Winlaton War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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CAMPBELL ,Acting Bombardier Thomas Allen 1884 – 1917

Thomas Allen Campbell was a house painter married Elizabeth Gardner in 1908. At the time of the 1911 census they were living at 23 Florence Street, Winlaton with their 2 year old son Thomas and Elizabeth’s parents Richard, a chain maker, and Sarah Gardner. A later address is recorded as 2 California, Winlaton.

Eliazabeth ( Gardner ) Campbell wife of Thomas

 

Thomas served with the Royal Garrison Artillery 124th Seige Battalion service No: 161651 with the rank of gunner. By the time of his death he was Acting Bombardier. He was killed in action on 30 October 1917 age 33 years. On this day the British attack in bad weather at Ypres from Poelcapelle to Passchendaele; enter latter but are driven back to outskirts.  Five German counter-attacks repulsed. Saarbrucken and Pirmasens bombed by British.

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals , Thomas was buried at Talana Farm Cemetery, Ieper, Belgium grave ref: IV.I.15. Locally he is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

 

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CARTER , Private Robert 1892 – 1916

 

 

 

Robert, born at High Spen, Co. Durham, was the son of George and Phillis ( Prudhoe) Carter and one of nine children. In 1911 the family were living at 53 Front Row, Barlow. Robert’s occupation was described as off hand worker underground while his father was a coal miner hewer.Robert enlisted at Chopwell, Co. Durham and served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion, service No: 4218. He died whilst at home and is buried at St. Paul’s Churchyard extension, St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton, grave ref; S402.

 Awarded the British War and Victory medals Robert is not named on the Winlaton War Memorial but he was named on the War Memorial Cross at St. Patrick’s Church, High Spen and on a dedication stone at United Methodist Sunday School, Barlow with three others.

 

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CHAMBERS , Private Robert  1897 – 1917









Robert was the son of Joseph, a labourer at the iron works, and Margaret Chambers and one of four children. In 1911 Robert was still at school and the family lived at 12 Florence Street, Winlaton. Robert attested to the Durham Light Infantry 15th Battalion on 15 December 1915, service No: 205008. From surviving service records we know that he was 5’ 6” tall and weighed 115 lbs. Posted abroad he disembarked at Boulogne  on 19 March 1917 and died from wounds received in action  on 4 October 1917 at 10th CAS Clearing Station. He is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery grave ref: XX.D.10A. His personal possessions listed at the time of his death and returned to his parents were: a disc, photos,2 religious books,wallet,match box case,folding scissors and a cap badge.

 

Awarded the British war and Victory medals, locally Robert is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at

 St. Paul’s Church,Winlaton.

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CHAPMAN , Private William 1888 – 1916

 

 

                William was born at Halvergate, Norwich, Norfolk and by 1901 was living in Winlaton at 16 Derwent Place with his parents Benjamin and Ellen and six other siblings, all born in Norfolk. William’s father was working as a miner. In 1911 William was working as a coal miner and living at 15 Northumberland Square, Winlaton with his wife Mary, son Wilfred age 10 months and two other family members.

He attested at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Durham Light Infantry 13th Battalion, service No: 13328. Posted to France William died of wounds on 4 March 1916 age 28 years and is buried at Boulogne Eastern Cemetery grave ref: VIII.D.70.

  

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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CLARK(E) , Able Seaman John G. 1896 – 1918

  

John G.Clark(e) was born on 3 October 1896, one of four surviving children, his parents were Joseph, a metal dresser, and Annie ( Towns) Clarke(e). In the 1911 census the family were living at 7 Tench Buildings, California, Winlaton and John was working as a miner. 

Enlisted 3/1/15 to the Royal Naval Volunteer reserve service No: TZ/2685; Draft for MEF 28/6/15, joined Nelson Bn. 1st Platoon 17/7/15-25/7/15 Diarrhoea, rejoined Nelson Bn. 22/12/15-2/11/16 Pyrexia Unknown Origin, rejoined Nelson Bn. 2/12/16-22/2/18 joined 7th Entrenching Bn., cross-posted to Hawke Bn. 15/3/18-16/3/18 Gassed, rejoined Hawke Bn. 6/6/18-9/10/18 DD.

John was wounded in the knee and left ankle and died of those wounds at 12.35am at the 46th Casualty Clearing Station, Delsaux Farm,Beugny,France on the 9 October 1918, just six days after his 21st birthday. he is buried at Delsaux Farm Cemetery grave ref: I.B.16. 

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

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CONWAY , Private George Robert  1896 – 1917 

 

George Robert Conway was born in North Shields but by 1911 he was living at 19 Rectory Lane, Winlaton with his sister, brother in law and family and working as a coal miner at the Blaydon Burn Colliery.

He attested at Newcastle to the Northumberland Fusiliers Tyneside Scottish 21st Battalion, service no: 21/117. Posted to France he was killed in action on 15 June 1917 age 21 years. He his buried at the Canadian No 2 Cemetery, Neuville-St.,Vaast, Pas de Calais, France grave ref:  18.E.16.

 

George was awarded the British War and Victory Medals,

and locally is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Pauls’ Church, Winlaton. 

 

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COWEN , Private John  1885 – 1917

 

 

John Cowen, a coal miner,  was the son of George and Mary Cowen. In 1907 he married Mary Jane Chambers and by 1911 they were living at 66 Back Street, Winlaton with their young daughter Margaret Ellen and two other relatives. He enlisted at Blaydon to the Durham Light Infantry 5th Battalion service No : 8539 then 200864. Posted to France John died of wounds on 25 April 1917 age 32 years and was buried at Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheaux.



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

 

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CRAIG ,Private Andrew 1880 - 1915

Andrew Craig was the son of George Craig of 23 Bleach Green, Winlaton. By 1911 he was working as a coal miner and living with his wife of seven years, Elizabeth and their four young children : John, Elizabeth May, Andrew and George at 9 Jobling’s Garth, Winlaton.

He attested to the Northumberland Fusiliers 13th Battalion, service No; 6660. Posted to France he died on 26 September 1915 age 36 years. On that day stubborn British defence against counter-attacks round Loos; French progress in Champagne, taking 16,000 prisoners.  British bag 2,600 prisoners, nine guns, etc.

His name is recorded on the Loos Memorial, Panel 20 – 22. His widow by this time was living at 23 Ash Street, Benwell, Newcastle upon Tyne. The tragedy for this family was compounded by the death of Andrew’s brother Thomas a year later on 16 September 1916 ( see Craig/Winlaton 029).

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

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CRAIG , Private Thomas 1893 – 1916

Thomas Craig was the son of George, a colliery engineman, and Elizabeth ( Devlin) Craig of 6 Bleach Green , Winlaton and one of nine children including Andrew. Thomas worked as a miner onsetting at the mine. He attested to the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No: (2966) 6014. Posted to France he was killed in action on 16 September 1916 age 23 years. On that day at Somme near Courcelette the British front advanced 1,000 yards; "Danube" trench taken, and Mouquet farm (Thiepval) captured.

His name is recorded on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and Face 14A & 15C. A huge tragedy for this family as brother Andrew had been killed almost exactly one year earlier on 26 September 1915 and also has no known grave. ( See Craig/Winlaton 028 ).

Awarded the British War and Victory medals Locally Thomas is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.



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CRANE , Private Philip Edmund  1897 -1918

 

Philip Edmund Crane was a coal cleaner above ground in a local colliery.  In 1911 he was living with his parents, Patrick & Margaret Crane and his siblings at 65 North Street, Winlaton. He attested to the Durham Light Infantry Service No: 40453 and was later transferred to the Kings Own

 ( Yorkshire Light Infantry ) Service No: 36198. Posted to France he was killed in action on 18 September 1918 age 21 years. He is named on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France, Panel 8.

 

Philip was awarded the British War and Victory Medals and

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

 

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DAWSON , Sergeant Willian 1891 – 1916

         

William Dawson was the son of Robert and Isabella Dawson, one of three children. In 1911 the family were living at 13 Westwood, Medomsley, where both William and his father worked as coal miners. The family later moved to Villa Real, Quarry Gardens, Blaydon.

William enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Royal Field Artillery ‘B’ Bty. 53d Bde. Service No: 27527. Promoted to Sergeant William was killed in action at the Somme on 18 June 1916. He is buried at Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery, grave ref: II.F.6.

 

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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                        DIXON , Private James 1887 – 1916              

James born in Cumberland was the son of George William and Margaret

(Ray ) Dixon. His father died in 1903 and by 1911 his mother lived at 15 Monarch Terrace, Blaydon with brother Irving. James had married Georgina Nichol in 1903 and in 1911 he was working as a coal miner and they lived at 42 Burnley Street, Blaydon with their daughters Elsie, Margaret,Sarah Ann and Ada, sadly Olive died as a baby.

 

James served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 1/4th Territorials service No: 4193 and was killed in action on 15 September 1916 age 29 years. He is buried at Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval grave ref: XIX.I.10.

 

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

 

Tragically four brothers in the Dixon family laid down their lives during the conflict.  John, James and Irving are all remembered locally at Blaydon and Winlaton – see reference numbers below: while Joseph is remembered in Cumberland.

 

DIXON FAMILY TREE

 

George William Dixon 1861-1903 m Margaret Ray b1852

 

                                         I                                               I                                   I                                   I

 

                                            John William Dixon                  Joseph Dixon                     James Dixon                          Irving Dixon

 

 

Brother Joseph Dixon ( 1885 – 1918 ) who lived in Cumberland served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers service No: 72222 and was killed in action in Egypt on 6 November 1918.

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DIXON, Private John Elliott 1897 – 1918

 

         John was born at Heworth the son of George and Elizabeth Dixon. In 1911 he was living with his parents and younger brother George at 24 Parliament Street, Winlaton. John’s father worked as a miner stoneman while John was employed as a pit driver.

He enlisted at Blaydon and served first with the Durham Light Infantry service No: 205055 and was then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps.(Infantry) 17th Battalion, service No: 162362. He was killed in action on 4 November 1918 age 21 years and is buried at Ghissignies British Cemetery, grave ref: A.33. 

 

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, John is remembered locally on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton and he was also named on the silver plaque on the piano at the Primitive Methodist Church,Winlaton.

 

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DIXON, Private John William 1883 – 1916

 

             John, born in Cumberland was the son of George William and Margaret ( Ray) Dixon. By 1911 his widowed mother was living at 15 Monarch Terrace, Blaydon with brother Irving. John, working as a coal miner was married to Eleanor and living at 17 Harriet Street, Blaydon with their children Margaret Isabella and William Leslie. A later address is 217 Polmaise Street, Blaydon.John attested at Newcastle at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 12th Battalion, service No: 19023. He was killed in action on 22 June 1916 age 33 years and is buried at Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel- Becourt,Somme,France.

 

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

 

Tragically four brothers in the Dixon family laid down their lives during the conflict.  John, James and Irving are all remembered locally at Blaydon and Winlaton – see reference numbers below: while Joseph is remembered in Cumberland.

 

 

DIXON FAMILY TREE

 

George William Dixon 1861-1903 m Margaret Ray b1852

 

                                I                                               I                                   I                                   I

 

                            John William Dixon                           Joseph Dixon                        James Dixon                          Irving Dixon

 

 

Brother Joseph Dixon ( 1885 – 1918 ) who lived in Cumberland served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers service No: 72222 and was killed in action in Egypt on 6 November 1918.

 

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   DIXON , Corporal Irving 1889 – 1915

 

Irving Dixon, coal miner, was the son of Margaret and the late William Dixon. He was born in Cumberland and at the time of the 1911 census was living with his widowed mother at 15 Monarch Terrace, Blaydon. He joined the Northumberland Fusiliers 13th Battalion ‘C’ Coy service No. 5802.

He was killed in action 26 September 1915 and He is remembered on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France panel 20 to 22. 

 Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War & Victory medals, locally Irving is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, the plaque at St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

Tragically four brothers in the Dixon family laid down their lives during the conflict.  John, James and Irving are all remembered locally at Blaydon and Winlaton – see reference numbers below: while Joseph is remembered in Cumberland.

 

DIXON FAMILY TREE

 

George William Dixon 1861-1903 m Margaret Ray b1852

 

                          I                                               I                                   I                                   I

 

                        John William Dixon                  Joseph Dixon                                 James Dixon                          Irving Dixon

 

 

Brother Joseph Dixon ( 1885 – 1918 ) who lived in Cumberland served with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers service No: 72222 and was killed in action in Egypt on 6 November 1918.

 

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DIXON , Private Robert Hewitson 1892 – 1915

 

     Robert, one of five children was born in Gateshead the son of Thomas H. and Elizabeth  ( Fothergill) Dixon. In 1911 the family were living at 3 Oak Terrace, Winlaton where Robert was working as a clerk at an iron manufactury, while his father worked as a NE railway guard.

Robert attested at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 9th Battalion ‘B’ Coy. Service No: 12328.He was killed in action on 4 October 1915 age 23 years. He is buried at Larch Wood ‘Railway Cutting’ Cemetery, Ypres, grave ref: III.E.1.

 

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, Robert is remembered locally on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton and on  the St. Cuthbert’s Mens Club Roll of Honour, Blaydon.

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DOBSON, William G.

 

Named on the Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

We regret we have no other information available on this soldier

 

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DUFFY , Private James 1894 – 1915

         

James Godrick Duffy, born at Croxdale, Durham was the son of James and Catherine Duffy, born 24 August 1894 and one of five surviving children. In 1911 the family were living at 8 Mary Street, Blaydon Burn. James was working as a driver below ground while his father worked as a coal miner.

James attested at Blaydon and served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion, service No: 2629. Posted to Belgium he was killed in action on 12 May 1915 age 20 years and his name is recorded on the Menin Gate at Ypres, Panel 36 & 38.

 

Awarded the 15 star, British War and Victory medals, locally James is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton and the League of the Cross Roll of Honour at St. Joseph’s R.C. Church,Blaydon.

 

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EDGAR , Private John William 1896-1916

 

John William Edgar was a pony driver in a coal mine and lived with his parents Adam; a miner and Margaret Jane and his brothers Adam,Alfred Norman, Edward and cousin Andrew Brown at 27 Harriet Street, Blaydon. He enlisted in Blaydon to the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion  service No: 2862. He was killed in action on 16 September 1916 aged 21 years and named on the Thiepval Memorial, France; Pier and Face 14A & 15C.

 

Awarded the 14/15 Star, British War and Victory medals, John is remembered locally on Blaydon War Memorial & on Winlaton War Memorial Cross.

 

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ESKDALE , Private Norman 1896 – 1915

 

In 1911 Norman was working as a butcher and living with his parents Robert, a self employed hairdresser, and Margaret Eskdale at 36 Victoria Terrace, Tynemouth. Younger brother Robert Stanley was still at school.

The family later moved to 39 Front Street , Winlaton. Norman signed up to the Northumberland Fusiliers 13th Battalion service No 5861. Posted to France he was killed in action on 27 September 1915 and he is named on the Loos Memorial, Panel 20-22

 

Awarded the 14/14 Star, British War & Victory Medals.

 Locally Norman is remembered on the Winlaton War Memorial Cross,

the Tynemouth Memorial Piller in Tynemouth Village and the Tynemouth Roll of Honour.







Tragically Norman’s brother Stanley was killed in 1917.

See Eskdale/Winlaton 042

 

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ESKDALE , Lance Corporal Robert Stanley  1898 – 1917

 

In 1911 Stanley was still at school and living with his parents Robert, a self employed hairdresser, and Margaret Eskdale at 36Victoria Terrace, Tynemouth. Older brother Norman was working as a butcher. The family later moved to 39 Front Street , Winlaton.

Stanley signed up to the South Staffordshire regiment 2/5 th Battalion service No 202690. Posted to France he was killed in action on 25 June 1917 and he is Buried at Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery British Extension grave ref: II.A.16.

 

Awarded the British War & Victory Medals

Locally Robert is remembered on the Winlaton War Memorial Cross,

The Tynemouth Village Memorial Pillar, the Tynemouth Roll of Honour and the Tynemouth Village Roll of Honour.

 

Tragically his brother Norman was killed on 27 September 1915.

See Eskdale/Winlaton 041.

 

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FLINN , Private John William 1892-1918

 

John William ( known as Jack )Flinn lived with his father William Flinn and sister Sarah Ann at 3 California, Winlaton. He worked for Priestman’s Colliery as an engine cleaner and joined the Durham Light Infantry service No. 2574 on 15 September 1914. He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. Service No 70416 on 5 September 1916. We know from surviving service records that he was 5’ 5” tall with good eyesight. He was killed in action on 28 March 1918 and commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France ref:  Panel 90 to 93.

 

 

Awarded 14/15 Star, British War & Victory Medals, locally John is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church,Winlaton.

 

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FLINN , Private Thomas Robson 1894-1920





Thomas, one of four children, was born at Winlaton the son of Michael and Elizabeth ( Robson) Flinn. In 1911 the family were living at 2 Hood Square Winlaton and Thomas worked as a miner minding landing while his father was a colliery shifter underground. They spelled their name ‘Flynn’ on the census form.Thomas served with the Northumberland Fusiliers service No: 78941.He survived the cessation of hostilities but died at home on 13 November 1920 age 26 years.

 

Thomas was awarded the British War and Victory medals and is buried at St. Paul’s Churchyard Extension, Winlaton grave ref: S506. He is not named on the Winlaton War Memorial.

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