Winlaton War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen  

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ANDERSON ,Private Robert (Peel)  1892 – 1918

 

Robert Anderson was a painter and the only son of John and Eleanor Anderson of 3 Nixon Terrace,Winlaton. He married Margaret Clark at the Register Office, Gateshead and they lived at 4 Garden Terrace, Winlaton with their two young sons John born 2 November 1914 and Henry born 3 July 1916. Robert enlisted to the Durham Light Infantry at Blaydon service No: 73421 on 11 December 1915 and was posted to France on 2 January 1918. He was 5’6 ¼ “ tall. Missing presumed dead by war on 31 March 1918  he is named on the Pozieres Memorial, Panel 68-72 and awarded the British War and Victory Medals. His widow was awarded a pension of 25/- 5d  (£1.26) per week. Locally Robert is remembered at Winlaton War Memorial, Blaydon War Memorial and at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon.

 

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ARMSTRONG , Private Richard 1893 – 1916

          

Richard born in Winlaton was the son of Isabella Armstrong. In 1901 he was living at 61 North Street, Winlaton with his widowed mother, coal miner brother Robert age 14 and younger brother Edward age 5. By 1911 Richard, working as a miner was living in Chopwell with his brother Robert and his wife Kate, mother Isabella and younger brothers Edward and Thomas.

Richard enlisted at Blaydon and served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No; 2024. Posted to Belgium he was killed in action on 15 September 1916 age 23 years. He is buried at Railway Dugout Burial Ground, Ieper.



Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, Richard is remembered locally on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton. There is also a R.Armstrong named on the Chopwell War Memorial.

 

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ARMSTRONG , Private Samuel Joseph  1884 – 1916

 

 

                    Samuel was the son of  Samuel and Isabella ( Micheson) Armstrong, one of five surviving children. In 1911 he was living with his parents and sister Hannah at 26 Content Street, Winlaton. Samuel was working as a NER locomotive boiler washer while his father worked as a railway guard. Sam enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 1/6th Battalion service No: 3914. Posted to France he was killed in action on 3 September 1916 age 32 years and buried at Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval.

 

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

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ATKINSON , Able Seaman George 1894 – 1915

 

  

George Atkinson was born on 19 July 1894 at Winlaton. He worked as a miner and lived with his grandparents Robert and Ann Atkinson and his widowed Aunt Margaret at 11 Rectory Lane, Winlaton.

 

George enlisted on 7 November 1914 served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Hawke Battalion C/59 10 March 1915-28 August 1915, when he was wounded in action. Service No: Tyneside Z/991.

He was invalided to the UK on 3 September 1915 and died of his wounds at 11.45am on 27 December 1915 age 21 years in RN Hospital, Haslar due to a bomb wound to the head penetrating the brain.

 

Awarded the Star, British War and Victory Medals  ,George is buried at St. Paul’s Churchyard Cemetery Extension, Winlaton grave ref: S.536.

He is also remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church,Winlaton.

 

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ATKINSON , Private Robert Gladstone 1884 – 1916

 

 

Robert Atkinson was the son of Isabella Atkinson ( later Hudson) of 30 North Street, Winlaton. During his childhood he lived with his grandparents Richard, a blacksmith and Margaret Bagnall at 12 Cromwell Place Winlaton. On leaving school Robert worked as a blacksmith’s striker. He married Mary Ann Wright on 3 August 1908 and they lived at Alma Cottage, Winlaton.

Robert enlisted at Blaydon and served with the Durham Light Infantry ‘C’Coy. 1/9th  Battalion, service No; 3204. Posted to France he was killed in action on 15 September 1916 age 31 years and is named on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Pier and Face 14A & 15C.

 

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

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ATKINSON , Private William 1893 – 1916

 

 

           William, one of ten children was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth Atkinson of 25 Back Lane, Winlaton Mill. He was an ironworker as was his father.

William attested on 3 September 1914 and served with the Durham Light Infantry 13th Battalion, service No: 21627. From surviving records we know he was 5’7” tall, weighed 120 lbs, 36” chest, blue eyes, light brown hair and had a scar on his left chest. Posted to France as part of a BEF on 25 August 1915 he was killed in action on 21 March 1916 age 23 years. He is buried at the Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery French extension grave ref: A.51.

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals locally William is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton and also on the plaque at Winlaton Mill Village Hall. 

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ATKINSON , Pte. William George  1887-1917

 

 

William George Atkinson son of Robert & Madeline Atkinson served with the 21st Battalion Tyneside Scottish service No.22/652. He married Ann Robinson Dresser in 1906 and in the 1911 census he states he is married, although he is living with his parents and his wife is living at the Commercial Hotel Winlaton and working as a domestic servant. They had a daughter Elizabeth born in 1912 and possibly another child born earlier who did not survive. George was killed in action, missing presumed dead 10 October 1917. Awarded British War Medal & Victory Medal, Williams’ name recorded on Winlaton War Memorial & Tynecot Memorial to the Missing,  panel 19-23 & 162.

 

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BAINES , Private Thomas Henry  1896-1918

 

Thomas Henry Baines was a miner, banksman who lived at 13 Florence Street, Winlaton with his parents John and Mary Baines and eight other family members. His father was an engineman at the nut and bolt works in Winlaton. Thomas joined the Northumberland Fusliers, 22nd Battalion Tyneside Scottish service No. 204371. He was posted to France and was pronounced missing, presumed dead on 21 March 1918, aged 22 years. Thomas  is remembered on the Arras Memorial, France - Bay 2 & 3Awarded the British War and Victory medals, locally Thomas is remembered on the Winlaton War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church,Winlaton.

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BARBER , Sapper David  1886 – 1915

David Barber was one of five children and the son of Duncan, a pig iron moulder at a foundry & Jane Barber. In 1901 they were living at 1 Victoria Street, Stella. In 1911 David was living with his brother and family at 4 Windsor Steet, Middlesborough. He was single and worked as a labourer at a steel works. He attested as a Private to the Durham Light Infantry service No: 13379 and was transferred as a Sapper to the Royal Engineers 174th Tunnelling Company service No: 86411. He was killed in action on 13 November 1915 and buried at Point 110 Old Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme, France. He was awarded the 14 Star,British War and Victory Medals and although I have not traced a marriage it appears that he was married sometime after 1911 as in 1918 his widow Lilian married William H Troughton and on 12 September 1919 as Mrs. L. Troughton applied for his 14 Star giving her address as 63 Mary Street, Blaydon. Locally David is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton. 

                                                                                             

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BATSON  , Private Albert John 1895-1917

 

Albert John Batson, born Stamfordham, Northumberland was a butchers apprentice , the only child of John, a stonemason & Annie Batson who lived at 6 Front Street, Winlaton. Albert Joined the Machine Gun Corp.s Infantry 49th Company service No, 89513 ( Formerley S/4/58583 R.A.S.C.) He was killed in action on 16 August 1917 with no known grave.His name is remembered on the Tynecot memorial, Belgium, Panel 154-159 and 163A.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally Albert is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Pauls’ Church, Winlaton.

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BELL , Private William 1880-1916

            William, born in Newcastle upon Tyne was married to Esther Jane Bell and lived at 64 Back Street, Winlaton. He served with the Northumberland Fusiliers ‘C’ Coy. 11th Battalion service No: 6264. Posted to France, William was killed in action on 7 July 1916 and is buried at Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers-le-Boiselle, grave ref: V.G.8.

 Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory medals, locally William is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at

 St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

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BENNETT , Lance Corporal Lionel 1892 – 1917

 

Lionel Bennett, back row 2d left

Back Row:Mildred,Lionel,Thomas Friend jnr.,Henry,Theodosia,Eliza Jane,Elizabeth Ann & Isabella.Front Row: Florence May,Sarah Jane, Thomas Friend snr.,Eveline,Hannah (nee Hurst), John  & Butch the dog.

Lionel was a miner and the son of Thomas Friend Bennett, a cartman and Hannah ( nee Hurst) and one of twelve children. In 1911 the family were living at 22 Hood Square, Winlaton.

 

Lionel joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 20th Battalion Tyneside Scottish service No: 20/142 and was promoted to Lance Corporal. He was killed in action on 21 August 1917. On this day the British captured enemy positions west and north-west of Lens on front of 200 yards.Verdun front, French take Cote de l'Oie, Regneville (on left bank), Samogneux and fortified trenches connecting village with Hill 344. Lionel was buried at Hargicourt British Cemetery grave ref: I.A.18.

 Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally Lionel is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

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BILCLOUGH , Driver Thomas d 1917

 

            Thomas enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery ‘D’ Bty. 315th BDE. Service No: 110162.

He died of his wounds on 1 June 1917 and is buried at Reninghelst Military Cemetery, Belgium grave ref: II.C.21.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally Thomas is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Pauls’ Church, Winlaton

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                                                 BILCLOUGH , Lance Corporal William 1895 – 1917

 

 

               

 

 

William, born in Winlaton was the son of Henry and Dorothy Bilclough. They lived at 6 Alice Street, Winlaton. William worked as a driver below ground while his father was a bench hand at the iron foundry.

William served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 22d battalion Tyneside Scottish , service No: 22/922. He was killed in action on 5 June 1917 age 22 years and is named on the Arras Memorial, Bay 2 & 3

 

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

 

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BLAKEY, Sargeant David Harkness MM 1890-1916

 

 

 

 

David Harkness Blakey was born in Felling. He worked as a coal miner at the Stargate Colliery and lived at 70 Front Street Winlaton with his wife Sarah (Kendall) and his two young children Henry,Vivien and Isabella. He served with the Blaydon territorial army unit from 1909 until his enlistment with the Inniskilling Fusiliers 11th Battalion service No. 18634. He joined as a private but was later promoted to Sargeant. Killed in action, missing presumed dead on 1 July 1916 age 26 his name is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier & face 4D & 5B.

 

Then in 2014 amazingly David’s remains were discovered by French road workers and David is to be re-buried with full military honours.

As well as the British War Medal and Victory Medal he was also awarded the Military Medal for Valour. Locally David is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.



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BOYD , Lance Sergeant Frank  1897 – 1917

 

 

7 Cowen Street

 

Frank Boyd was the son of Christopher, a rolling mill worker, and Dorothy Boyd and one of eight surviving children. In 1911 the family were living at 7 Cowen Street, Winlaton and Frank was working as a coal miner ( driver).

He attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 22nd Battalion Tyneside Scottish service No : 22/726. Posted to France he died of wounds received on 29 August 1917 aged 20 years. Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, his medal record card records his rank as Lance Corporal, although records state L/Sergeant. He is buried at Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France grave ref: I.G.13 and remembered locally  on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton. 

 

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BURDON , Private Charles  1886 – 1918

Charles Burdon was the son of William, occupation lamplighter, and Mary Burdon and one of nine surviving children. In 1911 the family were living at 40 Golden Hill, Winlaton and Charles was working as a miner. By the time of the war the family address is recorded as Oldwell Avenue, Winlaton. Charles attested on 1 September 1914  at Newcastle to the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion, service No 14817. He was in France on active service 20 July 1915 – 31 December 1916 and again 11 October 1917 – 30 march 1918. He was admitted to hospital on 7 December 1916 for an accidental knee injury , while on active service, caused when he was jacking railway sleepers. This was adjudged would not affect his efficiency as a soldier. He was in hospital again with further knee trouble on 15 March 1917, loose cartilege due to strain while on active service. We know from surviving records he was 5’ 4 ¼ “  tall, weighed 136 lbs with 36” chest. He had brown hair, grey eyes and a fair complexion.

Charles was killed in action on 30 March 1918 and buried at Gommecourt British Cemetery No.2, Hebuterne, Pas de Calais, France. Ref: Special Memorial B.5.  

Awarded the 15 Star,British War and Victory Medals, locally Charles is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

 

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BURDON , Private Wilkie  1882-1918

 

                                                        

Wilkie Burdon a Winlaton blacksmith was the son of John & the late Annie Burdon living at 14 Caledonia, Winlaton during the time of the 1911 census and later at Church St.,Winlaton. Wilkie joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 16th Battalion service No. 837. He was killed in action, missing presumed dead in France on 4 April 1918 age 36 years. He is named on the Suzanne Military Cemetary  No. 3 extension, Grave ref: II.C.10.

 

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals locally Wilkie is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton

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BURRELL,  Able Seaman Forster Slater 1896 - 1917

 

         Forster, born in Winlaton was the son of Thomas Burrell of 11 Belts Buildings, Saltmarket, Winlaton. In 1911 he was working as a coal miner and living with his grandparents John and Olga Slater and five other family members at 34 Robinson Street,Blaydon.

Forster enlisted on 15 October 1914 and served with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Nelson Bn. Service No: Tyneside Z/386.

Benbow Bn. B/192 22/2/15.Tf to Nelson Bn. 12/6/15.Tf to 2d Brigade MG Co. 29/5/16-9/11/16.Dermatitis invalided to UK 14/11/16.Draft for BEF 11/9/17.Joined Nelson Bn. 27/9/17-27/12/17

He was killed in action on 27 February 1917 age 21 years and buried at Villers-Plouich Communal Cemetery ( Fr667), France grave ref: British A44

 

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

 

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BYERS , Private William  1882 – 1916

 

 

 

William Byers was born at Dereham, Cumberland c 1882. He was the stepson of William and Mary Robinson of 21 John Street, Maryport, Cumberland with a stepbrother William and stepsisters Mary Ann & Elizabeth. By 1911 William was single, working as a miner and living as a boarder at 9 Fell View, Crawcrook. He had a brother John Byers who lived at 12 Mary Street, Blaydon Burn.

William enlisted at Newcastle to the Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Battalion service No: 10002. Posted to France he was in action in the battles of the Somme and killed in action on 26 June 1916.

William was awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals.

He is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial , Pier & Face 10B,11B and 12B. Locally William is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton. His obituary was in the Blaydon Courier, Page 8 on 2 September 1916.

 

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