Winlaton War Memorial - the Names of the Fallen

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                                                                            McGRAY, Rifleman. John James 1885-1918


John James McGray was born at Winlaton in 1885, the son of Henry and Hannah McGray. He was living with his parents at 13 Bleach
Green, Winlaton in 1901 and following the same job as his father of coal miner. He married Margaret Ann Hudson early in 1911 and by the 1911 census they are living at 45 North Street, Winlaton. John enlisted at Blaydon in to the Durham Light Infantry, Service No. 2602 in 1915 he was posted abroad and later transferred to the 5th. City of London Btn.,London Rifle Brigade, Service No 315355, promoted to Corporal he reverted back to the rank of private at his own request. He was killed in action at Mons on 4 November 1918 and buried at
Agreau Communal Cemetery, Honnell Arrondissemont, Mons, Hainant, Belgium. Plot I.B.I. memorial ID 12963973.

   Awarded the 15star, British War & Victory Medals.

Locally John is remembered on the Winlaton War Memorial


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McDONNELL , 2nd Lieutenant Thomas John 1888 – 1917

 

 

John was born in Gateshead the son of Thomas J. and Elizabeth McDonnell and one of four children. His father worked as a railway clerk. In 1891 he was living with his parents and siblings at 5 Chandos Street, Gateshead. By 1901 his father had died and he was living at 11 California, Winlaton with his mother; who was working as a school teacher; his aunt Mary Rodger; a school mistress; and his siblings. In 1911 John working as a bank clerk for Lloyds Bank, Grey Street, Newcastle upon Tyne was living at 6 Holborn Terrace , Ryton with his sister  Lillian, a school teacher.

John married Margaret Isabella during the 3d quarter of 1917.

He served with the Northumberland Fusiliers and was attached to 1/2 Battalion, 26th Tyneside Irish 3d Battalion, service No; 6/2309. Posted to France he was killed in action on 1 November 1917 and is named on the Arras Memorial, bay 2 & 3.

John was awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory medals and by the time the  medals were issued Mrs. McDonnell had moved to 2 Choppington Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

John is remembered locally:

War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton

Ryton War Memorial

Roll of Honour for all Bank Staff killed during WWI

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McLEAN , Private Robert Stevenson 1898 – 1918

 

                    Robert was born at Windy Nook, Felling, Co. Durham and in 1901 was living age two years as a visitor in the home of  Thomas Harrison age 50, his wife Dorothy, son Walton and daughter Philis at 63 Primrose Cottage, Pelaw Main. In 1911 he was living at 21 Mary Street, Blaydon Burn with his grandfather Nicholas McLean age 60 a coal mine repairer of the way, grandmother Jane, James age 23, Agnes age 19; who was a lady clerk at the engineering works at Elswick; and Ivy age 8 also described as a grandaughter. Robert became  a pupil at Blaydon Secondary School.

 

Robert enlisted at Blaydon to a Training Reserve Battalion service No: 86750 and posted to Belgium was transferred to the  King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 9th Battalion, service No: 37208. He was killed in action on 20 April 1918 age 19 years. His name is recorded on the Tynecot Memorial to the Missing, Panel 108 – 111.

 

Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, Robert is remembered locally:

War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church Winlaton.

Blaydon Secondary School Plaque, now at St. Paul’s Church,Winlaton

Blaydonian Magazine Easter Edition 1920

Newcastle Daily Journal 6 April 1920  &  Blaydon Courier 22 April 1922

 

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McPHERSON , Private John 1887 -1915

 

  John born at Winlaton was the son of William and Ellen (Forbes) McPherson, one of ten surviving children. In 1911 he was living with his family at 16 Jobling’s Garth, Winlaton and working as a coal miner stoneman while his father worked as a labourer at the alkali and manure works. In 1901 John had been an apprentice nut & bolt maker.

John served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Battalion, service No: 4424 and was killed in action in Turkey on 10 August 1915 age 28 years. He is named on the Helles Memorial, Panel 33-35.

 

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





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McPHERSON , Able Seaman John 1892 – 1916

 

John was born on 10 November 1892 at Winlaton the son of John and Isabella McPherson and one of three surviving children. In 1911 the family lived at 1 North Street, Winlaton. John worked as a clerk at the alkali works while his father was a clerk for a merchant.

John enlisted with the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Howe Battalion service No: Tyneside Z/2446. He is recorded as having died from disease on 9 October 1916 age 24 years. Awarded the Star, British War and Victory Medals he is buried at St. Paul’s Cemetery Churchyard Extension, Winlaton grave ref: S73 and also remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church,Winlaton.

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MARCH , Private John Joseph 1894 – 1917

John Joseph March was the son of William and Maria ( Morton) March one of seven surviving children the family lived at 10 Zion Place, Winlaton and John worked as a pony driver underground.

He attested to the Durham Light Infantry, service No: 40437 but was later transferred to the Manchester regiment service No: 516657. He was killed in action on 27 October 1917 age 22 years.On that day French progress on Aisne front, occupy Froidmont Farm, fail to cross Canal.French and Belgians advance astride Ypres-Dixmude road.U.S.A. troops in action. John has no known grave and his name is recorded on the Tynecot Memorial, Panel 120-124,162-162A & 163A.

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

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MILLER , Pte. Robson  1896 – 1918

 

Robson Miller  the son of the late James & Elizabeth Miller lived with his brother in law and other family members at 14 Rectory Lane, Winlaton. A coal miner hewer he joined the Northumberland Fusiliers Territorial Battalion 1/5th Division, service No. 61573 and was posted to France. He died of his wounds on 21 June 1918 and is buried at Sezanne Communal Cemetery, France, Marne. Grave ref: C.25.

 

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

 

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MORGAN , Lance Corporal William 1893 – 1917

William Morgan was the son of Henry, a plumber at a coal mine, and Isabel Morgan and one of seven surviving children. In 1911 the family were living at Blaydon Burn and later their address was given at 17 Francis Street, Blaydon Burn. William who had been born at Consett worked as a colliery labourer. William served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers 11th Battalion, service No: 18936. Posted to France he was killed in action on 16 August 1917 aged 25 years. On that day Allies attack on mine-mile front north of Ypres-Menin road, crossing Steenbeek River, and capturing all objectives.  British carry Langemarck, and establish positions 0.5 mile beyond; on high ground north of Menin Road Germans press back British from ground won earlier in the day. French advance on Craonne ridge.Willaim is buried at the New Irish farm Cemetery grave ref: XVII.B.13.

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

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NESBITT , Lance Corporal Frank Smith 1892 – 1917

 

Francis ( Frank) was the son of James and Mary Nesbitt. One of six children and born in Gateshead. By 1911 the family were living at 27 Twizell Avenue, Blaydon later at 16 Lime Street, Winlaton. Frank was a colliery worker while his father was a forestry worker.

Frank served with the Northumberland Fusiliers Commercial Battalion 16th service No: 16/1321. Posted abroad he was killed in action, missing presumed dead on 12 July 1917 age 25 years. He is named on the Nieuport Memorial in Belgium.

 

Frank was awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals and is remembered locally on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church Winlaton and the Weslyan Methodist Memorial Plaque at St. Paul’s Church.

 

Sadly, Frank’s brother John H. Nesbitt also died in the conflict:

see Nesbitt/Winlaton 076.

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NESBITT , Private John Harold 1895 -1918

    John, born in Gateshead, was the son of James and Mary Nesbitt and one of six children. In 1911 the family were living at 27 Twizell Avenue, Blaydon and later at 16 Lime Street, Winlaton. John worked as a pony driver underground, his father was a forestry worker and brother Frank was a collier.

John enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne and served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 22nd Battalion Tyneside Scottish, service No: 20884. Posted to Belgium he died of wounds on 8 April 1918,age 23 years. He is buried at Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied extension, grave ref: V.M.19.

 

Awarded the 15 Star, British War and Victory Medals, locally John is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton and the Weslyan Methodist plaque ( as J.T.Nesbitt) also at St. Paul’s Church.

 

Sadly John’s brother Frank Nesbitt was also killed in the conflict.

 See: Nesbitt/Winlaton 075

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PARKIN , Pte. Launcelet 1888-1916

 

Launcelot Parkin, coal miner was the son of William & Jane Anne Parkin. In 1911 he was living at 76 James Street, Blaydon with his wife Lily and baby daughter Margaret who was born in 1910. He joined the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion Service No. 2570 and was posted to France. He died of wounds on 27 March 1916 and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France – Part V, UK Graves Manns to Semple. Grave ref: VI.E.19.

 

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

 

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PATTISON , Gunner Thomas  1896 – 1918

Thomas, one of five children,  was the son of John ( a blacksmith ) and Isabella Pattison and in 1911 Thomas was an apprentice and the family lived at 3 Twizell Avenue. They later moved to Ashcroft, California, Winlaton.

Thomas enlisted at Newcastle and served with the Royal Horse Arillery and Royal Field Artillery ‘A’ Bty. 94th Bde. Territorial Force Service No; 751184. Posted to France he died of wounds received on 29 March 1918 age 22 years. On that day there was no serious fighting north of Somme.  Between Somme and Avre Germans continue to advance, taking Hamel, Mezieres and Demuin.French hold line west of Mezieres-La Neuville-Sire Bernard-outskirts of Montdidier.Continued French counter-attacks on southern flank.Germans claim 70,000 prisoners and 1,100 guns since opening of offensive.General Foch appointed to co-ordinate action of Allied Armies.Long-range gun causes 160 casualties in Parish church.

Thomas is buried at St. Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen grave ref: P.VII.L.10B.

Locally Thomas is remembered on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton. He was also mentioned in the Blaydon Courier on 22 April 1922 and the Newcastle Daily Journal on 6 April 1920. An article in the Easter edition of the Blaydon Secondary School Journal printed an article commemorating Thomas and the other former pupils of the school who had died during the conflict. Unable to trace medal records.

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PURDY , Corporal James  1889 – 1916

James was the son of James ( a coal miner) and Margaret Ann ( Elliott) Purdy.

He was one of five children Martha, James, Mary A., John T. and William. In 1901 they lived in Whickham. James snr. however died in 1910 and by 1911 the family were living at 12 Front Street, Winlaton. James was working as a coal miner wasteman while his two younger brothers were still at school.

James served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No: 2851 and was promoted to Corporal. Posted to France he was killed in action on 16 September 1916, age 27 years. On that day at the Somme near Courcelette the British front advanced 1,000 yards; "Danube" trench taken, and Mouquet farm (Thiepval) captured., James is named on the Thiepval Memorial, France Pier and Face 14A & 15c – as is his brother William. The tragedy of this family that his younger brother William was killed in action only two weeks later.   See Purdy/Winlaton 080.

Their only surviving brother John married in 1924 and died in 1986.

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

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PURDY , Private William  1898 – 1916

William was the son of James ( a coal miner) and Margaret Ann ( Elliott) Purdy.He was one of five children Martha, James, Mary A., John T. and William. In 1901 they lived in Whickham. James snr. however died in 1910 and by 1911 the family were living at 12 Front Street, Winlaton. William was still at school, while older brother James was working as a coal miner wasteman.William served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No: 5188, then transferred within the DLI to 1/6th Battalion service No: 6088. Posted to France he was killed in action on 1 October 1916, age 19 years. On that day the British attack on line Eaucourt-Le Sars (on Albert-Bapaume road); all objectives taken on front of 3,000 yards, Eaucourt occupied. William is named on the Thiepval Memorial, France Pier and Face 14A & 15c – as is James.

The tragedy of this family that his older brother James was killed in action only two weeks earlier also at the Somme.   See Purdy/Winlaton 079.

Their only surviving brother John married in 1924 and died in 1986.

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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 RAPER , Private Joseph 1890 – 1917

 Joseph Raper was a coal porter and in 1911 was living as a boarder at 13 Short Row West, High Spen. He had been born in Gateshead in September 1889 the son of William, a bridge rivetter & Elizabeth Jane ( Irwin) Raper and one of eight surviving children. Both his parents died in 1929. (Although the CWGC records states his parents as Joseph & Mary Raper of 22 Leopold Street, Gateshad I believe those names are incorrect ) In 1911 William and Elizabeth Raper are living at 32 Leopold Street, Gateshead.oseph married Esther Olive Crompton in 1914 and the couple lived at 16 Evelyn Street, Blaydon their only child together  Joseph Arthur Edwin Raper being born on 5 September 1915. Joseph attested at Blaydon on 22 March 1915 to the Durham Light Infantry Territorial Force, 2d Line 9th Battalion  service No:3876. He was 5’ 3” tall with a 36” chest and was posted to France on 19 July 1916. He was later transferred within the DLI to 1/6th Battalion service No: 6095 the service No:250912.He was killed in action on 22 February 1917 age 27 years and he is named on the Thiepval Memorial, Pier and face 14A and 15C. On that day east of Vermelles and south of Neuve Chapelle hostile raids were repulsed with heavy loss. North of Gueudecourt British take enemy trench and 30 prisoners.  British push forward cautiously. Joseph’s widow Esther re-married in late 1917 at Sunderland to John Whitehead and moved to 21 Milton St, Wombwell and then 25 Pickup Court,Wombwell,Barnsley,Yorkshire. 

Awarded the British war and Victory Medlas Locally Joseph is remembered on the Blaydon War Memorial, St. Cuthbert’s Church, Blaydon and on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

 

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REAY , Private Charles Walter 1897 – 1918

 

 



                                                                                           

 

Charles, born in Blaydon was the son of William and Annie Errington Reay of Chapel House, Litchfield Lane, Winlaton. He had one sister Evelyn and in 1911 Charles was still a scholar while his father worked as a machineman in the engineering trade. After school he worked as a clerk with a shipping company. A later address is 15 California,Winlaton.

Charles enlisted at Newcastle upon Tyne to a training reserve battalion. He went on to serve with the  Lincolnshire Regiment, No: 44642, West Yorkshire Regiment No: 50526 and the Border Regiment 7th Westmoreland and Cumberland Yeomanry Battalion No:30575. From records we know he was 5’5” tall, 33” chest and  weighed 110lbs. Posted to France he was killed in action on 4 November 1918 age 21 years. His remaining possessions were listed as an unopened letter, photos, 4 religious books, a diary, a mirror and one bag. He was buried at Englefontaine British Cemetery, France grave ref: A5.

 

Had he survived Charles intended training as a Methodist Minister after the war. Awarded the British War and Victory Medals, locally Charles is remembered on the Winlaton War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church,Winlaton and as C.Walter Reay on a plaque which was at the Weslyan Methodist Church,Litchfield Lane,Winlaton.

 

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REA , Private Robert Adam 1887 – 1915

     

 

Robert, one of four children was the son of James Walter and Mary Ellen Rea. Both Robert and his father gave their occupation as colonial meat salesmen in 1911 they were living at 36 Front Street, Winlaton having previously lived at 12 Parliament Street, Winlaton.Robert, born at Prudhoe, served with the Northumberland Fusiliers 8th Battalion service No: 4423. He was killed in action at Suvla bay, Gallipoli on 10 August 1915 age 28years. He is named on the Helles Memorial, panel 33 – 35.

  

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

 

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RENFORTH ,Private John George 1892 – 1917

 

 

              John , one of six children was born at Dipton, Co. Durham his parents William and Margaret Ann Renforth. In 1911 he was living with his parents, all his siblings having left home, at 51 Back Street, Winlaton and working as a coal miner for Priestman’s Collieries , as was his father.John enlisted at Blaydon and served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No’s: 1392 and 325056. Home based from 5 August 1914 to 30 July 1915 he was posted to France with a British Expeditionary  Force on 20 April 1915. Wounded twice; on 18 June 1916 and again 5 October 1916 he was killed in action on 30 July 1917 posted missing presumed dead. His effects are listed as: cigarette case,testament,photos,cards and a letter. Joh is named on the Arras Memorial, France ref: Bay 8.

 

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

 

Sadly John’s brother Robert also died. See:Renforth/Winlaton 085

 

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RENFORTH , Private Robert 1890 – 1915

 

 

Robert was the son of William and Margaret Ann Renforth and one of six children. His father worked as a coal miner. In 1901 he was living with his parents and siblings at Jobling’s Garth, Winlaton.Robert enlisted at Blaydon and served with the Durham Light Infantry 1/9th Battalion service No: 2583.Posted to France Robert died of wounds on 5 October 1915 age 25 years. He is buried at Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery,Armentieres.

 

 

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

 

Sadly Robert’s brother John also died in the conflict.

See Renforth/Winlaton 084.

 

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RENWICK , Private Stephen Watson 1899 – 1917

 

Stephen Watson Renwick, born at Winlaton was the son of Stephen Watson Renwick senior and Annie Helena Egerton ( who had died in 1902 ). He was one of five children, the family lived at 8 Waterloo Street, Winlaton and his father worked as a blacksmith. In 1911 young Stephen was still at school.

He served with the Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry 90th Training Reserve Battalion service No: 5/8/1905. He died on 11 March 1917 aged 18 years and is buried at St. Paul’s Church Cemetery extension, grave ref: N686.

He is also named on the Winlaton Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton and on the Winlaton Weslyan Methodist Church Memorial.

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RICHARDSON , Private Norman Henry 1889 – 1919

 

 

 

Henry was born at Houghton-le-Spring the son of Charles and Mary Richardson. Henry’s father was a joiner and carpenter but by 1911 Henry was living with his employer T.J.Wannop at 40 Front Street, Winlaton and working as an assistant butcher. He served with the Labour Corps. 412th Agricultural Company service No: 507036 but died on 7 January age 30 years. Henry is buried at St. Paul’s Cemetery extension, Winlaton grave ref N868 and is also remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

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RICHARDSON , Thomas b 1881

 Thomas Richardson was born at Hendon, Co. Durham. In 1911 he was working as a coal miner and living at 22 Corner Houses, Winlaton with his wife Isabella and four young children.

 There is not enough information available to trace Thomas’ military record, however he is remembered on the War Memorial Cross at St. Paul’s Church, Winlaton.

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