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FRANK ADAMS BAGLEY

Frank was born on 15 April 1882 at "Westwood", Hartburn, Stockton to Charles John Bagley J.P. and Alice J. Bagley (nee Holmes). He grew up at "Westwood" with his parents and brothers Thomas, Charles and Percy.

At the time of the 1901 Census Frank is resident at Yorks Infantry Barracks with the South Lancashire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Volunteers). He was educated at Clifton College and after joining his regiment served in the South African War 1901-02, employed with the Mounted Infantry and taking part in operations in the Transvaal, Cape Colony and Orange River Colony. He received the Queen's Medal and five clasps. He was gazetted 2nd.Lieutenant 1903 and promoted Lieutenant 25th. April 1906 and Captain 17th.June 1914.

On 13th August 1914 Frank went to France with his battalion and took part in the retreat from Mons, the engagement at Le Cateau, where he saved two machine guns from the Germans, the fighting at Solesmes, the Battles of the Marne and Aisne, before being seriously wounded at La Basse on 21st October 1914.

He returned to the front in June 1915 and was again wounded 31st July but rejoined his battalion on 20th August 1915. He died in the Field Hospital at Poperinghe on 2nd October 1915 from wounds received at the Battle of Loos on 25th September, while leading his company in an attack.

He was buried in Lijssenthoek Miltary Cemetery, Belgium and was mentioned in Despatches by Field Marshal Sir John French for gallant and distinguished service in the field. Frank was posthumously awarded the DSO, MC, 1914 Star with Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal with Oak Leaves and is listed in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.

JOHN THOMAS BAILES AND JAMES BAILES

John was born in 1894 and James in 1896 in Stockton to Thomas and Margaret Ann Bailes. On the 1901 Census they are living at 14 Caroline Street, Stockton with their mother (father is absent) and siblings Polly and Mabel. Ten years later John is working as a Plate Maker and James as a Rivet Catcher and are living at 7 Clarence Row, Stockton with their parents and siblings Polly, Mabel, Margaret, Joseph, Susanah, Thomas and Ethel.

John enlisted in 1915 in Middlesbrough into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, service number 8000. Two years later he married Annie Dunn and the following year was killed in action as a Lance Sergeant on 27 September 1918. He was buried in Chapel Corner Cemetery, Sauchy-Lestree, Pas de Calais, France.

James also enlisted in 1915 in Middlesbrough into the same Battalion, service number 3/7753 and was killed in action, as a Private on 1 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. He was buried in Danzig Alley British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France.
John and James were both posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals.

ALBERT VICTOR BAILEY

Albert was born in Stockton in 1890 to John and Grace Bailey. He lived first at Major Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Walter, Edith, Joseph, Gertrude and John. The family then moved to 75 Buchanan Street, Stockton and later to 28 Airton Street, Stockton.

Albert worked as a house painter and in early 1915 married Sarah J. Carlin. He had enlisted in Stockton in 1914 into the 1/5th. Battalion DLI, service number 2695. He was killed in action, as a Private, on 24 May 1915 at 2nd. Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Albert was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FREDERICK AND JAMES BAILEY

James was born in 1893 and Frederick 1895 in Stockton to James and Sarah Bailey. On the 1901 Census they are living at 89 Pearson Street, Stockton with their parents and siblings John, Emily and Robert, together with half brother and sister Thomas Phelps and Ann Alice Phelps.

By the time of the 1911 Census James was working as a Pawnbrokers Assistant and Frederick as an Apprentice Ship Plater, living at 21 St. Cuthbert Road, Stockton with their parents, Thomas, John, Emily and Robert.

James enlisted in 1915 into the 11th. Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number R/4914 and died of wounds, as a Corporal, in France on 6 September 1916, following the Battle of Guillemont.He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Frederick enlisted in 1912 in Stockton into "B" Company 1/5th. Battalion DLI, service number 1509 and also died of wounds, as a Seargeant, on 17 February 1916. He was buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium, and was also posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


(The graves of James (left) and Frederick (right), pictured in 2018, photographed by their great nephew Mike Bailey).

WILLIAM HENRY BAIN

William was born in 1881 at Tanfield, Durham to Michael and Eliza Theresa Bain. He grew up in Tanfield and Esh. His mother died in 1898 and the following year his father married Isabella Ann Rowntree.

On the 1901 Census William is working as an Apprentice Pattern Maker and living at 24 High Street, Norton with his father, stepmother and siblings Elizabeth, John, Ernest and Albert. Ten years later he is working as a Pattern Maker and living at 13 Page Terrace, Norton with his father, stepmother and brother Albert.

William enlisted in Newcastle in 1915 into the 16th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Newcastle Commercials) service number 16/1459 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 8 January 1916 and is buried in Authuile Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He is also commemorated at the church of St.Mary the Virgin, Norton-on-Tees.

William is posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star,British War Medal and Victory Medal.

BERTRAM BAINBRIDGE

Bertram was born in Stockton on 19th August 1890 to John and Annie Louisa Bainbridge (nee Carlton). He had two sisters, Laura Ethel (born 1892) and Annie Maud (born 1896).

On the 1911 Census the family was living at 43 Walter Street, Stockton but Bertram was living in lodgings in Richmond, North Yorkshire where he was employed as a book keeper.

He married Nellie Pidgeley Bentley on 10th July 1911 in Richmond, and their only child John Bertram Bentley Bainbridge was born on 31st August 1912 in Darlington.

Bertram enlisted in the 25th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers, regimental number 15860 and served in France from 25th August 1915.

He was killed in action (medal card states “ Pres. Dead “) on 21st March 1918, aged 27 at the last Battle of the Somme.

He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial for the missing and was posthumously awarded the 1915 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His name is on the plaque for Stockton-on-Tees Secondary School, now Grangefield School.

His grandson Peter is growing sunflowers to honour the father his father never knew and the grandfather he never had.

JOHN HENRY BAINBRIDGE

John was born in1899 in 35 Shakespear Street, Stockton to Hunter and Elizabeth Bainbridge.

On the 1901 Census he is still resident there with his parents and siblings Emily, Robert, Ada and Elizabeth M. On the 1911 Census they are resident at 1 Shakespear Street,

John is conscripted into the 1/5th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers and is Killed in Action on 10 April 1918. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the missing.

John was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ALFRED BAKER

Alfred was born in Stockton in 1888 to George and Isabella. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Mary Street, Stockton with his grandparents John and Ann Grubb and his parents and two sisters Mary and Kate. On the 1901 Census he is living at 14 Sheraton Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Mary, Isabella, Willie, George and Cyril.

Alfred enlists into the 1st. Battalion King's Own Scottish Boarderer's, service number 10440 in 1915,dying of his wounds, as a Private, on 25 July 1916. He is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOSEPH BAKER

Joseph was born in Stockton in 1887 to Robert and Mary Baker. He lived with his parents, brother John William and sister Laura at first Pearson Street and then with John William and John William's wife Alice at 23 Worthing Street. By the time of the 1911 Census he is living at 10 Bickersteth Street, Stockton as a boarder, being employed as a Bricklayer.

Joseph was conscripted in Stockton in 1916 into the 9th.Battalion Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Prince of Wales's Own) service number 28162, and died of his wounds, as a Lance Corporal, on 21 September 1917. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery,Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM INGRAM BAKER

William was born in 1892 in Stockton to Thomas and Sarah Jane Baker, living at 9 Albert Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Edna, Frederick and Winifred.

He enlisted in 1915 into the Yorkshire Regiment, service number 26409, then transferring to the Machine Gun Corps, service number 34985 as a Lance Corporal. He was Killed in Action on 7 June 1917 at Messines Ridge and his body was never recovered. William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and his sacrifice is commemorated on the Menin Gate.

A sunflower is being grown to remember William by Bill Baker. Bill's father was William's cousin.

WILFRID ERIC BALDWIN

Wilfred was born in Halifax Yorkshire in 1900 to Lloyd and Emma Baldwin but by the time of the 1901 Census was living at 8 Albert Street, Thornaby with his grandmother Isabella Thompson and his parents. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 30 Londonderry Road, Stockton with his parents and sister Hilda.

Wilfred enlisted into the Royal Flying Corp, service number 96926,on the 22 October 1917 at Middlesbrough, working as a Bank Clerk. He is appointed a temporary commission as a Second Lieutenant but discharged due to ill health on 28 August 1918. He died on 26 October 1918 and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.

PETER DOUGLAS BALLANTYNE

Peter was born in 1879 in Norton-on-Tees to Catherine Ballantyne. On the 1881 Census he is resident at Napier Street, Norton with his mother and siblings Joseph, John, Mary, Henry, Stephen and James. On the 1891 Census the family is living at Stockton Road, Norton and in 1901 at 26,Metcalf Street, Norton. In 1903 Peter married Mary Edgar Annie Wells and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Potter (Kilnman) and resident at Fishergate, Ferrybridge with his wife and daughter Mary.


THOMAS BARKER BANKS

Thomas was born in 1898 at Washington to Robert and Mary Jane Banks. On the Census of 1901 he is living at Cray Street, Birtley with his parents and brother Robert. Thomas enlisted at Stockton into the 1st.Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), service number 203182. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Sergeant, on 6th October 1918 and is buried in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gouy, Aisne, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his mother was resident at 11 Druisdale Terrace, Stockton.

JOHN BARNARD

John was born in 1893 in Stockton to Mathew and Margaret Barnard.

On the 1901 Census he is living at 59 Hampton Road, Stockton with his parents and sisters Ann, Elizabeth, Margaret,
Mary and Winnie. After leaving school he worked as a Grocer's Apprentice before enlisting in 1915 into the 18th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry (Durham Pals),service number 18/11.

He died of wounds received on 10 August 1916 at Serre the Battle of the Somme and was buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ALBERT NORMAN BARKER & EDWIN COATES BARKER

Albert was born in 1887 and Edwin 1890 in Stockton to Nicholson and Margaret Barker. On the 1891 Census they are listed as resident at 27 Hill Street, Stockton with their parents and brother William. They are still hey are still living there on the 1901 Census together with further siblings George, Ada and Ellen. On the 1911 Census they are all living at 79 Hume Street, Stockton, Albert being employed as a Grocer Shop Assistant and Edwin as a Iron Founder. Albert married Florence Isabella Harrison in 1915.

Albert enlisted into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Hussars(Alexandra Princes of Wales Own), service number 28159,and was Killed in Action as a Private at the 2nd.Battle of Arras on 24 April 1917. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Edwin enlisted into "C" Company 13th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 20381, and was Killed in Action as a Private at the Battle of Loos on 26 September 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT HENRY BARKER

Robert was born in 1882 at Darlington to John and Eliza Barker. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 21 Adams Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Francis, Theresa and Adelaide, together with his maternal grandmother Mary Wharton. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 23 Arlington Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Francis, Adelaide, Albert and Eliza. In 1909, at Stockton, Robert married Emily Elizabeth Anderson. They had five children, Florence, John, Robert, Albert and William. In 1911 Robert was a Prisoner in HM Prison Durham. His father died in 1910 at Stockton.

Robert enlisted, at Stockton, on 31 August 1914 into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 9138. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 5 September 1918 and is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

GEORGE BATES

George was born in Stockton on 5 March 1896 to Samuel and Theresa Bates. He grew up at 14 Paradise Street, Stockton with his sisters Maud, Mary and Matilda and brother but by the time of the 1911 Census he had moved to Gateshead where he worked as a Music Hall Entertainer.

He was conscripted in1916 at Thornaby-on-Tees into the 2nd.Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment and died of wounds, as a Sergeant on 13 May 1917.

George was buried in St. Sever Cemetry Extention, Rouen, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory.

HORACE WALTER BATTY

Horace was the grandson of John Batty, the Stockton Alderman who owned the Grand Theatre and the Baltic Tavern . Horace was a Second Lieutenant in the RAF in the 99th squadron which flew bombers. He was killed on active service on July 30th 1918 and is buried in the Plaine French National Cemetery, in the Alsace region of France. His father Walter emigrated to America several years after the First World War with his wife and family, to avoid any more of his children being killed in the Services. John's great-great-granddaughter, Stella Smith, is growing a sunflower to remember Horace's bravery and sacrifice.

WILLIAM BAYLISS

William was born in 1891 at Stockton to William and Sarah A.Bayliss. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 3 Adams Street with his mother (his father died in the year William was born) and sisters Sarah and Sophia. On the 1911 Census William is employed as a General Labourer and living at 13 Arlington Street with his mother and sister Sophia. William enlisted into the 9th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 15360. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 17th October 1915 and is buried in X Farm Cemetery, La Chapelle-D'Armentiers, Nord France. William was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

CHARLES WILLIAM BEAN

Charles was born in South Bank, Middlesbrough in 1897 to Robert E. and Rebecca Bean. On the 1901 Census he is residing at 9,Tyne Street, South Bank with his parents and sibling James B. By the time of the 1911 Census he is residing at 48 Arlington Street, Stockton-on-Tees with his parents and siblings James B, David, Rebecca and Mary.

Charles enlisted in the 1/5th. Battalion DLI at Stockton regimental number 200483 and was Killed in Action on 23 April 1917 at the battle of Arras, aged 19 years. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial for the missing and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

At the time of his death, Charles' parents were living at 38, Elliot Street, Stockton.

ISAAC JEFFERSON BEAN

Isaac was born on 11 November 1895 in Stockton to Robert and Hannah J. Bean. On the 1901 Census he is living at 9 Carroll Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Hannah J.M, Charlotte R, Charles H, Emily E, James R and George W. On the 1911 census they are resident at 8,Paradise Street, Stockton together with another sister Cecilia.

Isaac enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number 3089/S and was serving on HMS Pembroke when he died of disease on 18 September 1914.

He was buried in New Cemetery, Gillingham, Kent.

ORTON BEAN

Orton was born in 1886 in Screverton, Nottinghamshire to Robert and Mary E. Bean. He grew up in Nottinghamshire before finding work as a Footman at The Hall, Kirklevington, Yarm, also listed as his place of residence in the 1911 Census. He married June A.Kendrew in 1915.

Orton was conscripted into the 6th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, service number 46433 and Killed in Action, as a Private, on 21 April 1918 during the German Michael Offensive. He is buried in Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT BEAUMONT

Robert was born in Stockton in 1898 to Charles and Elizabeth Beaumont. During his childhood he lived first at 8 Alexandre Street and then 5 Light Pipe Hall Road.

He was conscripted into the Lancashire Fusiliers 2/6th.Battalion in Stockton and died of wounds on 13 October 1917. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FRANK BEAUTIMAN

Frank was born in Stockton on 19 April 1895 to William and Margaret Beautiman. He lived with his parents and four sisters at 2,William Street, Stockton, before by the time of the 1911 Census moving to 55 Brunswick Street and working as an apprentice moulder.

In 1914 Frank enlisted into the 1/5th.DLI at Stockton, service number 1657, transferring to the 150th.Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) service number 23562. He died of wounds on 21 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extention, Somme, France. Frank was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

HAROLD T BECKWITH

Harold was born in 1887 in Stockton to Emily Beckwith. On the 1891 Census he is listed as resident at the Stockton on Tees Union Workhouse with his mother, sister Mabel Elizabeth and brother Horace William. On the 1901 Census they are living at 6 Bevan Terrace, Stockton.

In 1909 Harold married Lilian Mary Whitworth. On the 1911 Census he is working as a Botanical Beer Rallyman and is living at 6 Summerhouse Square, Norton-on-Tees with his wife and son Herbert William.

In 1916 Harold is conscripted into the Gloucestershire Regiment, service number 19578 and on 6 January 1917 is Gazetted as being awarded the Military Medal. He is then transferred as a Corporal to the 14th.Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, service number 58623 and is Killed in Action on 29 September 1918. He is buried in Cantaing British Cemetery, Nord, France and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ALBERT BEDFORD

Albert was born on 5 January 1894 in West Hartlepool to Charles and Clara Bedford. He grew up in Stockton with his parents, three brothers and two sisters, living first at 49 Tarring Street and later at 41 Hanlon Street.

Albert then moved to 90 Portrack Lane and on 5 September 1914 enlisted into the 1/5th.Battalion DLI at Stockton, before transferring five days later at Crystal Palace to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Anson Battalion, as an Able Seaman.

He was Killed in Action on 6 May 1915 and his body never recovered. Albert is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Turkey.

Reported by KP/720 AB Frank Collings," I saw Bedford on a stretcher being carried to the rear, I think it was the 6th May, he was wounded by a shell."

Albert was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM BEETON

William was born on 5 April 1888 in Norton-on-Tees to Samuel and Christiana Beeton. He grew up 6 High Street, Norton with his parents, siblings James and Elizabeth and maternal grandmother Christiana Appleby. Samuel died in 1900.

On the 1901 Census William is still at 6 High Street, with his mother and siblings Elizabeth, Arthur, Samuel, George and John. On the Census of 1911 he is working as a Labourer and living at 2 Victoria Place, Norton with his mother and siblings Elizabeth(Tinkler), Arthur, Samuel, George and John, together with his brother in law Arthur Tinkler and nephew Arthur William Tinkler.

William enlisted in Stockton in 1915 into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 5/3395 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 12 February 1916. He is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Belgium and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


BERNARD JOSEPH BEHAN

Please refer to entry for Joseph Hewitson.

ARTHUR BENSON

Arthur was born on 5 June 1892 in Stockton to William and Ann Sowray Benson, living at 5 Stamp Street, Stockton with his parents and brother Harry.

In 1916 he was conscripted into the 1st./6th. Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment ( Prince of Wales's Own ), service numbers 7198 and 242852 and Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 25 April 1918 during the German "Georgette " offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. Arthur was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

EDMUND BRUNSKILL BELL

Edmund was born in 1894 in Stockton to Robert Edmund and Annie Bell, living first at 49 Garbutt Street, Stockton with his parents, siblings Nancy and Edgar, paternal grandmother Elizabeth Bell and uncle Joseph Brunskill. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Works Checker and living at 75 Windsor Road, Stockton with his parents and siblings Nancy, Edgar and Barbara.

Edmund enlisted in 1914 in Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, as a Corporal, service number 1403, and is promoted to Sergeant, service number 248007. He was Killed in Action on 25 March 1918 during the German "Michael "Offensive, his body never recovered. He is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

EDWARD LOCKSLEY BELL

Edward was born in 1889 in Barnard Castle, County Durham to Mary Ann Bell. He grew up at Lynesack and Softley in Teesdale, with his grandparents Thomas and Elizabeth Bell.

In 1905 he married Betsy Jane Wilmot and on the 1911 Census he is listed as working as a Brewery Worker and living at 43 Stanley Street, Stockton with his wife and children Hilda and Charles.

Edward enlisted in Stockton in 1915 into the 11th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 15868 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 4 February 1917. He is buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FREDERICK BELL

Frederick was born in 1892 in Stockton to Frederick and Isabel Bell. On the 1901 Census he is living at 10 Balaclava Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Annie, Edith, Evelyn, John and Charles. Ten years later and he is employed as a butcher's assistant and living at 31 Thompson Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Annie, William, John, Charles and Edith.

Frederick enlisted into the DLI, service number 42064, then transferred to the 9th.Battalion Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra Princes of Wales' Own) service number 41218. He died of wounds on 24 September 1917 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

REGINALD BELL

Reginald was born on 31 July 1895 in Stockton to Joseph William and Annie Ellen Bell, though his father dies the same year.

He grew up at 6 Charge Place, Stockton with his mother and siblings William, Joshua, Annie, Ada, Frank, Alonzo and his niece Alice Maud. At the time of the 1911 Census Reginald was working as an Iron Moulder and still living at 6 Charge Place with his mother, brother Alonzo, sister Ellen and niece Alice Maud.

He was conscipted in 1916 into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 8607 and Killed in Action on 19 April 1917. He is buried in Philosopher British Cemetery, Mazingarbe, Pas de Calais, France, and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT BELL

Robert was born in 1895 in Stockton to John Robert and Mary Elizabeth Bell. He grew up first at 1 Commercial Street, Stockton with his parents and brothers John and Charles and then at 3 Cedar Street, Stockton by which time sisters Mary, Jane and Annie had joined the family.

He enlisted in 1915 into the DLI, service number 10148, transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. (Infantry) service number 16220 and was Killed in Action on 1 August 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Robert was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT JAMES BELL

Robert enlisted, while a resident of 33 Hartington Road, Stockton, into the London Regiment, service number 763286. On 28 March 1917 he was promoted to Second Lieutenant in the 3rd.Battalion attached 1/4 Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment but Killed in Action later that year, on 2nd November. He is buried in Gaza War Cemetery Palestine and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

THOMAS BELL

Thomas was born in 1881 in Stockton to William Thomas and Mary Bell.

On the 1891 Census he is resident at Prospect Place, Thornaby with his parents and sister Georgina, 10 years later he is employed as a Mechanical Engineer and resident at 35,Donald Street, Stockton with siblings William, Margaret and Clara, and on the 1911 Census he is listed at camp with the 1st.DLI.

Thomas transferred to the 10th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment in 1915 ,service number 19173 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 4 October 1917, 3rd.Ypres (Battle of Broodseinde). His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Thomas was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory.

FREDERICK & GEORGE BELLAS

Brothers Frederick (born 1891) and George (1896) lived at 32 Francis Street with their parents George and Alice and their sisters Ada, Florence, Nellie and Jennie.

George enlisted in the 1/5th battalion DLI at Stockton, with Frederick joining the following year. George was later transferred to the 1/7th battalion DLI as a Corporal.

Frederick was Killed in Action on 16 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, with George also being Killed in Action on 27 May 1918, the first day of the German Aisne Offensive. Neither of the brothers' bodies was recovered. George is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France, and Frederick at the Thiepval Memorial for the missing, Somme France.

George was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal with Frederick also receiving the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

GEORGE BERRY

George was born in 1895 in Stockton to George and Susannah Middleton Berry. On the 1901 Census he is listed as living at 18 Garibaldi Street, Stockton with his mother(father absent) and siblings Mabel and Wilfred. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 95 Parliament Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Mabel, Wilfred, Mary Elizabeth and Harold.

In 1914 George enlisted in Stockton into "B" Company 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry service numbers C44 and 200012.

He died on 4 April 1919 at home and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton-on-Tees. George was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

STANLEY BEST

Stanley was born on 25 January 1892 in Stockton to Robert and Sarah Ann Best. He grew up at 24 William Street, Stockton with his parents, sister Lily and four brothers Horace, Alfred, Ernest and Walter. After leaving school he worked as a General Labourer at Head Wrightson, still living with the family at William Street. In early 1913 he married Elizabeth E. Fry and they had a son Stanley later that year.

In 1910 Stanley had enlisted in Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1125 and he was Killed in Action, as a Private, at the 2nd.Battle of Ypres on 26 April 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN THOMAS BETTS

John was born in 1886 in Stockton to Arthur and Lydia Elizabeth Betts. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 11 Beaumont Street, Stockton with his parents and brother William. On the Census 10 years later he is employed as a Boilersmith Apprentice and living at 25 Clarence Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings William and Elizabeth. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a NER Labourer and the family are still living at Clarence Street with a further child, Harold.

In 1915 John enlisted into the 15th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3290 and 45578. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 9 April 1917 the 2nd. Battle of Arras and is buried in Cojeul British Cemetery, St.Martin-Sur-Cojeul, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FRANCIS GEORGE BEVAN

Francis was born in 1887 in Swansea to Thomas and Margaret Bevan, growing up there with his brothers Thomas and David and sister Margaret.

By the time of the 1901 Census the family had moved to Stockton, living at 18 Ryan Street and Francis is employed as an Errand Boy (Shoe Dealer). On the 1911 Census Francis is listed as being employed as a Riveter Heater and the family are still at Ryan Street.

Francis enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number S/3805 and is serving on HMS Defence when it is sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 with the loss of all crew. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. He was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM ROBERT BILLING

William was born in 1894 at East Lexham, Norfolk to Robert John and Laura Louise Billing, but by the time of the 1911 census was living at 51 Tarring Street, Stockton with his parents and three sisters Pearl, Selina and Violet.

He enlisted into the 1st./4th.Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), service number 203236 and died of wounds, as a Corporal, on 15 March 1918. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FREDERICK WILLIAM BIRCH

Frederick was born in 1893 at Stockton to Thomas and Mary Jane Birch. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Arlington Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Olive and Robert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Hawker and resident at 12 Prince Regent Street, Stockton with his parents and brother Robert.

Frederick enlisted into the 1/6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 4435 then 250538, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 9 April 1918 during the German "Georgette"

Offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. Frederick was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

CHARLES HAROLD BISHOP

Charles Harold Bishop MC was born in Sittingbourne, Kent in 1888. His parents were Thomas and Catherine A. Bishop.

The 1891 Census shows him living in Sittingbourne with his parents and sister Mabel Katherine, the 1901 Census has the family still at Sittingbourne, the 1911 Census has them living in Surrey (Elesmiore, Busbridge Lane) Charles Harold is employed as a Civil Servant. In 1915 he married Dorothy A. Slow in 1915 in Northamptonshire and a year later joined the army as a private in the Yorkshire Regiment. He transferred to the 13th. Battalion DLI on 26th June 1917 as a Second Lieutenant (Temporary), was wounded in action and died of his wounds on 23 October 1918. He is buried in Premont British Cemetery France.

Charles was awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion during an enemy attack . The citation stated, "He worked unceasingly in driving off the enemy, and for nine hours remained on the fire step, personally accounting for several of the enemy. When the attack broke down he immediately organised a party and brought in several wounded and unfounded enemy. His courage and determination were most marked." Charles was also awarded the War and Victory medals.

The National Probate Calendar states : BISHOP Charles Harold of 3 Grays Road, Grange Estate, Stockton-on-Tees, second lieutenant 13th. battalion DLI died 23rd. October 1918 in France on active service. Administration (with Will) London 24th October to Dorothy Alice Bishop widow. Effects £162 8s 11d.

STEPHEN BISHOP

Stephen was born in 1895 near Truro, Cornwall to Benedict and Maria Bishop.

He moved to Stockton with his mother leaving his father in Cornwall and on the 1911 Census they are living at 5 1/2 John Street, Stockton.

Stephen enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment "B" Company 7th. Battalion  in Stockton in 1915 and is Killed in Action on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Fricourt British Cemetery, Somme and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

HENRY BLACKBURN

Henry was born in 1889 at Stockton to George and Emma Blackburn. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 6 Lindsay Street with his maternal grandmother Mary, parents George and Emma and sisters Caroline and Annie. On the next census in 1901, Henry is still at Lindsay Street with his parents and siblings Annie, Albert and George. Then on the 1911 Census he is employed as a French Polisher and living at 6a Lindsay Street with his parents and siblings Annie and Albert. Henry married Catherine Holiday on 27th March 1911 at Stockton. They went on to have five children - Mary, George, Lilian, Albert and Thomas.

Mary had been born prior to their marriage and Catherine was pregnant with George at the time of their wedding.

While resident at 11 Gayles Street Henry was enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 3848 before transferring to the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) service number 24487. Henry died, as a Private, on 6th March 1917 and is buried in La Neuville Communal Cemetery, Corbie, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Following Henry's death, Catherine married Wilfred Harrison and went on to have a further five children.


JOHN WILSON BLACKBURN

John is remembered on the Menin Gate. His memory is being honoured through the growing of a sunflower by Lisa Antill and her family. John was Lisa's great, great uncle. Also remembered by Edna Leonard, John's niece, Angelina McNulty, John's great-great niece and all the family.

GEORGE BLAKEY

George was born in 1891 in Stockton to William J. and Eliza Blakey. The family lived at 5 Van Mildert Terrace, Stockton with his parents, sister Bessie and brother Richard. On the 1911 Census he is working as a photographer and living at Heywood, Lancashire.

In 1915 George enlisted into the 9th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and is killed in action, as a Second Lieutenant, on 16 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. George was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN H BLAKEY

John enlisted in 1914 in Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 201135 and was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 30 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive .

He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM BLENCH

William was born on 7 May 1888 at Stockton to William and Annie E. Blench. On the census of 1891 he is resident at 31 Adderley Street with his parents and brothers George and Ernest. On the 1901 Census he is at 38 Tarring Street with his parents and siblings George, Ernest, Herbert and Violet. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Post Man and resident at 6 Jones Street, Birtley, as a Boarder. On 4 January 1914,at the Parish Church of Usworth, William married Ethel Inns.

William enlisted on 2 June 1916,whilst resident at 41 Queen Street, Birtley, into the Royal Army Medical Corps, service number 123911. He died, as a Private, at sea. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Hollybrook Memorial, Southampton. William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM BLYTH

William was born in 1889 in Stockton to James and Elizabeth Ann Blyth. He lived at 15 Stamp Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Annie, Hannah, Mary, Hilton, Frederick, James and Lilian.

In 1906 William married Julia Fay and by the time of the 1911 Census they are living at 15 Hutchinson Street, Stockton with their children Lilian and Fred.

In 1914 William enlisted, in Stockton, into the 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 12022 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 August 1917 (3rd.Ypres). His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. William was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

CHARLES BOLTE

Charles was born in 1895 in Hartlepool but on the 1901 Census is listed as resident at Hull Orphan Holmes and as a Merchant Sailor's Child. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 73 Hind Street, Stockton with his stepfather William Charles Cooper and mother Minnie Cooper and step sister Gertrude.

In 1914 Charles enlists in Stockton into the 12th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 13737 and dies of wounds, as a Private, on 26 September 1915. He is buried in Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILFRED MILBURN BOOTH

Wilfred was born in 1897 in Norton-on-Tees to George and Dorothy Isabella Booth.

On the 1901 Census he is listed as resident at Tithe Barn, Norton with his grandparents William and Ann Appleton, on the 1911 Census he is resident at 1 Blakeston Lane, Norton with his grandmother Ann.

William enlisted into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, service number 60488 and died on active service in Tippereray, Ireland on 15 September 1919. He is buried in St Mary’s churchyard, Norton.

William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOSEPH EDMUND BOVILLE

Joseph was born at Whitby in 1873 to Joseph Edmund Boville and Anne B.Annis at Whitby. The family moved to Stokesley but by the time of the 1901 Census Joseph was living at 18 Allison Street, Stockton as a boarder and working as a Ship's Rigger Sailor.

He married Ethel Jane Hamilton on 1 February 1902 at Stockton and moved to 81 Aire Street, Middlesbrough with his wife and four sons.

When he enlisted in 1915 he enlists in the 27th. Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 104015, Joseph was living at 26 Alma Street, Stockton. He died on 27 March 1919 and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.

Joseph was awarded the Military Medal, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM BOWE

William was born in 1889 in Stockton to Thomas Stoker and Polly Bowe.

The 1901 Census describes him as an Inmate at County Industrial School, Earls House, Witton Gilbert, Durham. On the 1911 Census he is living at 23 The Square, Stockton with his parents and siblings Welly, Elizabeth, Charles and George. In 1913 William married Alice McMaster in Stockton.

He enlisted in 1914 into the DLI, service number 3/10405 before transferring to the 1st./7th.Battalion Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment, service number 27580. He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 25 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. His body is never recovered, he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium, and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

DAVID BOWEN

David was born in 1888 in Stockton to David and Elizabeth Bowen. The family (David, his parents and siblings William, Thomas, Gertrude, John, Mary and George) lived at 20 Exeter Street ,Stockton.

By the time of the 1911 Census David is employed as a bricklayer and living at 32 Alma Street, Stockton as a Boarder. The following year he emigrated to Canada and enlisted into the 15th.Battalion Canadian Infantry, service number 27998.

He was Killed in Action, as a Sergeant, on 29 April 1915 the 2nd.Battle of Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

CHARLES BOWES

Charles was born in 1894 in Stockton. He enlisted into the 7th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment, service number 23793 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 April 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Arras.

Charles is buried in Feuchy British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ERNEST BOWLER

Ernest was born in Knaresborough in 1894 to Joseph and Eleanor Bowler. On the 1901 Census he is resident at High Street, Boroughbridge with his parents and siblings Harry, Harold, Eleanor and Ethel. On the 1911 Census he is living in Stockton with his father (mother deceased) and siblings Harold, Nelly, Ethel, Elsie, Edward, Beatrice, Herbert and Doris.

Ernest enlisted in the Yorkshire Regiment, transferring to the South Staffordshire Regiment and then to the Beds. and Hertfordshire Regiment.

He was Killed in Action on 4 November 1918, is buried in Ghissignies British Cemetery and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HAROLD BOWLER

Harold was born in 1896 in Knaresborough, Yorkshire to Joseph and Eleanor Ann Bowler. Five years later, at the time of the 1901 Census, he is living at High Street, Boroughbridge with his parents and siblings Harry, Ernest, Eleanor and Ethel. In 1910 Harold's mother died.

On the 1911 Census Harold is employed as an Errand Boy and living at 6 Nolan Place, Stockton with his father and siblings Nelly, Ethel, Elsie, Edward, Beatrice, Herbert and Doris.

He enlisted in 1914 in Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 2923 and 200340 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 April 1917.

He is buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Harold was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

GEORGE BOWMAN

George was born in 1874 at Jarrow-on-Tyne. He moved to Stockton after marrying Margaret Tinkler in 1898 at Stockton, living at 10 Wren Street.

He worked as a blacksmith and later as a coal miner, lodging at Cownby Northumberland. He enlisted in the DLI at Stockton in 1914 and was Killed in Action on 24 April 1915 in the second battle of Ypres.

George's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate ,Ypres Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN BOYD

John was born on 16 June 1894 in Stockton to Patrick and Isabel Boyd. He grew up at 7 Bath Street, Stockton with his parents, three brothers James, William and Thomas and sisters’ Mary and Annie. His father died in 1906.

John enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number 3807S, he is serving aboard HMS Defence when it is sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916 with no survivors. John’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. He was posthumously awarded the ‘Star’, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

THOMAS BOYLE

Thomas was born on 25 June 1892 at Stockton to Stephen and Margaret Jane Boyle. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 18 Lumley Street, Stockton with his parents, four sisters and three brothers.

Thomas enlists into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number 8835/S and is serving aboard MFA Eleanor when on 12 February 1918 it is sunk by German ÜB-57 south of the Isle of Wight with the loss of all hands but one. Thomas' body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memoria, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN ROBERT BRACKENBURY

John was born in 1888 in West Hartlepool to Walter and Ellen Brackenbury, growing up in the town before moving to 56 Allison Street, Stockton and working as an Assistant School Master. In 1912 he married Lilian Robinson at Stockton and two years later they had a son, John Robert.

The following year John enlisted into the Army Service Corps, service number 4/065012. On 23 June 1918 he was promoted to Acting Warrant Officer Class 2. He died in Norton (27 Page Terrace) on 7 November 1919 and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Records show that £258 was left to Lilian who died in 1932, aged 39.

THOMAS BRADBURY

Thomas was born in 1897 in Stockton to Joseph and Martha Bradbury, living with his parents and brother Joseph (later to be also joined by his cousin Lillie Neighell) at 32 Moat Street, Stockton. On the 1911 Census his occupation is given as Errand Boy.

In 1915 Thomas enlisted, in Thornaby, into the King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number R/12809. He was killed in action, as a Rifleman, on 27 April 1916 and is buried in Bois-De-Noulette British Cemetery, Aix-Noulette,Pas de Calais,France.Thomas was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Records show that Thomas' personal effects recovered after his death, included a ring, a button, letters, photos, cards, a mirror, cigarette cases and a jacket book.

GEORGE W BRADLEY

George was born in 1883 in West Hartlepool to George and Sarah A. Bradley. He grew up at ‘Ewbank’ on Hartlepool’s Grange Road with his parents and siblings Thomas, Annie, Mary and Sarah.

By the time of the 1901 Census he is employed as a Farmer’s Pupil and is a boarder at Red House Farm, Liverton, Yorkshire. Ten years later and he is working as a Farm Manager and is resident at Port Knowledge, Aislaby, Yarm-on-Tees with his mother (his father having died) and siblings Harry, Charles, Annie and Sarah.

In 1916 George married Ada E. Peachey. The same year he signed up in Stockton to the Yorkshire Regiment, service number 32616, transferring to the 51st.Battalion Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) service number 63195. He dies as a prisoner of war on 5 May 1918 in Germany and is buried in Berlin South Western Cemetery, Brandenburg, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS AUGUSTINE BRADY

Thomas enlisted at Newcastle-upon-Tyne into the 1/7th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, service numbers 4/3247 and 235216. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 17 April 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Thomas was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM BRAITHWAITE

William was born in 1886 in Stockton to George and Mary A. Braithwaite. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Ewbank Street, Stockton with his parents and five sisters Louisa, Annie, Ada, Emma and Laura. William's mother died in 1897. By the time of the 1901 Census William is employed as a Barber’s Apprentice and is resident at 27 Gayles Street, Stockton with his father, Emma and Laura.

In 1908 William married Ellen Ward at Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Barber and living at 21 Headlam Street, Stockton with their children George William and Lilian.

In 1915 William enlisted into the 9th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princes of Wales's Own), service number 28361 and is killed in action, as a Private, on 7 October 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

At the time of his death his family are resident at 36 Langley Street, Stockton. William is posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM BRAMLEY

William was born in 1890 in Stockton to Thomas and Ann Bramley. He lived first at 41 Headlam Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Arthur, John, Sarah, Edith, Kate, Mary and half brother Charles Hodgson. By the time of the 1901 Census the family is living at 11 Piper Lane, Stockton.

Ten years on and William is working as a hairdresser and living at 61 Tilery Road, Stockton with his sister Edith and her husband.

In 1914 William enlisted in Stockton into the 12th.Battalion Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), sevice number S/3446. He was killed in action, as a Rifleman, on 25 September 1915 and is buried in Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT HENRY BRAND

Robert was born in 1895 in Norton-on-Tees to Robert H. and Mary E. Brand. He grew up at 8 Grey Street, Norton-on-Tees with his parents and sisters Isabella, Lily and Doris.


He worked as an apprentice bricklayer before enlisting on 6 April 1915 in Stockton into the Yorkshire Regiment, service number 21240. He transferred to the 1/5th.Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), service number 34755 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 12 September 1918. He is buried in Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

The personal effects recovered from Robert included a wallet, notebook, photographs and a ring.

 

ROBERT BRANSBY

Robert was born in 1879 in Castle Eden, Durham to Francis and Jane Ann Bransby. He grew up in Castle Eden with his parents and siblings Mary Ann, Maria Jane, Francis Elizabeth and Thomas, though his mother died in 1883.

On the 1891 Census Robert is living at Howden Street, Stockton with his father and siblings Mary Ann, Maria Jane, Francis Elizabeth and Thomas. On 6 October 1915 Robert married Harriet Curzon at Darlington and they lived at 6 Abbots Yard, Bondgate, Darlington. The following year, at Stockton, Robert was conscripted into the 3rd. 20th.( Service ) Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 31277. He was Killed in Action,as a Private, on 29 June 1917 and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FREDERICK ARTHUR BRANSON

Frederick was born in 1894 in Kirkleatham, Yorkshire to Florence Branson.

On the 1901 Census he is resident at 26 Hampton Road, Stockton with his mother and siblings Reginald Dale and Lucy Isabella. In 1907 Florence married Herbert Henry Patterson at Stockton and on the 1911 Census Frederick is employed as an Apprentice Plater, still resident at Hampton Road with his mother, stepfather and siblings Reginald Dale, Lucy Isabella and half sister Hilda Branson Patterson.

In 1914 in Stockton Frederick enlists into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1441, and is Killed in Action,as a Private, on 24 May 1915 at 2nd Battle of Ypres. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.Frederick was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FRANCIS HENRY BRAY

Francis was born on 8 May 1893 in Stockton to Thomas Richard and Mary Bray. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 61 Franklin Street, Jarrow (the home of the Bell family) with siblings Elizabeth, Mary, Joseph and Thomas. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Ships Plater Labourer and is resident at 98 Light Pipe Hall Road, Stockton with his parents and siblings Joseph and Jones.

In 1914 he enlisted into the 1st.Battalion Gordon Highlanders, service number 7095 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 30 April 1916. He is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ALBERT EDWARD BRETTE

On the 1901 Census he is resident at 3 Melville Street, Stockton with his mother, stepfather and siblings William, Alice, Margaret and Charles and half siblings Gertrude and Arthur. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Pawnbrokers Assistant and living at 8 Thompson Street, Stockton with his mother, stepfather and brother William, together with half siblings Charles, Gertrude and Emily.

In 1914 Albert enlists into the K.O.S.B. as a Private ,service number 11323, then transfers firstly to the Royal Scots, Lothian Regiment as a Sergeant, service number 28495 then to the Tank Corp service number 300507 and finally to the Machine Gun Corp.(Motors).

He died on 23 January 1919 and is buried in Faenza Communal Cemetery Italy and was posthumous awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FRANK BRIDGEWATER

Frank was born in 1897 in Middlesbrough to John Thomas and Caroline Ann Bridgewater. In 1899 Frank's mother died and on the 1901 Census Frank is living at 71 Ormesby Road, Middlesbrough with his father and siblings Hilda, Jenny, James and Harry. On the next Census in 1911 he is resident at 5 Camden Street, Middlesbrough with his father, brothers James and Harry and sister-in-law Clara.

On 2 September 1914 while resident at Redcar and employed as a Grocer he enlists at Whitley Bay into the 7th.Battalion Border Regiment, service number 12608. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 23 April 1917 at the 2nd.Battle of Arras, his body never recovered. Frank is commemorated on the Arras Memorial France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FRANK FRANCIS BRINSDON

Frank was born in 1865 in West Bromwich to Benjamin and Hannah Brinsdon. He grew up in West Bromwich and the surrounding area, marrying Annie Maria Stevens in 1889 and working as a coal miner. However by the time of the 1901 Census Frank and Annie had moved to Middlesbrough with their daughters Edith and Rose. They lived at 17 Derby Street and Frank worked as a butcher.

He enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number 4227/S and is serving aboard HMS Louvain when it is torpedoed by UC-22 (Carl Bunte) on 20 January 1918 in the Kelos Strait,Aegean with the loss of 224 lives. Frank's body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Frank is posthumously awarded the ‘Star’, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HARRY BROADBENT

Harry was born in 1892 at Leeds to Fred and Mary A.Broadbent. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 17 Letitia Street, Middlesbrough with his parents and brother Thomas. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Mechanic and resident at 1 Calvert Street, Newport, Middlesbrough with his parents. Harry enlisted at Middlesbrough into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 3984 then transferred to the 11th.Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) service number 325051. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 18th September 1917 during 3rd.Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. Harrywas posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN HENRY BRODDLE and FREDERICK WILLIAM BRODDLE

John was born in 1894 and Frederick 1895 in Stockton to John Henry and Laura Emma Broddle, Laura died in 1900 and on the Census of the following year John is resident at 86 Pearson Street, Stockton, living with his grandparents and siblings Thomas, Margaret and Harry, Frederick lived with his father at 24,Arlington Street, Stockton.

On the 1911 Census John is employed as a Farm Labourer, living at Bishopton, Ferryhill, Frederick is employed as a General Labourer and lived at 21 Arlington Street, Stockton with his father, stepmother (his father having married Elizabeth Plowman in 1904), siblings David and Aleve and half brother Charles.

In 1914 John enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry, service number 25719, then transfers to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), service number 13106. He is Killed in Action,as a Private, on 3 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Danzig Alley, British Cemetery, Mametz, Somme, France, John is posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, Briitish War Medal and Victory Medal.

In 1914 Frederick enlists in Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2527 and a s Killed in Action as a Private, on 20 May 1915 at 2nd.Ypres. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate,Ypres, Belgium. Frederick is posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ISAAC ARTHUR BROGDEN

Isaac was born in 1883 in Thornaby-on-Tees to Charles and Susannah Brogden. He grew up in Henrietta Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Mary Ann, John Thomas, Charles William and Elizabeth Ellen.

At the time of the 1901 Census Isaac is employed as a teacher and living at 28 Georgiana Street, Thornaby with his mother (father absent) and sister Elizabeth Ellen. Ten years later and he is still teaching and living at 26 Grange Road, Thornaby with his mother, John Thomas and Elizabeth Ellen.

Isaac was conscripted in 1916 into the 12th.Pioneer Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princes of Wales's Own), service number 20826, dying of wounds, as a Sergeant, on 22 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. In 1917 Isaac had married Jane Shield in Stockton.

He is buried in Bac-Du-Sud, British Cemetery, Bailoeulval, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS REGINALD BRONSDON

Thomas was born in 1896 in Stockton to Jabez and Elizabeth A. Bronsdon. He worked as an apprentice fishmonger and lived at 75 Hume Street, with his parents and six brothers and sisters (John, Charles, Doris, William, Edward and Florence).

He enlisted in the 1/5th battalion DLI at Stockton in 1914 but was Killed in Action on 26 April 1915 in the second battle of Ypres.

Thomas' body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate for the missing at Ypres, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


VINCENT BROTHERTON

Vincent was born in Stockton in 1883 to John and Louisa Brotherton. The family lived at Shaftsbury House, Shaftsbury Street before moving to Farm Lane.

In 1907 Vincent married Winifred Ann Roberts at Stockton before moving to Redcar.

He enlisted in the 21st. Royal Fusiliers (U.P.S.) in September 1914 service number 2473 and on 4 August 1916 was commissioned into the 1st. Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment ( Prince of Wales's Own ) as a Second Lieutenant. Just over two months later he died of wounds at the Battle of the Somme on 14 October and is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte, Somme.

Vincent was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALBERT BROUGH

Albert was born in 1892 in Stockton to Geroge and Sarah Brough. On the 1901 Census he is living at 84 Portrack Lane, Stockton with his parents and siblings George, Alfred, Mary and step brother John H.Tunnicliffe. On the 1911 Census he is billeted with the 4th.Durham Light Infantry at Jesmond, Northumberland. He transferred to the Royal Army Medical Corps, 13th. Field Ambulance, service number 5645 and is Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on 8 October 1917, 3rd.Battle of Ypres. He is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium, and was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


CHARLES SEDGWICK BROWN

Charles was born on 30 July 1896 at 11 Garbutt Street, Stockton to Thomas and Annie Brown. The family later moved to No 75 in the same street.

Charles enlisted into the 1/5th. Battalion DLI service numbers 3541 and then 200463 at Stockton in 1916. He died as a prisoner of war in Kassel, Germany and is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery . Charles was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ERNEST DONALDSON BROWN

Ernest was born in Stockton in 1895 to Thomas and Ellen Brown.

By the time of the 1911 census he was living at 4 Raglan Terrace, Stockton, with his occupation listed as Clerk.

He joined the Royal Engineers, 76th.Field Company at Stockton and was Killed in Action on 8 October 1915 at the Battle of Loos. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial.

Ernest was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his parents were living at 1 Railway Cottages, Stockton.

GEORGE BROWN

George was born in 1897 in Stockton to Robert and Mary Elizabeth Brown.

On the 1901 Census he was resident at 35 Jane Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Ethel, William, Thomas and Robert. Ten years later he is employed as an apprentice blacksmith and living at 3 Lucy Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Ethel, William, Robert, Doris, Sarah, Matilda and Stephenson.

In 1915 George enlists in the West Yorks Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), service number 8177, and then transfers, having won the Military Medal, to the 69th. Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), service number 72678.

He is killed in action, as a Private, on 17 January 1917, is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Belgium, and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

At the time of his death George’s parents were living at 20 Canning Street, Stockton. He is being remembered through the growing of a sunflower by his nephew John Thompson Snr.

 

GEORGE ANDREW BROWN

George was born in Stockton in 1896 and baptised at St.Mary's Church, Norton on 22 April 1896. He lived with his parents George and Susan at 12 Douglas Street, Stockton. After the death of his father in 1901, George Andrew lived at 14 Barrett Street, Portrack with his mother, stepfather Thomas William McCune, one brother and two sisters and Thomas' four children.


George enlisted in Stockton into the 1/5th. Battalion DLI  and was Killed in Action on 26 April 1915 in the Second Battle of Ypres. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


GEORGE STEPHENSON BROWN

George was born in 1896 in Grangetown, Middlesbrough to George Stephenson and Mary Brown.

On the 1901 Census he was living at Chapel Row, Billingham with his uncle and aunt William and Hannah Atkinson and step daughter Mary. By the time of the 1911 Census he was living with his parents and sister Edith at 19 Lindsay Street, Stockton.

George's father died in early 1915 and his mother married William J.Wright later the same year. 

George had already enlisted, in 1914, in the Grenadier Guards 1st. Battalion service number 18281 at Stockton and was Killed in Action at the Battle of Loos, France on 17 October 1915. His body was never recovered.

He is commemorated on the Grenadier Guards Loos Memorial and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

At the time of his death his mother was living at 31 Balaclava Street, Stockton.


HUGH BROWN

Hugh was born in 1887 at Thornaby but on the 1911 Census is living in Wales at 17 Jewel Street, Barry Dock where we worked as a Labourer. The following year, in Stockton, he married Alice March. Hugh enlisted at Stockton into the 1st.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 8267, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 19th September 1915. He is buried in Brandhoek Military Cemetery Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.
At the time of Hugh's death, Alice was living at 15 Princess Street, Stockton.


JAMES CARTMEL DENNISON BROWN

James was born on 2 September 1893 at Stockton-on-Tees to Frank and Charlotte Brown. He grew up at 59 High Street, Norton, with his parents and siblings Ellen Ewbank, Mary Hedley, Frank Dennison and Alice Charlotte. The family had three domestic staff living with them. James was educated at Rugby (1907) and Pembroke College, Cambridge (1912).

On the outbreak of war James applied for a commission and was gazetted 2nd. Lieutenant to the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry on 28 August 1914.

He went to France on 17 April 1915 for divisional training but because of a German attack with asphyxiating gas his division was at once pushed to the front and engaged and took part in the fighting around Ypres on the 23rd.and 25th April 1915 (2nd.Ypres).

On Sunday 25th. April he was wounded twice, treated first at Poperinghe and later at Hazebrouck, where he died on 27 April. James was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and is listed in "De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour."

James’ elder brother Lieut Frank Dennison Brown of the same battalion was wounded near Ypres in May 1915 and again in 1916 on active service. At the time of James's death his parents, now Sir Frank and Lady Brown, were resident at Norton Priory, Stockton-on-Tees.


JOHN WILLIAM BROWN

John was born in 1895 in Norton-on-Tees to Robinson and Mary Ann Brown. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 18 Hallifield Street, Norton-on-Tees with his parents and siblings Robinson, Glady Marie and Alice. On the 1911 Census he is employed as as Apprentice Pattern Maker at an Iron Foundry and is still at Hallifield Street, with his parents and sisters Glady Marie and Alice.

In 1914 in Stockton John enlists into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3070 and is Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 16 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN WILLIAM BROWN

John was born in 1886 in Stockton to John Thomas and Ann Isabella Brown, before moving to Northgate, Hartlepool with his parents and siblings Jane, Edith, Albert, Margaret, Arthur and Dora. By the time of the 1901 Census the family is still at Northgate, with two additional children, Ellenor and Arnold. Come the 1911 Census and John is employed as a Grocer Assistant and is a Boarder at 43 Headlam Street, Stockton.

In 1916 in Rugby, Warwickshire, John is conscripted into the 1st. Bucks battalion Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, service numbers 4596 and 266789. He is killed in action, as a Private, on 16 August 1917, 3rd.Ypres, Battle of Langamark. John’s body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

MATTHEW BROWN

Matthew was born in 1876 in Stockton to George and Margaret Brown. On the 1881,1891 and 1901 Censuses he is resident at 24,Garbutt Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings John, Edith, George, Thomas, Jas, Robert, William, Margaret and Jane. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Foundry Labourer and is resident at 5,Ann Street, Stockton with his mother, his father having died in 1905 in Stockton.

In 1916 Matthew is enlisted at Richmond Yorks into the West Yorks. Regiment, service number 26078 then transfers to the 1st.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 50275 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 August 1918. He is buried in Railway Cutting Cemetery, Courcelles- Le-Comte, Pas de Calais, France and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT BROWN

Robert was born in 1892 in Hartburn Stockton to George and Lydia Brown.

On the 1901 and 1911 Censuses he was resident at Spring Gardens, Hartburn, Stockton, with his parents and siblings John, William, Matthew, Annie and George. In 1911 Robert is employed as an Assurance Agent.


In 1915 he enlisted into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3272 and 203061, and died of wounds, as a Private, on 21 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. Robert is buried in Bancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBINSON BROWN

Robinson was born in 1898 in Wolviston to Joseph and Winnifred Brown. On the 1901 Census he is living at High Street, Wolviston with his parents and brother John. On the 1911 Census he is at 11 Shakespear Street, Stockton with his parents, John and new siblings Mary,Joseph and Robert.

Robinson was conscripted into the Grenadier Guards 2nd. Battalion service number 20542 at Stockton and Killed in Action on 28 March 1918 in the German Michael Offensive. His body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

THOMAS BROWN

Thomas was a private in the Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regiment) 2/4th Bn He died on 3rd May 1917 aged 22 and is commemorated at the Arras Memorial, France. A sunflower is being grown to honour his memory by his great nephew John Thompson.

WILLIAM BROWN

William was born on 3rd December 1892 in Stockton to James and Mary Louisa Brown. He lived first at 12 St Ann's Road and then at 28 Leonard Street with his mother and brothers Cornelius, Robert and Frederick and sisters Edith and Edna. His father died in 1910.

William married Frances A. Meechan in 1916 and enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker. He was serving on HMS Vanguard, anchored of Scapa Flow when it suffered an explosion on 9 July 1917, probably caused by an unnoticed stokehold fire, igniting ammunition. The explosion killed 804 men with just survivors.

William's body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial. At the time of his death his mother was still living at Leonard Street; his wife at 130Trafalgar Street, Thornaby.

ALEXANDER BROWNLEE

Alexander was born in 1895 in Stockton to Alexander and Hannah Mary Brownlee. On the 1901 Census he is living at 9 Manfield Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings John, Elizabeth Maud, Alice and Walter. Ten years later he is employed as an apprentice butcher and is resident, with his father (his mother died in 1904) and siblings Alice, Walter and Mark as boarders at 37 Parliament Street, Stockton.

In 1915, whilst resident at Wentworth House, Bowesfield Lane, Stockton he enlists, at Inverness, Scotland, into the 4th.Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, service number 3575. He transfers to the 1st.Battalion and dies of wounds, as a Private, on 28 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France.

Alexander is posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN BROWNRIGG

John was born in 1896 in Gosforth, Northumberland to John (who died in 1899) and Sarah Jane Brownrigg. He grew up at 36 Hartington Road, Stockton, with his mother and brother James, and after leaving school found work as a Clerk to a Solicitor.

He enlisted in Stockton in 1915 into the 11th.Battalion Rifle Brigade, service number S/1225, dying of wounds, as a Corporal, on 14 March 1916. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


DAVID BRYAN

David was born in 1893 in Bilston, Staffordshire to Abraham and Betsy Bryan. He grew up in Staffordshire but by the time of the 1911 Census was working as an Iron Works Helper and living at 22 Hampton Road, Stockton with his parents and siblings Eliza J, Annie and Lilian.

In 1916 David is conscripted, in Stockton, into the 4th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), service number 25146.

In January 1918 David married Gladys M. Murgatroyd and is subsequently Killed in Action, as a Private, on 26 March 1918 during the German " Michael " offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. David was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


EDWARD BRYAN

Edward was born in 1874 in St.Andrew's, County Wicklow, Ireland to Richard and Esther J. Bryan.

The family moved to England, settling in Stockton, living at 6 Manson's Court.

In 1914, in Richmond (Yorkshire) he enlisted into the 6th.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 3/7807. He dies of wounds, as a Sergeant, on 8 December 1915 during the Gallipoli campaign and is buried in Alexandria (Chatby) Military and War Memorial Cemetery Egypt.

Edward was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN BRYDON

John was born in 1874 in South Bank, Middlesbrough, to John and Sarah Ann Brydon. On the 1881 census he is resident with his grandfather, mother (father absent) and siblings Elizabeth and Richard at 25 Princess Street, South Bank, Middlesbrough. On the 1891 Census he is employed as a General Labourer and is resident with his parents and siblings Richard, Edith and James at Thistle Green, Stockton; on the 1901 Census he is a General Labourer and living with his parents and siblings Richard, Edith and James at 19 Joseph Street, Stockton and on the 1911 Census, John is working as a General Labourer and still at Joseph Street with his brother, sister-in-law Mary and siblings John, Richard and Sarah.

In 1916 John enlists into the 13th.Battalion North Staffordshire Prince of Wales's) Regiment, service number 23639, and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 3 February 1918. He iss buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

RICHARD BUCKTON

Richard was born on 7 July 1893 in Stockton to Richard and Elizabeth Buckton. On the 1901 Census he is at 1 Ward Place, Stockton, living with his parents and siblings Annie, Elizabeth, Thomas, Mary, Jane and John. On the next Census, 10 years later, he is employed as an Apprentice Moulder and living with his parents and siblings Annie, Thomas, Jane and John at 2 Bell Street, Stockton.

Richard enlists into the Royal Naval Reserve, as a Stoker, service number 3736/S and is serving aboard HMS "Redpole" when, on the 18 May 1916, he dies of illness. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery Stockton-on-Tees and posthumously awarded the Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

CHARLES BULLOCK

Charles was born in 1894 in Wolverhampton to John and Harriet A. Bullock. He moved with his parents, two brothers and a sister to Flintshire, Wales before coming to Stockton, boarding at 6 Stafford Street and working as a Sheet Ironworker.

He enlisted into the Grenadier Guards, 5th. Battalion in 1915 and died of wounds on 20 October 1916.

Charles is buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM BULLOCK

William was a private in the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry), 6th Coy.  His service number is 46805 and his memorial plaque is at the Arras Memorial, Bay 10.  He was the son of Walter and Mary Bullock of R8, Ann Street, Stockton-On-Tees.

JAMES ARNCLIFFE BURDON

James was born in 1898 in Stockton to Tom and Jane Elizabeth Burdon. On the 1901 Census he is living at 38 Hume Street, Stockton with his parents and eight brothers and sisters Tom, Mary, Vincent, Agnes, Florence, Robert, Rowland and Doris.

On the 1911 Census he is at 56 Lumbeton Terrace, Stockton with his parents and siblings Agnes, Rowland, Davies and Olive.

James enlisted in the 16th. Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps at Stockton in 1915 and is Killed in Action, aged just 17, on 15 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme.

He is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

OLIVER BURDON

Oliver was born on 28 July 1893 at Stockton to Oliver and Margaret E. Burdon.

He enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker ,service number 4348S. He was serving on HMS "Flirt" when on 26 October 1916 it took part in the Battle of Dover Strait against the German Navy and is sunk with no survivors. His body was never recovered and Oliver is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial.

FRANK BURGIN

Frank enlisted in the Yorkshire Regiment, service number 12830, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 September 1916, at the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Blighty Valley Cemetery, Authuile Wood, Somme, France. Frank was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FREDERICK BURKIN

Frederick was born in 1880 in Stockton to Philip and Sarah Jane Burkin. He grew up first at 8 Lumley Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Alfred, Harriet, Philip, George and Sarah Jane and later at 52 Joseph Street, Stockton with his mother (father absent) and siblings Alfred, Philip, George, Sarah Jane, John, Eliza and William.

Frederick enlists in 1914 at Stockton into the 40th.Battalion, 25th.Brigade Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery, service number 2558 and dies of wounds, as a Wheeler-Corporal, on 17 October 1918. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Frederick was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS ROBERT BURN

Thomas was born in 1890 at Whitby to William and Margaret Annie Burn. He spent his childhood in Whitby with his parents, his brother William and sisters Hannah and Jennie. At the time of the 1911 Census, Robert is living in Stockton, as a boarder at 7 Derby Street and working as an apprentice engineering fitter. In 1916 Thomas married Gertrude Booth at Whitby.

While serving with the 4th. Field Company Australian Engineers as a Corporal, service number 4112, Thomas is killed in action on 2 June 1917 and is buried in Trois Arbres Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord, France.

 

NORMAN ARCHIBALD BURNETT

Norman was born in 1896 at West Hartlepool to Samuel Benjamin and Caroline Mary Burnett, but grew up at Norton, Stockton, living at both numbers 4 and 5 Calf Fallow Lane with his parents and siblings William, Horace, Frances and Hilda. He enlisted in Stockton in 1914 into the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), service number 7776, and dies of wounds, as a Private, on 28 November 1918. He is buried in Mont Huon Military Cemetery, Le Treport, Seine-Maritme, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FREDERICK BURNS

Frederick was born in 1891 in Stockton to John and Mary A. Burns. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 14 Ware Street, Stockton with his mother (father deceased 1895) and siblings Marshall and Mary together with stepbrothers Thomas and Robert Masterman. On the 1911 Census Frederick is employed as a General Labourer and still resident at Ware Street with his mother, stepbrothers and siblings.

Frederick enlists in 1914 in Stockton into the 12th.(Service)Battalion Rifle Brigade (Prince Consort's Own) service number 53431 and is Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 20 September 1917 the Battle of Menin Road, 3rd.Ypres. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. Frederick was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ALFRED BURROWS

Alfred was born on 21 March 1884 at Thatto Heath, St.Helens, Lancashire to Joseph and Mary Ann Burrows and on the 1891 Census he is living at Eccleston, Lancashire.

Alfred enlisted, on the 15 July 1902, at Warrington into the 2nd.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number 4559 and was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 17 September 1914. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France. Alfred was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal


ENOCH BUTLER

Enoch was born in 1891 at Stockton to Eli and Emma Butler, growing up at 7 Wyndham Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings William and Eliza. By the time of the1911 Census Enoch is working as a Labourer and living at 1 Wyndham Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings.

He enlisted in 1915 at Deaf Hill, Durham into ‘C’ Company 8th.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 16790, and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 18 June 1916.

Enoch is buried in Elzenwalle Brasserie Cemetery, Belgium and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death, Enoch's parents were living at 12 Leonard Street, Portrack Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.

 

JOHN EDWARD BUTLER


John was born in 1874 at Halifax, Yorkshire to Richard and Mary Ann Butler. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 6 Bolton House Yard, Stockton, with his parents and brothers William and Richard. On the 1891 Census he is working as a Bricklayer’s Labourer and resident at 6 Little Brown Street, Stockton with his parents and now four brothers Richard, Michael, Thomas and Patrick.

John married Annie Narey at Stockton in 1898 and on the 1901 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 13 Clarence Street, Stockton with his wife and daughter Margaret. On the Census of 10 years later, John is employed as a Plasterer's Labourer and living at 89 Wren Street, Stockton, with his wife and three daughters Mary, Winifred and Edith.

In 1915 he enlisted in Stockton into the 102nd.Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 46532, (having previously served in the Green Howards, service number 53305). He was Killed in Action, as a Sapper, on 19 May 1916 and buried in Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

EDWARD BUTTERWICK

Edward was born in 1893 at Stockton to John and Hannah Butterwick. John died in 1900 at Stockton, and on the census of the following year Edward is resident at 5 Moses Street, Stockton with his mother and siblings Jennie, John, Rebecca, Fred, Annie and Polly. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Puddling Furnace Ironworker and is living at 48 Lindsay Street, Stockton with his mother and siblings John, Rebecca, Fred, Annie and Polly.

In 1915, at Stockton, Edward enlists into the 1st.Battalion Grenadier Guards, service number 17968 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Edward was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN BUTTERWORTH

John was born on 25 August 1893 at Stockton to Thomas and Sarah Butterworth. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 21 Housewife Lane, The Square, Stockton with his parents and siblings Thomas, William, Emmanuel, Hugh and Elizabeth. In 1908 John's father dies at Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Brickmaker, living at 6 Housewife Lane, The Square, Stockton.

John is conscripted in 1916 at Middlesbrough into the 13th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 25486 and Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 November 1917 during the first major British tank action at Cambrai. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial Louverval, Pas de Calais, France. John is posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WALTER WILLIAM BUTTLE

Walter was born on 9 November 1886 at Stockton to John and Ann Lee Buttle. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 16 Clarence Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings James, Charlotte, Mary, John and Caroline. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Labourer and is resident at 8 Paxton Street, Stockton with his father (mother died 1892) and siblings John and Julia. On the 1911 Census he is still employed as a Labourer and resident at 52 Wellington Street, Stockton with his uncle Robert Teasdale and his family.

Walter enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number 1410/S, and is serving aboard HMS Drake when it is sunk on 2 October 1917 by German U-79 off Northern Ireland, with the loss of 18 lives. Walter's body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial, Kent. Walter is posthumously awarded the Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.