New Zealand Brigade on 4 October 1917, in the Battle of Broodseinde. The cemetery was made after the Armistice when isolated graves were brought in from the battlefields of Boesinghe, St. Julien, Frezenberg and Passchendaele.

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





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WHINHAM , Sergeant William Davison 1883-1916

 

 

 

 

William was the son of William, a grocery mananger at the Co-op and Jane Whinham of Bewes Hill House, Blaydon, one of four children. He served an apprenticeship as a pattern maker at  Smith,Patterson & Co. of Blaydon. A keen naturalist he studied natural history with Isaac Clark and was a member of the Tyne & Derwent Field Club. He was also a member of the Old Volunteers and had a reputation as being a good shot.

He was a Sergeant with the Durham Light Infantry ( Territorial Force) 1/9th Battalion service No: 2639. He died of wounds on 19 April 1916 age 33 and is buried at Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France grave ref: II.D.173

Remembered locally at Blaydon War Memorial, Blaydon Wesleyan Methodist Memorial, Greenside and Ryton War Memorials. His obituary appeared in the Blaydon Courier pages 4& 8 on 29 April 1916

 

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WHITE , Private Alexander  1886 – 1917

Alexander White was born at Frizington, Cumberland the son of Jane and the late Alexander White. In 1901 Alex was still living in Cumberland with his widowed mother and siblings at 13 Dyke Street, Frizington where he worked as a quarryman. By 1911 they lived at 13 Cuthbert Street, Blaydon, later 12 Ruth Avenue, Blaydon and Alex, one of six children, was working as a miner at Addison Colliery. He attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 1st Battalion service No: 8/5063. He had enlisted at Whitehaven and died of wounds received on 9 April 1917 age 31 years. On this day was the Battle of Arras (on 12-mile front from Henin-sur-Cojeul, south-east of Arras, to Givenchy-en-Gohelle, north of Arras).British (Canadians) take Vimy Ridge (northern end excepted), five villages and 6,000 prisoners.North of St. Quentin and towards Cambrai British take six villages and enter Havrincourt Wood.

Alexander is buried at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France grave ref: I.Q.9. Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals he is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and the Addison Colliery Memorial. His obituary appeared on the Blaydon Courier page 8 on 12 May 1917.

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WILSON , John

 

Named on Blaydon War Memorial

No other information available.

 

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WILSON , Joseph

 

Named on:

Blaydon War Memorial

Plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church,Blaydon

Winlaton War memorial

 

No other information available

 

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WILSON , Private Thomas William 1890 – 1917









 


William was the son of Mary and the late Isaac Wilson. In 1911 he was working as a house painter and living with his widowed mother at 85 Thomas Street, Blaydon. He married Jessie Halliday in 1913.

William served with the 7th Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment service No; 40130 and was killed in action on 17 August 1917 age 27 years. He is buried at Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampaux, France grave ref: I.C.7.

 

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

 

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WILSON , William

 

Named on:

Blaydon War Memorial

Winlaton War Memorial

No other information available

 

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WINTRIP , Private William 1899-1918

 

William Wintrip was the son of James and Annie Wintrip, one of four children. Born in Alnwick in 1911 they lived at 100 John Street, Blaydon and William’s father worked as a road foreman while William himself was still at school. He enlisted into the Northumberland Fusiliers 12/13th battalion service No: 205724, later in the 1/4th Battalion. He was killed in action in France on 22 March 1918 and is buried at Peronne Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. Grave reference No: 1V.G.10.

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

 

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WOODS , Lance Corporal Richard  1894 – 1916

 

Richard was one of eight children, a miner and the son of the late George and Margaret Ann Woods. In 1911 the family were living at 5 Pioneer Street, Blaydon.

 

Richard attested to the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No: 2627. Posted to France he was killed in action on 15 September 1916 age 22 years. Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals he is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 14A & 15C. Locally he is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

 

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WORMALD , Pte. TENNANT  1894-1916 


Tennant Wormald was born 14.10.1893 Charlestown Baildon West Yorkshire. Miranda Wormald was Tennant’s step-mother. His parents were Tennant  and Rebecca Wormald. She died from TB when he was just a baby.  Tennant senior later remarried a Miranda London in  West Yorkshire where the family originated from.Research has established that Thomas Wormald ( ref Blaydon ) is not a brother but it is possible that he could be a relative.  Tennant did have other siblings Mary Hannah B 1889 and Ellen 1891 who were still living in the Bradford area when the 1911 census was conducted.  For some reason obviously due to work Tennant Senior moved the rest of the family up North to Blaydon before 1911 where he worked as a gas operator.  Tennant was a pit boy driver in the 1911 census and they are the only family of that surname in Blaydon at the time. Tennant joined the Northumberland Fusiliers, 22nd Battalion Tyneside Scottish,  service no. 22/1557 and at the time of enlistment his address was 6 Townley Terrace, Rowlands Gill.  He died unmarried,his only child ( Eleanor) was born on 4th July 1916, but only two days later on 6 July 1916 he unfortunately died of wounds sustained from The Battle of the Somme. Its unknown whether Tennant knew he was going to be a father and Eleanor was brought up by her maternal grandparents. He is buried at Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France, grave ref I.F.35.The 36th Casualty Clearing Station was at Heilly from April 1916, the cemetery was begun in May 1916 and was used by  three medical units until April 1917. The last burial was made in May 1919.

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



 

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WORMALD, Private Thomas

We regret we have been unable to trace any information regarding Thomas Wormald.

This name is very uncommon in the Blaydon area and it is possible that he is related to Tennant Wormald

 but we have been unable to verify this.

 

Thomas is remembered locally on the Blaydon War Memorial.

 

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YALLOP , Pte. CHARLES  1888-1917

 

Charles Yallop was an iron moulder at a foundry, the son of Charles and Mary Yallop, they lived at 2 Patterson Street, Blaydon. He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 16th Battalion service No. 24/538. Killed in action on 5 April 1917 he is buried at Savy British Cemetary, Aisne, France ref: I.C.8 along with 428 comrades.

Savy was taken  1st April 1917, after hard fighting, and Savy Wood on the 2nd. On the 21st March 1918 Savy and Roupy were successfully defended , but the line was withdrawn after nightfall. The village and the wood were retaken on the 17th September 1918. Savy British Cemetery was made in 1919, and the graves from the battlefields and from the following small cemeteries in the neighbourhood were concentrated into it.

 

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

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