About The 1,245 (A-F)
 

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RICHARD WILLIAM ADAMS
Richard was born in Stockton in 1898 to Henry William and Eliza Adams. He grew up at 7 Elliot Street, Stockton, living with his parents and brothers and sisters Charles Henry, Walter John, Thomas Edward,Ernest, Lily and Olive May.
 
In 1914 he enlisted in the 2nd. Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princes of Wales's Own) and is promoted to Lance Corporal. He died of wounds on 30 August 1915 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, France. Richard was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM ADAMS
William was born in Stockton in 1899 to James and Jane Adams. The family lived initially at 4 William Street, Stockton before moving up the street to 49 1/2 William Street.

William enlisted in 1917 into the 1/5th. Battalion Prince of Wales's Volunteers (South Lancashire) Regiment, and was Killed in Action the following year on 23 April. William's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, France.
He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ARTHUR NORMAN ADDISION
Arthur was born in Stockton in 1890 to Joseph and Mary Hannah Addison. He lived first at 14 Bright Street and then at 21 Russell Street, both Stockton.

In 1907 Arthur enlisted into the Royal Garrison Artillery for 3 years and 7 years as a reserve. At the time of the 1911 Census Arthur is employed as a Commercial Clerk at Head Wrightson. He married Eleanor Jackson on 16 October 1915 at Stockton.

He served as Battery Serjeant Major with the 38th. Heavy Battery but died of Bronchol-Pneumonia on 18 July 1918. He is buried in Aubigny Communal Cemetery, France, and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT WILLIAM ADDISON
Robert was born in Stockon in 1888 to Christopher and Mary Agusta Addison. In 1911 he was living in Northcote Street and worked as a shipyard labourer.

On 21 July 1915 he enlisted in the Rifle Brigade and was killed in action two years later on 27 July 1917. He is buried in Talana Farm Cemetery,  Belgium. At the time of his death he was a Lance Corporal in the 10th. Battalion Rifle Brigade.

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

ALFRED WILLIAM ADDY
Alfred was born in 1886 at Liverpool to Henry James and Isabella Addy but on the 1891 Census is resident at 50 Bargate Street,Linthorpe, Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings John and Annie. On the 1901 Census he is living at 30 Derby Street,Thornaby with his parents and siblings John,Annie and Henry. On 30 March 1908, at Ravensworth Parish Church, Alfred married Ida May Parkinson; they had a daughter Catherine. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Worker Blastfurnaceman and resident at 40 Bickersteth Street, Stockton as a Boarder with his brother John. Alfred enlisted, whilst living at 42 Adderley Street, Stockton, into the 295th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 71957. Having suffered gas attacks, Alfred was discharged as medically unfit on 14 September 1918 with Silver War Badge B10514 and died, possibly still suffering the effects of gas,circa 15 August 1920 at home. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HENRY JAMES ADDY
Henry was born in Liverpool in 1892 to Henry J. and Isabella Addy. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 30 Derby Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Alfred William, John and Annie. On the 1911 Census he is living with his brothers John and Alfred W at 40 Bickersteth Street, Stockton.

Henry enlisted in the Northumberland Fusiliers on 25 August 1915, regimental number 15867. He died of wounds on 27 October 1918 in Italy and is buried in Giavera British Cemetery, Arcade. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

GEORGE ROBERT ALDERSON
George was born in Stockton in 1889, living in Cromwell Street and later Alberts Street with his parents, brother James and six sisters. He worked as a labourer in an enginerring works.

He first enlisted into the 1/5th. Battalion DLI before transferring to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was Killed In Action on 4 April 1918 and is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial at the Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

THOMAS ALDERSON
Thomas was born in Stockton in 1880 to Benjamin and Elizabeth Alderson, living initially at Elliott Street before moving to South Street.

He married Margaret Bowron in 1902 and they had a daughter Madge. Margaret died in 1913 and two years later Thomas remarried  to Sarah Hipkiss.

He enlisted on 10 December 1915 into the Yorkshire Regiment and then transferred to the York and Lancaster Regiment,1st./ 4th. (Hallamshire). Thomas died on 15 April 1918 of wounds received and is buried in Haringhe (Bandaghem) Cemetery Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILFRED ERIC ALDERSON
Wilfred was born in Stockton in 1888 to William Joseph and Elizabeth Dobbing Alderson. He had a sister Eleanor Mildred. The family lived at 64 George Street, Stockton but William Joseph died when Wilfred was 11.

In 1915 Wilfred joined the  4th. Battalion Grenadier Guards as a private. He was promoted to sergeant but Killed in Action on 2 August 1917. He is buried in Artillery Wood Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

ALFRED ALLEN
Alfred was born on 9 July 1894 at 28 Emily Street, Stockton. He lives with his parents George and Louisa, brothers John and George, sisters Louisa and Florence, and grandfather Edward.

Alfred worked as a Grocers Assistant before enlisting in the 18th. Battalion DLI (Durham Pals) on 2 October 1914, by which time he was working as a driller.

He was promoted to Lance Corporal and is Killed in Action on 29 March 1918 during the German "Michael" Offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.

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

FRANCIS ALLEN
Francis was born in 1876 in Fenny Street, Stockton to William and Annie Allen. He had four sisters and three brothers.

In 1906 Francis married Eliza Mary Barrett. On the 1911 Census Francis and Eliza are living at 10 Fenny Street,Stockton with their children Helena May, Leonard, Annie Louisa, and Eliza's parents' Patrick and Jane.

Francis enlisted in the West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales’s Own) in 1915 service number 15552, 9th.battalion
and was Killed in Action on 22 August 1915 in Gallipoli, Turkey. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial Gallipoli.

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

Francis never remarried, continued to live in the North East and died in 1985 aged 102.

GEORGE WILLIAM ALLEN
George was born in 1895 at 2 Britannia Street in Patrington, Scarborough to George and Pauline Allen.

George grew up in Scarborough but by the time of the 1911 Census the family had moved to 11 St.Bernard’s Road, Stockton. George worked as a Jeweller's Errand Boy.

He enlisted in the 1/5th.Battalion DLI service number 2609 and is Killed in Action on 11 July 1916. He is buried in La Laiterie Military Cemetery,Kemmel, Belgium and wasposthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star,British War Medal and Victory Medal.

THOMAS ALLINSON
Thomas was born In South Row, Billingham in 1897 to John W. and Margaret Allinson. The family later moved to Pine Street in Norton and Thomas found work as a grocer's clerk.

He enlisted in the Royal Horse Artillery and Royal Field Artillery as a Driver 14th. Division Ammunition Column, but was Killed in Action on 19 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme.

He is buried at the Quarry Cemetery Montauban,Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ERNEST ALLISON
Ernest was born in Stockton in 1884 to John and Sarah Allison and on the 1891 Census is living at 10 Derby Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Thomas, Annie, John, Fred, Ada, Charles and Frank. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Foundry Core Maker and living at 20 Northall Street,Stockton with his parents and Fred, William, Frank and new sister Lilley. Ten years later he is at 3 Melrose Terrace, Stockton and working as a Labourer, living with his parents and siblings Ada and Lilly. The following year Ernest married Sarah A.Wilson at Stockton.

He enlisted into the DLI, service numbers 3422, 43747 and died of influenza on 3 December 1918 in hospital at South Shields. At the time of Ernest's death his wife was living at 33 Kensington Road,Stockton.Ernest was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM ALLON
William was born on 14 May 1894 and was baptised at St.Thomas’s Church, Stockton on 3 June. At the time of the 1901 Census he is living at 12 Tilery Road with his parents Richard and Mary Maria and siblings Elizabeth, Mary, Minnie, Wilhemina, Annie, Eliza and Richard. By the 1911 Census the family is still in Tilery Road but now living at No 29, and William is working as a baker's apprentice.

He enlisted in the 1/5th. Battalion DLI at Stockton in 1915 and was Killed in Action on 10 November 1916 during the final week of the Battle of the Somme.

His body was never recovered but William is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing  in France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star,British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FREDERICK ANDERSON
Frederick was born on 3 November 1891 in Stockton to John and Mary Anderson. The family lived at Back Stamp Street.

Frederick enlisted in the King’s Own Scottish Borderers 1st. battalion and is Killed in Action in the Dardanelles on 28 June 1915.

His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial at Gallipoli, Turkey. Frederick was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

GEORGE ROBERT ANDERSON
George was born in Stockton in 1891 to Thomas and Mary A. Anderson.

The family (including George's brother Herbert and sister Violet) lived at Howard Street, first at number 16 and later at 25.

George enlisted in the 1/5th DLI at Stockton and is Killed in Action at the battle of the Somme on 15 September 1916. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. George was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

THOMAS HENRY ANDERSON
Thomas was born in Sunderland in 1890 to James and Annie Anderson.

By the time of the 1911 Census he had moved to Stockton, living at 22 Lawrence Street, with his aunt and uncle Susan and Thomas Howe. Thomas Henry worked as a Insurance and Drapers Agent.

He enlisted into the Prince of Wales's Own (West Yorkshire) Regiment service number 5914, 1/5th. Battalion in Sunderland ( he is formerly 255, Northumbrian Cyclist Corps ) and was Killed in Action at the Battle of the Somme on 28 September 1916. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Somme France. Thomas was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM CHARLES ANDERTON
William was born in Gateshead on 21 October 1883 to Christopher and Ellen Anderton. Having lived initially in Preston, he moved to Teesside and found work as an umbrella maker. On the 1911 census he was living at 31 Brunswick Street, Stockton, married to Mary Larkin (married in 1907) and with two children, William and Agnes.

William was conscripted into the Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra, Princes of Wales's Own) in 1916, 9th. Battalion as a Private and was Killed in Action on 22 July 1917 on the Ypres Salient. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium.William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

CHARLES EDWARD APPLEBY
Charles was born in Stockton in 1886 to George William and Annie Appleby. He lived first at Station Terrace, Stockton and then at 36 Eggleston Terrace.

In 1909 Charles married Laura Eveline Braithwaite at Stockton and they lived at 70 Dundas Street,with Charles working as a Commercial Traveller.

In 1916 he was conscripted into the 9th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment and was Killed in Action the following year on 15 October at 3rd. Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium.Charles was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his parents were living at 85 Londonderry Road with Laura living at No 83.

JOHN APPLETON
John was born in Stockton in 1882 to John and Mary Appleton. At the time of the 1891 Census he lived at 81 Webster Street, with his parents, brother William and sisters Margaret and Mary. On the Census 10 years later John is at Ramillies Barracks, Farnborough, Hampshire.

He enlisted in 1900 in Newcastle into the 10th.Battalion DLI,service number 7155, for three years plus nine years in the Reserves. While in the Reserves, the Census of 1911 suggests he was working as a shipyard labourer and living at 15 Catholic Street, Stockton, with his mother, stepfather, his sisters and four half siblngs. He was Killed in Action on 25 August 1916 at the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery Longueval, Somme. John was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star with Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN EDWARD APPLETON
John was born in North Ormesby, Middlesbrough in 1889 to John and Harriet Appleton. He grew up in Thornaby, first at 2 Chelmsford Street and then at 56 New Street. In 1908 he married Annie Carrick and on the 1911 Census they lived at 34 Major Street,Stockton with their children Lillian and Elsie.

In 1912 John enlisted into the 1/5th. Battalion DLI ,"B" Company, service number 1658. He is promoted to Sergeant and was Killed in Action on 25 April 1915 ( 2nd.Battle of Ypres) and is buried in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

RONALD HEDLEY ARCHER
Ronald was born in Norton-on-Tees in 1876 to Charles I. and Lucy M. Archer. He lived first at Cambridge Terrace, Norton, with his parents and sisters Jessie and Lucy, before studying at a private school at Uppingham, Rutland.

In 1900 Ronald married Margaret Elizabeth Barugh in Manchester. The couple lived first at Great Ayton and then at Bentley House, Yarm and Ronald worked as a solicitor. The couple had three children, Charles,Phyllis and John.

Ronald enlisted into the 1st. Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers as a Second Lieutenant and died of wounds at number 29 Casualty Clearing Station in France on 27 December 1917. He is buried at the Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.
and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN LEVI ARMSTRONG
John was born in Stockton in 1891 to Levi and Hannah Mary Armstrong. He lived at 11 Melville Street, Stockton with his parents and three sisters, though his mother died in 1896. By the time of the 1911 Census John is living at 16,Melbourne Street, Stockton with his father and sister Ada.

John was conscripted into the 9th.(Glasgow Highland) Battalion Highland Light Infantry in 1916 service number 241704 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 25 September 1917 at the Battle of Menin Road (3rd. Ypres). His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. John was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

See a photo of John here.


ROBERT ARMSTRONG
Robert was born in Stockton in 1874. He served in the 20th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 42414, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 21st September 1917 during the battle of Menin Road, 3rd.Ypres. Robert is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN BLACKBURN ARNISON
John was born on 23 March 1895 in Hartlepool to John H. and Mary Arnison. He grew up at 40 Gas Street, West Hartlepool with his mother and siblings Jeanie,Charles and Harold (his father being absent). By the time of the 1911 Census John was working as an Apprentice Moulder and living at 27 William Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Charles,Harold and Frances.

John enlisted in 1914 into the 1/5th.Battalion DLI,service number 1727, at Stockton, was promoted to Sergeant and died of wounds on 18 July 1915. He is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension,Nord,France and wasposthumously awarded the 1915 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN WILLIAM ARROWSMITH
John was born in 1889 at Sunderland to John W. and Mary E. Arrowsmith. On the 1911 Census he is listed as working as an Assistant Bioscope Operator and living at 5 Nolan Street, Stockton with his mother.

In 1916 John was conscripted into the 15/17th. Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment, service number 57878, and died of wounds as a Private on 7 October 1918. He is buried in Terlincthun British Cemetery, Vimille ,Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM ASKEY
William was born in 1895 in Stockton to Walter and Annie Askey, living first at 11 Shepherd Street and then 20 Douglas Street, both in Stockton.

He enlisted in 1915 into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Hussars (Alexandra,Princes of Wales's Own ) and is Killed in Action at the Battle of the Somme as a Private on 8 July 1916. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial France. William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

GEORGE LOUIS ATKINSON
George was born in London, in 1867 at Lambeth to George and Sarah Atkinson and on the 1871 Census is living in Chelsea with his parents and siblings Ann and Henry. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 127 Brompton Road, Kensington with his father (mother absent). On the 1891 Census he is employed as an Assistant Master and resident at The Square, Petersfield, Hampshire as a Boarder. In 1898, at Plymouth, George married Florence Russell and on the 1901 Census he is employed as a Medical Practitioner and he and Florence are living at "Elm Huset" Hampton Middlesex with their sons Gerald and Geoffrey. On the 1911 Census George is still employed as a Medical Practitioner and resident at 118 High Street, Hampton Hill with Florence and daughter Joyce. George enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was Gazetted as Lieutenant on 23 November 1914 and was drowned, as a Captain, on 21 March1917.

JAMES F ATKINSON

James was born in 1894 in Norton-on-Tees to William and Elizabeth Atkinson. He was one of 10 children and on the 1901 Census he is living at 42 High Street, Norton with his parents and siblings William, Elizabeth, John, Margaret, Edith, Charles, Alice, Harry and Ethel. By the time of the 1911 census he is working as a Driller in an Engineering Works and living at 1 Pine Street, Norton with his parents and William,John and Ethel.

He enlisted into the 1/5th.Battalion DLI at Stockton in 1914, as a Private, service number 2343 and was Killed in Action on 15 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. James was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

RICHARD ATKINSON
Richard was born in 1892 in Norton-on-Tees to James William and Eleanor Atkinson. He grew up at 36 High Street, Norton and 17 Grange Road, Norton. Having worked as an apprentice iron moulder, Richard married Louisa Annie Spence in 1915.

He enlisted into "A" Company 1st./7th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, as a Private and was Killed in Action on 26 October 1917 at the 2nd Battle of Passendeale (3rd.Ypres). Richard was buried in Poelcapelle British Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM AYRE
William (Billy) Ayre was the son of William Ayre, a brass finisher, and Annie Swift. He was baptised on 16th July 1894 at St Mary's RC Church, Stockton.

His father worked at a brass foundry but his grandfather and extended family had been Tallow Chandlers living and working in Smith Street, Stockton for many years. He was the only boy in the family, his younger brother dying as a baby. His father lost both his legs in industrial accidents in the brass foundry so when Billy’s sister (Vicky Collier‘s grandmother) was getting married at Christmas 1915 there was no-one to 'walk' her down the aisle. The family story is that Billy came home from the war and gave her away and then went back and then never returned.

He had enlisted in 1913, joining the 15th Battalion DLI.

Having previously been injured in the leg it is believed he was killed on 16 September 1918 when he stood up in the trench. Being slightly taller than average, he was targeted by a sniper and shot in the head. He was not married but the obituary in the Gazette refers to a 'sweetheart', and his Will indicates that he left all his goods to sweetheart Mary Evans. Billy was buried in Bagneux British cemetery near Arras.

Vicky Collier says: “I visited his grave a couple of years ago and found it a very moving experience. I have the WW1 plaque with his name on. My mother, who was born in 1916, said one of her first memories was of her mother crying for her lost brother on the first Remembrance Day.”

A photo of Billy can be seen here.


ERNEST AYTOUN
Read Ernest's story here


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 Middlesbrouh 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 bothposthumously 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. 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.

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 Newcaste in 1915 into the 16th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers (Newcastle Commercials) sevice 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.

A photograph, provided by Peter can be seen here.

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 wasposthumously 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 conscipted 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 iss 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, Co.Durham to Robert and Mary Jane Banks. On the Census of 1901 he is living at Cray Street, Birtley, Co.Durham 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 conscipted 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 conscipted 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 conscipted 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 andposthumously 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 conscipted 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, Co.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 iis buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery,Belgium and wasposthumous 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 Menchanical 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 1/5 th.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,Co.Durham as a Boarder. On 4 January 1914,at the Parish Church of Usworth,  Co.Durham,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, Charlays 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 Memin 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 Yorksire 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 andwas 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 . Charleswas 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 comemmorated 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.

HARRY CALCOTT
Harry was born in 1896 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire to Harry and Eliza Calcott, on the 1901 Census he is resident at 10,Holloway Bank,West Bromwich with his parents and sister Elsie,on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clerk and is resident at 8,Roker Terrace,Stockton with his afore said family.

In 1914 at Stockton Harry enlists into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry,service number 2696 and is Killed in Action,as a Private, on 29-2-1916 and is buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery Belgium. Harry is posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM BLACKWOOD CAMPBELL
William was born in 1895 at Kilwinning, Ayrshire to William Blackwood and Frances McLachlan Campbell. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 44 Leonard Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Ellen, Robert and James. Ten years later and he is employed as a General Labourer and is resident at 17 Nicholson Street, Stockton with his parents, Ellen, Robert and James and additional siblings Andrew, Alexander, Thomas and Frances.

In 1915 at Stockton William enlisted into C Company, 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2875 and then 200330. He dies of wounds, as a Private, on 27 June 1917 and is buried in St. Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, St.Martin-Sur-Cojeul, Pas de Calais, France. He is posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM COLLIN CAMPBELL
William was born in 1896 at Thornaby-on-Tees to William and Agnes Campbell. On the 1901 Census he is living at 24 Millers Place, Thornaby with his parents and siblings James, Annie, Jeanie, Maggie and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Errand Boy at a Marine Store and is resident at 37 Spring Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Maggie, John, Jessie, David, Agnes and Janet.

In 1916 William is conscripted, at Stockton, into the 4th.Special Reserve Battalion South Staffs. Regiment, service number 43730. He dies as a Prisoner of War on 21 September 1918 and is buried in Berlin South-Western Cemetery, Brandenberg, Germany. William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

FRANCIS CANAVAN
Born in 1882 to Joseph and Bridget Canavan, Francis was raised at Thornaby-on-Tees, growing up in Gladstone Street (No 32 and later No 44). After leaving school he worked as a Pipe Moulder and on 12 December 1905 married Jeanette Thompson at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, Stockton. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 11 Bath Street, Stockton with his wife and children Francis Joseph and Ellen Maud together with stepson Henry Edward Thompson.

Francis enlists, at Stockton, in 1915 into the 2nd.Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), service number 24496, (he was formerly in the Yorkshire Regiment service number 30844) and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 3 May 1917 at the Second Battle of Arras. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial Pas de Calais, France. Francis is posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JAMES CARLING
James was born in Stockton in 1892 to George and Agnes Carling.

The family lived first at 43 Stanley Street and then moved to 23 Portrack Lane. After leaving school, James found work as an Electric Tram Conducter. He enlisted in the Princess Victoria’s (Royal Irish Fusiliers) 6th. Battalion in 1915 at Stockton and died of wounds on 30 September 1916 at Salonika in the Balkan War Theatre. He is buried in Serres ,Central Macedonia, Greece and wasposthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star,British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN GATENBY CARLING
John was born in Loftus, North Yorkshire in 1866, to William and Hannah Carling but Hannah died the year of his birth.

John lived with his aunt, Catherine Cook in Loftus.

By the time of the 1891 Census John was a crew member of the SS “Charlane”, berthed at Regent Dry Dock London; on the 1911 Census he is Master of the SS “Glenmore”, berthed at Alderney Channel Islands. He married Edith Forrest in 1891.

He was Master of the  SS “Thames” (Mercantile Marine) when it was sunk on 14 August 1917  by the German U-boat UC-63 with the loss of all 10 hands on a passage from Middlesbrough to Fecamp. No bodies were recovered and John is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.

HENRY CARR
Henry was born in 1867 at Hartlepool to Francis and Elizabeth Carr. He spent his early childhood in Hartlepool, living at 21 Nielson Street with his parents and siblings Francis, Ralph, John and Nicholas, but by the time of the 1881 Census he is employed as an Iron Works Labourer and the family (now with nine children) is living at 16 Nicholson Street, Stockton.

Henry enlists in 1915 at Stockton into the 22nd.Division, Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 3849 and is Killed in Action, as an Acting Bombardier, on 13 December 1915 and is buried in Portianos Military Cemetery, Greece. Henry is posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN HUGH CARROLL and WILLIAM CARROLL
John was born in 1882 and William in 1885 at Stockton to William and Alexandra Carroll (died 1890) and on the 1891 Census they are resident at Stockton-on-Tees Union Workhouse. On the 1901 Census John is employed as a Shipyard Labourer and living at 18 Commercial Street, Stockton with his uncle George Naisbitt's family and on the 1911 Census he is stationed with the 1st Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 9749 in India with William in the 118th Battery, 26th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 20428, also in India.

John died on 14 September 1918 and is commemorated on the Karachi 1914-18 War Memorial, Pakistan. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

William had been Killed in Action, as a Sergeant, on the 20 September 1914 and buried in Vendresse British Cemetery, Aisne, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ROBERT ANDREW CARSON
Robert was born in 1883 at Stockton to Robert and Sarah Carson. At the time of the 1891 Census he is living at 13 Shakespeare Street, Stockton with his parents, brothers James, Joseph and William and sister Sarah. He is still at Shakespeare Street in 1901 and 1911, working as a Marine Works Labourer.

In 1915, at Walker, Newcastle, Robert enlists into the 1/5th Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 3583, and is Killed in Action, the following year, as a Private, 18 September. He is buried in Maple Copse Cemetery, Belgium, and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALBERT GEORGE CARTER
Albert was born in 1893 at Stockton-on-Tees to Rix William and Alice Carter. The family (parents, Albert and siblings William, Alice and Mary) lived at 9 Emmanuel Street, Stockton. After leaving school Albert worked as a baker and in 1911 the family (parents, Albert and siblings William, Edgar, Rose, Beatrice and Miriam) were living at 1 Airton Street.


Albert enlists in "A" Company, Army Service Corps., service number S4/058799 and died on 2 March 1915. He was buried in Aldershot Military Cemetery, Hampshire and posthumously awarded the British War Medal.


ARTHUR CARTER
Arthur was born in 1897 at Stockton and enlisted in 1914 into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2833, before transferring to the 15th.Battalion DLI, service number

45569. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 April 1917 and is buried in Cojeul British Cemetery, St.Martin-Sur-Cojeul,Pas de Calais,France. Arthur was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

CHARLES ARTHUR CARTER MC and OSWALD FREDERICK CARTER
Charles was born in 1881 and Oswald in 1892 at Hartburn, Stockton to Thomas and Alice Carter. On the 1891 Census Charles is resident at 6 Queen Anne Terrace, Hartburn, with his parents and siblings George, William, Alice and Annie and on the 1901 Census is employed as a Labourer and with Oswald, their parents and sisters Alice and Annie at Queen Anne Terrace. On the 1911 Census Charles is employed as a Shipyard Labourer and is resident as a Boarder at East Hartburn, Oswald is employed as a Boot and Shoe Salesman and still resident with his mother (father died in 1905) and sisters at Queen Anne Terrace.

Charles enlisted in 1915 into the 14th Battalion DLI, service number 38650, as a Corporal then transfers to the 19th Battalion DLI, service number 38650, as a Corporal. He is commissioned Second Lieutenant on 23 May 1918 in the 29th. Battalion DLI and Killed in Action at the 5th.Battle of Ypres on 14 October 1918. He is buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

Charles is "Gazetted" on the 18 February 1919 with the posthumous award of the Military Cross, he is also posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


Oswald enlisted in 1915 at Middlesbrough into the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards, service number 25188, and died of wounds on 25 July 1917 after the Battle of Messine Ridge. He is buried in Dozingham Military Cemetery, Belgium and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

HARRY MALLABAR CARTER
Harry was born in 1888 at Stockton-on-Tees to John and Mary Carter, living at 97 Tilery Road, Stockton with his parents and brothers John, Herbert, Arthur and Ernest and sister Ruth.

He enlisted in 1915 at Stockton into the 3rd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), service number 26788 and died at home on 17 April 1916. Harry is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.

THOMAS WILLIAM CARTER
Thomas was born in 1893 at Thornaby-on-Tees to Thomas Edwin and Jane Carter. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 34 Bath Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Jane, Amelia, James, Hannah, Ethel and Charles. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Rolling Mill Stamper and is resident at 2 Lambert Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Hannah, Ethel, Charles and Ernest.

On 18 May 1914 Thomas enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion DLI, service number 2147 then transferred to the 22nd.Battalion DLI, service number 43461, and died of wounds on 25 April 1918, as a Private, following the German "Michael " Offensive. He is buried in Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


BENJAMIN CARTWRIGHT
Benjamin was born in 1887 at Thornaby-on-Tees to Joseph and Sarah Jane Cartwright. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 29 Cranworth Street, Thornaby with his parents and sisters Jane and Miriam. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Iron Moulder and still resident at Cranworth Street with his parents, Miriam and further sister Elsie. In 1910 Benjamin married Alice Maud Morton at Stockton and on the Census of the following year, Benjamin is employed as an Iron Moulder and living with his wife at 35 Webster Street, Thornaby with his wife's family.

He was conscripted in 1916 at Stockton into the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 42523, and Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 December 1917 during the first major use of tanks at Cambrai. Benjamin's body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial Louveral, Nord, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT NELSON CARVER
Robert was born in 1881 at Sunderland to Robert Nelson and Annie Isabella Carver. On the 1881 Census he is living at Well Open, Ford, Sunderland with his parents and sisters Eleanor and Sarah. Ten years later he is still at Ford with his parents and Sarah. By the time of the 1901 Census he is working as a Locomotive Stoker and living at 6 Ravensworth Terrace, Stockton as a boarder.

In 1906 Robert married Emily Jane Kirk at Hartlepool and at the time of the 1911 Census they are living at 84 Cooper Street, Middlesbrough with their daughters Eva, Irene and Edna. In 1915 Robert enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3238, and is killed in action, as a Private, on 15 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Robert was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN CASEY
John was born in 1882 at Stockton to Thomas and Mary Casey, living at 9 Acklam Street, with his mother and siblings James, Ellen, Mary, Catherine and Thomas.

In 1898 he enlisted into the 3rd Battalion Durham Light Infantry and served time in the Boer War, before transferring to the King's Royal Rifles. On 9 June 1900 at Newcastle John transfers from the King's Royal Rifles to the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 7197, and in 1912 moves to the Army Reserve. On the outbreak of war John is back serving with the 2nd Battalion DLI. He dies of wounds on 28 June 1915 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. John was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


MATTHEW JAMES CATCHPOLE
Matthew was born in 1890 at Ogden Peak, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA to David and Louisa Catchpole but by the time of the 1901 Census was living in England, at 22 Walter Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Louisa, David, Rhoda, William and Frank. On 18 October 1910 at Stockton, Matthew married Eva Maud Kerr. He found work as a bricklayer in Barrow-in-Furness, though the couple’s two children Kenneth and Gladys, are born, in 1911 and 1914, at Stockton.

In 1915 while living at 10 Poplar Grove, Stockton, Matthew enlisted as a Sapper into 88th Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 104064. He died on 14 July 1916 in Mesopotamia and is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq, being posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


BENJAMIN VINCENT CATLEY
Born to Arthur Henry and Mary Catley in 1887 and brought up in Bradford, Benjamin served in Kirkee, India with the Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 14214 as a Driver, before transferring to 76th Battery Royal Field Artillery, service number 32726, also as a Driver.

He dies in Turkey on 30 June 1916 and his body is never recovered. Benjamin is commemorated on the Basra Memorial Iraq, and he was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death, Benjamin’s parents were living at 17 Varo Terrace, Stockton-on-Tees.


JOSEPH ERNEST WILBY CATTERMOLE
Joseph was born in Middlesbrough in 1899 to Charles Preston and Sarah Griffiths Cattermole. The family initially lived at 31 Union Street, before moving to 9 Granville Road (both Middlesbrough). He had a brother John and two sisters, Stella and Maud.

Joseph enlisted into the Mercantile Marine as an Apprentice on SS Queenswood which was built by Ropner & Son at Stockton and owned at the time of her loss by Constantine & Pickering Steamship Co. Middlesbrough.

On February 16th 1917, six miles off the Devon coast, while en route from Rouen, France to Port Talbot it was sunk by the German submarine Ottoman Steinbeck. Joseph was one of three members of the crew of 24 lost.

He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London for the missing of the Merchant Navy.

JOHN JAMES CHALLONER
John was born in 1884 at Stockton to William Henry and Sarah Jane Challoner. On the 1891 census he is living at 56 Garbutt Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings William, Julia, Margaret, Ethel and Elizabeth. Ten years later he is working as a labourer and living at 197 Cannon Street, Middlesbrough with his father (mother died 1901) and siblings Julia, Ethel, Margaret, Elizabeth and Thomas.

In 1909 John married Minnie Gertrude Ibbetson and the couple lived at 17 Bath Street. They then moved to Consett, County Durham, and John enlisted into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), at Middlesbrough, service number 7001. He was killed in action, as a Private, on the 30 October 1914, the First Battle of Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial Ypres, Belgium.

John is posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of John's death his wife is resident at 43 Medowsley Road, Consett.

ERNEST CHAMBERLAIN
Ernest was born on 21 September 1887 at West Auckland, County Durham to William and Sarah Ann Chamberlain. He grew up at various locations in County Durham with his parents, brothers Robert, Dennison, Joseph, William and Bert and sister Hannah.

By the time of the 1911 Census Ernest is living at 3 Oswald Terrace, Chilton with his wife, Mary Jane, and two daughters Ruby and Olive. Ernest enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion DLI, service number 3232, then transfers to the 9th Battalion King's Own (Yorkshire Light Infantry) service number 34933. He is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body is never recovered, is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALEXANDER CHANTRELL
Alexander was born in Stockton on 5 December 1894. He lived with his parents, two brothers and three sisters at 26 Campbell Street.

He enlisted in the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, serving aboard HMS Formidable. The ship was sunk on New Year's Day, 1915, 35 miles of Lyme Regis, with the loss of 551 men out of a crew of 750.
Alexander is buried in Durham Road Cemetery Stockton. At the time of Alexander's death, his parents were living at 31 Moses Street, Stockton.

FRED CHAPMAN
Fred was born on 6 March 1882 at Stockton to Isaac and Mary Ann Chapman. On the 1891 Census he is living at 18 York Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Mary, Henry, John, Herbert, Alfred, Walter and Carrie. Issac died in later 1891, and Mary Ann in 1900. On the 1901 Census Fred is employed as a Labourer and living at 16 William Street, Stockton with his siblings and 10 years later is working as a Shipyard Labourer and still living at William Street with Mary, John, Herbert and Alfred.

Fred was conscripted in 1916 into the Yorkshire Regiment, service number 25135, then transfers to the 50th.Battalion Machine Gun Corps (infantry), service number 139797, and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 26 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. He is buried in St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, Pas de Calais, France. Fred is posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOSEPH THOMAS CHAPMAN
Joseph was born in 1889 at Doncaster. In 1910 he married Mary Lily Pearson at Stockton and in 1914 enlisted, at Stockton, into "D" Battery, 48th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 98964. He was killed in action, as an Acting Bombardier, on 24 April 1916 at the 2nd Battle of Arras, and is buried in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras, Pas de Calais, France. Joseph was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death Mary was resident at 2 Thorpe Street, Stockton-on-Tees.

ALBERT EDWARD CHESNEY
Albert was born in 1893 at Stockton to Benjamin J.W. and Isabella Chesney. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 11 Henry Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Benjamin, Clara and Beatrice.

Then while resident at 59 Campbell Street, Stockton he enlists, on 9 November 1914, into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 2913 and then 200336. On 1 June 1919 he is discharged from the army and later that year married Evelina L. Britton. On 12 May 1922 Albert died at 21 Chisholm Street, Stockton and was awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM T CHESWORTH
William was born in 1891 at Stoke-on-Trent Staffordshire to Thomas and Charlotte E. Chesworth. By the time of the 1901 Census the family (William, parents and brothers John, Harry, Arthur and Vincent) is living at 3 Stafford Place, Thornaby. Ten years later William is working as a shepherd and living at Scawton Park, Thirsk. He enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry, service number 56675, and transferred to the 472nd Agricultural Company Labour Corps, service number 239659, and died as a Private on 30 November 1918. He is buried in St Mary's Churchyard, Norton-on-Tees and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS CHILTON
Thomas was born in 1890 at Stockton to John William and Ellen Chilton. He lived first at 17 Dean Street, Stockton with his parents and brothers John and William, and then at 40 Ewbank Street, Stockton, with his parents and siblings John, William, Joseph, Sydney, Arthur and Hilda. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron and Steel Works Labourer and living at 29 Ewbank Street, with his parents and siblings John, William, Joseph, Sydney, Arthur, Hilda, Frederick and Rhoda.

In 1914, at Stockton, Thomas enlists into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2383 and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on16 June 1915. He is buried in Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium, posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, and at the time of Thomas's death his parents are living at 65 Wellington Street, Stockton.

JOHN WILLIAM CHISMAN
John was born 2 June 1887 at Stockton to Walter H. and Sarah C. Chisman, growing up at Back Henzell Street, with his parents and brothers James and Harold. On the 1901 Census the family are still resident at Back Henzell Street but John is absent. On the 1911 Census John is employed as a Ship Yard Labourer and he is resident at 30 Paxton Street, Stockton. John’s father died in 1915.

He enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number 1436S, and is serving aboard HMS Vanguard when on 9 July 1917, while anchored in Scapa Flow, an internal explosion due to faulty cordite occurs killing all but two of the 845 men on ship. John's body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.

John had married Ruth S. Robson earlier in 1917.


GEORGE EDWARD CHURCH
George was born on 19 November 1894 at Stockton to Hetreas and Isabell Church. On the 1901 Census he is living at 26 Headlam Street, Stockton, with his parents and siblings Selina, Henry, Thomas and Hetreas. On the 1911 Census he is working as a General Labourer and living at 4 Tilery Road, Stockton with his parents and siblings Selina, Henry, Thomas, Florence and Amelia.

He enlisted in 1914 into the Hood Battalion Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, service number KX/383 and is Killed in Action, as an Able Seaman, on 4 June 1915 at Gallipoli. His body is never recovered. George is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey and was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES CLARK
James was born in 1895 at Stockton to James and Margaret Clark. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Nicholson Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Roger, Margaret, Ellen and Robert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Tailor and living at 44 Lambton Terrace, Stockton with his parents and siblings Margaret, Ellen, Robert, Andrew and Emma.

James was conscripted, in 1916, at Stockton, into the 1st.Battalion Grenadier Guards, service number 25208 and is killed in action, on 25 August 1918, as a Private. He is buried in Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory, Pas de Calais, France, and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of James's death his father is at 44 Durham Road, Newtown, Stockton - his mother having died in 1914.


THOMAS STOKER CLASPER
Thomas was born in 1893 at Stockton to James and Catherine Jessie Clasper. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 24 Starkey Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Minnie, John and Jessie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Plater and is still at Starkey Street with his parents and Jessie.

In 1915 Thomas enlists, at Stockton, as a Sapper, into the 101st Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 49069 and dies of wounds received on 24 July 1917 at the Battle of Messine Ridge. He is buried in Dickebusch New Military Cemetery Extention, Belgium.

Thomas was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his parents were still living at 24 Starkey Street.


CHARLES ROBERT CLAYTON
Charles was born in 1878 at Cherry Burton, Yorkshire to John and Charlotte Clayton. He grew up in Cherry Burton but in 1900 married Mary Anna Garner and on the Census of the following year is listed as being employed as a Brickyard Labourer and living with Mary at 1 Clarence Street, Stockton. Ten years later, they are at the same address with daughters Charlotte and Ethel.

Charles enlists, in 1915, at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3608 and 200478 and dies of wounds received on 3 June 1918 during the German Aisne Offensive. He is buried in Coulommiers Communal Cemetery, Seine-et-Marne France, and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ROBERT CLEWS MC
Robert was born in 1892 at Norton-on-Tees to James and Amelia Clews. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 12 Croft Street, Stockton with his parents and sisters Annie and Amelia. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Law Clerk and resident at Maleable House, Stockton with his parents, Annie, Amelia and new brother James.

On 11 June 1915, at Middlesbrough, Robert enlisted, as a Sapper, into the 227th Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 104115. He is quickly promoted first to Corporal, then Sergeant, and on 7 October 1915 to Temporary 2nd Lieutenant. Robert died of wounds received on 26 April 1916, as a Lieutenant in the 235th. Army Troops Company Royal Engineers, and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He is "Gazetted" as posthumously awarded the Military Cross on 2 January 1918 and also posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


GEORGE WILLIAM CLEASBY
George was born in 1886 at Haverton Hill to Robert and Louisa Cleasby. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 15 Ware Street, Stockton with his parents and brothers James and Arthur. Ten years later he is employed as a General Labourer and living at 2 Wonglar Street, Stockton with his parents and brothers James, Arthur and William. In 1909 George married Lilly Andrews at Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Gas Works Labourer and living at 59 Ware Street, Stockton with his wife, son William and parents.

In 1915, at Stockton, George enlists into the 88th Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 72318, and dies of wounds received, as a Gunner, during the German Aisne Offensive, on 7 June 1918. He is buried in Sezanne Communal Cemetery, Marne, France and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ARTHUR CLINTON
Arthur was born at Stockton in 1884 and enlisted in 1914, at Middlesbrough, into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment ( Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own ), service number 7798,he died on 5-7-1916,as a Private,of wounds received at the Battle of the Somme and is buried in La Neuville British Cemetery, Corbie,Somme,France.

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


HAROLD AND FRANK CLOSE
Harold was born in Stockton in 1894 and Frank three years later in Barrow-in-Furness to Edward E. and Margaret Close.

The brothers grew up in Stockton, living at Herbert Street.

Harold found work as a farm labourer at Little Holtby, Bedale while Frank worked as a shop boy, living in Norton.

Harold was conscripted into the 10th. Battalion Yorkshire Regiment( Alexandra,Prince of Wales's Own) and was Killed in Action on 4 October 1917 at the Battle of Polygon Wood (3rd.Ypres). He is buried in Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Frank was conscripted into the 9th.Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and was Killed in Action on 6 November 1917 at the 2nd. Battle of Passchendaele (3rd.Ypres). His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memmorial Belgium. Frank was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS COATES
Thomas was born in 1892 at Linthorpe, Middlesbrough to William Henry and Eliza Jane Coates. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 46 Suffolk Street, Stockton with his father (mother died 1900 at Stockton) and sister Mabel. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Co-operative Grocery Assistant and still resident at Suffolk Street with his father.

Then, on 2 December 1915, whilst resident at 24 Greys Street, Thomas enlists at Darlington as a Gunner in the 135th.Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 73052. He dies on 28 October 1917 of wounds received at 3rd Ypres, 2nd Battle of Paschendaele and is buried in Zuydcoote Military Cemetery, Nord, France. Thomas was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


CHARLES BAILES COLBECK
Charles was born in 1889 at Thornaby-on-Tees to John and Sarah Colbeck. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 35 Hartington Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Isabella, Robert and Emma. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 40 Lyndhurst Street, Stockton with his mother (his father having died in 1899) and siblings Elizabeth, Robert and Emma. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 44 Cranworth Street, Thornaby with his mother and sisters Elizabeth and Emma and in 1917 Charles married Elizabeth W. Cooper.

Whilst resident at Trimdon Grange, Co.Durham, Charles enlisted in 1915 at Thornaby, into the 235th. Army Troops Company, service number 131700, and is killed in action, as a Private, on 1 August 1917 (3rd.Ypres) and is buried in Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, Belgium. Charles is posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALEXANDER COLLINS
Alexander was born in 1888 at Hexham, Northumberland to James and Margaret Collins. On the 1891 Census he was resident at Jubilee Buildings, Hexham with his parents and brothers John and William. On the 1901 Census he was resident at 65 Brunswick Street, Stockton with his parents and John and William together with adopted sister Violetta Hale and on the 1911 Census he is employed as an Ironmongery Warehouseman and resident at 16 Russell Street, Stockton with his parents. Later in 1911 Alexander married Florence Todd at Stockton.

Alexander enlisted into the 8th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), service number 28113, and is Killed in Action, as a Lance Sergeant, on 20 September 1917, 3rd.Ypres (Battle of Menin Road). His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Alexander was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN COLLINS
John was born on 19 April 1896 at Stockton to John and Mary Ann Collins and on the 1901 Census is living at 13 Camden Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Annie and Joseph. In 1905 John's father died and the following year his mother married Edward Tierney at Stockton. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 5 York Street, Stockton with his mother and Joseph.

He enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 7117/S, and is serving aboard HMS Vanguard when it is sunk by an internal explosion in Scapa Flow with the loss of 804 men. John's body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES COMBE

James was born in 1884 at Middlesbrough to James and Lucy Combe. He lived at 55 Florence Street, Linthorpe Middledbrough with his parents and sisters Mary, Lucy and Elizabeth, before moving to 21 Cowper Street, Stockton. After he left school. James was employed as an Apprentice Iron Founder. In 1911 James married Ethel Maud Johnson.

In 1914, at Stockton, James enlisted into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, as a Private, service number 1014. He then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. (infantry) service number

23548 and died on 1 November 1917 of wounds received, (at the 2nd.Battle of Paschendaele), as a Company Sergeant Major. He is buried in Cement House Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

PETER and PATRICK CONNOLLY
Peter was born in 1878 and Patrick on 23 September 1879 at Stockton to Thomas and Hannah Connolly. On the 1881 Census Peter is resident at 16 Campbell Street, Stockton with his parents and sisters Julia and Mary, together with Thomas's mother, Ann and his sisters Elizabeth and Mary. On the 1891 Census Peter and Patrick are at 14 Campbell Street, Stockton with their parents and sisters Julia, Elizabeth, Ann and Margaret. On the Census 10 years later Peter is employed as a Labourer, Patrick as a Crane Driver and are resident 17 Campbell Street, Stockton with their mother (father absent) and siblings Elizabeth and Thomas. In 1912 Patrick married Ada M. Mitchell.

Patrick enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve, as a Stoker, service number 8784/S and was serving aboard HMS Hampshire when on 5 June 1916 it struck a mine off the Orkneys and sank with the loss of all crew (also lost was Lord Kitchener). Patrick's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Patrick was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Peter died on 1 February 1919 and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.


ALFRED CONQUEST

Alfred was born in 1888 at Stockton to Thomas and Catherine Anne Conquest. On the 1891 Census he is living at 34 Howden Street, with his parents and siblings William and Sarah. On the 1901 Census he was resident at 13 Alexandra Street, with his parents, siblings Sarah, Hellen, Agnes and Catherine and William Gilly, Alfred's maternal grandfather. On the 1911 Census Alfred is employed as a General Labourer and living at 11 Skinner Street, Stockton with his parents and Sarah, Hellen, Agnes and Catherine.

Alfred enlisted, at Stockton, into the Liecestershire Regiment, service number 45896 then transferred to the 1/8th.Battalion Lancashire Fusilliers, service number 50351. He was killed in action, as a Private, on 5 April 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive, his body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Alfred is posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HERBERT COOK
Herbert was born in 1893 at Norton-on-Tees to Albert James and Harriet Cook, growing up at 1 Grange Road, Norton, with his parents and brothers Alfred and Frank. Herbert's mother died in 1901 at Stockton and Albert married Grace Roberts in 1907 at Stockton.

Herbert enlisted, as a Sapper, at Tredegar Monmouthshire, into the 175th.Tunnelling Company Royal Engineers, service number 155232, and died of wounds received on 20 September 1917 at 3rd.Ypres (Battle of Menin Road). He is buried in Godewaersvelde British Cemetery, Nord, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN WILLIAM COOK
John was born in 1895 at Stockton to Matthew and Sarah Cook. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 2 Union Square, Stockton with his parents and siblings Robert, Rose and Elizabeth. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Ship Yard Marker and is resident at 12 Ann Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Robert, Rose and Cissie.

 In 1914 John enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 2nd Battalion, ‘A’ Company, Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) service number 3/10476 and was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 1 July 1916 the first day of 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.


MATTHEW COOK
Matthew was born on 9 October 1873 at Stockton to Robert and Hellen Cook. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 25 Adderley Street, with his parents and siblings Alexander and John. In 1894 Matthew married Sarah George at Stockton, and on the 1901 Census is living at 2 Union Square with his wife, children John William, Robert, Rose and Elizabeth and working as a Shipyard Labourer. By the 1911 Census the family (Matthew, Sarah, John William, Robert, Rose and Cissie) has moved to 12 Ann Street.

Matthew enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 1920/T, and was serving at HMS Pembroke when he died on 16 January 1915. He is buried in Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent and was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WALTER COOK
Walter was born in 1890 at Middlesbrough to Isaac Walter and Violetta Cook. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 29 Routledge Street, Stockton with his parents. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 57 Taylor Street, Darlington with his parents and brothers Robert and Albert. Ten years later he is employed as a Labourer and living at 23 Lucy Street, Stockton with his parents, his brothers Robert and Albert and cousins John Burkill and Lily Woods. In 1914 Walter married Isabella Fernie at Stockton.

Also in 1914, at Middlesbrough, Walter enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), service number 3/7364 and died, on 3 July 1916, of wounds received at the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L'Abbe, Somme. Walter was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death Isabella was resident at 43 Joseph Street, Portrack Lane, Stockton-on-Tees.


JOHN THOMAS COOKE
John was born on 10 July 1883 at Cookstown, Co.Tyrone to John and Alice Cooke. On the 1881 Census his parents and siblings Mary, John,Margaret and Matilda were resident at 42 Lucknow Street,Darlington and on the 1891 Census his parents and siblings Mary, John, Margaret, Matilda, Sarah,Thomas, Robert and Ada are resident at 19 Frances Street, Stockton (John Thomas being
absent). On the 1901 Census his mother (father died in 1893 at Stockton) and siblings John, Margaret, Matilda, Thomas, Robert, Ada and David are living at 32 Paxton Street, Stockton (John Thomas again absent) while on the 1911 Census his sister Margaret and brothers John, Thomas and Robert are still resident at Paxton Street. John Thomas enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number T/2715 and was serving aboard HMS Pembroke when on 25 May 1916 he died and is buried in Plymouth (Ford Park) Cemetery, Devon. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his sister Margaret was still resident at 32 Paxton Street, Stockton.


HORACE COOPER
Horace was born in 1893 at Thornaby-on-Tees to Joseph and Caroline Cooper. On the 1901 Census he is living at 1 Cobden Street, Thornaby-on-Tees with his parents and siblings Gertrude, Henry, Raymond, Florence and Dora and on the 1911 Census is employed a Farm Horseman at Blackbank Farm, Croft, Darlington.

Horace enlisted, in 1915, at Bishop Auckland, into the Mounted Police, Military Police Corps, service number P/2528, and died, as a Lance Corporal, on 18 February 1917, in Mesopotamia. He is commemorated on the Basra Memorial Iraq and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FREDERICK COPELAND
Frederick was born in 1896 at Stockton to Frederick and Elizabeth Ann Copeland. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 1 Bath Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Isabella and Ernest and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Farm Lad and resident at 12 The Green, Billingham with his parents and siblings Isabella, Sarah, Ernest, James and Norman.

In 1914, whilst resident at 1 Railway Terrace, Haverton Hill, Frederick enlisted, at Stokesley, into the 7th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 16273. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 19 September 1915 and is buried in Voormezeele Enclosure No.3, Belgium, and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN COPELAND
John was born in 1884 at Stockton to George and Mary Copeland. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 25 Morrison Street, Whitton, Co.Durham with his parents and brother Walter. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Labourer and the family has moved to 9 Croft Street, Stockton. In 1909 at Darlington John married Hannah Lightfoot. The couple lived at 22 Surtees Street, Darlington, had a daughter, Winifred and John worked as a house painter.

He enlisted at Stockton in 1914 into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1731, and was killed in action, as a Private, on 26 April 1915 during the 2nd.Battle of Ypres. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS CORKING
Thomas was born on 22 March 1883 at Stockton to Robert T. and Ellen Corking. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 7 Neasham Street, Stockton with his parents and three brothers William, Albert and Robert. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Labourer and still resident at Neasham Street with his parents and siblings William, Albert, Florrie, Frank, John and Robert T.

Thomas enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 2573/T and is serving aboard HMS Princess Royal when he dies. He is buried in Stockton-on-Tees, Oxbridge Lane,Cemetery and posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN HENRY COURT
John Henry was born in 1892 at Stockton to James and Mary Court. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 22 Wade Street with his parents, sisters Janet and Ethel and brothers James and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a General Labourer and resident at 37 Inkerman Street, with his parents and siblings James and Ida.

Henry enlisted into the 14th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 9689, and died of wounds, as a Corporal, in England on 25 September 1916. He is buried in Netley Military Cemetery, Hampshire and posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FREDERICK WALTER COULSON
Frederick was born in 1890 at Gateshead to Henry and Sara Coulson, on the 1891 Census he is resident at 5,Oakwell Gate,Gateshead with his parents and siblings Annie,William, Alma,John,Florence,Robert and Margaret, in 1893 Frederick's mother died and his father then married Maria Hodgson in 1895, on the 1901 Census Frederick is resident at 5,Ropner Terrace, Stockton with his father, stepmother and siblings Florence,Robert and Margaret, on the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Moulder and resident at 11,Larkhall Square,Stockton with his father,stepmother and sister Margaret.

Frederick enlisted into the 15th. Royal Scots ( Lothian Regiment ) service number 326021 and is discharged,being unfit for combat,with the Silver War Badge and awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal, he died in Stockton in 1922.


MATTHEW HERBERT COVERDALE
Matthew was born in 1878 at Stockton to Robert and Mary Coverdale. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 1 Jane Street with his parents and siblings William, Mary, Elizabeth Selina and Emma. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 8 Johnson Street, Middlesbrough with his parents, Elizabeth, Selina and Emma. By the time of the 1901 Census Matthew is working as a Blacksmith and living at 36 Laura Street, Middlesbrough with his parents and sisters Emma and Edith. In 1905 Matthew married Margaret Ann Lawson at Middlesbrough and on the 1911 Census they are resident at 68 Sheffield Street, Crosby, Lincolnshire with their two sons George and William.

In 1914 Matthew enlisted, at Middlesbrough, into the 8th.Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 10014, and served firstly in the Balkans in 1915 and then France where he was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 26 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial France. Matthew was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN COWLEY
John was born in 1889 at Stockton to John and Ann Cowley, living at 63 Chalk Street, with his parents and sisters Mary and Sarah. The family then left the area and on the 1901 Census are at 96 Cottages Square, Hanley, Staffordshire. On the 1911 Census John is employed as a Collier Roadman and boarding at 2 Cottage Hightown, Hednesford, Staffordshire.

But having lived in Staffordshire it was at Stockton, in 1915, that John enlisted into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 4412, and is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 28 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body is never recovered and John is commemorated on Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


CHARLES CRABB
Charles was born in 1878 at Throckley, Northumberland to Joseph and Ellen Elizabeth Crabb. On the 1881 Census he is resident at Newburn, Northumberland with his parents and brother George, but by the time of the 1891 Census the family had moved to Stockton, living at 19 Leeds Street. Ten years later and Charles is back in Newburn, living with his uncle Henry Coulson and working as a Steel Works Labourer. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Boilersmith Helper and back in Stockton with his parents and now three brothers and three sisters at 50 Lambton Terrace.

Charles enlisted, at Middlesbrough, into the 8th.Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 205226. He died of wounds on 4 February 1918 and is buried in Fosse No.10 Communal Cemetery Extention, Sains-En-Gohelle, Pas de Calais, France. Charles was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


CHARLES EDMUND CRAGGS
Charles was born in 1894 in Darlington. His parents were Charles Craggs (born in Great Ayton) and Esther (nee Liddell, born in Newport, Middlesbrough). Charles was their first child and he had at least six brothers and sisters.

Charles volunteered and served in the Somme in 1st/5th Bn, Durham Light Infantry and died of wounds on Monday 18th September 1916. He is remembered at the Dernancourt Communal Cemetery.

This entry is made to honour his memory by Pauline Hodgson, the grand-daughter of his sister Florrie Hardy (nee Craggs).


JOHN LONGTHORNE CROFT
John was born in 1887 at Stockton to Edward and Mary Jane Croft. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 15 Brougham Street, with his parents and siblings Jane, Ada, Robert and Ethel, and on the 1901 Census is employed as a Grocer Errands Boy with the growing family now living at 11 Arlington Street. In 1908 John married Sarah Jane Whitehouse at Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Rolling Mill Labourer and resident with his wife's parents at 15 Adderley Street, Stockton with his wife and daughter Lilly.

In 1915, at Stockton, John enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), service number 28164, then transfers to the 23rd.Battalion Machine Gun Corps. (Infantry) service number 148260 and died, as a Private, on 3 November 1918. He is buried in Cremona Town Cemetery, Italy and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

GEORGE TRAFFORD CROFTON
George was born in 1892 at Pocklington, near York, to George and Ada Crofton. By the time of the 1901 Census he is living at 1 Leonard Street, Stockton with his mother, sisters Mabel and Annie, and brothers James and Edmond. His father had been the landlord of the Rose and Crown pub at Portrack, Stockton, but died in 1900.

On the 1911 Census George is employed as a General Labourer and living at 12 St.Ann's Road, Stockton with Mabel and her husband, Alexander Mannion.

George enlisted in 1915, at Chelmsford in Essex, into the 9th.Battalion Essex Regiment, service number 12616. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 31 August 1915, is buried in Gunners Farm Military Cemetery, Hainaut, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

LAWRENCE CROMACK
Lawrence was born in 1892 at Leeds to Joseph and Isabella Cromack. On the 1901 Census he is living at 14 Birkin Terrace, Hunslet, Yorkshire with his parents and siblings Alice and Clifford. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Turner and living at 30 Bewerley Street, Hunslet with his parents and now four siblings Alice, John, Agnes and Nellie.

He enlisted, at Leeds, in 1915, into the Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 3266, then transferred to the 648th Motor Transport Company, Royal Army Service Corps, service number M/39063. In 1917 Lawrence married Clara A. O'Neil at Stockton.

He died, as a Private, on 23 February 1918 and is buried in Dar Es Salaam War Cemetery, Tanzania. Lawrence was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ARTHUR BARNARD LIFFORD CROSBY
Arthur was born in 1895 at Norton-on-Tees to solicitor Hugh Stowell and Alice Louisa Crosby. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 86 High Street, Norton, with his parents, siblings Mildred and Timothy and four servants. At the time of the 1911 Census the family is at The Bungalow, Holland Road, Marlow, Buckinghamshire.

Arthur enlisted, in 1914, at Stockton, into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry. On 22 September 1914 Arthur was "Gazetted" as Temporary 2nd.Lieutenant and on 29 December 1916 was "Gazetted" as 2nd.Lieutenant.

He died of wounds on 24 April 1917 and is buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

TIMOTHY HUGH STOWELL CROSBY
Timothy was the younger brother of Arthur (see above), being born in 1898. While the rest of the family were resident at Marlow for the 1911 Census, Timothy was at Iron School, Uppingham, Rutland, as a boarder.

He enlisted into the 1st.Yorkshire Hussars, as a Lance Corporal, service number 2905, and then transferred to the 1/5th. Durham Light Infantry attached to the Royal Flying Corps, 1st. Aircraft Depot. He was "Gazetted" as promoted 2nd.Lieutenant on 3 July 1917 and then "Gazetted" on Christmas Eve 1917 as Lieutenant. He was killed in action on 3 February 1918 and is buried in Longuenesse (St.Omer) Souvenir Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

HARRISON THOMAS CROSBY
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EDWARD and GEORGE OLIVER CROSS
Edward and George were born in 1894 and 1897 at King's Sutton, Northamptonshire, to James Edward and Emily Cross. They spent their childhood at King’s Sutton with their parents and sisters Daisy and Sarah, but by the time of the 1911 Census, and with new additions Norah and Lilian, the family has moved to Stockton, living at 21 Herbert Street. George is working in a Woodyard.

Edward enlisted, at Stockton, into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3625, and is killed in action, as a Private. He is buried in Chapelle-D'Armentieres Old Military Cemetery, Nord, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

George enlisted into the 10th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), service number 25310, dying of wounds, as a Private, on 26 June 1917 (following the Battle of Messines Ridge) He is buried in Grevillers British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ERNEST WILLIAM CRYER
Ernest was born in 1888 at North Ormesby, Middlesbrough to David and Mary Cryer. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 9 Kingston Street, Stockton with his parents and sister Gertrude. In 1896 Ernest's father died at Stockton and on the 1901 Census George is with his mother and siblings Gertrude, Florence, Harold, Mabel and Cyril at 82 Tilery Road, Stockton.

In 1905 Ernest married Margaret Agnes Taylor at Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Concrete Stone Maker and living at 16 The Furness, Norton, with his wife and daughters Gertrude and Mabel.

Ernest enlisted, at Stockton, in 1915, into the 12th.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number R/2797, is promoted to Lance Corporal and then to Sergeant. He died of wounds on 29 March 1918 during the German "Michael" Offensive and is buried in Namps-Au-Val British Cemetery, Somme, France. Ernest was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ROBERT CUBLEY
Robert was born in 1896 at Stockton to George Harry and Elizabeth Cubley. On the Census of 1911 he is employed as an Errand Boy to Road Driver and resident at 69 Beaconsfield Street, Norton, with his parents and siblings Harry and Eleanor.

Robert enlisted,in 1915, at Stockton, into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 5/3626, and died at home, as a Private, on 5 May 1916. He is buried in St.Mary's Churchyard, Norton and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


GEORGE HENRY, HAROLD and FRED CUMMINGS
George was born in 1890, Harold in 1894 and Fred in 1896 all at Stockton to Henry Meynell and Mary Ann Cummings. They lived at 57 Hind Street with their parents and further brothers Norman and Frank. On the 1911 Census George is employed as a Solicitors’ Clerk, Harold as a Shoemaker and Fred as an Office Boy, all still resident at Hind Street.

George enlisted into the 2nd Battalion Canadian Infantry, service number 18710, and died, as a Sergeant, at home on 29 August 1916. He is buried at Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton.

Not much is known of Harold’s war history but he died at Stockton in 1921.

Fred enlisted into the 49th.Battalion Canadian Infantry, service number 811340, and is killed in action, as a Private, on 12 April 1917, at the 2nd.Battle of Arras, Vimy Ridge. He is buried in La Chaudiere Military Cemetery Vimy, Pas de Calais, France.

GEORGE HENRY WILLIAM CUMMINGS
George was born in 1893 at Norton to George and Mary J. Cummings. On the Census of 1901 he is resident at 2 Mowbray Road, Norton, living with his parents, sisters Mary, Maud, Mabel, Gertrude and brother Norman. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Fitter and living at 63 Tilery Road, Stockton, with his parents and siblings Emma, Maud, Mabel, Gertrude and Norman. George died in 1918 at Plymouth, Devon.

JEREMIAH CUNNINGHAM
Jeremiah was born in 1900 at Stockton to James and Anne Cunningham. His father is absent at the time of the 1901 Census and Jeremiah lived at 11 Portrack Lane with his mother, siblings MaryAnn and Thomas, his maternal grandfather Jeremiah Casey and cousin James Harrington. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 19 Portrack Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Mary Ann, Thomas, Anne, Catherine and James John.

Jeremiah enlisted, at Richmond, North Yorkshire, into the 2nd.Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) service number 62054, and is killed in action,as a Private, on 29 May 1918 during the German “Aisne" Offensive. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France, posthumously receiving the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ARTHUR CHAPMAN CUSSONS
Arthur was born in 1896 at Norton to Marmaduke and Emma Franks Cussons. He grew up at 19 Edgar Terrace, Norton with his parents and brothers Harry and Charles. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clerk and still resident at Edgar Terrace with his parents and brothers.

After moving to 20 Grange Road, Norton, Arthur enlisted on 17 June 1915 at Stockton into the 1/9th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 9/7314 and 325689 and was promoted from Private to Lance Corporal on 2 February 1916. He was Killed in Action on 23 April 1917 at the 2nd.Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

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

JOHN GEORGE CUTHBERT
John was born in 1880 at Stockton to James William and Jane Cuthbert, living first at 18 Henzell Street, with his parents and siblings Louise, Lizzie, Thomas and William. On the Census of 1891 the family is at 3 Cherry Lane, Stockton. James William died 1893 and on 22 January 1906 John married Ada Southall at St.James's Church, Stockton.On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Bookmakers Clerk and resident at 45 Bath Lane, Stockton with his wife, children Jane and John, and niece Nellie Southall.

John enlisted, at Stockton, on 10 December 1915 into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own), service number 31156, then transferred, as a Private, to the 23 Company Labour Corps, service number 13315. He was discharged on 6 March 1919 to the reserves and died at home, just over three months later, on 21 June. He is buried in Stockton’s Durham Road Cemetery and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM CUTLER
William was born in 1867 at Motherwell, Lanarkshire, to Daniel and Jane Cutler. He grew up there with his parents (though Daniel died while William was a child) and siblings Margaret, Daniel, Robert, Thomas, John and Jane. William married Elizabeth Melrose in 1892 in Motherwell. He was employed as an Iron Worker, initially at Motherwell and later at Stockton, where he and Elizabeth lived, first at 33 Adams Street and then 11 Stafford Street. The couple had five children, Ephriam, Thomas, David, James and Mary.

William enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number 3122/S, and was serving aboard HMS Endymion when he died on 12 February 1917. He is buried at East Mudros Military Cemetery, Greece and was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of William's death, Elizabeth was living at 21 Adderley Street, Stockton.

SYLVESTER DALEY
Sylvester was born on 6 December 1894 at Thornaby-on-Tees, to Sylvester and Isabella Daley. Isabella died three years later and Sylvester’s father married Sarah Ormsburg in 1898 at Stockton. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 56 Nicholson Street, Stockton with his father, stepmother, siblings Ellen, Richard and half brothers William and Owen. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Rivet Heater and resident at 44 Maritime Street, Stockton with his father, stepmother, brother Richard and half siblings William, Owen, Thomas, Annie, Lizzie and James.

Sylvester enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve as a Stoker, service number 3087/S and was serving aboard HMS Raglan when it was sunk on the 20 January 1918 by the German battle cruiser Goeben in the Battle of Imbros in the Aegean Sea. A total of 127 lives were lost Sylvester's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial Kent. Sylvester was posthumously awarded the "Star”, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

CHARLES THOMAS DANBY
Charles was born in Thornaby in 1880 to Charles and Ann Danby. He lived with his parents and sister Annie at 6 Carlisle Street, Thornaby, but following Charles Snr's death in 1889, by the time of the 1891 Census he is listed as an inmate of the Workhouse at Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, with his mother and siblings Ann Ellen,Faith and Harriet. On the 1911 Census he is living at 43 Stephenson Street, Thornaby with his uncle John Parsons' family.

Charles enlisted into the 2nd.Battalion DLI at Newcastle in 1902 as a regular, service number 7992, for three years followed by eight years as a reserve. He was Killed in Action on 19 November 1914 as a Private in Belgium. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium. Charles was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN ROBERT DANBY
John was born on 30 November 1885 at Stockton to Thomas C. and Elizabeth Danby. The family (John, his parents, brother Christopher and sisters Lillian and Maude) lived at 8 Vyner Terrace, Stockton. Elizabeth died in 1898 and by 1911 John was working as a Clerk before enlisting in 1915 into the 1/5th. Battalion DLI in Stockton, service number 46. He transferred into the 5th.Field Survey Company Royal Engineers, service number 246465, and was Killed in Action on 19 October 1917 during 3rd.Ypres. He is buried in Ypres Reservoir Cemetery Belgium, and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM DANIEL
William Daniel was born in Yarm in 1882 and by 1901 was enlisted and in Sheffield Barracks. He then worked as a colliery joiner, above ground in Pelton Colliery in County Durham and married Susannah Kemp on 15 May 1909 in South Shields. They had had two children by 1911. After Susannah died in 1913 William went to live and work in Stillington and lodged with his daughter in West Street.

William went to war with the 2nd Battalion of the Yorkshire Regiment and died at home on September 27th 2015, presumably of injuries suffered. He was awarded the Victory and British War Medals posthumously. He is buried in Yarm Cemetery and his name is on the war memorials at both Stillington and Yarm. A sunflower is being grown in William's memory by Suzanne Fletcher.


DANIEL DANIELS
Daniel was born in 1890 at Stockton to Thomas and Sarah Daniels. He had a brother Thomas and a sister, Gwen Lillian, and grew up at 25 Sheraton Street. After leaving school, Daniel worked as a Merchant Clerk and he lived, with his family, at 23 Dixon Street.

Daniel enlisted, in 1915 at Stockton, into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3225, then transferred to the 6th.Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 35258. He was killed in action, as a Private, on 27 August 1917 (3rd. Ypres). His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Daniel was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


BENJAMIN DANKS MM
Benjamin was born in 1890 at Thornaby to William and Elizabeth Danks. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Fairfield, Stockton with his parents, siblings John, Maria, Hannah, William, Mary, Joseph and George and Benjamin's uncle, aunt and their three children. On the Census of 1901 he is resident at 17 Prince Street, Thornaby, with his parents and siblings William, Mary, Joseph, George and Edward. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Ironworks Moulder and resident at 12 Hope Street, Thornaby, with his mother (father died 1909) and siblings John, Mary, Joseph, Edward, Elizabeth, Elsie, Laura, Gladys and George.

Benjamin enlisted, in 1914, at Stockton, into "D" Battery, 285th.Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 10009, and is killed in action, as a Driver, on 9 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" Offensive. He is buried in Croix-Du-Bac British Military Cemetery, Steenwerck Nord, France. Benjamin had been awarded the Military Medal and was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HERBERT DARLINGTON
Herbert was born at West Bromwich Staffordshire. He enlisted, at Stockton, into the 9th.Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 13255 and was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 7 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France. Herbert was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


GEORGE DAVIDSON
George was born in 1890 at Stockton to Robert and Elizabeth Davidson. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Lackenbys Yard, 7 Finkle Street, with his parents and siblings Thomas and Edith, together with his maternal grandfather Michael Lambert, On the 1901 Census he is still resident at Lackenbys Yard with his parents and siblings Thomas, Edith, Ethel and Edward. Ten years on and he is resident (enlisted at Barnard Castle) with the Regular Army, 1st.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 10745, in India and was to remain there during the war. He died, as a Private, on 28 October 1918 and is buried in Rawalpindi War Cemetery, India (now Pakistan). George was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ROBERT DAVIDSON
Robert was born in 1890 at Ripon, North Yorkshire to John Robert and Harriet Davidson. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Garbutts Court, Ripon with his parents and siblings John, Arthur, Amelia, Elizabeth and Florence. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 2 Allkallowgate,Victoria Grove, Ripon with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Florence, Gladstone, Henry, Ernest and Mary. Robert enlisted, at Middlesbrough, into the 2nd.Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, service number 22733. He is Killed in Action, as a Private, on 22 May 1916 and is buried in Essex Farm Cemetery, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALBERT CRAWFORD DAVIES
Albert was born in 1896 at Stockton to Thomas Richard and Elizabeth Davies. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 41 Hind Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Thomas, George, Mary,Lilian and Mary. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Dentist's Assistant and still resident at Hind Street with his family. Albert enlisted at Thornaby into "A" Battery, 47th.Brigade Royal Field Artillery service number 96441. He died of wounds, as a Corporal, on 22 July 1918 and is buried in Sandpits British Cemetery, Fouquereuil, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALFRED DAVIES
Alfred was born in 1891 at Stockton to Edward and Jane Ann Davies. He is one of seven children and lived first at 13 Allison Street and later at 36 Webster Street. Alfred's father died in 1905 and in 1914 Alfred married Olive G Owles at Stockton.
He enlisted the same year in Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2885 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 28 April 1915 during the 2nd.Battle of Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial at Ypres. Alfred was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALFRED DAVIES
Alfred was born in 1883 at Darlaston, Staffordshire to John and Jane Davies. He grew up at Bilston, Staffordshire, but in 1912 at Stockton, married Minnie Suckling.

Four years later he was conscipted, at Stockton, into the 1/5th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 20907, and died of wounds, as a Lance Corporal, on 10 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" Offensive. He is buried in Haverskerque British Cemetery, Nord, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


STEPHEN DAVIES
Stephen was born in 1879 at Bilston, Staffordshire to Thomas and Sarah Ann Davies, and on the 1881 Census is resident at Square 3, Gozzard Street, Bilston with his parents, sisters Mary, Elizabeth and Margaret, and his brother Thomas. On the following Census, in 1891, Census he is still at Bilston, at 63 Temple Street, with his parents and siblings Thomas, Margaret, Florence and Leah.

By the time of the 1901 Census however, the family is in Stockton, at 37 Lawson Street, and Stephen is employed as a General Labourer. In 1911 he is still at Lawson Street with his parents, living at No 56, and working as an Ironworks Labourer.
In 1914 Stephen enlisted in Stockton into the 11th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 20879. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 4 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont, Somme, France. Stephen was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM DAVIES
William was born on 25 July 1894 at Hartlepool to Henry and Mary Hauxwell Davies,He grew up at Clyde Terrace, Hartlepool with his parents, brothers George, Henry and Arthur and sister Charlotte. By the time of the 1911 Census he is working as a Railway Engine Cleaner and living at 10 Claremont Terrace, Norton, with his father (Mary died in 1909), George, Henry, Arthur, Charlotte and additional brother Norman.

William enlisted into the Royal Navy, service number K/17692 and is serving aboard HMS Invincible as a Stoker 1st.Class when it is sunk on 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. William’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of William's death his father was living at 2 Cranbourne Terrace, Stockton.


SIDNEY CHARLES DAVIS
Sidney was born on 8 May 1895, at Newport,Rhode Island, USA to Sidney Charles and Caroline Davis. Sidney Sr. died in 1898 and the family then emigrated to England, sailing on the SS Canada from Boston Massechusetts on 3 July 1899, arriving in Liverpool 10 days later.


On the 1901 Census Sidney is living at 15 Beaumont Street, Stockton with his mother (now using her maiden name McCabe) and brothers Joseph and James.

Sidney enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/3791, and is serving aboard HMS Defence when it is sunk on 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Sidney was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of Sidney's death his mother is resident at 10,Thompson Street, Stockton.


WILLIAM BREWIS DAVISON
William was born on 15 January 1895 at Darlington to Robert and Frances Davison. On the 1901 Census he is living at 36 Adderley Street, Stockton with his parents and sisters Susan and Florence and on the 1911 Census the family is at 57 Arlington Street, with William working as a Brass Moulder.

He was serving in the Mercantile Marine, as an Able Seaman, aboard SS Coonagh when it was sunk by German UC-16, off St.Valery en Caux, France with the loss of all 10 crew. William is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.


ALFRED DAWSON
Alfred was born on 23 September 1892 at Darlington to John and Hannah Dawson, growing up at 42 Green Street, Darlington with his parents and siblings Thomas,John, Lavenia, Emily, Annie and Frederick.

Alfred enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/2628 and is serving aboard HMS Queen Mary when it is sunk on 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland by the German battle cruiser Derfflinger, with 1,266 casualties. Alfred's body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FREDERICK WILLIAM DAY
Frederick was born in 1889 at Rochdale, Lancashire to Florence Day. On the 1891 Census he is living with his mother and grandparents at 133 Newtown Road, Birmingham. He later moved to Stockton, enlisted at Middlesbrough, as a Sapper into the 234th.Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 131357, and was killed in action on 22 July 1917.

Frederick is buried in Gwalia Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HARRY DE CAUX
Harry was born in 1883 at Beverley, Yorkshire and on the 1891 Census is living there with his grandparents and aunts Ethel and Ellen De Caux. On the 1901 Census he is still at Beverley and employed as an Assistant School Teacher. In 1910 Harry married Harriet Ramshaw at Beverley and on the Census of the following year is employed as an Elementary School Teacher and living at 33 Stanley Street, Norton with his wife. Later that year they have a son, Allan De Caux.

In 1916, at Stockton, Harry is conscripted as a Private, into the Northumberland Fusilliers service number 45135, transferring first to the Yorkshire Light Infantry, as a Private, service number 38217, then to " C " Company 29th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He is "Gazetted" on the 4 June 1918 as promoted to Second Lieutenant on the 29 May 1918, before being killed in action on 15 October 1918 during 5th.Ypres. He was buried in Kandahar Farm Cemetery, Belgium and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN DEATON
John was born on 27 August 1891 at Stockton to Henry and Emily Deaton and on the 1901 Census he is resident at 61 Webster Street, with his parents and siblings Henry, Sarah and William. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Short Mill Worker and the family is living at 2 Charge Place.

John enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/2220, and is serving aboard HMS Pembroke when on 12 February 1919 he died at sea. He is buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton and was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM DENHAM
William was born on 10 October 1886 at Stockton to William and Jane A. Denham. On the 1891 Census he is living at 100 Portrack Lane with his parents and siblings Henry and Jane. On the 1901 Census he is at 19 Hill Street East, with his parents and siblings Henry, Elizabeth, Florence, Minnie and Matthew.

In 1903, whilst resident at 2 Paradise Place, William joined the Royal Navy, service number 226589, and served in both the Home and Mediterranean Fleets, receiving while with the latter, the Messina Medal from the King of Italy for services rendered during the earthquake there.

He passed the examination for Warrant Officer on 30 November 1914 and was Killed in Action, as a Petty Officer, on New Year’s Day 1915 whilst serving aboard HMS Formidable, which was sunk by the German submarine U-24, off Portland Bill, Dorset with the loss of 547 crew out of a total of 780. William’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal and is also listed in De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour.


WILLIAM DENTON
William was born in 1889 at Norton to John and Margaret Denton. He grew up at No. 53 (and later No. 52) The Green with his parents and siblings Edward, John and Ann. After leaving school he worked as a butcher and in 1915, in Stockton, married Matilda Walker.

He enlisted, also at Stockton, into the 29th Division Supply Column Army Service Corps, service number S4/126104, and was Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on 5 February 1917. He is buried at Mendingham Military Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


SAMUEL WILLIAM EDWARD DEWHURST
Samuel was born in 1896 at Potsmouth Milton, Hampshire to Edward Pattison and Elizabeth Dewhurst. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 38 St.Augustine Road, Portsmouth with his mother (father absent) and sisters Annie and Winifred. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 1 Park Road, Stockton with his parents and sisters Winifred and Theodora.

Samuel enlisted, in 1915, into the 15th Sqadron Royal Flying Corps, service number 5549 and died, as an Air Mechanic 2nd. Class, on 15 June 1916. He is buried in St. Sever Cemetery, Rouen, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

PAGE VICKERMAN DICKENSON
Page was born in 1888 at Thorpe, Grindon in County Durham to John W. and Isabella Dickenson. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 11 Hambledon Russell Row, Farm House, Grindon with his mother and maternal grandparents James and Grace Hodgson. Ten years later and he is living at the Grocers Shop at 31 Thompson Street, Stockton with his parents and sister Florence. In 1913 Page married Maude Scott at Stockton.

 He enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps. attached to the 2nd.Battalion Worcestershire Regiment, service number 907, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 15 July 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France, was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal, and at the time of his death his wife Maude was living at 4 Dundas Street, Stockton.


HARRY CUTHBERT DICKINSON
Harry was born on 12th June 1896 in Stockton-On-Tees to John Cuthbert and Anne Elizabeth Dickinson. Prior to the war Harry studied at the Stockton Secondary school (and is listed on their Remembrance Board), before going on to served as an Apprentice Engineer Fitter alongside his brother Robert. The 1911 census lists the family’s address as 20 Victoria Avenue, Stockton.

Harry enlisted with the 1/5th Durham Light Infantry, serving in B Company. He fell during the battalion’s first taste of combat during the Second battle of Ypres on the 19th May 1915. On that day the battalion had been transferred to the trenches near Zouave Woods. There wasn’t much fighting in the area at the time but the battalion’s only ‘trouble' came from a certain amount of sniping by the Germans, and the stray bullets which kept flying into the woods.

Harry is being remembered by Mitchell Agar (Stockton Sixth Form College).


JOHN LANG DICKINSON
John was born in 1893 at Stockton to Richard Francis and Mary Ann Dickinson. He lived first at 45 Sheraton Street and later at 35 Tarring Street. After leaving school he worked as an apprentice butcher.

John enlisted, on the 10 November 1915, at Stockton into the 22nd.Heavy Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 65636, and died of wounds, as a Gunner, on 3 October 1918. He is buried in Thilloy Road Cemetery, Beaulencourt, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

The personal effects returned after his death included a wrist watch, cigarette case, photographs, notebook and letters.


RICHARD DICKINSON
Richard was born on 1 June 1890 at Stockton to Frederick and Sarah Ann Dickinson. On the following year’s Census he is resident at 7 Haffron Street with his parents and siblings Francis, Ellen and Frederick. On the 1901 Census he is still at Haffron Street with his parents and Frederick. In 1911 Richard joins the Boilermakers and Iron Shipbuilders Union and working as an Apprentice Marine Boilermaker. In 1914 Richard married Martha Jane Strickland at Stockton.

Richard enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/8467, and is serving aboard HMS Natal when on 30 December 1915 it is sunk by an internal explosion near Cromarty, Scotland. Richard's body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Martha remarried in 1919.


THOMAS DICKINSON
Thomas was born in 1897 at Stockton to George and Sarah Dickinson and lived first at 3 Pearson Street, with his parents and sisters Elizabeth and Jessie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Errand Boy and living at 57 Ewbank Street with his parents and sister Annie.

In 1915, at Stockton, Thomas enlisted into the 9th Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, sevice number 18754, and died of wounds, as a Corporal, on 3 September 1918. He is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais, France, and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WALTER DICKINSON
Walter was born in 1896 at Stockton to James and Elizabeth Dickinson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 17 Watson Street, with his parents and siblings Alice, William, James, Henry, Florence and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Butcher's Assistant and resident at 4 St Ann's Terrace, Stockton with his parents and brothers James, Henry and John.

On 5 September 1914, at Stockton, Walter enlisted into the 12th.Battalion Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own), service number S/1806, and is Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 2 March 1917. He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FREDERICK THOMAS DIETZ
Frederick was born in 1893 at Norton, to Frederick and Hannah Dietz. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Gascoyne Cottage, Nelson Yard, Norton with his parents and siblings George, Harold, Hilda and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Engineer Apprentice and still resident at Gascoyne Cottage with his parents and siblings George, Harold, Hilda, John, Doris and Leonard.

In 1915, at Stockton, Frederick enlisted into the 13th.Battalion Hussars Regiment, service number

17501 then transferred to the 8th.Battalion Royal Fusilliers (City of London Regiment) service number 16504, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 7 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme, his body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Frederick was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FRANCIS DINSDALE
Francis was born in 1884 at Aycliffe, Co. Durham to Francis and Dorothy Dinsdale and on the 1891 Census was resident at 7 Jane Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Mary, Edward, Frederick and Margaret. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Errand Boy and still resident at Jane Street with his parents and siblings Edward, Frederick, Margaret and Elizabeth. By the time of the 1911 Census he is working as a Boilersmith’s Labourer and living at 23 Newton Street with his father (mother died 1910 at Stockton) and siblings Edward, Margaret and Elizabeth. In 1916 Francis married Mary Amy Fenton at Southampton.

Francis enlisted into the Royal Army Medical Corps, service number 967, and was serving aboard HMS St.Patrick when he died, as a Private, on 20 March 1918. He is buried in Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death, Francis’ wife was living at 13 Manchester Street, Southampton.

JOHN WILLIAM DIXON
John was born on 22nd January 1896 at 31 Commercial Street, Stockton to Mary Jane Dixon.

In the 1901 census he is living with his grandparents (listed as their son) at 23 Maritime Street, Stockton and in the 1911 census he is still with his grandparents (listed as their son) at 15 Garden Place,Stockton and is employed as a Shop Assistant.

John died aged 19 years old near Ypres on 29th December 1915. He served in the 1/5th. Battalion DLI, service number 2660, which was raised at Stockton.

He is buried in Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery Belgium and is commemorated on his grandmother's Hannah Maria Dixon, headstone in Durham Road Cemetery. He was a keen member of St.James Scouts in Stockton. 

John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star , British War Medal and Victory Medal and is commemorated in the DLI book of remembrance in the DLI Chapel in Durham Cathedral. A photograph of John can be seen here.

A sunflower is being grown in his memory by his niece, Mrs K Bennett.

CHARLES LEONARD DOBSON
Charles was born in 1894 at Stockton to Thomas and Rachel Dobson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 18 Parliament Street, with his parents and siblings Mary ,James, John, Henry, Isabella and Eleanor. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Still Worker and resident at Pages Farm, Thornaby Road (Old Hind House), Thornaby-on-Tees with his mother (father died 1907 at Stockton) and siblings John, Henry and Eleanor.

In 1914, at Stockton, Charles enlisted into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2835, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 25 April 1915 during the 2nd.Battle of Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium.

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

WALTER DOBSON

Walter was born in 1886 at Stockton to William and Bridget Dobson and on the 1891 Census is living at 1 Surtees Street with his father (mother died in 1888 at Stockton) and siblings Maria, Mary, Emily, Elizabeth and Alfred. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Moulder and resident as a visitor at 19 King Street, East Stockport, Cheshire. His father had died the previous year at Stockton.

Walter enlisted, at Hull, into the 8th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 22063, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 20 August 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Dive Copse British Cemetery, Sailly-Le-Sec, Somme, France and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JAMES DODD
James was born in Liverpool in 1891, marrying Ellen Gilgallon at Stockton in 1913. James enlisted, at Stockton, into the 6th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 10716 and was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 27 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

HUBERT DOLAN
Hubert was born in 1885 at Trinity, Co.Durham. He enlisted as a regular soldier, at Stockton, into the 1st.Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment) service number 9197 and on the 1911 Census is stationed in India with his regiment. Hubert was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on the 1 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Hubert was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN DOLAN
John was born in 1894 at Thornaby to Hugh and Susan Dolan. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 26 Britannia Street, Thornaby, living with his parents, sisters Catherine, Margaret and Bridget and brother Phillip. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Rivet Heater and resident at 16 Gilmour Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Catherine, Bernard, Margaret and Susan.

John enlisted, in 1914, at Middlesbrough into the 14th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 11536. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 15 June 1916 and is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


DONALD STUART DONKIN
Donald was born in 1895 at St.Hilda, Hartlepool to Robert and Hannah J. Donkin. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Rosedene, Norton-on-Tees, with his mother (father absent) and sister Christian. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Fitter and boarding at 71 Thornton Street, West Hartlepool.

Stuart enlisted, in 1914, at West Hartlepool into the 12th Reserve Regiment Cavalry Corps, service number 22825, then transferred to the 2nd.Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, service number 19030. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 25 September 1915 at the Battle of Loos. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

Donald was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his parents were resident at 9 Ashfield Terrace, Oxbridge Lane, Stockton.


HAROLD DOUGHTY
Harold was born in 1889 at Stockton to George and Eliza Ann Doughty, growing up at Hill Street with his parents and siblings Hannah, Frederick, George, Eliza, James and Charlie. His mother died, in Stockton, in 1897, and the family moved to 21 Headlam Street. On the 1911 Census Harold is employed as a House Joiner and living at 17 Craggs Street, Stockton with his father. In 1913 Harold married Margaret Hooper Kirby at Stockton and in1914,at Stockton,enlisted into the 15th.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. service number R/6565 then transfered to the 7th.Battalion and was Killed in Action,as a Rifleman, on the 5-12-1915, he is buried in La Brique Military Cemetery No.2 Belgium.

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


ALFRED DOUGLAS
Alfred was born in 1897 at Stockton to William and Ann Douglas and on the 1901 Census is resident at 9 Adam Street, with his parents and siblings Lily, Jane, Joseph and Annie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and still resident at Adam Street with his parents and siblings Joseph, Emily, Ethel, George and John.

Alfred enlisted, in 1915, at Stockton, into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3030 and died of wounds on the 28 January 1917 after the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS DOUGLAS
Thomas was born in 1894 at Stockton to George and Sarah Jane Douglas. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 12 Shepherd Street, Stockton with his mother (father died 1900 at Stockton) and siblings George, Esther, Frances, William, Lena and Ethel. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a General Labourer in Ironworks and resident at 7 Haswell Street, Stockton with his mother, brother William and niece Ethel Wilson.

On the 4 September 1914, at Stockton, he enlisted into the "V" Anti Aircraft Battery, 136th. Anti Aircraft Section, Royal Garrison Artillery, service numbers 99305 and 211478. He died as a Gunner, on 18 November 1918 and is buried in Staglieno Cemetery, Genoa, Italy. Thomas was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HARRY LACY DOUTHWAITE
Harry was born in 1880 in Micklegate, York to George and Elizabeth Douthwaite, but by the time of the Census the following year was living at 16 Stamp Street, Stockton with his parents and sister Grace. Ten years later he is at 13 Victoria Street, Stockton with his parents, Grace and two brothers Frederick and George.

On 19 May 1898 (while still at Victoria Street and employed as a Pork Butcher) Harry enlisted into the VII Dragoon Guards, service number 4392 and served in the Boer War from 1899-1901. He was discharged in 1902.

On 26 February 1904, at West Hartlepool, Harry enlisted into the H.Q.Asquith's Brigade (2nd.Indian) Royal Horse Artillery, service number 33429. On the 1911 Census he is serving in India with "V" Battery RHA and on 15 May 1915 died of wounds, during 2nd.Ypres, as a Corporal. He is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN GOODWILLIE DOWIE
John was born in 1889 at Forfar, Angus to John and Mararet Dowie. On the 1901 Census he was resident at 51 Foundry Lane, Dundee with his parents and siblings Eliza, Wilhemina, Maggie, Jemima and Ann. On 10 June 1912 John married Emma Louisa Parbery at Stockton, their son Kenneth Ivor was born a year later (23 May 1913) at Stockton.

Whilst resident at 72 Alliance Street, Stockton John enlisted, at Middlesborough, in July 1917,into the 1/4th.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 29549, (formerly 46445 Yorkshire Regiment) and was Killed in Action, as a Private and Driver, on 28 May 1918 during the German "Blucher-Yorck" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne France. John was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Emma married William Burns in 1920 and died in 1956 in Lambeth.


STANLEY LAWRENCE DOWNEY
Stanley was born 1889 at Stockton to Thomas and Alice Downey and on the 1901 Census was resident at 1 The Graves, Stockton with his parents and sister Annie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Engineer and resident at 10 Horne Street, with his parents and sisters Annie and Winifred.

Stanley enlisted, in 1914, at Stockton, into the 89th Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 46267 and was Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on the 10 August 1915. He is buried in Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium. Stanley was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ARTHUR DOWNING
Arthur was born in 1881 at Stockton to William Downing. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 13 Percy Street, Stockton with his father (mother deceased) and siblings Mary, William, Alice, John, Robert and Ernest. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Iron Moulder and still resident at Percy Street with his father and siblings Alice, Robert and Ernest. In 1904 Arthur married Frances Elizabeth Hunter at Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Coke Worker and they are resident at 6 Pearson Street, Stockton with their daughters Doris and Mabel.

Arthur enlisted, at Stockton, into the Durham Light Infantry, service number 3403, then transferred to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 35273. He died at home, as a Private, on 17 April 1917 and is buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton-on-Tees. Arthur was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

LEONARD CHESNEY DOWNS
Leonard was born in 1894 at Stockton to Stephan and Mary Ann Downs. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 4 Alma Street, with his parents and siblings Ellen, Wilfred, Stephen, James, Mary and Ernest. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Blacksmith and resident at 14 Tennant Street with his parents and siblings Ernest and Olive.

Leonard enlisted, in 1915, at Stockton, into "A" Company, 12th.Battalion, Rifle Brigade, service number S/3450. He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on the 25 September 1915 and is buried in Aubers Ridge British Cemetery, Aubers, Nord France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN NORMAN DOWSE
John was born in 1894 at Norton-on-Tees to Edward Ranyell and Elizabeth Dowse. He grew up at 7 Lax Terrace, Norton with his parents and siblings Ethel, Edward, Nellie and Edith.

John enlisted, in 1915, at Stockton, into the 18th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry (Durham Pals) service number 18/47. He died of wounds received on the 3 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Couin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HENRY VIVIAN DREW
Henry was born in 1897 at Sticklepath, Okehampton, Devon to Henry Vivian and Caroline Drew and on the 1901 Census is resident at Halford Farm, Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton with his parents and siblings John and Edith. On the 1911 Census he is still resident at Halford Farm with his mother (father died in 1910 at Okehampton) and John and Edith. Whilst resident at Stockton-on-Tees, Henry enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 10th.Battalion Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), service number PS/9195. He was Killed in Action, as a 19 year old Private, on 23 April (St.George's Day) 1917 and is buried in Chili Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle, Pas de Calais, France. A grave inscription from his mother reads, "Only to glimpse the grave where you are laid, only to lay a flower at your head. Mother." Henry was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FRANCIS INWOOD DRING
Francis was born in 1896 at Rugby, Warwickshire to Francis and Alice Louisa Dring but by the time of the 1901 Census was living at 88 Page Street, Stockton with his parents and brother George. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clerk and still resident at Page Street with his parents and brother.

Francis enlisted, at Stockton, into the 9th.Battalion Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), service number 204414, and was killed in action, as a Private, on 22 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. Francis was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN EDWARD DRURY
John was born in 1882 at Stockton to Edward and Ann Drury and on the 1891 Census he was resident at 16 Gas Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Mary, Thomas and Alexander. On the 1901 Census he was resident at 74 Spencer Street, Thornaby as a boarder and employed as a Labourer. On 13 March 1905 John married Hannah Strike at Thornaby and on the 1911 Census they are resident at 56 Nelson Street, Middlesbrough with their children John, William and Sarah.

John enlisted, in 1914, at Middlesbrough, into the 2nd.Battalion Border Regiment, service number 5661, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 25 September 1915 during the Battle of Loos. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France.

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


EDGAR DUFFIN

Edgar Duffin was born on 12 August 1881 at 5 Alliance Street, Stockton on Tees, and lived with his parents and five sisters at 55 Hind Street.  At the age of 19 he was working in Jesmond, Newcastle.  He married and had two daughters Madge and Florrie.

Edgar was a Rifleman with the London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) and was killed in action on the 25th November 1916 aged 36 years.  He is buried in a Commonwealth War Grave at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground in Belgium.

He was a dearly loved brother and uncle.  Great-uncle to Val and Elaine Smithson. 

Remembered with pride.


ALFRED ALBERT DUNN
Alfred was born on 17 January 1884 at Thornaby-on-Tees to Joseph and Frances Dunn and on the 1891 Census is resident at 84 Queen Street East, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Joseph, Rebecca, John and Arthur. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Boiler Maker and resident at 2 Chelmsford Street, Thornaby with his parents and Rebecca and Arthur. Five years later Alfred married Mary Eleanor Cuthbert at Stockton and on the 1911 Census the couple are living at 16 Smithfield, Stockton, with their children Joseph and Frances. They later had two further children Doreen and Mary. Alfred worked as a Shipyard Helper.

He enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S1794, and was serving aboard HMS Hogue when it was sunk by the German submarine U-9 in the southern North Sea on 22 September 1914 with the loss of 48 crew. Alfred's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial, Kent. Alfred was posthumously awarded the ‘Star’, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN DUNN

John was born in 1876 in Thornaby-on-Tees to Joseph and Frances Dunn and on the 1881 Census is resident at 10 Leonard Street with his mother (father absent) and siblings Ellen, William, Joseph, Isabella, Rebecca and Arthur. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 84 Queen Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Joseph, Annie, Rebecca, Arthur and Albert and on 1 August 1896 married Maria Savage at Stockton Parish Church. On the 1901 Census John is employed as a Ship Plater and he and Maria are resident at 11 Green Terrace, Stockton with their daughter Annie. On the 1911 Census the family are resident at 48 Cromwell Street, Stockton.

John enlisted, in 1914, at Stockton, into the 8th.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 17156 and was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 26 September 1915 at the Battle of Loos. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HENRY DUNN
Henry was born in 1888 in Stockton to John Calvert and Mary Hannah Dunn and on the 1891 Census is resident at the Imperial Hotel, Brunswick Street, Stockton with his mother (father absent), maternal grandmother and siblings Edie, Frank, Randolph and Florence. Henry's father died in 1894 at Stockton and on the 1901 Census Henry is resident at 3 Elizabeth Street, Thornaby-on-Tees with his mother and siblings Sarah, Randolph and Louisa. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a House Painter and living at 31 Station Road, Coatham, Redcar.

Henry enlisted, in 1915, at Ripon, into the 6th.Battalion Cameron Highlanders, service numbers 4277 and S/40414, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 15 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Adanac Military Cemetery, Miraumont, Somme, France and posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HERBERT GLADSTONE DUNN
Herbert was born in 1888 at Stockton to Robert and Laura Dunn and on the 1891 Census is resident at 28 Atkinson Street, with his parents and siblings William, Charles, John, Tom, Matthew, Kate and Vincent. On the 1901 Census he is still at Atkinson Street with his parents and siblings Charles, John and Tom and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Telephone Clerk and resident at 44 Wellington Street, Stockton with his parents and brother Vincent together with sister Kate (now Dreaper) and her daughter Brenda Dreaper.

Herbert was conscripted in 1916, at Stockton, into the Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 48607 then transferred to the 1/6th.Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, service number 42510. He died of wounds on the 22 June 1918 and is buried in Pernes British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Herbert was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

VINCENT DUNN
Vincent was born in 1889 at Stockton to Robert and Laura Dunn. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 28 Atkinson Street with his parents and siblings Robert, Charles, John, Tom, Matthew, Kate and Herbert (see above). On the 1901 Census he is still resident at Atkinson Street with his parents, Charles, John, Tom, Matthew, Kate and Herbert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Brewers Clerk and resident at 44 Wellington Street, Stockton with his parents and brother Herbert together with sister Kate (Dreaper) and her daughter Brenda Dreaper.

On 4 June 1915, at Middlesbrough, enlisted into the 13th.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number R/13839.

Vincent was admitted to hospital with gunshot wounds to his face, leg and shoulder and was treated from 20 September 1916 until 4 December. A week later, on 11 December 1916 Vincent married Elsie May Sanders at Thornaby.

He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 4 October 1917 at the Battle of Broodseinde, 3rd.Ypres. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Vincent was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Following Vincent's death, Elsie remarried in 1919 and had three further children.


ARTHUR DUNNING
Arthur was born in 1892 and married Mary C. Shultz at Stockton in 1915. He enlisted as a Driver into "C" Battery, 86th. Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 241240 and died at home on 27 February 1919. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ROBERT DUNNING
Robert was born in 1889 at Egglescliffe, to Robert and Sarah Ann Dunning. On the

1891 Census he is resident at High Street, Yarm with his parents and siblings Emily and Samuel and on the 1901 Census is at Lower Church Wyndham, Yarm with his parents, Emily, Samuel and new siblings Herbert and Nora. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Farm Worker and the family is resident at Balk, Thirsk.

Robert enlisted at Middlesbrough into the East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 36916, then transfered to the 12th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 45123. He died, as a Private, on the 25 May 1918 and was buried in Cremona Town Cemetery Italy. Robert was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


GEORGE EDWARD DURHAM
George was born in 1872 at Selby, Yorkshire. He married Henrietta Eliza Turner on 15 August 1899 at St John the Baptist Church Stockton. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 5 Ash Street, Stockton with his wife and children Dora, Ethel and Henry.

George enlisted into the 3rd.Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 10119, and died at home, as a Private, on 27 August 1915. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.

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


THOMAS DWYER
Thomas was born in 1891 at Stockton to Thomas and Ann Dwyer. On the 1901 Census he was resident at 15 Beech Street, with his parents, brothers Robert, James and John and sisters Ann, Mary and Alice. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Marine Fitter and resident at 4 Bowser Street with his parents and siblings Robert, John, Elizabeth, Ann, Mary and Alice.

Thomas enlisted into the 344th.Road Construction Company Royal Engineers, service number WR/331789. He died on 28 December 1918 and is buried in Maubeuge-Centre Cemetery, Nord France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOSEPH HENRY DYBALL
Joseph was born on 4 August 1894 at Rackheath, Norfolk to Joseph and Elizabeth Dyball but by the time of the 1901 Census he is living in Stockton, at 16 Campbell Street, with his parents and siblings Rebecca, Mary and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Engine Driver (Stationery) and resident at 18 Portrack Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Mary, John, Thomas, Christiana, William and Isabel.

Joseph enlisted, on the 2 September 1914,into the Durham Light Infantry and transferred, on 10 September 1914 at Crystal Palace to the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Drake Battalion Royal Naval Division, service number KP/357. He was Killed in Action, as an Able Seaman, on the 13 November 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Joseph was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM and HARRY DYKE
William was born in 1884 and Harry 1891 at Stockton to John and Elizabeth Dyke. On the 1891 Census they are resident at 9 Haswell Street, Stockton with their parents and siblings John, Eliza, Elizabeth and Jane. On the 1901 Census, William is employed as a General Labourer and they are still resident at Haswell Street, with their parents and John and Jane. On the 1911 Census they are both employed as General Labourers and still at Haswell Street with their mother (father died in 1901), brother John and niece Alice Leverton.

William enlisted into the 22nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 42858, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 28 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Harry enlisted, in 1915, at Stockton, into the 13th.Battalion Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consorts Own) service number S/3880, and was Killed in Action, as a Lance Sergeant, on 8 March 1918. His body was 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.

 

GEORGE ASHTON DYSERT
George was born in 1874 at Stockton to Alexander and Deborah Dysert. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 5 Haswell Street with his mother (father died,1873, Stockton ) and brothers Robert, James, Tom and Francis. On the 1891 Census he is employed as a Moulder and resident at 29 Compton Street, with his mother, Robert and James. On the 1901 Census he is still resident at Compton Street with his mother, James and niece Maud and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Ship Platers Helper, still at Compton Street with his brothers James and Tom and Maud. In 1914 George married Mary E. McCall at Stockton. Little is known of his war service but he was buried on 23 October 1915 at Stockton.

ERNEST EASLEY
Ernest enlisted into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry service numbers 2682 and 201490. He was Killed in Action, as a Sergeant, on the 27 May 1918 during the German "Blucher-Yorck" offensive. Ernest’s body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


GEORGE EASTWOOD
George was born in 1890 at Stockton to George and Emma Jane Eastwood. While resident at 15 Bickersteth Street, he enlisted on 3 March 1916, at Middlesbrough, into the 15th.

Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 170035 and 46422. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 September 1918 and is commemorated on the Vis-En-Artois Memorial, Pas de Calais France. George was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOSEPH EDWARDS EDDON
Joseph was born on 9 December 1892 at Darlington to Joseph (died in 1918 at Stockton) and Jane Eddon. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 12 Malakoff Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Annie, Edith, Kate and Alfred. On the 1911 Census he was employed as an Engineering Works Clerk and resident at 1 Railway Cottages, Stamp Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Edith, Kate and Alfred.

Joseph enlisted on 28 June 1915, at Middlesbrough, into the Royal Fusilliers, service number PS/13/8119 then transferred to the East Kent Regiment (The Buffs) service number G/11653. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 2 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.

Joseph was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his mother was resident at 32 Thornaby Place, Thornaby.

 

HAROLD EDEN
Harold was born in 1897 at Stockton to Abraham and Mary Elizabeth Eden and on the 1901 Census was living at 33 St.Barnards Road, with his mother (father died 1899 at Stockton) and siblings Annie, George and Olive. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 23 Winston Street with his mother and sister Annie. Harold's mother died in 1912 at Stockton.

In 1915, at Stockton, Harold enlisted into the Manchester Regiment, service number 30321, then transferred to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) service number 12083, he was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 3 May 1916 and is buried in Aix-Noulette-Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France. Harold was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE EDMONDS
George was born in 1889 at Stockton to Samuel and Elizabeth Edmonds. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 32 Hill Street with his parents and sister Hannah. On the 1901 Census he is living at 38 St. Ann's Road with his parents and siblings Hilda and William. By the time of the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 36 Hill Street, with his mother (father died 1901 at Stockton) and siblings Hilda, William and Ethel, together with his niece Bertha Edmonds.

In 1913 at Stockton George married Annie H. Canney. He enlisted, at Middlesbrough, into the 12th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own) service number 21273, and died of wounds, as a Private, on 4 May 1917. He is buried in La Chapelette British and Indian Cemetery, Peronne, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE WILLIAM EDWARDS
George was born in 1891 at Stockton to Edward and Maria Edwards who already had a daughter, Emily and son, George. They later had another daughter, Gwen. He grew up at 1 Hill Street and by the time of the 1911 Census was employed as a Plater Helper and living at 17 Benson Street, Norton with his mother (father died 1906 at Stockton) and Emily.

George was conscipted in 1916, at Stockton, into the 5th.Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment, service number 241812. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 11 April 1917. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. George was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


EVAN HENRY EDWARDS
Evan was born in 1884 at Stockton to Henry and Mary Edwards. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 5 Cambridge Street, with his parents and siblings Mary and Joseph. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Labourer and still resident at Cambridge Street with his parents, Mary, Joseph and new brother Robert.

In 1905 Evan married Harriet Mary Salmon at Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Coal Miner Hewer and living with Harriet and their daughters Elizabeth and Margaret at 15 Chapel Row, Beaufort, Breconshire, Wales. Evan enlisted, at Brecon, into the 5th.Battalion South Wales Boarderers, service number 14511 and was Killed in Action, as a Sergeant, on 16 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. Evan was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM HENRY EDWARDS
William was born on the 5 July 1894 at Thornaby to Mary Edwards. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 11 Queen Street West, Thornaby with his mother (widowed) and brother Francis. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 22 John Street, Stockton with uncle William Richardson. In 1914 William married Harriet Symington at Stockton.

William enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/8238 and was serving aboard HMS Natal when it was sunk by an internal explosion off Cromarty, Scotland. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. William was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN FROST EGGETT
John was born in 1898 at Stockton to Walter William and Hannah Eggett. He had a brother George and sister Amy and grew up at 14 Lightfoot Grove. Walter died in 1906.

John enlisted, at Richmond Yorkshire, into the Yorkshire Regiment, service number 32633, then transferred to "D" Company 2nd/5th Battalion Manchester Regiment, service number 51571. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 21 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. His body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM PHILIP EDWARDS
William was born in 1878 at Ruabon, Wrexham to John Philip and Mary Edwards and grew up in Ruabon with his parents and sisters Emily and Miilicent. It was in 1905 that William married Ethel Brown at Middlesbrough and the couple set up home at 16 Seaton Street, Middlesbrough, having a son Ronald. William worked as an Engine Fitter before enlisting, at Middlesbrough, into the 145th. Army Troops Company Royal Engineers, service number 31327. He died of wounds received at the Battle of Broodseinde, 3rd.Ypres, on the 6 October 1917. William is buried in Menin Road, South Military Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS VENTRESS ELLIOT
Thomas was born on 20 April 1895 at Stockton to Thomas and Thomasine Elliot. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Page Terrace, with his parents and siblings Frances, Ethel, John and Joseph. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Scrap Cutter, Iron Works and resident at 44 Edwards Street, with his parents and siblings Francees, Ethel, Elsie and Elizabeth.

Thomas enlisted, at Stockton, on 7 September 1914, into the 11th.Battalion Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders (Princess Louise's) service number S/4081. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 11 November 1914, promoted to Corporal on 12 December 1914 and then promoted to Sergeant on 9 June 1915. He was Killed in Action on 23 April 1917 and is buried in Tank Cemetery, Guemappe, Pas de Calais France. Thomas was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FREDERICK ELLAR
Frederick was born on 13 August 1884 to Thomas and Mary Ellar. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 1 Union Street, Stockton with his parents and seven brothers Robert, Thomas, Albert, Arthur, Henry,Bertram and Archibald. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 6 Byron Street, with his parents and Henry and Archibald. In 1908 Frederick married Alice Carling and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and living at 32 Browns Row, Portrack, Stockton with his wife and daughter Mary.

Frederick enlisted into the Hawke Battalion Royal Naval Division, Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, service number R/5733, and died, as an Able Seaman, on 23 July 1918. He is buried in Tincourt New British Cemetery, Somme, France and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN THOMAS ELLIS
John was born in 1898 at Stockton to John William and Margaret Ellis - Margaret already being pregnant when she and John Thomas married. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Clarence Court, with his parents and sister Edith. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 9 Smithfield Street, with his parents, Edith and additional siblings William, Robert and Irene. While living at 38 Allison Street, Stockton John enlisted into the 7th.Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, service number 41479 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 22 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. His body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

BERTRAND EDWARD ELSEY
Bertrand was born in 1883 at Peterborough to Edward Robinson Elsey (died 1890) and Elizabeth Elsey. On the 1891 Census he is resident at The Hollies, Aldermans Drive, Peterborough with his uncle’s family. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 8 Cannon Street, London as a boarder. On 16 December 1902he enlisted into 5th.Brigade Royal Horse and Field Artillery, service number 29436, and on the 1911 Census is stationed at Dukusha Lucknow, India with his regiment.

Bertrand died, as a Corporal, on 27 January 1919 and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton-on-Tees. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his mother was living at 58 Light Pipe House Road, Stockton.


JOSEPH ELVIN
Joseph was born in 1884 at Stockton to George William and Mary Ann Elvin and on the 1891 Census he is resident at St. Ann's Hill, Stockton with his parents and siblings George, Rose, Maria, Charles and Caroline. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Coalyard Labourer and resident at 8 Villiers Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Charles, John, Frank, Carrie, Maud, Nelly, Sarah and Rose. On 11 February 1905 Joseph married Charlotte Rosetta Bean at St. John the Baptist Church, Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Worker and living at 6 Ryan Street, Stockton with his wife and children Joseph and Charlotte.

Joseph enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/4932, and was serving aboard HMS Vanguard when it was sunk by an internal explosion at Scapa Flow, Orkney Islands with the loss of 804 lives. Joseph’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the "Star", British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOSEPH ENDERWICK
Joseph was born in 1884 at Stockton to Thomas and Eliza Enderwick. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 27 Seaham Street with his parents and siblings John, Eliza and Walter. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a General Labourer and resident at 15 Ware Street with his parents and siblings John, Eliza, Walter and Minnie and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Watch Repairer, still resident at Ware Street with his parents and John, Eliza, Walter and Minnie.

Joseph enlisted, on the 1 September 1914,at Stockton, into the Boarder Regiment, service number 14958, and was Killed in Action, on 31 October 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALEXANDER ENGLISH
Alexander was born in 1896 at Belfast to George and Elizabeth Forester English. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Antrim Road, Belfast with his parents and siblings Winnifred and George, but by the time of the 1911 Census is resident at 8 Jameson Road, Norton with his parents and siblings Winnifred, George and Charles.

Alexander enlisted, at Stockton, into the 225th.Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 101013 and died, as a Sapper, on 4 July 1916. His body is never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. Alexander was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN EDWARD ENGLISH
John was born in 1891 at Eston, Middlesbrough to Edward and Mary J. English, living at West Street, Eston with his parents and older brother Arthur and stepsister Caroline. Further children, Emanuel and Reuben followed before Edward died in 1902. On the 1911 Census he John is employed as a Potters Apprentice and living at 8 Metalfe Street, Norton with his mother and cousin Mary Ann Wright. In 1913 John married Lilian Watts at Stockton.

John enlisted into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3524. He was Killed in Action on 12 July 1916 and is buried in La Laiterie Military Cemetery, Belgium. John was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS ENGLISH
Thomas was born in 1876 at West Hartlepool to Joseph Catton and Mary English and on the 1881 Census was living at 3 Tunbridge Terrace, Hartlepool with his parents and siblings Ann, Francis, Henry, John and Frederick. In 1887 Thomas's mother died and his father then married Elizabeth Helena Wright in 1889 at Stockton. On the 1891 Census Thomas is employed as a Grocer’s Assistant and resident at Nill Terrace, Stranton, Hartlepool with his father, stepmother and siblings Francis, Henry, Frederick, Joseph, Wilfred and half brother Percy. In 1913 at Hartlepool Thomas married Louisa Glendining.

Thomas enlisted into the Mercantile Marine, as a Mate, and was serving aboard SS Mavisbrook when it was sunk by the German UB-50 of Cabo de Gata, Spain with the loss of 18 crew. Thomas's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. At the time of his death his wife is resident at Glenogil, Raby Road, Stockton-on-Tees.


EDWARD EVANS
Edward was killed on the Somme on 20 September 1916 aged 22. He has no known grave but is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial near Albert in France. He left behind a wife and daughter (Rose who he never knew). Rose's daughter, and Edward's granddaughter Irene Walker is growing a sunflower in his memory.


HERBERT EVANS
Herbert was born in 1896 at Stockton to David and Selina Evans. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 6 Edith Place with his parents and siblings Richard, John, Mary, Catherine, Elizabeth, Gilbert and Thomas. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Butcher and resident at 11 Edith Place with his parents and Richard, Elizabeth, Gilbert and Thomas.

In 1915, at Thornaby, Herbert enlisted into "B" Company, 11th. Battalion, Rifle Brigade, service number S/5763. He died of wounds, as a Lance Corporal, on 21 September 1917 during the Battle of Menin Road, 3rd.Ypres, and is buried in Bard Cottage Cemetery, Belgium. Herbert was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


PERCIVAL GEORGE EVIS
Percival was born in 1876 at Dunston Staffordshire to Joseph Samuel and Sarah Ann Evis. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 34 Holland Street, Litchurch, Derbyshire with his parents and siblings Mary and Samuel. In 1901 Percival married Una Worton at Stockton and on the 1901 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident with his wife at 4 Boundary Street, Middlesbrough as boarders. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Bridge Yard Labourer and resident at 12 Selwyn Street, Stockton with his wife and children Mabel, Robert, Ivy and Leonard. They later have two more sons, Lawrence and Joseph.

From 1893-94 Percival was employed at Cardiff by Great Western Railway as a Cleaner but he enlisted, at Stockton, into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3330. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 15 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Percival was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HENRY EVISON
Henry was born in 1879 at Bishop Burton, Yorkshire to John and Charlotte Evison. On the 1881 Census he is resident at Wauldby, Yorkshire with his parents and sister Florence. On the Census of 1891 he is resident at 107 Aldro House, Birdsall, Yorkshire with his parents and siblings Florence, George, William and Thomas and on the 1901 Census he is employed as a Railway Worker and resident at 48A, Coatsworth Road, Gateshead as a boarder.

In 1906 Henry married Elizabeth Jennings at Malton, Yorkshire and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Electric Tram Car Driver and he and Elizabeth are living at 2 Tarring Street, Stockton with their son Stanley.

Henry enlisted, at Stockton, into the 1st/4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 21057. He died, as a Private, on 27 July 1918 and is buried in Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN EVISON
John was born in 1894 at Birdsall, Yorkshire to John and Charlotte Evison (See also Henry Evison, above). On the 1901 Census he is resident at the Half Moon Inn, Acklam, Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings Florence, William and Thomas while on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Farm Waggoner and resident at East Acklam as a boarder.

John enlisted, at Stockton, into the 2nd. Battalion Grenadier Guards, service number 19623. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 31 March 1916 and is buried in Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery, Belgium. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN WILLIAM FAIL
John was born on 5 August 1892 at Stockton to John William and Louisa Fail. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 75 Sheraton Street with his parents and siblings Annie, Louisa, Emily, Alice, Charles and William. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and still resident at Sheraton Street with his parents and siblings Alice, Charles and William. In 1915 John married Isabel Walker at Stockton. He enlisted into "G" Depot Company Royal Engineers, service number 36589 and died at home on 25 January 1919. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


GEORGE ROBERT FALLIS
George was born on 14 November 1895 at Stockton to George Robert and Elizabeth Jane Fallis. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 29 Adams Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings James and Sarah. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Horse Driver and resident at 25 Arlington Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings James, Sarah, Ada, Richard and Isabella.

George enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S3792, and was serving aboard HMS Defence when it was sunk on 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland with no survivors. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. George was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

CHARLES HENRY FARNABY
Charles was born on 14 November 1895 at Stockton to William and Frances Lucy Farnaby. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 5 Neasham Street with his parents and brothers Herbert, Edmund and Norman. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Errand Boy and resident at 5 Farrer Street with his parents and brothers James, Herbert, Edmund and Norman.

Charles enlisted, at Stockton, into the 8th. Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales 's Own) service number 24451. He died, as a Private, on 2 November 1918 and is buried in Bordighera British Cemetery, Italy. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


RICHARD FARNES
Richard was born on 18 May 1896 at Stockton to William and Mary Farnes. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 19 Vine Street, with his parents and siblings Robert, Arthur, Alfred, Edith, Annie, Albert and Louise. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clerk and resident at 21 Lindsay Street, Stockton with his father (mother died 1902 at Stockton) and siblings Robert, Edith and Albert.Richard enlisted, at Middlesbrough, into the 6th. Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 3/7839. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 12 December 1915 and is buried in Hill 10 Cemetery, Gallipoli Turkey. He was posthumously awarded the1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ARTHUR FARRELL
Arthur was born in 1890 at Norton-on-Tees to Arthur and Alice Mary Farrell. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Summer House Square, Norton-on-Tees with his parents and sisters Elizabeth, Annie and Rose. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Church Row, Billingham with his parents and siblings John, Robert, Joseph, Annie and Rose. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Machinist Driller and resident at 21 Hallifield Street, Norton with his mother (father died 1907 at Stockton) and brothers John, Robert and Leo. In 1914, at Stockton, Arthur married Violet Hodgson.

In 1914, at Stockton, Arthur enlisted into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1800. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 29 February 1916. His 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.


GEORGE MARSHALL FARROW
George was born in 1896 at Scorton, Yorkshire to James Robert and Jane Farrow. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 31 Adam Street, Stockton with his parents and brothers James, Thomas and Joseph. George enlisted at Northallerton into 4th. Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment, service number 35723. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 24 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. George was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN ROBERT FARROW
John was born in 1900 at Stockton. He enlisted there into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 2852 and 200235. He died of wounds received, as a Private, on the 31 March 1918, during the German "Michael" offensive and is buried in Sains-En-Amienois Communal Cemetery, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM FEARNS
William was born in 1898 at Baness  Linlithgowshire to William and Mary Fearns. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Duguid Block No.3 West Lothian, Scotland, with his parents and sister Mary. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 6 Windmill Lane, Stockton with his parents and siblings Mary, James, Charles and John. William enlisted, at Stockton, into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3501. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on the 15 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALBERT HENRY FEATHERSTONE
Albert was born in 1890 at Stockton to Thomas and Rosie Featherstone. On the Censuses of 1891 and 1901 he is living at 35 Alliance Street with his parents and sister Mary Elizabeth. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a General Labourer and resident at 17 Edwards Street, with his parents and sister and in 1916, at Stockton, Albert married Isabella Brown. He enlisted, at Stockton, into the 9th(Glasgow Highland) Battalion, Highland Light Infantry, service number 333824, dying, as a Private, on 29 April 1917. He is buried in St.Pol Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France, and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


OSCAR FEATHERSTONE
Oscar was born in 1888 at Stockton to Joseph Prince and Ann Featherstone and on the 1891 Census is resident at 47 Webster Street with his parents and sisters Florence, Lillian and Hilda. On the 1901 Census he still resident at Webster Street with his parents and siblings Hilda, Rhoda and Norman. Come the 1911 Census and he is employed as a Farmer’s Head Horseman and listed as resident at Sowerby House, Sigston, Northallerton as a servant. In 1914, at Thornaby-on-Tees, Oscar enlisted into "C" Battery, 53rd.Brigade,Royal Field Artillery, service number 95902. He was Killed in Action, as a Gunner, on 5 September 1915 and is buried in Cambrian Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS RODDAM FEATHERSTONE
Thomas was born in 1886 at Middlesbrough to George Fletcher Cooper and Mary Featherstone. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 17 Severn Street in the town with his parents and siblings Elizabeth and George. On the 1901 Census they are resident at 28 Palm Street, Middlesbrough and on the 1911 Census he is employed as an Elementary School Teacher and living at 37 Romney Street, Middlesbrough. Thomas married Euphemia F. Baird at Middlesbrough in 1911.

He enlisted, at Stockton, into "A" Company, 5th. Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service numbers 5518 and 242710 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium, he was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WALTER FELSTEAD
Walter was born in 1889 at Grimsby, Lincolnshire to James Orville and Grace Felstead but by the time of the 1891 Census the family (Walter, his parents and Walter’s brothers Francis, William and Ernest) is at 7 Cross Carrol Street, Stockton. On the Census 10 years later he is at 33 Ann Street, Stockton with his parents and Francis and Ernest. On the 1911 Census Walter is employed as a Journeyman Hairdresser and the four are still together, living now at 35 Hanlon Street, Stockton.

Walter enlisted, at Stockton, into the 1st./5th. Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service numbers 4253 and 241703. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 19 April 1917 and is buried in London Cemetery, Neuville-Vitasse, Pas de Calais France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FREDERICK FENNY
Frederick was born in 1894 at Stockton to Frederick and Elizabeth Fenny. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 14 Albert Road, Stockton with his parents and sisters Nora and Ethel. In 1904 Frederick's father died and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Laundry Man and resident at 32 Langley Street, Stockton as a Boarder. Frederick married Grace Elizabeth Dickinson in 1914, at Stockton, and enlisted into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2790.

He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 24 May 1915 during 2nd.Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, Frederick was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM FENNY
William was born in 1899 at Stillington, Co.Durham to James and Hannah Fenny. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 24 West Street, Witton with his parents and siblings John, Edwin, Annie and Ada. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 24,West Street,Stockton with his parents and siblings Edwin and Ada.

William enlisted at Stillington, into the 1/9th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 9/7099. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 5 November 1916 at the Battle of the Somme, his body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial,Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WALTER STOKELL FERGUSON
Walter was born in 1893 at Stockton to Jonathan and Louisa Ferguson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 21 Emily Street with his parents and siblings William and Eleanor. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 5 Suffolk Street,Stockton with William, Eleanor and a further brother, Robert.

Walter enlisted,at Stockton, into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 4409. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 15 September 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France.Walter was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM FERGUSON
William was born in 1894 at North Ormesby, Middlesbrough to Watson and Sarah Ann Ferguson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 10 Shakespeare Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings John, Tobiers, John, George, Jane and Watson. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Fire Wood Chopper and resident at 23 Emanuel Street, Stockton with his parents and John, George, Jane and Watson.

William enlisted,at Stockton, into the Durham Light Infantry, service number 21950 then transfered to the 65th. Prisoner of War Company, Labour Corps., service number 565849. He died, as a Private, on 13 October 1918 and is buried in Les Moutiers-Hubert Churchyard, Calvados France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ROBERT HENRY FERGUSON
Robert was born in 1888 at Stockton to Henry and Alice Ferguson and on the 1891 Census he is resident at 12/13 Lodge Houses, with his parents, sister Elizabeth and brother James. On the 1901 Census the family, now with additional sister Sarah, is at 11 Walton Street. On the 1911 Census Robert is employed as a Labourer and living at 15 Cambridge Street with his parents and siblings Sarah, Mary Ann, Peter and Alice. In 1911, at Stockton, Robert married Martha Eliza Brown.

Robert enlisted, at Stockton, into the 15th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 43558. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 April 1917 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.

HAROLD FERNIE
Harold was born on 9 November 1895 at Thornaby-on-Tees to Alexander and Sarah Annie Fernie. On the 1901 Census Harold is resident at 19 Melville Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Alexander, James, Florence, Frances and Robert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Rivet Maker and living at 12 Melville Street, Stockton with his parents and now nine siblings.

Harold enlisted into the Royal Navy,service number SS/116499, and was serving aboard HMS Invincible as a Stoker 1st. Class when it was sunk at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial Hampshire. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


EDGAR AUSTIN FEWSTER
Edgar was born in 1886 at Thornaby-on-Tees to Arthur and Maud Fewster. On the 1891 Census he was resident at 11 Crosby Street,Thornaby with his parents and sister Amy. Edgar's father died the following year at Thornaby and his mother remarried in 1893. By the time of the 1901 Census he is still in Thornaby, at 63 Cobden Street, living with his mother, stepfather Thomas Allanson, Amy, his brother Arthur and half sisters Maud and Ann. In 1910 Edgar married Annie Elizabeth Addy at Thornaby and on the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Moulder and he and Annie are living at 9 Eleanor Place, Stockton.

Edgar enlisted,at Stockton, into the East Surrey Regiment,service number 32443, transfered to the 16-Hussars,service number GS/4596, then transferred to the 16th.(The Queen's) Lancers, Household Cavalry, service number L/9942. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 23 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. Edgar's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN ROWE FEWSTER
John was born in 1899 at Norton-on-Tees to Thomas and Alice Fewster and on the 1901 Census is living at Post Lane, Norton with his parents and siblings Juadronia,Thomas and Arthur. On the 1911 Census he is still resident at Post Lane with his parents and siblings Fanny, Thomas, Arthur, William, Lawrence and Alice.

John enlisted, at Stockton, into the 53rd. Battalion, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment (Sherwood Foresters),Training Reserve, service number T.R./6/3851. He died at Lichfield,Staffordshire, as a Private, and is buried in St.Mary's Churchyard, Norton.


WILLIAM HENRY FINCH
William was born in 1897 at Darlington to George Henry and Jane Ann Finch. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 38 Ridsdale Street,Darlington with his parents and sister Dorothy but by the time of the 1911 Census, the family, now with new children George and Magdelen, had moved to Norton and were living at North Shore House, Norton Road.

William enlisted,at Stockton, in 1915, into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2129, and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 20 March 1916. He is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


CHARLES HENRY FINNIGAN
Charles was born in 1887 at Stockton to Owen and Catherine Finnigan. On the Census of 1891 he is resident at 18 Henzell Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings John, Owen, Thomas and Elizabeth. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Ship Yard Labourer but resident as a Prisoner at Stockton Police Station.

Charles enlisted, at Stockton, into the Notts. and Derbyshire Regiment (Sherwood Foresters) service number 48688, transfers to the Labour Corps.,service number 16381 and then transfers to the 2nd/5th Battalion Manchester Regiment,service number 53709. He was Killed in Action,as a Private, on 21 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial. Charles was posthumously awarded British War Medal and
Victory Medal.


ARTHUR OSWALD FIRTH
Arthur was born on 14 June 1894 at Stockton to Thomas Tonseith and Kate Rachel Firth. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 1 Park View, Stockton with his parents and siblings Charles, Constance, Kathleen and Winnifred. On the 1911 Census he is a Private in the 4th.Dragoon Guards and resident at Preston Military Barracks, Lewes Road, Brighton. He transfered to the 7th.
Dragoon Guards (Princess Royal's) Household Cavalry, service number 5001. He died of wounds on 9 August 1918, is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension,Somme, France, and was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS WILLIAM FISH
Thomas was born in 1887 at Thornaby to Wilson Henry and Mary Fish. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 10 Durham Road, Thornaby with his parents and sister Eleanor. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 3 Wellington Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Eleanor and Wilson. On 20 May 1907 Thomas married Marian Ellen Watson at John the Baptist Church Stockton and on the 1911 Census he and Marian are living, as boarders, at 24 Thistle Green, Stockton. Thomas is working as a labourer.

Thomas enlisted, at Stockton, into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own ) service number 30817 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 2 April 1917. He is buried in Henin Crucifix Cemetery, Pas de Calais France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM HENRY FISH
William was born in 1899 at Stockton to Alice Fish. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Masons Court,10 High Street, Stockton with his mother (a Widow) and paternal grandparents George and Elizabeth Fish. On the 1911 Census he is resident as an inmate at Cottage Homes,56 Hartington Road, Stockton.

William enlisted, at Stockton, into the 15th./17th. Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) service number 61641. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 12 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. His body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ARTHUR WILLIAM FLACK
Arthur was born on 19 June 1891 at Stockton to Joseph Giffen and Sarah Flack. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 10 Carlisle Street with his parents and brothers Charles, Joseph and Albert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Compositor and still resident at Carlisle Street, with his parents and brothers.

Arthur enlisted into the 7th.Battalion Tank Corps, service number 201491. He died on 30 November 1918, as a Private, and is buried in St. Pol British Cemetery, St. Pol-Sur-Ternoise, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


RICHARD CARTER FLATTELY
Richard was born in 1889 at Stockton to James Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Flattely and grew up at 9 Watson Street with his parents and sisters Florence, Mary, Jessie and Margaret. In 1910, at Stockton, Richard married Lydia Lee and on the 1911 Census is employed as a Catcher at Rolls in Iron Works and resident, with his wife, at 25 Lambert Street.

Richard enlisted, at Stockton, in 1914, into the 12th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 11596. He was promoted to Corporal and then to Sergeant on the 5 September 1914. He died of wounds on 28 June 1917 and was buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his wife was living at 27 Campbell Street, Stockton.


EDWARD FLETCHER
Edward was born in 1891 at Stockton to John Edward and Mary Jane Fletcher. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 1 Light Pipe Hall Road with his parents and siblings Ethel, Joseph, Norman, Alice, Maud, Sarah, Amelia and Florence. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Ironworks Labourer and resident at 7 Grove Street with his parents and siblings Joseph, Norman, Maude, Sarah, Amelia, Florence, Thomas, John and James.

Edward enlisted, at Stockton, in 1914, into the 1/5 th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2823,then transferred to the Labour Corps, service number 376944. He was discharged on 29 May 1918, with the Silver War Badge for disability and died at 28 Beaconsfield Street, Norton on 22 September 1918. Edward was buried in St.Mary's Churchyard, Norton and he was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


MICHAEL FORKIN
Michael was born in 1880 at Swinford, Co.Mayo, Ireland to John and Mary Forkin. By the time of the 1901 Census he was living at 27 Durham Street, Middlesbrough and working as a Labourer. In 1907 Michael married Bridget McDonald at Middlesbrough and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Metal Carrier and he and Bridget are resident at 19 Brougham Street, Middlesborough with their sons John James and Michael.

Michael enlisted, at Richmond, North Yorkshire, into the Yorkshire Regiment then transferred to the 23rd Battalion Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own) service number G/52236. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 24 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais France. Michael was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS DUNN FOREMAN
Thomas was born in 1890 at Tynemouth, Northumberland to Thomas and Mary A. Forman. He grew up at Tynemouth before moving to North Shields where he worked as a Commercial Clerk. He enlisted, at Middlesbrough, into "A" Battery, 103rd.Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 45390 and was Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on 22 October 1917 during the 3rd.Battle of Ypres. He was buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOSEPH FORREST
Joseph was born in 1887 at Stockton to William and Mary Forrest and on the 1891 Census was living at 8 Oxford Street with his parents and siblings Jane, John, Margaret,William, Walter and George. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Billiard Maker and still resident at Oxford Street with his parents and brothers William, Walter and George. In 1909 Joseph married Lily Abraham at Stockton and on the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Moulder and resident at Back Talbot Street with his wife and son Ernest Henry as boarders.

Joseph enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/ 3138. He was serving aboard RFA "Lady Cory Wright", a mine carrier, when it was sunk by the German UC-17 of the Lizard Cornwall on 26 March 1918. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial, Kent. Joseph was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ERNEST WILLIAM FORSTER

Dave Armstrong is growing a sunflower to remember Ernest, the younger brother of one of his great aunts. Ernest died in Russia in May 1919 in support of the White Army against the Bolsheviks as part of a British Force sent to help them. He was an air mechanic and was reported drowned. He is buried in Arkhangelsk Cemetary in Russia. Dave is also remembering his grandfather Robert Percy Hadlet who served with the Royal Engineers 39th Company and survived.

ARTHUR FOSTER

Arthur Foster was born 14th February 1888 to Joseph and Martha Foster of Clarence Court, Stockton. On the 1911 Census they are listed as living in Arlington Street. Arthur enlisted in Stockton in the Durham Light Infantry.  He was serving with the 9th Battalion of the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry when he was killed on the Somme, 16th September 1916, aged 28 years.  He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and the Victory Medal andis commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial.

JAMES ARTHUR FOSTER
James was born in 1896 at Thornaby to James and Grace Clara Foster and on the1901 Census is resident at 51 Britannia Street, Thornaby with his parents. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 35 Britannia Street with his parents and sister Elizabeth.

James enlisted, at Stockton, in 1914, into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3069. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 11 April 1916 and is buried in Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS JOSEPH FOSTER
Thomas was born in 1893. In 1913 he married Hilda G. Stirling at Stockton and enlisted on 1 November 1915 into the Royal Army Medical Corps, service number 74818. He was discharged on 15 November 1917 with Silver War Badge number 269542 and was awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FRANCIS FOTHERGILL
Francis was born in 1868 at Hartlepool to Francis and Mary Ann Fothergill. He grew up in Hartlepool with his parents and siblings William, Robert, George, Clara Maud and Albert. The1891 Census records him as working as a Labourer and living at 16 Kinbrace Road, Hartlepool with his parents and brothers Robert, George, Albert and Herbert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as Platers Helper and resident at 49 Water Street, Hartlepool with his father (mother died 1910, father died 1915, both at Hartlepool). In 1914, Francis married Elizabeth Ann Gawthorpe at Stockton. He enlisted into the 1st.Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 24738 and died, as a Sergeant, on 19 July 1920. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery,Stockton and was awarded the British War Medal.

 

HERBERT FOTHERGILL
Herbert was born in 1887 at Hartlepool to Francis and Mary Ann Fothergill (See Francis Fothergill above).

On New Year’s Day 1906  Herbert married Ethel Forsyth at St.James's Church Stockton and by the time of the 1911 Census he is employed as a Striker Blacksmith and living at 17 Neasham Street, Stockton with his wife and children Herbert, Gertrude and Evelyn.

Herbert enlisted, at Stockton, into the 6th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 10717. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 1 September 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ERNEST GEORGE FOULGER
Ernest was born in 1895 at Stockton to George Henry and Ada Caroline Foulger and on the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Wonglar Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Joseph, John and Elsie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Boiler Maker Helper and resident at 13 New House Road, Esh Winning, Co.Durham with his uncle’s family.

Ernest enlisted, at Stockton, into "B" Company, 9th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 38501. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 13 June 1917 following the Battle of Messines Ridge and is buried in Mendingham Military Cemetery, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES FOXTON
James was born in1865 at Middlesbrough to William and Emma Foxton. On the 1881Census he is employed as an Apprentice Fireman and resident at 15 Bickersteth Street, Stockton with his parents and sisters Maria, Louisa, Margaret and Amelia. In 1883 at Stockton James married Grace Ann Wheatley and on the 1891 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 4 Back Barring Street, Stockton with his wife and daughter Frances. In 1898 his wife Grace died at Stockton and on 12 August 1899 James married Edith Porch at Holy Trinity Church Stockton. On the 1901 Census they are resident at 10 Vine Street, Stockton with their daughters Jane and Emma and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Blacksmith Striker and resident at 13 Vine Street, with his wife and children Emma, Nora and James.

James enlisted, in 1914, as a Stoker, into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/3049 and was serving aboard HMS Hawke when it was sunk by German U-9 on 15 October 1914 off Aberdeen with the loss of 524 officers and men, only 70 survived. James’ body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial Kent and posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JAMES H FOXTON
James Henry was born in 1891 at South Bank, Middlesbrough to George and Mary Jane Foxton. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Queen Street, South Bank with his parents and siblings Harold, Mabel Clara and George. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clerk and resident at 139 High Street, Redcar with his mother (father died 1905) and siblings Harold, Mabel, Clara, George, William and Thomas.

James enlisted in 1914, at Redcar, into the 4th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own ) service number 593. He was Killed in Action, as a Sergeant, on 14 February 1916 and is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

JOHN TEASDALE FOXTON
John was born in 1869 at Stockton to Joseph and Mary Jane Foxton and on the 1871 Census he is resident at 29 Portrack Lane with his parents and siblings John, Charles, George, Henry,Joseph, William and Margaret. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 18 Norfolk Street with his father (mother died 1872 at Stockton) and siblings George, Henry, Joseph and William. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Bricklayer and resident at 4 Ainsley Street, West Hartlepool as a Boarder. John enlisted, at Richmond Yorkshire, into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service numbers 4208 and 36068. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 18 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial,Somme France. John was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ARTHUR FRANK
Arthur was born in 1896 at Norton-on-Tees to Albert and Caroline Frank and on the 1901 Census is resident at 4 Summerhouse Square, Norton with his parents and brothers John and Charles. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 61 Beaconsfield Street, Norton with his parents and siblings John, Charles,Thomas, Leonard and Florence. Arthur enlisted into the 2nd.Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers, service number 36416. He died, as a Private,on 14 March 1919 as a Prisoner of War and is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his parents were resident at 50 Tilery Road,Stockton.

PERCY FRANKLIN
Percy was born on 29 August 1894 at Sheffield to Frederick and Clara Franklin. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Knife Grinder and resident at 41 Romney Road, Heeley, Sheffield with his parents and siblings Emily, Frederick, Rufus, Ann, John, Horace, Ernest, Minnie, Elsie, Albert and Mary. In 1917, at Stockton, Percy married Florence May Illing (nee Wolfe).

He enlisted, as a Stoker, into the Royal Navy, service number SS/112819 and was serving aboard HMS Boadicea when he died on 4 March 1919. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star,
British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

DAVID FRANCIS FRANKS
David was born in 1881 at Stockton to David and Mary Franks and on that year’s Census is listed as resident at Pottergill House with his parents and siblings John, Mary, Garbutt and Alfred. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 9 St. Ann's Hill, Stockton with his parents and siblings John, Mary, Garbutt, Alfred, Sarah, Robert, Lilly and Minnie. By 1901 he is working as a Butcher’s Assistant and still resident at St. Ann's Hill with his parents and siblings Sarah, Robert and Lilly. On the 1911 Census he is still employed as a Butcher’s Assistant and at St. Ann's Hill with his mother (father died 1905 at Stockton), Robert and Lilly.

David enlisted, at Stockton, into "B" Battery, 69th.Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 149340. He died, as a Gunner, on 15 May 1917 and is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq Mesopotamia. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JAMES NORVBLE FRASER
James was born in 1878 at Inverness to Rebecca McKay. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 3 Clayholes, Perthshire with his mother and maternal grandfather John McKay. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Free Church Manse as a boarder and on the 1901 Census he is employed as a Wood Carter and resident at Ladystone, Inverness as a boarder. In 1902 at Stockton James married Jane Ann Hagan and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Timekeeper and living with his wife and daughter Margaret at 9 Romney Street, Middlesbrough.

James enlisted, at Stockton, in 1914, into the 6th.Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 22689. He died of wounds at home on 19 April 1917 and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton. He was posthumously awarded
the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


TOM ROBSON FRENCH
Tom was born on 19th June 1895 at Stockton to James Thomas Cawthorne French and Jane French. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 19 Garden Place, with his parents and siblings Mary and James. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Players Marker and living at 14 Walker Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Mary, James, Florence, John, William and Joseph. In 1916 at Stockton,Tom married Lilian Rowntree. He enlisted into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S 2587 and died at Stockton in 1918. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star,British War Medal and Victory Medal, having served alongside his younger brother James in the Royal Navy, on H.M.S. Diamond. James survived the war. A sunflower is being grown by his nephew, James' son, Ernie French to remember him.


THOMAS FROST
Thomas was born at Burton-on-Trent Staffordshire but enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment ( Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own ) service number 3/8524. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 12 March 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial, Nord France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.