About The 1,245 (M-R)

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ALEXANDER MACDONALD
Alexander was born in 1876 at Newcastle-on-Tyne to James Leslie and Mary Jane Macdonald. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 17 Park Place in the city with his parents and siblings Lizzie and Longford. On the 1891 Census he is living at 6 Brunswick Terrace,
Gateshead with his parents and siblings Longford, Mary and Jessie and on the 1901 Census he is employed as a Shop Assistant and resident at 22 Melbourne Street, Gateshead with his parents and siblings Lizzie,Jessie and William. By the time of the 1911 Census he is employed as a Newsagent's Assistant while living at 29 Hartington Street, Gateshead with his mother (father deceased) and brother William. Alexander enlisted at Shildon,Co.Durham into the 2nd./2nd. Northumberland Field Ambulance,
Royal Army Medical Corps,service number 1917. He was Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on 27 October 1916 during 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 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE RICHARDSON MACKENZIE
George was born at Norton-on-Tees and enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry,service number 1412. He was Killed in Action,as a Private, on 19 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. George's body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Somme France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN MACKENZIE
John was born in 1896 at Stockton to Colin and Hannah Mackenzie. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 22 Canning Street with his parents and siblings Margaret and Colin. John enlisted at Northallerton into the 4th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra
Princess of Wales's Own) service number 3887. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 18 February 1916. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial,Ypres Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

STANLEY OSWALD MACKINTOSH
Stanley was born in 1896 at Stockton to Richard and Elizabeth Mackintosh. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Plumber's Assistant and resident at 26 Grove Street, with his parents and siblings Elizabeth,William and Rebecca. Stanley enlisted at Stockton into the 5th.Battalion Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders,service number S/23870 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 12 October 1917 during the 1st.Battle of Passchendaele,3rd.Ypres. His body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium andwas posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOSEPH, JOHN ROBERT and CHARLES MALCOLM
Joseph was born on 26 February 1888, John on 16 May 1891 and Charles on 1st May 1894 at Stockton to George and Mary Malcolm. They grew up at 14 Union Street with their parents and siblings Janet, Mary, Frederick and William. In 1909,at Stockton,Joseph married Mary Alice Henderson,on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Holder Up and resident at 28,Union Street,Stockton with Mary and daughter Mary Elizabeth together with his wife's sister Sarah Henderson. In 1913 Joseph was admitted into the Boilermakers and Iron Ship Builders Union. On the 1911 Census John and Charles are both employed as Rivet Heaters and are still living at 14 Union Street with their parents and siblings Mary, Frederick, William, George, Norman and James, together with their cousin Eliza Stowman. John married Delia Ivy Abbot at Stockton in 1913 and was admitted into the Boilermakers and Iron Ship Builders Union in 1914.

The three brothers enlisted into the Royal Navy Reserve as Stokers,service numbers,Joseph 2681T, John 1430S and Charles 2655S and were all serving aboard HMS Queen Mary when at 4:26 pm on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland it was hit twice by the German battle cruiser Derfflinger, a shell detonating one or both of its forward magazines. The explosion broke the battle cruiser in half near its foremast resulting in its sinking with no survivors. The brothers' bodies were never recovered and they are commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. All three brothers were posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. (SEE ADDITIONAL ENTRY ON CHARLES BELOW)

CHARLES MALCOLM
Born on 1st May 1894 to George and Mary Malcolm of 14 Union Street, Stockton, Charles worked as a rivet heater in the shipbuilding industry along the River Tees prior to the war.

Charles joined the Royal Naval reserves and was stationed abroad HMS Queen Mary, on which he died on 31st May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland. The ship was hit twice by the German battlecruiser Derfflinger during the early part of the battle and her magazines exploded shortly afterwards, sinking the ship.

“At 4:26 PM, a shell from Derfflinger struck Queen Mary detonating one or both of its forward magazines. The resulting explosion broke the battlecruiser in half near its foremast.”

Charles is being remembered by Tamar Rafferty (Stockton Sixth Form College).

ROBERT KENNETH MALCOLM
Robert was born in 1894 at Stockton to James and Mary Jane Malcolm. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 14 King Street with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Annie, Thomas, Walter, Frank, William, Leonard and Fred. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Rivet Heater and resident at 57 Maritime Street with his parents and siblings James, Walter, Elizabeth, Frank, William, Leonard, Fred and Ernest. In 1916,at Stockton, Robert's father died at Stockton. Robert enlisted in 1914 at Richmond,Yorkshire into the 140th.Field Ambulance,Royal Army Medical Corps,service number 6858. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 6 August 1917 during 3rd.Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium. Robert was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOSEPH HARRY MALLABY
Joseph was born in 1892 at Thornaby to Joseph Clough and Mary Mallaby. He lived with his parents and brothers Albert and James at 72 George Street, Thornaby. In 1916, at Stockton, Joseph married Clara Sinnock Gardner. He enlisted into the Mercantile Marine and was serving aboard S.S. Cairndhu as Third Engineer when on 15 April 1917 it was sunk off Beachy Head in the English Channel by the German UB-40. Joseph's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London.A sunflower is being grown in his memory by his grand daughter Heather Bamforth (nee Mallaby)


WALTER JAMES MALLABY
Walter was born on 29 October 1894 at Stockton to William and Hannah Mallaby and on the 1901 Census is living at 9 Thorpe Street with his parents and siblings John, Robert, George, Alfred and Olive. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Errand Boy and resident at 20 John Street with his parents and sister Evelyn. In 1914, at Stockton, Walter married Ethel May Bellerby. He enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/6203 and was serving aboard HMS Falmouth when on 19 August 1916 it was torpedoed by U-63 in the North Sea. Walter's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOSEPH MALLINSON
Joseph was born in 1886 at Middlesbrough to Joseph and Catherine Mallinson. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 8 Mill Lane, Middlesbrough with his parents and sister Eliza and on the 1901 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Labourer and resident at 71 RichardsonStreet, Middlesbrough with his family. On the 1911 Census he is still employed as a Shipyard Labourer and resident as a Boarder at 45 Rock Street, Middlesbrough. Joseph enlisted on 4 September 1914 at West Hartlepool into the 13th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry,service number 16585. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 21 September 1917 during the Battle of Menin Road,3rd.Ypres. Joseph is buried in Hooge Crater Cemetery Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star,British War Medal and Victory Medal.


LEONARD AUTON MANN
Leonard was born in 1889 at Stockton to George and Frances Mann and on the 1901 Census is living at 23 Alliance Street with his father (mother absent) and siblings Joseph, Elizabeth, George, Emily and John. On the 1901 Census he is still at Alliance Street with his parents and siblings George, John, Charles and Arthur. On 4 June 1910, at Stockton, Leonard married Lilly Ann Humpleby and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Steel Smelter (Charger) and resident at 111 Tilery Road with Lilly and daughter Elsie. In 1913 they had a second daughter Maureen Frances. Leonard enlisted at Stockton on 3 September 1914 into the 10th.Battalion Rifle Brigade, service number S/2741 and was promoted Corporal on 26 March 1915 then Sergeant on 17 May 1916. He was Mentioned in Despatches on 15 June 1916 and Killed in Action on 3 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. Leonard is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery, Guillemont Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal together with the Bronze Oak Leaves for being Mentioned in Despatches.


TOM MANNIFIELD
Tom was born on 25 April 1885 at Undercliffe, Bradford to Charles and Mary Ann Mannifield. He grew up in Bradford with his siblings Annie, Maud, John, Charles, Fred, Arthur, Harry and William. Their father died in 1890 and their mother in 1898. On the 1911 Census Tom is employed as a Labourer and living at 59 Harris Street, Middlesbrough with his brother John. In 1911, at Middlesbrough, Tom married Ethel Wedgwood and the following year they had a daughter Lillian.Tom enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5 th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2420. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 2 October 1916 and is buried in St.Sever Cemetery, Rouen Seine-Maritime France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILFRED R MARLEY
Wilfred was born in 1899 at Stockton. On the 1911 Census he is resident as a Boarder at 35 Archer Street, West Hartlepool . On 18 August 1915 at Jarrow, he enlisted into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 27715, before being Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 July 1916. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium. Wilfred was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

MARTIN MARONEY
Martin was born in 1868 at Stockton to Patrick and Mary Maroney. On the 1871 Census he is living at 19 Paradise Street with his parents, siblings Richard, Margaret, Michael and maternal grandparents Thomas and Margaret Castelo. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 8 Cross Carrol Street with his parents and siblings Richard, Margaret, Michael, Patrick, John and James. On the 1891 Census he is employed as a Labourer and still resident at Cross Carrol Street with his parents and siblings Margaret, Michael, Patrick, John, James and Hannah. Martin enlisted at Hull into the 11th.Battalion (Hull Tradesmen) East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 11/1045. He died, as a Private, on 1 April 1916 and is buried in Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


CHARLES MARSDEN
Charles was born in 1881 at Bradford to John and Mary Marsden and that year’s Census records him as being resident at 21 Glover Street, Bowling, Bradford with his parents and sister Clara. He grew up in Bradford and on 2nd June 1900 married Emily Stott in the city. He enlisted, also at Bradford into the 18th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) service number 18/1271 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France, Charles was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

EDWIN MARSHALL
Edwin was born in 1900 at Stockton to Albert and Mary Marshall and on the 1901 Census is living with his parents and brother Alfred at 17 Dobing Street. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 11 Wynyard Street with his father (mother absent) and siblings Alfred, Albert, Elsie and Dora. Edwin enlisted at Stockton into the 85th.T.R.Battalion service number 96244 then transferred to the 1/5th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 35207. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 11 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. He is buried in Croix-Du-Bac British Cemetery, Steenwerck, Nord France, and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


HERBERT MARSHALL
Herbert was born in 1894 at Stockton. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 22 Thorpe Street with his stepmother Maria (father deceased) and siblings Fred, George, William, Albert and Sydney. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Farm Labourer and resident as a Boarder at Patrick Brompton, Bedale, Yorkshire. Herbert enlisted at Stockton into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 24564 then transferred to the 8th.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 31277. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 7 December 1916 and is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

REUBEN WILLIAM MARSHALL
Reuben William Marshall was aged 27 when he was killed in action during the Arras Offensive on 26 June 1917. He served with the 1st and 5th  Battalions of the Durham Light Infantry and is honoured at the Arras Memorial, Bay 8, France.

Reuben was raised in South Bank and Normanby by his father, James Henry Marshall (railway locomotive driver) and Elizabeth Marshall (dressmaker), and later moved with his family to Stockton where at age 21 he worked as an Electric Crane Driver.  He had two younger sisters, Olive Maud and Ivy Celeste, and a younger brother, Leonard George. Reuben married Margaret Noble in 1912.

A sunflower is being grown by James Baillie to remember Reuben's sacrifice and to honour his memory.


RICHARD MARSHALL
Richard was born in 1888 at Thornaby to Thomas and Elizabeth A. Marshall. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Oxford Street, Stockton with his parents and sister Florence. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 8 Francis Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Florence, Jane, Margaret and Herbert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Coal Weigher and resident at 15 Kirby Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Herbert, Elizabeth and Wilfred. Richard enlisted at Thornaby into the 12th.Battalion Rifle Brigade, service number S/2291. He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 12 February 1916. Richard’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


SYDNEY MARSHALL
Sydney was born on 30 May 1896 at Yeadon, Yorkshire to Herbert and Hannah Marshall. On the 1901 Census he is resident at St.Luddenden, Lord Nelson Inn, High Street, Midgley, Halifax, with his parents and siblings Alice, Harry, Nellie, Lena and Dudley. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 8 Beechwood Road, Eaglescliffe with his father (mother absent) and siblings Alice, Nellie, Lena and Dudley. Sydney enlisted at London into the 18th.Battalion (Durham Pals) Durham Light Infantry, service number 31655. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 18 May 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS MARSHALL
Thomas was born in 1883 at Stockton. He enlisted at Stockton on 13 October 1902 into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 8006. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 28 October 1914. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium. Thomas was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN KINGSLEY LUNN MARTIN
John was born on the 23 July 1884 at Sunderland to Rev Canon Henry Martin and Mary Martin On the 1891, 1901 and 1911 Censuses he is resident at The Vicarage 148 High Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Henry, Margaret, Herbert, Ellen, Ethel, Fanny, Richard and Ernest, together with Eliza Martin (aunt of the Vicar) and servants Ann Budd, Augusta Hings and Alice Pickering. John was educated at Cathedral School, Llandaff and the Grammar School, Stockton. He was a Solicitor and practised for several years in Stockton. In 1912 the Colonial Office appointed him to the Clerkship of the Island of Montserrat, where he also filled other important posts and was acting Stipendiary Magistrate. He had Joined the Stockton Volunteer Corps. which became the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry in 1906, becoming Captain before going to the West Indies. On the outbreak of war in August 1914 he was gazetted to the 6th.South Lancashire Regiment, the Colonial Office refused him permission to leave Montserrat and made him Commandant of the Island Defence Force. When the danger of invasion from German cruisers had passed he was allowed to return to England. He was gazetted to the 10th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry on the 4th.January 1915 serving with the B.E.F. In France and was Killed in Action at Hooge, Belgium on 1 August 1915 by an explosion caused by the bursting of a shell. He was buried in Sanctuary Wood but his body was then ultimately lost and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial,Ypres Belgium. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and is listed on De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour. John was a good sportsman, being a particularly fine swimmer and was secretary of Stockton Hockey Club and played for Durham County. He was also a well known amateur singer and took tenor solos at the Parish Church. He was superintendent of one of the Parish Church Sunday Schools.

 

CHARLES and ARCHIE MARWOOD
Charles was born in 1877 and Archie 1880 at Stockton to Thomas and Jane Marwood. On the following year’s Census they are resident at 18 John Street with their parents and siblings Emily, George, John, Fred, Richard and Harry. On the 1891 Census they are still resident at John Street with their parents and siblings George, John, Fred, Rhoda, Ada and Jessie. On the 1901 Census Charles is employed as a Bill Poster and Archie as a Shipyard Labourer whilst still living at John Street with their parents and siblings. On the next Census, in 1911, they are still employed as previous and resident at John Street with their mother (father died 1904 at Stockton) and siblings George, Harry and Jessie.

Charles enlisted at Stockton into the 22nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 42887. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Guards Cemetery, Lesboeufs Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Archie enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 4th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 23864. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 12 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. His body was never found and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memmorial, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ARTHUR LANCELOT MASON
Arthur was born in 1898 at South Bank, Middlesbrough to George and Jane Mason and on the 1901 Census is resident at 1 Jackson Street, Loftus with his parents and siblings Ada, Leonard, Lilian, Gertrude and Alice. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 16 Parliament Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Leonard, Gertrude, Alice and Ernest. Arthur enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 4th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service numbers 4222 and 201358. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 15 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS MASON
Thomas was born in 1891 at Stockton to William Henry and Margaret Mason. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 4 Cedar Street with his parents and siblings William, Mary, Robert and Hattie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Plater and still resident at Cedar Street with his parents and siblings Robert, Margaret and Edith. Thomas enlisted at Stockton into the 3rd.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment service number 3/5757 and died at home, of wounds, as a Corporal, on 6 November 1915. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


VICTOR HARRY MASON
Victor was born on 11 March 1893 at Stockton to Annie Louisa Mason. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 24 Lawson Street with his maternal grandmother Isabella and mother Annie Louisa. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Plater and resident at 33 Wilson Street, Thornaby-on-Tees, with his mother. In 1911 at Middlesbrough, Victor married Olive Maud Rhodes. He enlisted into the Royal Navy as an Engine Room Articifer 4th.Class,service number M/18430 and was serving aboard HMS "Genista" a minesweeper sloop when it was torpedoed and sunk in the Atlantic by U-57 on 23 October 1916 with the loss of all Officers and 73 ratings; there were only 12 survivors. Victor's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES MATHISON
James was born in 1894 at Stockton to James Henry and Mary Ann Mathison. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 35 Kingston Street with his parents and siblings Maggie, Frank, John, Harriet, Andrew, Emily and Fred. On the 1911 Census he is resident as a Boarder at 1 Haswell Street (father died in 1907 and mother 1910 at Stockton). James enlisted at Thornaby into the 12th.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number R/3378. He died, as a Rifleman, a Prisoner of War, in Germany and is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN THOMAS MATTHEWS
John was born in 1888 at Stockton and married Florence M. Lewis in 1910 at Stockton. He enlisted at Stockton on 15 January 1915 into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3371 and served until 18 February 1916 ,though never overseas. He was awarded the Silver War Badge issue 90628 and died at home, as a Private, on 5 May 1919, John is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.


WILLIAM MATTHEWS
William was born in 1894 at West Hartlepool to Benjamin and Ann Matthews. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 24 Beechwood Road, West Hartlepool with his father (mother died in 1898 at West Hartlepool) and siblings Rhoda, Edith and Letitia. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Farm Labourer and resident at 63 Northumberland Street, West Hartlepool with his father and siblings.

William emigrated to Australia and enlisted into the 18th.Battalion Australian Imperial Force, service number 2718. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 27 May 1918 during the German "Blucher-Yorck" offensive. William is buried in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mercouri-L'Abbe, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 


JOHN MCADAM
John was born in 1898 at Stockton to Patrick John and Mary Ann McAdam. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 22 Paradise Street with his parents and siblings Annie, Henrietta, Allan and Thomas. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clother’s Errand Boy and resident at 8 Pine Street with his parents and siblings Henrietta, Allan, Thomas, Dorothy and Francis. John enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5 th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 2612 and 200277. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 April 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FRANK McAVOY
Frank was born in 1897 at Stockton to William and Minnie McAvoy. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 13 Dennison Street with his parents, mother and father-in -law and brother Arthur. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 16 Waverly Street with his parents and siblings George, Arthur, Ernest, Beatrice and Frederick. Frank enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2991 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 2 July 1915. He is buried in Wulverghem-Lindenhoek Road Military Cemetery, Belgium, and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FREDERICK HUGHES McCALL
Frederick was born on 6 September 1885 at Stockton to Fanny McCall. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Works Labourer and resident at 15 Waverley Street with his mother (her husband James McCall died in 1883 at Stockton) and siblings Matilda, George, Victor and Maggie, together with Thomas Harrison, a Boarder. Frederick enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 2865 and 200326. He died, as a Corporal, on 9 November 1918 as a Prisoner of War and is buried in Berlin-South-Western Cemetery, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FRANK McCANN
Frank was born in 1870 at Lurgan, Co.Armagh to Murtagh and Kate McCann. He grew up in Lurgan with his parents and brothers Thomas, Jeremy and Felix before enlisting at Hamilton, Scotland into the 2nd.Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusilliers, service number 7374. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 21 October 1914. Frank’s body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN McCARTHY MM
John was born in 1889 at Stockton to John Thomas and Margaret Elizabeth McCarthy. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Lucan Street with his parents and brother Albert. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 8 Back Stamp Street with his mother, stepfather Thomas Hill (his father having died in 1894 at Stockton, and his mother married Thomas Hill in 1897 at Stockton) and brother Albert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Railway Wagon Examiner and resident at 8 Railway Cottages, Stamp Street with his mother, stepfather and cousin Margaret Woodward. John enlisted at Stockton into the 12th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 15085. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 7 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme France. He was awarded the Military Medal and posthumously the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALBERT McCUSKER
Albert was born in 1892 at Stockton to Michael and Margaret Ann McCusker. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 28 Pine Street with his parents and siblings John, Johanna and James. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Plater's Marker and resident at 3 Paxton Street with his parents and siblings James and Alice. Albert enlisted at Stockton into the 3rd.Battalion King's Own Scottish Boarderers, service number 11069 attached to the 3rd.King's African Rifles. He died, as a Company Quartermaster Sergeant, on 18 November 1918 at Uakern West Africa and is buried in Nakuru North Cemetery, Kenya. Africa. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

MICHAEL McDERMOTT
Michael was born in 1883 at Millfield, Sunderland to John and Mary Ann McDermott. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 16 Simpson Street, Sunderland with his mother and paternal grandmother Mary McDermott. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 13 Sorley Street, Sunderland with his parents and siblings James, Agnes, William and Veronica. Michael enlisted at Sunderland on 6 January 1902 into the 6th.Battalion King's Own Scottish Boarderers, service numbers 10566 and 7896. On the 1911 Census he is stationed with the 1st.Battalion Welsh Regiment Egypt and was Killed in Action, as a Sergeant,on 25 September 1915 during the Battle of Loos. Michael’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JAMES McGEENEY
James was born in 1897 at Stockton to Owen and Mary Ann McGeeney. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 36 Casebourne Road, West Hartlepool with his parents and siblings Mary and Owen. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 32 Neasham Street with his parents and siblings Owen, William, Patrick, Elizabeth and Leo. James enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 27320. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 27 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Guards' Cemetery, Lesboeufs Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES McGOWAN
James was born in 1890 at Stockton to James and Mary Ann McGowan. On the following year’s Census he is living at 15 Elliot Street with his parents and siblings John, Margaret and Elizabeth. On the 1901 Census he is at 36 Bank Street, Tunstall Staffordshire with his parents and siblings John, Margaret, Elizabeth, Mary, Thomas and Annie. He was still in Staffordshire at the time of the 1911 Census, working as a Placer and living at 1,Back Walker Street, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent with his father (mother died in 1903 at Stoke Staffordshire) and Mary and Thomas. James enlisted at Stoke- on-Trent into the 2nd.Battalion Gordon Highlanders, service number S/10003. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 3 January 1917 and is buried in Ancre British Cemetery, Beaumont-Hamel Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS McGUINNES
Thomas was born on the 8 May 1883 at Leagate, Consett Co.Durham to Edward and Ann McGuinnes. On the 1891 Census he is living at 3 Cambridge Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Rose, Mayet, Catherine, Howard and Robert. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Steel Works Labourer and still resident at Cambridge Street with his father (mother died in 1900 at Stockton) and siblings Robert and Catherine, together with cousin James Close. On the 1911 Census he is still employed as a Steel Works Labourer and resident as a Boarder at 31 Campbell Street. Thomas enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/2985, and was serving aboard HMS Natal when on 30 December 1915 it was sunk by an internal explosion at Cromarty Forth, Scotland. Thomas’ body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN WILLIAM McINTOSH
John was born in 1887 at West Hartlepool. Little is known of his childhood other than that his father was William and on the 1901 Census John is a scholar at Gosforth, Northumberland. He enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry service number 8946 and on the 1911 Census is resident at Hyderbad Barracks, Colchester with his Battalion. On 17 February 1912 John married Milly Emily Peacock at St Mary's Catholic Church Stockton. His occupation was that of a Musician (Bandsman). John was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 21 September 1914. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial, Seine-et-Marne, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALEXANDER McINTEER
Alexander was born in 1893 at Brandon Colliery, County Durham, to Hugh and Margaret Jane McInteer. By the time of the 1901 Census the family (Alexander, his parents and siblings James, Mary, Thomas and Hugh) had moved to Stockton and were living at 3 Agnes Street. On the 1911 Census Alexander is employed as a Domestic Gardener and living at 75 Beaconsfield Street, Norton with his parents and brother Thomas. Alexander enlisted at Stockton into "D" Battery, 48th.Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, service number 21678. He was Killed in Action, as a Gunner, on 21 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Thistle Dump Cemetery, High Wood, Longueval Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE McHALE
George was born in 1897 at Stockton to Anthony and Mary McHale. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 42 Elliot Street with his parents and siblings Edward, Anthony, John, Catherine, Thomas, Mary, James and Harriet. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 28 Lumley Street with his parents (mother died later in 1911) and siblings Anthony, Thomas, James and Harriet. George enlisted in 1914 at Stockton into the 1/5th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 5/1939 and 200132. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 31 May 1917 and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES McINTYRE
James was born in 1885 at Jarrow but on the 1891 Census is resident at 4 Lambton Street, Houghton-Le-Spring, Co.Durham with his maternal grandmother. On the 1901 Census he is still at Lambton Street, now at No 8 with his uncle John Navin. James enlisted at Sunderland into the 1st.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 6998. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 28 October 1914. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ERNEST ALBERT McKENZIE
Ernest was born in 1884 at Stockton to Mary McKenzie. The 1891 Census records him as living at 124 High Wilson Street, Middlesbrough with his mother (father deceased) and sister Rose. In 1914 Ernest married Isabella Gibson at Durham. He enlisted there, into the 6th.Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, service number 22879. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 December 1917 and is buried in Heudicourt Communal Cemetery Extention, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ARTHUR LANCELOT McKOWN
Arthur was born in 1891 at Picton, Yorkshire to Enoch and Mary Ann McKown and on the 1901 Census he is resident at Railway Cottages, Picton with his parents. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Drapers Apprentice and resident at 18 Roseberry View, Thornaby with his father (mother died in 1903 at Picton). In 1916 he married Ada Hodson at Stockton. Arthur enlisted into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 26395 then transferred to the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 35605. He died on 10 April 1917 and is buried in Warlincourt Halte British Cemetery, Saulty, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS MATCHETT
Thomas was born in Thornaby in 1881 to Thomas and Sarah Matchett. In 1881 he has living at 19 Reed Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings William, Robert, Emily, Mary and Margaret. At the time of the 1911 Census he is at 28 Glascow Street, Thornaby with his father (mother deceased) brothers William, Robert and Sarah Eliza.

Thomas enlisted in the Royal Garrison Artillery in 1898 ,service number 22388, and served until 1910. He then re-enlisted at Mill Hill, Middlesex into the 4th. Battalion Duke of Cambridge's Own (Middlesex Regiment) service number G/6985.

In 1913, Thomas was in action at Mons in August 1914 and took part in the B.E.F. retreat to the south of the river Marne. He then began to advance with the regiment in the "race to the sea" to the Aisne on September 6th. 1914. The regiment continued its advance northwards and Thomas was killed in action at Croix Barbee on the 15th. October 1914.

Thomas' body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Le Touret Memorial  for the missing at Pas de Calais, France. He is also commemorated on the Thornaby War Memorial and listed on De Ruvigny's Roll of Honour. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star with Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. A sunflower is being grown to remember Thomas by Mrs K Bennet. Thomas is Mrs Bennet's step grandfather's brother.

ROBERT ERSHAM MATTHEWS
Robert was born in Stockton on 16th April 1898 to Ersham J. and Nellie Mattews. His siblings were Herbert, Edith Annie, Mileah and Amy.

On the 1901 Census he was living at 18 Gayles Street, Stockton with his family and on the 1911 Census the family were at 31 St.Bernards Road, Stockton.

Robert enlisted in the royal Navy early in the war. Due to his age, he was ranked as a Boy First Class and was stationed aboard HMS Clan McNaughton. The ship was originally a 4985 ton passenger cargo vessel, built in 1911 and requisitioned November 1914 from the Clan Line Steamers Ltd, Glasgow, becoming an Armed Merchant Vessel. It is thought that Clan McNaughton foundered
in a severe gale off the north coast of Ireland. Last heard from on 3rd February 1915, wreckage was later found in the area and
Clan McNaughton was presumed sunk with the 281 strong crew.

There is some speculation that as she had a new crew who were generally unfamiliar with the vessel, and that the armaments added to the deck destabilised her making the McNaughton vulnerable to such severe weather as was found on the day she lost contact.

Robert's body was not recovered for burial and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial ( panel reference 10 ).

Robert is being remembered by Ashleigh Wright (Stockton Sixth Form College)

TOM MAXWELL

Tom Maxwell was born in 1891 and was christened at Thornaby 17th March 1891, another son for Thomas and Emma Maxwell of 5 Leeds Street, Thornaby. Tom had three older brothers and three older sisters.

In 1901 Tom is now 10 years old and his father has died though he now has a younger sister who is 7. The family have moved to 62 Parliament Street, Stockton. At the time of the 1911 Census the family are still living at Parliament Street but only Emma the mother, Tom and the two youngest girls, though they do have a boarder who is Nellie Haywood a teacher from Liverpool. Tom is 20 years old and is a fitter.

At the start of the war Tom signed up to the 43rd Brigade (howitzer) of The Royal Field Artillery. They became part of the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) He was not given a rank just Fitter and Driver. His service number is 48115.

The howitzer is the name of the 4.5 inch field gun that is on a two wheeled gun carriage drawn by six horses. During 1914 the Brigade fought the battle of Mons (23rd August), the battle of Le Cateau (26th August), the battle of Aisne (12th September) and the First battle of Ypres (14th October).

Tom lost his life 1st March 1916. His body lies in the Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais, North of Arras.

A sunflower, to remember his sacrifice has been grown by Gail Booth.


CHARLES EDWARD McLEAN
Charles was born on the 29 September 1889 at Stockton to Charles John and Mary McLean. On the 1891 Census his address is listed as Shop, Portrack Lane where he was living with his parents and siblings Minnie, Hannah and Robert. On the 1901 Census he is at 31 Leonard Street with his mother (father died in 1899 at Stockton ), stepfather John Davis whom his mother married in 1901 at Stockton and siblings Robert, Mary and Elizabeth. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Crane Driver and resident at 44 Headlam Street with his mother (stepfather died in 1901 at Stockton) and siblings Robert, Mary and Elizabeth. In 1913, at Thornaby, Charles married Ethel Higginbotham. He enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/7801 and was serving aboard HMS Queen Mary when on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland it was sunk by the German battle cruiser "Derfflinger" with the loss of 1,266 Officers and Men. Charles’ body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

MICHAEL JOHN McKIERNAN
Michael was born on 21 November 1895 at Stockton to Mary McKiernan. He enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/3802 and was serving aboard HMS Defence when on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland. It was sunk, with no survivors, by two salvos from German ships which detonated her armament magazines. Michael’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALEXANDER McMULLEN
Alexander was born in 1894 at Stockton to Richard and Sarah Ellen McMullen. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 4 Milton Street with his parents and siblings Richard, John, Annie, Cecilia and James. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 16 Milton Street with his parents and siblings Richard, James, Thomas and Cecilia. Alexander enlisted at Middlesbrough into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 75208 then transferred to the 11th Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 46280. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 15 June 1918 and is buried in Boscon British Cemetery Italy. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN JOSEPH McCULLEN
John was born on 15 January 1890 at Stockton to Richard and Sarah Ellen McMullen. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 26 Milton Street with his parents and brother Richard. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 4 Milton Street with his parents and siblings Richard, Annie, Alexander, Celicia and James. John enlisted at Dewsbury into the 2nd.Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment, service number 18332. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 15 September 1916, during 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 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

LESLIE CLEGG McMURDO
Leslie was born in Stockton in 1900 to Thomas and Beatrice McMurdo. The family lived at Howden Street but while Leslie was still a boy the family emigrated to Durban, South Africa.

When he was 16 Leslie attempted to join the South African Army but was refused enlistment as he was still at school. so he ran away from home and stowed aboard a ship bound for Australia where he applied to enlist with the Australian Imperial Force.

In his application to the recruiting office at Townsville, Queensland, he declared his year of birth as 1898 to overcome his underage status. Additionally it would seem that he recorded on his application that he had already completed 121 days basic training with the Durban Light Infantry Regiment (South African Army ) prior to leaving South Africa, presumably to reinforce his age eligibility.

He was allowed to join the Australian Infantry, 31st. Battalion , AIF (Private 4563) 5th. Australian Division at Townsville, Queensland on 21 September 1916. On 23 December he embarked on the HMTA "Demosthenes " at Sydney, disembarking at Plymouth on 23rd March 1917. He left Southampton for the front on 30 July and after reaching Harve on the 4 August 1917 was taken "on strength " ( 12th. Rifle Company, 31st. Battalion ) on 24 August 1917.

Just over a month later on 26 September 1917, south of the village of Zonnebeke, Belgium, Leslie was carrying a wounded comrade back to Allied lines when he was shot by a German sniper and killed.

He was posthumously awarded three service medals: the British War Medal, Victory Medal and the 1914-1918 Star andis buried at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, grave reference XXIV. D.


ARTHUR McNAUGHTON
Arthur was born on 21 November 1894 at Stockton to Robert and Isabella McNaughton. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 4 Kingston Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Thomas, Alice, Edwin, John, Alfred, Charles, Isabella and Lyllian. Arthur enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/4657 and was serving aboard HMS St. Vincent when he was taken ill and died at Hull. He was buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FELIX McWILLIAMS
Felix was born on 16 December 1884 at Stockton to Patrick and Ann McWilliams. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Iron Works Labourer and resident at 21 Thorp Street with his parents and siblings Robert, Patrick, Daniel, Thomas, Francis and Mary. On the 1911 Census his employment is the same and he is resident at 8 Paxton Street with his parents and brothers Robert, Daniel, Thomas and Francis. Felix's mother died in 1914. Felix enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 19th Battalion Lancashire Fusilliers, service number 36687. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 25 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium. Felix was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS WILLIAM MEADOWS
Tommy is buried in Philosophe British Cemetery at Mazingarbe and is being remembered through the growing of a sunflower by Hilary Clayton. Tommy was Hilary's great uncle.

The family then emigrated to Durban, South Africa where Leslie attempted to join the South African Army but was refused enlistment as he was still at school and being only 16, too young. He ran away from home and stowed aboard a ship bound for Australia where he applied to enlist with the Australian Imperial Force.

In his application to the recruiting office in Queensland, he declared his year of birth as 1898 to overcome his underage status. Additionally it seems that he wrote on his form that he had already completed 121 days basic training with the Durban Light Infantry Regiment (South African Army) before leaving South Africa, presumably to reinforce his age eligibility.

On 21 September 1916 he was enlisted and on 23 December left Sydney on the HMTA Demosthenes, arriving in Plymouth on 23 March 1917. On 30th July 1917 he left Southampton for the Front and after reaching Harve on 4th August 1917 was taken "on strength " ( 12th. Rifle Company, 31st. Battalion ) on 24th August 1917.

Just over a month later, on 26 September 1917, just outside the village of Zonnebeke, Belgium, while carrying a wounded comrade back to Allied lines Leslie was shot and killed by a German sniper.

He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal, Victory Medal and the 1914-1918 Star. He is buried at Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Belgium.


JOHN HENRY MEIN
John was born in 1896 at Stockton to Christopher Edward and Sophia Mein. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 23 Vane Street with his parents and siblings George, Eva, Alma, Mary and Thomas, together with aunt Alice Winter. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Telegraph Messenger and still resident at 23 Vane Street with his parents and siblings George, Alma, Mary and Thomas. John enlisted at Stockton into the 134th.Heavy Battery Royal Field Artillery, service number 786495. He was Killed in Action, as a Gunner, on 30 April 1918 and is buried in Gonnehem British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN MELLANBY
John was born in 1890 at Normanby, Yorkshire to William and Mary Mellanby. On the 1891 Census he is resident at West Street, Normanby with his parents and on the 1901 Census is resident at 8 Cleveland Street, Normanby with his parents and siblings Dorothy and Edward. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Grocery Shop Assistant and resident at 55 Cleveland Street, Normanby with his parents and siblings Dorothy and Edward. In 1914, at Stockton, John married Grace Jackson. He enlisted at Hartlepool into the 149th.Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, service numbers 6028 and 166075 and died, as a Corporal, on 11 November 1918 (Armistice Day). He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ROBERT MERRICK
Robert was born in 1893 at Stockton to Charles and Jessie Merrick. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 4 Richmond Street with his parents and siblings Jane, Charles, Beatrice, Ernest, Elizabeth, Alfred and Arthur. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Engineer and resident at 53 Vicarage Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Alfred, Arthur and Lloyd. Robert enlisted at Leeds into the 2nd/5th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) service number 21/644. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 20 July 1918. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FRED HARDWICK MERRYWEATHER MM
Fred was born in 1894 at Stockton to James and Isabella Merryweather. On the 1901 Census he is living at 46 Buchanan Street with his parents and siblings Lilian, Wilfred, Charles, Walter, William and Reginald. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Ironmongery and resident at 36 Dixon Street with his parents and siblings Wilfred, Charles, William, Reginald, Doris and Irene. Fred enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 1454 and 200034. He was awarded the Military Medal and died of wounds, as a Sergeant, on 27 June 1917. Fred is buried in Rookery British Cemetery, Heninel Pas de Calais, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JAMES METCALFE
James enlisted into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2973. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 September 1916 during 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.

 

ROBERT CORNELIUS MEYNELL
Robert was born in 1898 at Stockton to Harry and Elizabeth Meynell. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 61 Bickersteth Street with his parents and siblings Douglas and Ellen. On the 1911 Census he is still resident at Bickersteth Street with his parents and siblings Douglas, Ellen and Olive. Robert enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1973. He died at home, as a Private, on 28 March 1915 and is buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton.

 

WILLIAM MEYNELL
William was born on 29 January 1890 at Stockton to Dora Meynell. On the 1901 Census he is resident at his uncle's William Meynell of 18 Henry Street with his mother and sister Dorothy. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Labourer and resident at 47 Thorpe Street with his mother and sisters Dorothy and Lizzie. William enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/2413. He was serving at HMS Pembroke shore barracks Chatham, Kent when he died on 24 July 1915. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal.

 

JOHN THOMAS MIDDLETON
John was born in 1892 at Skelton-on-Ure, Yorkshire to John and Dorothy Middleton. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Skelton with his parents and siblings Samuel, Christopher and Frances and on the 1911 Census is employed as a House Joiner’s Apprentice and resident as a Boarder at 27 Stanley Street, Norton. In 1917, at Stockton, John married Mary Frances Lyall. He enlisted as a Stoker 1st.Class into the Royal Navy, service number K/33729 and was serving aboard HMS Marmion when on 21 October 1917 it was accidentally rammed, off Lerwick, by HMS Tirade when escorting a convoy across the North Sea. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ROBERT HENRY MIDDLETON
Robert was born in 1896 at Stockton to Martha Middleton. He lived first at 40 Alice Street with his mother and maternal grandparents John and Elizabeth Middleton. In 1910 Martha married George Hickman and on the 1911 Census Robert is employed as an Errand Boy and living at 16 Vine Street with his mother and stepfather. Robert enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 6th.Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 23014. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 12 March 1917. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOSPEH MILLER
Joseph was born in 1886 at Stockton to John David and Esther Miller. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 162,Marsh Road, Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings John, James, Mary, Ralph and Rose. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Labourer and resident at 11 Cooper Street, Stockton with his father (mother absent) and siblings John, Ralph, Rose and Emily. Joseph enlisted into the Royal Engineers (Inland Water Transport) service number WR/312121 and died at home, as a Sapper, on 16 August 1919. He is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton.

 

JOSEPH HENRY MILLER
Joseph was born in 1885 at Wolverhampton. In 1915 at Stockton he married Harriet Craig. He enlisted at Stockton into the 21st.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number R/7485 and was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 10 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


SAMUEL MILLINGTON
Samuel was born in 1886 at Bilston, Staffordshire to George and Elizabeth Millington. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 7 Ash Street, Sedgley, Staffordshire with his parents and siblings Martha, Emma, John, Mary and Thomas. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Bilston with his parents and John, Mary and Thomas. By the time of the 1911 Census he is employed as a Steel Worker and living as a Boarder at 26 Brunswick Street, Stockton. He enlisted at Stockton into the 19th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1468 and died of wounds, as a Private, on 17 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Corbie Communal Cemetery Extention, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HAROLD MILLS
Harold was born in 1895 at West Bromwich, Staffordshire to Abraham and Ann Mills. He grew up there, living with his parents and siblings Abraham, Charles, Arthur and Ethel. After leaving school he worked as a Junior Clerk before enlisting at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 2697 and 2396. He was Killed in Action, as a Private ,on 25 April 1915 during the 2nd.Battle of Ypres. Harold’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM HUTTON MINNIKIN
William was born in 1896 at Stockton to Bernard and Harriet Minnikin. He grew up at Langley Street (first at No 38, later at No 35) with his parents and siblings Harriet, John, George and Sarah. He enlisted at Stockton into the 1/9th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 9/7299 and 325677 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 7 July 1917. William is buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS MOCKLER
Thomas was born in 1881 at Stockton to Partrick Thomas and Alice Mockler. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 59 Portrack Lane with his mother and maternal grandparents Thomas and Mary Hackworth. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 41 Adam Street Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings James, Maria, John and Norah. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Labourer and resident at 2 Catholic Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Norah, Catherine, Lilly, Maureen and Ethel. Thomas enlisted at Middlesbrough on 27 November 1899 into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 6982 and served in the Boer War. He was recalled in August 1914 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 5 August 1915. He is buried in Hop Store Cemetery Belgium, he was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

EDWARD MOORE
Edward was born in 1884 at Stockton to Edward and Harriet Moore. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Ann Street with his parents and brothers John, Robert and Joseph. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Ironworker and resident at 95 Spencer Street, Middlesbrough with his mother. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Asylum Attendant at Sedgefield Hospital and in 1912 married Annie Lawson at Stockton. Edward enlisted at Stockton into the 1st.Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 9978. He died of wounds, as a Corporal, on 20 October 1914 and is buried in Bethune Town Cemetery, Pas de Calais. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FRANK MOORE
Frank was born in 1895 at Stockton to John Thomas and Mary Annie Moore. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 9 Corporation Street with his parents and sister Annie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Joiner and still resident at Corporation Street with his parents and siblings Annie and Harry. Frank enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1739. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 30 July 1915 and is buried in Strand Military Cemetery, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


RUPERT MOORE
Rupert was born in 1895 at Stockton to William and Alice Maud Moore. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 27 Hanlon Street with his parents and siblings Frank, William and Alice. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Steel Moulder and resident at 2 Albany Street with his parents and siblings William and Alice. Rupert enlisted into The King's (Liverpool Regiment) Depot, service number 84837. He was awarded the Silver War Badge B71081 and never served overseas. He died, as a Private, on 11 February 1919 at home and is buried in St.Mary's Churchyard, Norton-on-Tees.


THOMAS MOORE
Thomas was born in Stockton in 1892 to John and Julia Moore, living first at 10 James Street and then at 35 Allison Street. In 1915, having moved to Darlington, he enlisted into the Army Service Corps as a Driver. He was transferred to No.197 Company 24 Division Train. The Company was billeted at Busseboom, a village in the southern part of the Ypres Salient, when during a German heavy bombardment Thomas shot a soldier from his own company. Thomas was found guilty of murder and was shot at 5.40 am on 26 February 1916 at Busseboom. His place of burial was recorded in the Company's war diary but after the war his grave could not be located and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial Ypres . Thomas was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal but was not pardoned in the 2006 amnesty.


WILLIAM MOORE
William was born on the 28 April 1889 at Stockton to John and Julia Moore. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 10 James Street with his parents and siblings John, Thomas, James and Maria. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Farm Horseman and resident at Brookdale Farm, Norton. In 1911 he married Emily Moore at Stockton. William enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/6678. He was serving aboard HMS "Russell" when on 27 April 1916 it was sunk by mines laid by U-73 of Malta with the loss of 27 Officers and 28 Ratings. William is buried in Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


LLEWLLYN ENOCH MORGAN
Llewellyn was born in Stockton-On-Tees in 1897 to William and Naomi Morgan of 29 Portrack Lane Stockton On Tees. He served in B Company, 1/5th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry in France and Belgium, but is likely to have been a replacement, since he is not named on the original deployment list.

Llewellyn was killed on 26th March 1916 around the Ypres Salient. Whilst he wasn’t killed in any major action, by this part in the war the Germans had ‘brought their trench weapons to a high state of perfection’ and shelled the front lines with a high level of accuracy and destruction.

Llewellyn is being remembered by Hannah Smith (Stockton Sixth Form College).

MORGAN MORGAN
Morgan was born in Stockton in 1898 to Morgan and Sarah Alice Morgan with Morgan Snr. dying before the birth of his son.

He was brought up in Suffolk Street by his mother with siblings William and Mabel. 

He enlisted in the Mercantile Marine and was serving on the SS "Ethelinda" as an apprentice when it was sunk by a German submarine in the Irish Sea on 29 January 1918 with the loss of 26 lives. He is commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial London.

 

JOHN ALFRED MORGAN
John was born on 27 November 1889 at Stockton to John and Annie Morgan. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 31 William Street with his parents, sister Mary and maternal grandparents Patrick and Mary Cannon. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 13 Chalk Street with his father (mother died in 1892,father married Martha Jane Dunning in 1896 at Stockton) stepmother, sister Mary and half siblings Florence, Cicerly and David. On 9 July 1910 John married Letitia Armstrong at Stockton. On the 1911 Census John is employed as a Steel Smelter and resident with Letitia and their daughter Olga at 56 Bickersteth Street, living as Boarders. John enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/1416. He was serving aboard HMS Africa when on 16 September 1918 he died of Spanish Flu. He is buried in Freetown (King Tom) Cemetery, Sierra Leone Africa and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

CECIL MORGAN
Cecil was born on 5 September 1883 at Stockton to William and Elizabeth Ann Morgan. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Servant and living at 2 Elliot Street with his mother as Boarders with John Clinton. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Crane Driver and resident at 55 Portrack Lane with John Clinton as his Adopted Son. Cecil enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/3800. He was serving aboard HMS Defence when on the 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland it was sunk by two salvos from German Warships that detonated her magazines with no survivors. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Cecil was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


LLEWELLYN MORGAN
Llewellyn was born in 1896 at Stockton. He enlisted at York into the 2nd.Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) service number 10124. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 November 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. Llewellyn’s body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial Somme France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM and JOSEPH MORRISON
William was born on 30 April 1877 and Joseph in 1887 at West Hartlepool to Peter and Mary Morrison. On the 1881 Census William is resident at 57 Grace Street, Stranton, Hartlepool with his parents and brothers John and James. On the 1891 Census William is employed as an Apprentice Rigger and both are resident at 57 Grace Street with their parents and siblings John, James, Kate, Thomas and Mary. On the 1901 Census William is employed as a Boilersmith’s Labourer, Joseph as a Rivet Catcher and they are resident at 14 Water Street, West Hartlepool with their father (mother died in 1896 at Hartlepool) and sisters Kate and Mary. On the 1911 Census they are employed as on the 1901 Census and resident at 36 Gray Street, West Hartlepool with their siblings John, Kate, Thomas and Mary. William enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 1981 T He was serving aboard HMS Hawke when on 15 October 1914 it was on patrol off Aberdeen and was sunk by torpedoes from German U-9 with the loss of 524 Officers and Men. William's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Joseph enlisted on 24 August 1914 at West Hartlepool into the 10th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 20238. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 14 December 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


KENNETH MORRISON
Kenneth was born in 1873 at Walker-on-Tyne, Newcastle to Allen and Elizabeth Morrison. On the 1881 Census he is living at 47 Linthorpe Mews, Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings Ann, Allen and Elizabeth. On the 1891 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 21 Durham Street, Thornaby with his mother (father died in early 1891 at Thornaby) and siblings Allen, Ann, Neil, Elizabeth, Katherine and Christian. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Iron Worker and resident at 12 Stafford Place West, Thornaby with his mother and siblings Elizabeth, Neil, Katherine and Christian. On the 1911 Census he is still employed as an Iron Worker and resident at 19 Florence Street, Stockton with his mother and sister Elizabeth. Kenneth enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 4/9110. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 9 August 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Kenneth was posthumously awarded the1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN HENRY MORTON
John was born in 1898 at Stockton to John Thomas and Ada Morton. On the 1901 and 1911 Censuses he is resident at 31 Arlington Street with his parents and siblings Edwin, William, Ethel, George and Freda. John enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2886. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 25 April 1915 during 2nd.Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN WILLIAM and JAMES FREDERICK MOWBRAY
John was born in 1893 and James on 2 August 1895 at Stockton to John and Hannah Mowbray and on the 1901 Census they are resident at 23 Milton Street with their parents and siblings Lily and Thomas. On the 1911 Census they are both employed as Apprentice Drillers whilst being resident at 14 1/2 Farret Street with their mother (father died in 1910 at Stockton) and siblings William and Elsie. John enlisted at Middlesbrough into the Royal Horse and Field Artillery, service number 67985. He was Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on 28 May 1916 and is buried in Duhallow ADS Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal. James enlisted at Richmond (Yorkshire) into the 6th.Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, service number 20726. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 8 July 1916 during 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.

 

ALBERT MOSS
Albert was born in 1893 at Stockton to John and Annie Moss. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 43 Joseph Street with his parents, while on the 1911 Census he is listed as being employed as a Fish Hawker and a living as a Visitor at 20 Lawson Street with the Appleton family. Albert enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3566 and 200467. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 27 May 1918 during the German "Blucher-Yorck" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM VINCENT MUDD
William was born in 1886 at Thornaby to William and Martha Mudd. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 6 Wedgewood Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Mary, Phyllis, Amelia, Thomas and Margaret, together with his maternal grandfather James Vincent. On the 1901 Census he is still resident at Wedgewood Street with his mother (father died in 1897 at Thornaby) and siblings Thomas and Margaret. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Coal Porter and still at Wedgewood Street with his mother, Thomas and Margaret. William enlisted at Stockton into the 20th Battalion Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) service number 48691. He died, as a Private, on 26 February 1917 and is buried in Varennes Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


PERCY ALEXANDER MUIR
Percy was born in 1895 at Ellesmere Port, Cheshire to John and Jane Muir. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 63 Westwood Street, Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings Arthur, Mabel, Herbert and Edwin. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 225 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough with his father (mother absent) and siblings Arthur, Mabel and Herbert. Percy enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3080. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 18 September 1916 during 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 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 


ALEX HARDIE MUIRHEAD
Alex was killed in Turkey on the Gallipoli Peninsular in the summer of 1915. His remains are buried in Green Hill Cemetery. His sacrifice is being remembered by Christine and Norman Dewison through the growing of a sunflower. Alex was Christine's grandfather.


THOMAS MULLEN
Thomas was born in 1895 at Stockton to William and Jane Mullen. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 30 Paradise Street with his mother (father died in 1898 at Stockton) and siblings Jane, Edward, Lizzie and Henry. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Rivet Heater and resident at 1 Williams Row with his mother and brothers Edward and Henry together with his nephew Alfred Arnold Mullen. Thomas enlisted at West Hartlepool into the 1st.Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 9245. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 13 March 1915. 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.

 

DANIEL MURPHY
Daniel was born in 1884 at Consett to Matthew and Ann Murphy. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 23 Elsdon Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Thomas, Ann and Catherine. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Ironworker and living at 23 Stoker Street with his parents and siblings Thomas, Mary, Matthew and Elizabeth. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 1 Elsdon Street with his mother (father died in 1905 at Stockton) and siblings Matthew, Joseph and Thomas. Daniel enlisted on 5 January 1904, at Newcastle, into the 1st. 2nd. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 8698. He then transferred to the reserves in 1908, re-enlisting at Stockton in July 1914 into the 3rd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 8698. He died of wounds, as a Private, in England on 28 October 1914 and is buried in Torquay Cemetery and Extention. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN JAMES MURPHY
John enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 12th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 21233. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 13 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive and is buried in Les Baraques Military Cemetery, Sangatte, Pas de Calais France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

PATRICK MURPHY
Patrick was born in 1886 at Stockton to John and Catherine Murphy. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 16 Varo Street with his parents and brothers John, William and Frank, while on the 1901 and 1911Censuses he is employed as a Rivet Heater and resident at 7 Pine Street with his parents and siblings John, William, Frank, Mary, Agnes, Catherine, Edith and Matilda. Patrick enlisted at Stockton into the 9th.Battalion Rifle Brigade, service number S/1719. He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 29 August 1916 at Delville Wood during 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 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ROBERT MURPHY
Robert was born on 6 August 1883 at Stockton to Robert and Mary Murphy and on the 1891 Census is listed as resident at 26 Henzell Street with his parents and siblings Joseph, John, Catherine, Ellen and Ann. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Rivetters Holder Up and resident as a Visitor at 2 Nelson Square, Sunderland, while on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Plater Labourer and resident at 34 Henzell Street, Stockton with his father (mother deceased) and sister Ann. Robert enlisted as Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number T2822. He was serving aboard HMS Russell when on 27 April 1916 off Malta it was sunk by two mines laid by German U-73 with the loss of 27 Officers and 98 Ratings. Robert's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JOHN WILLIAM MURRAY
John was born in 1897 at Grangetown, Yorkshire to John James and Elizabeth Murray. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Stapylton Street, Eston with his parents and siblings Alexander, Clifford and Doris. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 25 Haffron Street, Stockton with his mother (father died in 1907 at Stockton) and siblings Alexander, Clifford, Doris, Ronald, Herbert and Winifred. John enlisted at Stockton into the 7th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 39158 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 13 May 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

PERCIVAL WILLIAM MURRAY
Percival was born in 1896 at Newport, Monmouthshire to William Archibald and Leah Mary Murray and on the 1901 Census he is resident at 91 Musgrave Street, West Hartlepool with his parents and siblings Archibald, Phyllis and Bruce. On the 1911 Census he is resident at Front Street, Seaton Carew, with his parents and siblings Archibald, Phyllis, Bruce, Leah, Neil and Cecil, together with two servants. Percival was commissioned into the 1/6th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry as a Second Lieutenant then transferred as a Pilot (Lieutenan ) to the 16th.Squadron Royal Flying Corps. He was shot down by the German Air Ace Baron Manfred von Richthofen and died of wounds, as a German prisoner, on 2 February 1917. He is buried in Bois-Carre British Cemetery, Thelus, Pad de Calais France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

At the time of his death his parents were living at 10 Claremont Terrace, Norton.

 

WILLIAM MURRAY
William was born in 1897 at Spennymoor, Co.Durham to Michael and Jane Murray and on the 1901 Census he is resident at 1 Wyndham Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Margaret, John and Elizabeth. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Rivet Catcher and resident at 14 Edith Place, Stockton with his parents and siblings John, Sarah and James. William enlisted at Stockton into the 11th.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number R/3562. He died of wounds, as a Rifleman, on 8 April 1917 and is buried in Bray Military Cemetery, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM MURRAY
William was born in 1892 at Stockton to Robert and Sarah Ann Murray. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 17 Malakoff Street with his parents and siblings Grace, Victor, Ida and Eleanor. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Railway Signal Lad and still resident at Malakoff Street with his parents and siblings Victor, Grace, Ida, Eleanor and Doris. William enlisted at Stockton into the Durham Light Infantry, service number 11785, then transferred to the 2nd Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers, service number 21111. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 8 July 1915. He is buried in Ridge Wood Military Cemetery Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ERNEST WILLIAM MUSSON
Ernest was born in 1888 at Norton-on-Tees to Isaac Baxter and Elizabeth Musson. He spent his childhood at 34 Pearson Street, Stockton with his parents and brother Alfred. In 1910 Ernest married Margaret Robinson at Stockton and they had a daughter Doris Lylian born in 1911. On that year’s Census Ernest is employed as a Hair Dresser and living with Margaret and Doris, as Boarders, at 46 Hallifield Street, Norton. He enlisted on 9 December 1915 at Richmond (Yorkshire) into the 1st.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service numbers 28107 and 30662. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 26 August 1918 and is buried in Caterpillar Valley Cemetery, Longueval, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALFRED andTHOMAS MYERS
Thomas was born in 1888 and Alfred 1894 at Stockton to William and Mary Ann Myers. On the 1891 Census Thomas is resident at 7 1/2 Yard, John Street, with his parents and siblings Mary, John, Ellen and Robert. On the 1901 Census Thomas, employed as an Errand Boy, and Alfred are resident at 7 John Street with their father (mother absent). On the 1911 Census Thomas is employed as a Decorator, Alfred as a Messenger Boy whilst resident at 2 South Street, with their father (mother died in 1907 at Stockton). In 1914 Thomas married Minnie A. Fowler at Stockton. He enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 5th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 24074. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 12 November 1917 - wounds received during the 2nd.Battle of Passchendaele. He is buried in Mendinghem Military Cemetery, Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Alfred enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3496 and 200453. He died, as a Private, on 22 May 1917 and is buried in Douchy-Les-Ayette British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN GEORGE NAISBITT
John was born on 15 June 1892 at Stockton to George and Mary Elizabeth Naisbitt and on the 1901 Census is living at 18 Commercial Street, with his parents and siblings Ethel, Helen and Henry. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Rivetter and living at 25 Tees Street with his parents and siblings Helen, Henry, Frank, Mary and Sarah. John enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number S/7897. He was serving aboard HMS Vindictive when he died of Spanish Flu and is buried in Belfast Cemetery County Antrim. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FRANK CLEMENTINE NASBY
Frank was born on 4 April 1889 at Stockton to Richard and Mary Nasby. He grew up at No16 and No18 Lorne Street with his parents and siblings Lampingh ,Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah, Gertrude, Samuel, Lillian and Mabel, together with paternal grandfather Richard Nasby. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Elementary School Teacher and still resident at 16 Lorne Street with his father (mother died in early 1911 at Stockton) and sisters Margaret and Gertrude. On 4 July 1916 Frank married Laura Preston at St.Peter’s Church, Stockton. He enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry, service number 27522 and was then commissioned into the 4th.Battalion Northumberland Fusilliers as a Second Lieutenant. He was Killed in Action on 1 September 1917 and is buried in Hargicourt British Cemetery Aisne, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS NASH
Thomas was born in 1891 and in 1910 married Ellen McGinn at Thornaby. He enlisted into the King's Own Scottish Boarderers, service number 5809 and died of wounds in England, as a Private, on 12 July 1915. He is buried in Kensal Green (All Souls') Cemetery London and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ERNEST NATTRASS
Ernest was born in 1892 at Stockton to John Robert and Elizabeth Nattrass. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Stockton with his mother (father died in 1893 at Stockton) stepfather Joseph William Hall (who had married Elizabeth in 1895 at Stockton) brother William and half sister Jane Hall. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Brush Factory Labourer and resident at 3 Brewery Square, Hunters Lane with his mother, stepfather and half siblings Jane and Charles Hall. Ernest enlisted at Stockton into the Scottish Rifles, service number 3418, transferred to the Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) service number 203164, transferred to the Princess Louise's (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) service number S/23077 then transferred to the 7th.Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, service number S/23077. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 January 1918 and is buried in Fins New British Cemetery, Sorel-Le-Grand, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FREDERICK NELSON

Frederick Nelson was born on 16 October 1879 in Barnfield Blocks, Tudhoe, Spennymoor, Co Durham. He became an Iron Works labourer and married Isabella Garthwaite on 20 May 1907 in St Cuthberts Church, Middlesbrough. They had four children, Ivy, Olive, Frederick and George. At the outbreak of the Great War in 1914, Frederick and Isabella lived in 17 Hill St East, Portrack, Stockton on Tees.

Whilst not a young man at the age of 35, Frederick ultimately felt duty-bound to enlist (Kitchener's "Your Country Needs You) and did so circa 1915, into the Yorkshire Regiment (the 13th Battalion). The 13th Battalion was formed in Richmond in July 1915 as a Bantam Battalion. It moved to Aldershot in July 1915 and was attached to the 121st Brigade, 40th Division. On 6th June 1915, the 13th Battalion landed at Le Havre.

At the time of his death, Frederick was a member of B Company VII Platoon 13th Yorks. See a photograph of Frederick here. Sunflowers are being grown to remember Frederick by his grandson John Thomas and his brother in law Ian Bewley.


JOHN NEVINS
John was born in 1876 at Stockton to James and Hannah Nevins. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 20 Princess Street with his parents and sisters Mary, Margaret and Ellen. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 22 Thorpe Street with his parents and siblings Mary, Margaret, Ellen and Frederick. On 22 May 1899 John married Sarah Gartland at Stockton. On the 1901 Census John is employed as an Iron Works Labourer and living at 14 Leonard Street with Sarah and son James. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Truck Loader and resident at 4 Elliot Street with Sarah and children Tom, Joe, Mary and Margaret. John enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 4/9910. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 19 April 1916. His body was 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.

 

JOHN ROBERT NEWLOVE
John Robert is being remembered through the growing of sunflowers by his granddaughters Josie, Jean and Susan and their families:

Our grandad, John Robert (Bob) was born in Stockton on Tees to John and Mary Newlove in October 1885. He was the eldest of five children. The 1901 census shows that at that time the family were living in Donald Street, Stockton.

In 1909 John married Ada Maud Barratt at Stockton Parish Church. They had two daughters, Edna May and Ivy, who were five and three when the war began. At this time the family was living at 15 Hutchinson Street Stockton, from where grandad had been running  a business called Shinio Window Cleaning Company.

We have learnt that grandad joined the Durham Territorials and later transferred to the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment.
Whilst in the trenches at Craonne Hill,in France in " Defence of Ypres"  he received a severe injury to his neck. He was seen at this time by a Sgt J Robinson, who was taken prisoner of war a short time later. He returned to England when the war ended and passed on this information.

Grandad was taken to a casualty clearing station where he died on 31st May 1918. He is buried at the Montcornet Military Cemetary in France. We have a letter and several cards which grandad sent to his family, one of which was written to his daughters on the evening before he was wounded.

We will be bringing a Sunflower to the cenotaph at Stockton to remember him with love.


JOHN ROBERT NICHOL
John was born in 1891 at Stockton to Joseph Russell and Eliza Nichol. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 10 Maritime Street with his parents and siblings Joseph, Percy, Leonard and Appleby. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Upholsterers Apprentice and resident at 3 Ann Street with his parents and brothers Joseph, Percy and Leonard. In 1914, at Stockton, John married Annie Winstanley. He enlisted at Stockton into the 15th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3112 and 45576 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in A.I.F. Burial Ground, Flers, Somme France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES HENRY NICHOLAS
James was born in 1877 at West Hartlepool to Charles Horace and Charlotte Nicholas. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 38 Pearson Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings William and Jane. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 64 Cecil Street, Stockton with his mother (father died in in 1881 at Stockton) and sister Sarah. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Grocer’s Assistant and resident at 38 Pearson Street with his mother and sister Sarah. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Grocer and resident at 64 Cecil Street and 38 Pearson Street, with his sister Sarah. James enlisted at Stockton into the 251st.Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 108332. He died of wounds, as a Gunner, on 6 September 1918 and is buried in Sun Quarry Cemetery, Cherisy Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM VALENTINE NIGHTINGALE
William was born in 1893 at Stockton to David and Elizabeth Mary Nightingale. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Derwent Street, Stockton with his parents and brothers Charles and Thomas. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Law Clerk and resident at 18 Russell Street, Stockton with his parents and brothers Charles, Henry and John. William enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 10th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service numbers 4131 and 34757. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 17 September 1916 during 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.


FRANCIS WILLIAM NIX
Francis was born on 21 September 1891 at Stockton to Robert Henry and Hannah Nix. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 61 Hume Streetwith his mother (father died in 1893 at Stockton) and siblings Amy, Grace and Robert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Fitter and Turner and resident at 4 Alma Street with siblings Grace and Robert (mother died in 1910 at Stockton). Francis enlisted at Stockton into the 12th.Battalion Rifle Brigade, service number S/2219. He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman on 25 September 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


WILLIAM NUGENT
William was born in 1877 at Stockton to George and Catherine Nugent and on the 1881 Census is resident at Stokes Yard with his parents. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 23 Carrol Street with his parents and brother Patrick. In 1901, at Stockton, William married Elizabeth Mary Cuthbert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Shipyard Platers Helper and resident at 16 Smithfield Street with Elizabeth and son James. William enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 4/9338. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 9 August 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


JAMES O’BRIEN
James was born in 1891 at Stockton to William and Elizabeth O'Brien. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 23 Childeray Street with his parents and siblings William, Elizabeth, Margaret and Hannah. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Loco Fireman and resident at 36 New Cottages, Billingham with his parents and siblings William, Elizabeth, Margaret, Hannah, Jane and Vincent. James enlisted at Middlesbrough Yorkshire into the 6th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 10708. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 21 August 1915 at Gallipoli. 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.

PATRICK O’BRIEN
Patrick was born in Berwick Northumberland and enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd.Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, service number 8421. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 8 June 1916 and is buried in Faubourg D'Amiens Cemetery, Arras Pas de Calais France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN O’DONNELL
John was born in 1889 at Thornaby and enlisted there into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 8319. On the 1911 Census he was garrisoned with his battalion at York. He died on 5 January 1918 and is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS O’GRADY
Thomas was born in 1893 at Stockton to Michael and Isabella O'Grady. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 57 Thorp Street with his parents and siblings John, Charles and Isabella. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clerk and resident at 81 Parliament Street with his parents and sister Isabella. Thomas enlisted at Northallerton into the 4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 3172. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 24 May 1915 during the 2nd.Battle of Ypres. Thomas’ body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HARRY OLIVER
Harry was born in 1883 at Stockton to Henry and Elizabeth Oliver. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 88 Shotton Street, Doncaster with his parents and siblings William, Jessie, Elizabeth, Emma, Edward, Annie and Arthur. In 1904, at Doncaster, Harry married Margaret Deakin. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Plasterer and still living in Doncaster with his wife and children Margaret and Ethel. Harry enlisted at Stockton on 14 September 1914 into the 15th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 10520. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 17 November 1915 and is buried in Hour lines Communal Cemetery Extention, Nord France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOSEPH CUNDY OLIVER
Joseph was born in 1895 at Stockton to Thomas and Annie Oliver. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 17 Langley Street with his parents and siblings Emily and Harry. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Hairdresser’s Apprentice and resident at 21 Durham Street with his parents and siblings Harry, Thomas, Emily, Alice and Effie. Joseph enlisted into the 1st./1st. (North and West Ridings) Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 608. He died, as a Gunner, on 2nd January 1916 and is buried in Ste.Marie Cemetery, Le Havre, Seine-Maritime, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES O’NEIL
James was born in 1888 at Stockton to Cornelious and Margaret O'Neil. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Portrack Lane with his parents and siblings Patrick, Cornelius and Mary. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 14 Portrack Street with his parents and siblings Patrick, Mary, Cornelious, Margaret, Peter, Annie and Bridget. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Tripe Dresser and resident as a Boarder at 22 Portrack Street. James enlisted at Barnard Castle into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3/8701. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 25 September 1915 and is buried in Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FRANCIS and THOMAS HENRY O’NEIL
Francis was born on 23 October 1884 and Thomas on 1 July 1896 at Stockton to Thomas and Margaret O'Neil. On the 1891 Census Francis was resident at 20 Maritime Street with his parents and sisters Maria, Sarah and Alice. On the 1901 Census Francis, employed as a Rivet Heater, and Thomas are resident at 9 Maritime Street, Stockton with their parents and siblings Annie, Alice, Jane, Agnes and Frederick. In 1905, at Stockton, Francis married Clara Alice Chesney and on the 1911 Census is employed as a Shipyard Labourer and resident at 16 Union Street with his wife and daughter Jane Elizabeth. On the 1911 Census Thomas is resident at 6 Haffron Street with his parents and siblings Mary, John and Alice. Francis enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 3141/T. He was serving aboard HMS Defence when he died of illness, at home, on 14 March 1916 and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Thomas enlisted on 28 August 1914 at Stockton into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3/10111. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 2 September 1917. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE HENRY ORAM
George was born in 1887 at Thornaby to James and Sarah Oram. He grew up in Thornaby with his parents (mother died in 1900) and siblings Albert, Arthur, Sarah, John, Rose, Florence and William. On the 1911 Census he is barracked with his battalion after enlisting at Stockton into the 4th Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number 6626. He was Killed in Action, as a Sergeant, on 2 March 1915. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM and JOSEPH WHITFIELD ORR
William was born in 1880 and Joseph 1896 at Stockton to Jane Orr. On the 1891 Census William is resident at 11 Shepherd Street with his mother and sister Margaret. On the 1901 Census, William is employed as an Iron Founder and resident at 17 Lucy Street with his mother and siblings Margaret, George, Gertrude and Florence. In 1902, at Stockton, William married Ellen Jane Oliver. On the 1911 Census Joseph is employed as a Wood Turner and still resident at Lucy Street with his mother and siblings George and Florence. William enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 2586T. He was serving aboard HMS Queen Mary when on 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland it was hit twice by the German battle cruiser Derfflinger, causing its magazines to explode, resulting in its sinking and the loss of 1266 crewman. William's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Joseph enlisted on 19 July 1915, at Stockton, into the 227th.Field Company, Royal Enginneers, service number 104288. He was Killed in Action, as a Sapper, and is buried in Voormezeele Enclosures No.1 and No. 2 Cemetery Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ARTHUR THOMAS OSMAN
Arthur was born on 3 October 1899 at Gillingham, Kent to Arthur Thomas and Martha Eliza Edith Osman. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 34 Talfourd Road, East Wickham, Dartford, Kent with his parents and brother Edward. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 147 East Street, Prettlewell, Essex. Arthur enlisted as a Stoker 2nd.Class into the Royal Navy, service number K/46992, and was serving aboard the minesweeper HMPMS "Erin's Isle" when on 7 February 1919 it was sunk by a mine off the Thames Estuary with the loss of 23 lives (28 survivors). Arthur's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial, Hampshire. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ARTHUR WILLIAM OSTLE
Arthur was born in 1892 at Elswick, Newcastle-on-Tyne to Thomas Douglas and Annie Eliza Ostle. On the 1901 Census he is living at 14 Cranbourne Terrace, Stockton with his parents and siblings Eleanor, Douglas, Annie, Thomas, Henry and Wilson. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Civil Service Boy Clerk and resident at 25 Westbourne Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Annie, Thomas, Henry and Wilson. Arthur enlisted at Chelsea, London into the 1st Battalion, attached 17th.Light Trench Mortar Battery, Royal Fusilliers, service number 62118 (formerly 4786 1st.C of L Yeomanry). He died of wounds on 7 April 1918 after the German "Michael" offensive and is buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

REUBEN OVERTON
Reuben was born on 10 August 1884, at Dinsdale, Co.Durham to John and Maria Overton. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 17 Light Pipe Hall Road, Stockton with his parents and siblings Benjamin, Walter, Elizabeth, Albert, Emily, James and Edith. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Iron Moulder and resident at 3 Light Pipe Hall Road with his parents and siblings Hannah, Benjamin, Walter, Albert and Joseph. In 1906, at Stockton, Reuben married Annie Breeze and on the 1911 Census, still employed as an Iron Moulder, is resident at 27 Cromwell Street, Stockton with his wife and children William, Doris and Annie. Reuben enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 3016T and was serving aboard HMS Queen Mary when on 31 May 1916 during the Battle of Jutland it was sunk after being hit twice by the German battle cruiser "Derfflinger" which exploded the ship’s magazines with the loss of 1266 men. Reuben's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

CHARLES EDWARD OWLES
Charles was born in 1883 at Stockton to Edward and Elizabeth Ann Owles. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Headlam Street with his parents and brother Albert. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Apprentice French Polisher Cabinet Maker and resident at 92 Tilery Road with his parents and siblings Albert and Olive. In 1904, at Stockton, he married Jane Ann Dickinson. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Fitter’s Labourer and resident at 6 Shields Street, Stockton with his wife and children Edward and Ernest. Charles enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3353 and 200425. He was Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on 28 September 1917 and is buried in Heninel Communal Cemetery Extention, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ROBERT OYSTON
Robert was born in 1879 at Northallerton to Abraham and Elizabeth Annie Oyston. On the 1881 Census he is resident at West Side of Northallerton with his parents and siblings Josiah, Mary, Elizabeth, Sarah and Thomas. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Browns Row, Stockton with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Thomas, Margaret, Dorothy and Mary Ann. On 16 April 1900 at Darlington Robert married Mary Jane Lavery and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Grocer’s Assistant, resident at 19 Bowron Street, Stockton with his wife and daughters Elizabeth and Gladys.

Robert enlisted at Stockton into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 46581, then transferred to the 1st.Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, service number 30778. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 16 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" Offensive. He is buried in Harlebeke New British Cemetery Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HARRY PALFREEMAN
Harry was born on 28 October 1894 at Stockton to Walter and Margaret Palfreeman. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 13 Selwyn Street with his parents and siblings Sarah, James, Mabel and Edith. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Baker’s Apprentice and resident at 8 Lorne Street with his parents and sister Edith. Harry enlisted at Stockton into the 14th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 4249 and 45534. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 30 January 1917 and is buried in Cambrin Churchyard Extension, Pas de Calais France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

CHRISTOPHER JOHN PALLISER
Christopher was born on 20 April 1898 at Stockton to John and Mary Palliser. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Grand Moat Street with his parents and sisters Christiana, Margaret and Mary, while on the 1911 Census he is at 20 Alliance Street, with his parents and siblings Margaret, Mary, George, Robert and Florence. Christopher enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3393. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 20 April 1916 and is buried in Boulogne Eastern Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN EDWARD PALLISTER
John was born in 1868 at Stockton to William and Anne Pallister. On the 1871 and 1881 Censuses he is resident at 11 Alma Street with his parents and siblings Mary, Thomas and George. John obtained his Certificate of Competency as Second Mate in 1891 and Certificate of Competency as Master in 1894. In 1896, at Bath,he married Edith Jane Walton. Enlisting in the Royal Naval Reserve he was killed, as a Lieutenant-Commander, when on 1 July 1915 whilst in command of HM Tug Sir Hugh Bell it was sunk. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Portsmouth Naval Memorial Hampshire.

 

GEORGE PARGETER
George was born in 1896 at Stockton and on the 1901 Census is living at 27 Suffolk Street, with his grandfather William Pargeter and Alice Pargeter. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Plater and resident at 25 Alma Street with his adoptive parents Arthur Butler and Maria Butler (nee Pargeter) together with their sons J.W. and A. Butler. George enlisted at Stockton on 5 September 1914, into the Cavalry Regiment, service number 20565 before transfering to the 3rd Battalion Dorchester Regiment, service number 13646 attached 7th.Battalion Royal Munster Fusilliers. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 3 October 1916 and is buried in Struma Military Cemetery Greece. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE WILLIAM PARKER
George was born in 1891 at Gateshead to George Francis and Alice Emily Parker. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Hawker of Hardware and resident at 13 Lucan Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Alice, Ethel, Jane, Alfred, Hilda, Ella, Elsie and Grace. George enlisted at Stockton into the 120th.Siege Battery Royal Garrison Artillery, service number 72259. He was Killed in Action, as a Gunner, on 4 May 1917 and is buried in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St.Laurent-Blangy, Pas de Calais France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HAROLD THOMAS PARNABY
Harold was born in 1895 at Middlesbrough to William Thomas and Rebecca Parnaby. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 6 Ewbank Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Florence, Evelyn, Gertrude and Robert, together with a servant and five Boarders. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Plumber and resident at 14 Bright Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Florence, Evelyn, Herbert and Cyril, together with three Boarders. Harold enlisted at Stockton into the 12th.Battalion Rifle Brigade, service number S/2217. He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, and is buried in Rue-Du-Bacquerot No.1 Military Cemetery, Laventie Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ARTHUR HENRY PATTERSON
Arthur was born in 1892 at Stockton to William and Annie Patterson and on the 1901 Census is resident at 36 Alice Street, as a Boarder. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Blast Furnaceman and resident at 103 Parliament Street with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, William, John, Charles, Mornington, Annie, Lena and Leslie. Arthur enlisted at Stockton into "A" Company 7th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 26473. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 23 December 1917 and is buried in Rocquigny-Equancourt Road British Cemetery, Manancourt, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN PATTERSON
John was born in Stockton. He enlisted at Dingwall Ross-Shire into the 4th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders, service number 4213 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 26 July 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.

 

THOMAS PATTISON
Thomas was born on 23 December 1876 at Stockton to Rachel Pattison. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 28 Mary Street with his mother (a widow) and siblings John, Joseph, James and Susan. On the 1911 Census he is enlisted in the Royal Navy as an Able Seaman, service number 172668. In 1913, Thomas married Charlotte Smith at Stockton. He was serving aboard HMS India when, on 8 August 1915, it was sunk off Norway by German U-22. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. Thomas was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HARRISON (HARRY) PEACOCK
Harry was born in 1899 at Stockton to Arthur and Ada Peacock. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 54 Hill Street West Stockton with his parents and siblings Eleanor and Roy. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 23 Mellor Street with his parents and siblings Eleanor, Roy, Elizabeth and Arthur. Harry enlisted at Stockton into the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 38883 (formerly 82390 T.R.Battalion). He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 14 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. His body was never recovered. He is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALFRED PEACOCK
Alfred was born on 10 September 1900 at Darlington to Alfred and Sarah Ann Peacock. On the following year’s Census he is resident at Zterzells Yard, Darlington with his parents and brother Thomas and on the 1911 Census he is resident at 17 Christopher Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Thomas, Charles, Edith, Ada and Marion. Alfred enlisted into the 53rd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 113520. He died, as a Private, of Spanish Flu on 18 April 1919 and is buried in Cologne Southern Cemetery, Germany.


WILLIAM HENRY ABNOR PEARCE
William enlisted into the Royal Engineers (Inland Water Transport), service numbers 272062 and WR/553715. He died, as a Lance Corporal, on 11 August 1919 and is buried in Amara War Cemetery, Iraq. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ALBERT PEARSON
Albert was born in 1896 at Stockton to Henry and Martha Louisa Pearson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 64 Bickersteth Street with his parents and siblings Henry, Edith, Charles, Lilian and William. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Moulder and resident at 21 Ewbank Street with his parents and siblings Henry, Charles, William, Edith, Lilian and Ethel. Albert enlisted at Stockton into "B" Company, 9th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3110 and 200379. He died of wounds,as a Private, on 31 October 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Passchendaele,3rd.Ypres. Albert is buried in Dozinghem Military Cemetery Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALBERT HENRY PEARSON
Albert was born in 1881 at Ingleby Arncliffe,Yorkshire to William and Jane Elizabeth Pearson and on that year's Census he is resident at Ingleby Cross, Ingleby Arncliffe with his parents and sister Edith. Albert enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 5/4407. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 16 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Dartmoor Cemetery, Becordel-Becourt Somme. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of Albert's death his parents were living at 10 Station Street,Stockton.


ALFRED PEARSON
Alfred was born in 1898 at Norton-on-Tees to Edward and Emma Pearson. He grew up at 2 Dorlcote Place, Norton with his parents and siblings Joseph, Albert, Mary, Margaret and Emily. Alfred's mother died in 1902 at Norton. He enlisted at Stockton into the 4th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service numbers 7770 and 203180 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 23 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. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ARTHUR EDWIN PEARSON
Arthur was born in 1897 at Stockton to James Edwin and Margaret Scott Pearson. He lived in Vicarage Street (first at number 25 and later at number 4) with his parents (mother died in 1903 in Stockton) and siblings  Jane, Harriet, Marion and William and James. Arthur enlisted at Stockton into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 24441 then transferred to the 6th.Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, service number 41281. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 22 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. His 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.

 

HAROLD PEARSON
Harold was born in 1891 at Stockton to Robert Alfred and Hannah Pearson and on the same year's Census he is resident at 11 Crosby Terrace with his parents and sister Minnie. On the 1901 Census he is still resident at Crosby Terrace with his parents and siblings Minnie, Wilfred and Reginald. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Engineer Draughtsman and resident at Belmont, Durham Road, Norton with his parents and siblings. Harold enlisted at Redcar into the 84th.Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 44881. He was Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on 3 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Delville Wood Cemetery, Longueval Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


GEORGE WALTER PEAT
George was born in 1889 at Crakehall, Yorkshire to Mark and Sarah Peat. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Egglescliffe Village with his parents and siblings Benjamin, Maria, Robert and John. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Eaglescliffe with his parents and brothers Benjamin,Robert and John and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Domestic Gardener and resident at 4 Beechwood, Eaglescliffe with his parents and John. In 1916 at Stockton George married Ellen Jane Stubbs. He had enlisted into the 3rd.Battalion Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F. service number 23093 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 8 July 1917 and is buried in Motor Car Corner Cemetery, Belgium.


JOHN FRANCIS PEERS
John was born in 1885 at Stockton. In 1913 at Stockton he married Rebecca Jackson. He enlisted at Stockton into the 25th Brigade Ammunition Column Royal Field Artillery, service number 59410 and died of wounds, as a Driver, on 18 August 1915. John is buried in Chocques Military Cemetery,Pas de Calais France and was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp,
British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS AUSTIN PEIRSON
Thomas was born in 1881 at Grosmont, Yorkshire to Thomas and Mary Peirson. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Cesters Farm, High Newbiggin, Egton,Whitby with his parents and siblings Francis and Hannah. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Church Street, Guisborough with his parents and siblings Aquila, Alfred,Harold, Raymond and Gertrude. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Beer Bottler and resident at 23 Wrightson Street, Norton with his sister Hannah. Thomas enlisted at Stockton into the 1/6th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry,service number 6/4747. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 3 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Dernancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

ARTHUR PETTINGER Arthur was born in 1894 at Durham City to George Lawrence and Elizabeth Ann Pettinger. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 93 Claypath, Durham, St.Nicholas, Durham with his parents and brothers George, Henry, Walter and Edward. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Grocer’s Assistant and resident at 4 Pennyman Street, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough with his parents and brothers George and Edward. Arthur enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 39246. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 14 August 1917 during the 3rd.Battle of Ypres. Arthur’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death his parents were resident at 1 Ward Place, Stockton.

 

HARRY STANLEY PETTY Harry was born in 1895 at Stockton to John William and Jennie Petty. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 39 Cecil Street with his parents while on the 1911 Census he is still at Cecil Street, but at No 37, and working as a Labourer. Harry enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 4154 and 200565 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 April 1918 during the German “Georgette" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. Harry was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

BERTIE HANDLEY PHILLIPS
Bertie was born in 1888 in Burley, Yorkshire to Frank and Amelia Amy Phillips. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 3 Berkeley Square, Norton-on-Tees with his mother (father absent) and siblings Harry, Frank and Mary. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Farm Horseman and resident at Wolviston. Bertie enlisted at West Hartlepool on 6 September 1914 as a Driver into 5 "C" Reserve Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 19405. He served in France then was discharged from the army physically unfit, with the Silver War Badge No. 171820, on 24 November 1916 and died at Norton-on-Tees on 28 May 1918. He is buried in St Mary's Church, Norton and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death his mother was resident at 6 Bevan Terrace, Norton.

 

OTTO WILLIAM HENRY PHILLIPS
Otto enlisted at Stockton into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 46430 before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) service number 126009. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 27 May 1918 during the German "Blucher-Yorck" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne France. Otto was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WALTER ERNEST PHINN
Walter was born on 21 March 1885 at Stockton to Henry Owen and Esther Phinn. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 19 Lawson Street with his parents and sister Minnie. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 11 Skinner Street with his parents and sisters Minnie and Ada. In 1905, at Stockton, Walter married Alice Maud Thompson and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and living at 5 James Street with Alice and daughters Freda and Lilian (they later had two sons, Walter who was born and died in 1911, then another son also named Walter born in 1913). Walter enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 2668T. He was serving aboard HMS "Queen Mary" when on 31 May 1916 at the Battle of Jutland it was sunk by the German battle cruiser Derfflinger with the loss of 1266 officers and men. Walter's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Memorial, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his wife was resident at 31.5 Brunswick Street, Stockton.

 

ALBERT PHOENIX
Albert was born in 1872 at Stockton to George and Hannah Phoenix. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 5 Adderly Street with his parents and siblings Harriet, Catherine, Elizabeth and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Brickmaker and resident at 8 Stafford Street as a Boarder. Albert enlisted at Stockton into the 6th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 8445. He was Killed in Action,as a Corporal,on the 22-8-1915 at Gallipoli 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.

 

HAROLD PICKARD
Harold was born on 20 May 1895 at Groby, Leicestershire to Thomas and Sarah Ann Pickard. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 6 East Street, Stockton with his father (mother died in 1900) and siblings Mabel and Stanley. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 5 Calf Fallow Lane, Norton with his father, stepmother (father married Annie Hayes in 1901 at Stockton) brothers Stanley and Walter and half brothers Leonard, Reginald and John. Harold enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 7581S and was serving aboard HMS "Natal" when on 30 December 1915 it was sunk by an internal explosion near Cromarty, Scotland with the loss of at least 390 crew and civilians. Harold's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS PICKERING
Thomas was born in 1887 at Stockton to William Henry and Ruth Pickering. On the 1901 Census he is employed as an Ironworks Labourer and resident at 24 Adderley Street with his mother (father died in 1895 at Stockton) and siblings Robert, William, David, Ruth and Susanna with her husband David Jones and their daughter Ruth. On the 1911 Census Thomas is employed as a Sheet Mill Roller and resident at 35 Stafford Street with his sister Susanna her husband David Jones and their family. Thomas enlisted at Middlesbrough Yorkshire into " C " Battery, 251st.Brigade Royal Field Artillery service numbers 3056 and 755710 he was Killed in Action,as a Gunner,on the 23-4-1917 and is buried in Hibers Trench Cemetery,Wancourt,Pas de Calais France,he was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE PITT
George was born on 7 August 1897 at Stockton to John Thomas and Amelia Pitt. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 14 Albion Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Alfred, Martha, Mary, James and John. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 39 Webster Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Alfred, James, William and Florence. George enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 8992S. He was serving aboard HMS "Black Prince" when on 31 May 1916 it was sunk at the Battle of Jutland with the loss of all officers and men. George's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILFRED PLEWS
Wilfred was born in 1896 at Middlesbrough to Jacob R. and Abigail Plews. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Cliff Cottages,6 Old Linthorpe, Middlesbrough with his parents and brothers Jacob, William and Horace. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 119 Harford Street, Middlesbrough with his parents and brothers Jacob, William, Horace, Arthur, John and Norman. Wilfred enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 27356. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 18 August 1916. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Loos Memorial Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his parents were resident at 5 Wharf Street, Stockton.

 

WILLIAM FREDERICK PLEWS
William was born in 1888 at Sheffield to Ralph and Gertrude Plews. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 40 Mercy Street, Leeds, with his parents and sister Beatrice. In 1909, at Darlington, William married Annie Ethel Patterson and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a General Cooper and resident at 21 York Street, Darlington with his wife and children Harold and Florence. William enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3375. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 27 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered, he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN WILLIAM POOLE
John was born in 1898 at Middlesbrough to Daniel and Elizabeth Poole. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 36 Punch Street, Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings Florence, James, Thomas, Samuel and Annie. John enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 203078. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 22 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive and is buried in Roisel Communal Cemetery Extension, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

REUBEN LEONARD POPE
Reuben was born in 1889 at Stockton to John and Sarah Ann Pope. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 329 Cannon Street, Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings Kate, Thomas, Laura and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Pickler and resident at 9 Adderley Street with his parents and siblings Laura and John. Reuben enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 10754. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Sergeant, on 23 July 1916 during 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 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Reuben was the husband of A.F.Walters (formerly Pope) of 30 Allison Street, Stockton.

 

EDWARD POPPLE
Edward was born in 1896 at Stockton to John and Eliza Popple. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 20 Tees Street with his parents and sisters Mary and Maud. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Billiards Marker and resident at 43 Webster Street with his parents and siblings Mary, Maud, John, James, Harold, George and William. Edward enlisted at Thornaby into the K.R.R.C. service number R/3377 then transferred to the Rifle Brigade (The Prince Consort's Own) service number B/203406. He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 19 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Thiepval Anglo-French Cemetery, Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE PORTEOUS
George was born in 1889 at Thornaby to George and Sarah Porteous. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 9 Cransworth Street, Thornaby with his parents and sister Mary. On the 1901 Census he is still in Thornaby at 3 Pioneer Street, with his mother (father died in 1900 at Thornaby) and siblings Emma, Elizabeth and Thomas. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Puddling Forge Iron Worker and resident at 16 Mary Street, Thornaby with his mother, siblings Emma, Elizabeth and Thomas and the Ruddick family are also present in the house. On 19 August 1911, at Thornaby, George married Nora Fenny they had two sons George and Thomas. George enlisted at Stockton on 3 September 1914 into the Border Regiment, service number 12887. He was discharged on 20 February 1915, being unfit for military service.

 

HEREWARD PORTEOUS
Hereward was born in 1876 at Crook, Co.Durham to James and Mary Ann Porteous and on the 1881 Census is resident at 73 Hope Street, Crook and Billy Row, Auckland, Co.Durham with his parents and siblings James, Christopher, John, Arthur, Joseph, Henry and Hannah. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 3 Whitwell Terrace, Crook with his parents and siblings Joseph, Henry, Hannah, Earnest, Alfred and Sydney. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Colliery Bricklayer and still resident at Whitwell Terrace with his parents and siblings Hannah and Sidney while on the 1911 Census he is still employed as a Colliery Bricklayer and resident at 12 West Terrace, Ushaw Moor Colliery. In 1911, at Lanchester Co.Durham, Hereward married Edith Nichol. Hereward enlisted at Durham into the 1/8th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3183. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 26 April 1915 during the 2nd.Battle of Ypres. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. Hereward was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his wife was resident at 3 Marmaduke Place, Norton.

 

GEORGE CLIFFORD PORTER
George was born on 5 March 1890 at Stockton to John Boe and Dorothy Porter and on the following year’s Census is resident at Moss Street with his parents and brothers Joseph, James and John. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 18 Vicarage Street with his parents and siblings Joseph, James, John, Albert, Ada and Dora. On the census of 1911 he is employed as a Ship’s Joiner and still resident at Vicarage Street with his parents and siblings James, Albert, Ada and Dora. In 1912, at Stockton, George married Margaret Dean. He enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 6585/S. Whilst serving aboard HMS Wahine he died of illness and is buried in St.Mary's Churchyard, Norton. George was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WALTER ERNEST PORTER MM
Walter was born in 1897 at Stockton to Walter and Emma Porter. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 37 Cromwell Street with his parents and siblings Annie, James, George and John. Walter enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3461 and 200448, transferred to the Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 236931 then to the 2nd/4th York and Lancaster Regiment, service number 235936. He was awarded the Military Medal, died as a Private of wounds in the Military Hospital, Harpurhey, Manchester and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton-on-Tees. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his parents were living at 6 Ford Place, Stockton.

 

ARTHUR POSTGATE
Arthur was born in 1886 at Thornaby to Matthew and Mary Postgate. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Georgiana Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Alice, Thomas and Mary and on the 1901 Census is employed as an Apprentice Iron Moulder and living at 6 Prospect Place, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Thomas, Mary and Elsie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Musician (Violin) and resident at 1 Stephenson Street, Thornaby with his mother (father died in 1904 at Thornaby) and sister Elsie. Arthur enlisted at Stockton into the 7th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 27952. He died of wounds during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN POWELL
John was born on 4 January 1885 at Bilston, Staffordshire to Enoch and Ellen Powell. On the 1891 and 1901 Censuses he is resident at 23 Brierly Lane, Sedgley, Staffordshire with his parents and siblings Henry, Clara, Enoch, Edward, James, Naomi and Kate. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident as a Visitor at No.22 Back Hope Anchor, 22 Bank Street, Bilston. In 1916, at West Bromwich, John married Florence M. Taylor. He had enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 3612S and was serving aboard HMS Hampshire when on 5 June 1916 whilst on a voyage to Russia it struck a mine when off the Orkneys and sank with the loss of 655 crew and seven passengers. John's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. Also lost was the Secretary of State for War, Lord Kitchener. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death his wife was resident at 73 Pearson Street, Stockton.

 

WILLIAM THOMAS PREST
William was born in 1896 at Stockton to Harry Enos and Elizabeth Ellen Prest. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 76 Bickersteth Street with his parents and sister Louisa. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Plater and resident at 34 Lindsay Street with his parents and siblings John, Harry, Herbert and Olwen. William enlisted at Stockton into the 65th.Small Arms Ammunition Section, Royal Field Artillery, service number 72648. He died, as a Gunner, on 18 September 1916 and is buried in Salonika (Lembet Road) Military Cemetery, Greece. William was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN WILLIAM and GEORGE PRICE
John was born in 1878 and George 1890 at Stockton to William and Harriet Price. On the 1881 Census John is resident at 26 Childray Street with his parents and siblings Elizabeth and David. On the 1891 Census John and George are resident at Pearson Street with their parents and siblings David, Harriet, Mary, Alice and James. On the 1901 Census George is resident at 63 Tilery Road with his parents and siblings David, Mary, James and Thomas. In 1909, at Lanchester, Durham, John married Dorothy Ann Gray and on the 1911 Census is employed as a Steel Work Pitman and resident at 26 Spencer Street, Consett with Dorothy and children Herbert, Elsie, Elizabeth, Dorothy, George and John. On the 1911 Census George is employed as a Gas Labourer and resident at 11 Woodland Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Alice and Thomas. In 1916, at Middlesbrough, George married Margaret A. Mudd. John enlisted at Exeter into the 73rd.Field Company, Royal Engineers, service number 42280. He was Killed in Action, as a Sapper, 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. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death his wife was resident at 22 Dixon Street, Blackhill, Co.Durham.

George enlisted at Stockton into the 9th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 28170. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 25 June 1917 following the Battle of Messines Ridge and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death his wife was resident at 6 Wedgewood Street, Thornaby.

 

FREDERICK WILSON PRINGLE
Frederick was born in 1885 at Stockton to Robert Hodgson and Frances Mary Pringle. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 11 Woodland Street with his parents and siblings Lena, Olive and Herbert. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Whitesmith's (Tinsmith) Apprentice and resident at 4 Manfield Street with his parents and siblings Lena, Olive and Herbert. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Whitesmith and resident at 66 Buchanan Street with his parents and siblings Lena, Olive and Herbert. Frederick enlisted at Stockton into the Dorchester Regiment, service number 19040 then transferred to the 1st.Battalion Wiltshire Regiment (Duke of Edinburgh's) service number 26717. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 10 June 1917 during the Battle of Messines Ridge. Frederick’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN PROSSER
John was born in 1887 at Stalybridge, Cheshire to John and Lavinia Prosser. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 164 High Street, Dukinfield, Cheshire with his parents and siblings Harry, Selina, Edgar and Ann. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 28 Hume Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Edgar, Selina, Ann, Lavinia and Eleanor. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Engine Fitter and resident at 22 Durham Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Edgar, Ann, Lavinia and Eleanor. In 1913, at Stockton, John married Sarah Ellen Metcalfe. He enlisted at Darlington into the 151st. Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, service numbers 6610 and 295974. He was Killed in Action, as a Gunner, on 27 May 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Arras. John’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death Sarah was resident at 12 Green Terrace, Stockton.

 

THOMAS PROUD
Thomas was born on 12 April 1888 at Stockton to Robert William and Jane Anne Isabella Proud. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Coundon, Co.Durham with his grandmother and brother John while on the 1901 Census he is at 13 Shaftesbury Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings John and Ida. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Accountant’s Clerk and still resident at Shaftesbury Street with his parents and siblings. On 21 March 1914, at Stockton, Thomas married Jane Elizabeth Gill. They had a son, Thomas Errington Gill. Thomas enlisted at Darlington into the 331st. Brigade Royal Field Artillery, service number 165983. He died of wounds, as a Gunner, on 4 April 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive and is buried in Picquigny British Cemetery, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death Jane was living at 87 Station Road, Norton.

 

GEORGE ALBERT PURSLOW
George was born in 1893 at Moxley, Staffordshire to George Albert and Eliza Purslow. On the 1901 Census he is resident at In Court, 7 Church Street, Moxley with his parents and brothers Edward and Arthur. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Joiner and still resident at Church Street with his parents and brothers. George enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 1st Battalion King's Own Scottish Borderers, service number 20005. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 30 April 1916 and is buried in Auchonvillers Military Cemetery, Somme, France. George was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ARTHUR WRIGHT PYBUS
Arthur was born in 1895 at Stockton to Arthur Charles and Hannah Pybus. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 10 Vane Street with his parents and siblings Maud, Hilda, Herbert, Elsie and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Plater and resident at 29 Sydney Street, with his father (mother died in 1905 at Stockton) and siblings Maud, Herbert and Alice. Arthur enlisted into the 1st.Battalion Rifle Brigade, service number S/4528 transferred to the Officers Training Corps. He died at home, as a Sergeant, on 24 March 1919 and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton. Arthur was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES RAINE
James was born in 1892 at Stockton to James and Janet Raine. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 4 South Durham Terrace with his parents and siblings Thomas, Emily and Alcock. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a General Labourer and resident at 4 Melrose Terrace with his parents and siblings Emily and Alcock. James Snr. died in 1912 at Stockton. James enlisted at London into the Mechanical Transport, attached 88th. Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps., Army Service Corps., service number M2/078529. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 2 December 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai and is buried in Fins New British Cemetery Sorel-Le-Grand, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

REV LANCELOT RAIMES
Lancelot was born in Stockton in 1887 to Frederick and Maria Raimes. On the 1901 Census, aged around 14, he is at Cambridge, and 10 years later he is a theological student, living at East Hartburn, as a Theological Student. He was living with his parents, brother and four servants. Lancelot enlisted into the 1/5th Battalion DLI at Stockton. He was a Captain when he died of his wounds on 1 June 1916 and is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM RAISTRICK
William was born in 1889 at Baildon, Yorkshire to William and Mary Ann Raistrick. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 11 Kelcliffe, Baildon with his parents and sister Julia and on the 1901 Census the four of them are still in Baildon at 9 Fountain Fold. On the 1911 Census William is employed as a Wool Knitter and still at Fountain Fold. The same year, William married Janet Malcolm at Wharfedale. William enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 1st/4th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service numbers 8643 and 235211. He died, as a Private, on 25 July 1917 and is buried in Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux,Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his wife was living at Union Street, Stockton.

 

JOHN RAMSEY
John was born in 1893 at Norton to Richard H. and Elizabeth Jane Ramsey. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Grey Street, Norton with his parents and siblings William, Elizabeth, Catherine, James, Richard and Elsie. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clerk and still resident at Grey Street with his mother (father absent) and Elizabeth, Richard and Elsie. John enlisted at Stockton into the 14th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 23686. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 3 December 1917 during the Battle of Cambrai. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial, Louverval, Nord, France. John was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM HENRY RANSOM
William was born in Stockton in 1898 to George and Jane Ransom. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 60 Webster Street with his parents and brother John and his grandmother Mary Hill. By the time of the 1911 Census the family had moved to No 56 in the same street.

William enlisted into the 1/5th. Battalion DLI in Stockton, service number 1945 and died on 1 May 1915. He was buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton.

JAMES HAYES RAPER
James was born in 1889 at Thornaby to Watson and Annie Raper and on the 1891 Census is resident at Cobden Street, Thornaby with his parents and siblings Mabel, David and William. On the following Census in 1901 he is living at 27 Mitre Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Mabel, David, William, John, Charles and Cecil. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Baker and resident as a Servant at 91 High Street, Stockton with Thomas King. In 1915, at Stockton, James married Sarah Ethel Waistell. He enlisted at Stockton into the Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 61392 then transferred to the 4th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 111179. He died at home, as a Lance Corporal, and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton. James was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal and at the time of his death his wife was resident at 89 Greta Road, Norton.

 

HARRY ARCHIBALD REAY
Harry was born on 22 October 1878 at Barrow, Lancashire to John and Mary Jane Reay. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 21 Windsor Street, Barrow with his parents and siblings William and Gertrude. By the time of the 1891 Census he is living in Stockton, at 6 Hartington Road, with his parents (father employed as Borough Accountant) and siblings William, Gertrude, Harold and John, together with Margaret Flynn, a General Domestic Servant. Harry enlisted at Middlesbrough on 10 May 1897 into the Chatham Battalion Royal Marine Light Infantry, service number CH/9750 and on the 1901 Census he is resident at HMS Pembroke, Chatham, Kent. After leaving he was re-engaged on 20 May 1909 and on the 1911 Census was stationed in the Mediterranean with the Chatham Battalion Royal Marine Light Infantry. The Battalion took part in the defence of Antwerp in 1914. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 7 June 1915 at Gallipoli. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Helles Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WALTER REDDING
Walter was born in 1892 at Norton-on-Tees to Joseph and Margaret Ann Redding. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Market Gardener and resident at 83 High Street, Norton, with his parents and sister Mary Wastell, her husband Thomas Wastell and his nephew Thomas Redding Wastell. Walter enlisted at Scarborough into the 5th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 1768. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 17 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and his body was never recovered. Walter is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme France and he was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE HENDERSON REDHEAD
George was born in 1894 at Hebburn to Thomas W. and Margaret Emma Redhead. He grew up in Hebburn with his parents and brothers John and James, but on the 1911 Census is living at 10 Stanhope Road, Stockton with his parents and siblings John, James, Emma and Henry, and working as an Apprentice Fitter. George enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1416. He was Killed in Action, as a Sergeant, on 21 May 1915 during the 2nd.Battle of Ypres. George’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN WILLIAM REDHEAD
John was born in 1894 at Stockton to John William and Clara Emily Redhead. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 39 Walter Street with his parents and brothers Arthur and Harry. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Clerk of Rent and Debts and still resident at Walter Street with his parents and siblings Arthur, Harry, Doris and Elsie. John enlisted at Inverness Scotland into the 7th.Battalion Gordon Highlanders, service numbers 4870 and 291692 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 13 November 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.

 

HARRY HYLTON REED
Harry was born in 1889 at Thornaby to Thomas Anthony and Mary Reed and on the 1891 Census he is resident at 17 Barnard Street in Thornaby with his parents and siblings George, Amy, John and Fred, together with a Boarder, William Thomas Preston, and servant Flora Agnes Fisk. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 6 Westbury Street, Thornaby, with his parents and siblings George, John, Fred, Nora and William, together with Servant Cecelia Sanderson. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a House Painter and Decorator and resident at 91 Gilmour Street, Thornaby, with his parents and siblings Nora and William together with brother-in-law Thomas Coates (a widower) and nephew and niece Leslie and Hilda Coates. On 4 February 1912, at Stockton, Harry married Laura Pope; they had three children,- Muriel, Harry Hylton and John William. Harry enlisted at Thirsk into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 24278, before transferring to the Machine Gun Corps. (Infantry) service number 35265. He was promoted to Corporal on 10 February 1916 then Sergeant on 3 May 1916 but was Killed in Action, as a Sergeant, on the 15 February 1917 at Mesopotamia. Harry’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Basra Memorial, Iraq. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FRANK REEVELL
Frank was born on 18 April 1890 at Stockton to Edward and Agnes Reevell. On the following year’s Census he is resident at 4 Masons Court with his parents and brothers George, Stephen, Storey, James and William. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 39 Stobart Street, Sunderland with his parents and siblings Stephen, Storey, James and William. On 24 February 1909 Frank enlisted into the Royal Navy, service number SS108138. He served aboard HMS Nelson, Essex, Victory and Hindustan, then he left on 6 January 1911. Frank married Hilary Mary Ford at Stockton in 1912. He enlisted, at Stockton, on 4 September 1914 into the 11th.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps. service number R/629 was promoted Corporal on 23 September 1915, mentioned in Despatches and died of wounds on 13 July 1916. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery Belgium and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

REUBEN REEVES
Reuben was born in 1889 at Stockton to Reuben and Mary Ann Reeves. On both the 1891 and 1901 Censuses he is resident at 5 Allison Street with his parents and siblings Helen, Sarah, James, Marion, Ruth, Mary and Eva. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Assistant Photographer and resident at Inkerman House, Inkerman Street, Stockton with his parents and sister Ruth. Reuben enlisted into the Special Section, Special Brigade Royal Engineers, service number 104312 on 27 July 1915 whilst resident at 6 Corporation Street, Stockton with Ruth. He was Killed in Action, as a Sapper, on 1 July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He is buried in Carnoy Military Cemetery, Somme, France and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES RENNICKS
James was born in 1893 at Stockton to William and Isabella Rennicks. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 1 Stokes Yard with his mother (father absent) and siblings John, Selina and George. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Ship Yard Rivet Heater and resident at 22 Rupert Street with his siblings Selina and John (James’ father died in 1911, his mother in 1909 at Stockton). James enlisted at Stockton into the 7th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 8458. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 June 1916 and is buried in Point 110 New Military Cemetery, Fricourt, Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

MARK LOCKWOOD RENTON
Mark was born in 1897 at Stockton to Mark Lockwood and Sarah Jane Renton. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 28 Donald Street with his parents and siblings James, Amelia, Lavinia, Elsie and David. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 14 Oxford Street with his parents and siblings Elsie, David and Sarah. Mark enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 27346. He 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. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ARTHUR DAVID RICHARDS
Arthur was born in 1899 at Bilston Staffordshire to William George and Eliza Richards but by the time of the 1901 Census he is resident at 37 Adams Street, Stockton with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Annie and William (as Boarders) with the Williams family. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 63,Hind Street with his parents and brothers William and Harry, together with four Boarders. Arthur enlisted at Stockton into the 1/8th. Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3287 and 200408. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 11 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. His body was never recovered. Arthur is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial Belgium and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ROBERT EVAN RICHARDS
Robert was born on 30 December 1893 at Stockton to David Thomas and Louisa Richards. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 27 Palmerston Street with his parents and siblings Annie, Margaret, Horace, Joseph, Albert and David. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Crane Driver and still resident at Palmerston Street with his parents and siblings Horace, Joseph, Albert, David, Cora, Dustin and Wilfred. Robert enlisted at Stockton into the 9th.(Northumbrian Hussars) Battalion, Northumbrian Fusiliers, service number 13385. He was Killed in Action, as a Corporal, on 10 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive. Robert’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Ploegsteert Memorial, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JOHN WILSON RICHARDSON
John was born in 1880 at Stockton to Charles and Isabella Richardson. On the 1881 and 1891 Censuses he is resident at 14 Dobing Street with his parents and siblings Mary, William, Isabella, Elizabeth and Charles. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Cabinet Maker and resident at 41 Durham Street with his father (mother died in 1898 at Stockton) and siblings William, Margaret, Elizabeth and Charles. On the 1911 Census he is still employed as a Cabinet Maker and resident at 1 Corporation Street with his brother-in-law, Stephen Parker,and siblings Mary (now Parker),William, Margaret and Charles. John enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3605. He died at home, as a Sergeant, on 12 September 1915 and is buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton.

 

JOSEPH RICHARDSON
Joseph was born in 1889 at Stockton to Elihu and Anne Richardson and on the 1891 Census he is resident at 10 Clarence Street with his parents and siblings Elizabeth and Arthur, together with Boarders Margaret and Joseph Newlove. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 36 Francis Street with his parents and siblings Elizabeth, Arthur, Elihu, Lilian, William and Ethel. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Driller and resident at 4 Francis Street with his parents and siblings Lilian, Ethel, Annie, David and Harold. Joseph enlisted at Stockton into the 225th.Field Company, Royal Engineers, service number 101292. He died of wounds received, as a Sapper, on 18 June 1917 following the Battle of Messines and is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Joseph was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

RALPH PHILIPSON RICHARDSON
Ralph was born in 1897 at Stockton to Ralph and Sarah Richardson. On both the 1901 and 1911 Censuses he is resident at 3 Clyde Terrace, Stockton with his parents and sisters Frances and Sarah. Ralph enlisted into the Dorsetshire Regiment, service number 19041 then transferred to the Wiltshire Regiment, service number 26718. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 25 May 1917 and is buried in St.Quentin Cabaret Military Cemetery, Belgium. Ralph was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS RICHARDSON
Thomas was born in 1883 at Stockton to George Richardson. In 1915 he married Jane Ann Smith at Stockton. Thomas enlisted at Stockton into "B" Company,15th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 3589 and 200473. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 28 August 1918 and is buried in Regina Trench Cemetery, Grandcourt, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

WILLIAM STANSFIELD RICHARDSON
William was born in 1897 at Sunderland to William and Margaret Richardson. He grew up in Sunderland with his parents and siblings Charles, Margaret and Doris and then in 1916 in Darlington, married Mary A. Johnson. He enlisted at Sunderland into the 18th.Battalion The King's (Liverpool Regiment) service number 57828 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 9 April 1917. William is buried in Neuville-Vitasse Road Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France, and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death his wife was resident at 20 Northall Street, Yarm Road, Stockton.

 

WILFRED RICHMOND
Wilfred was born in 1896 at Darlington to Thomas Clough and Emily Richmond. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 17 King Street in the town with his parents and siblings Gertrude and Thomas. Wilfred enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2656, then transferred to the Manchester Regiment, service number 298001. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 21 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive and his body was never recovered. Wilfred is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France and he was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM HENRY RICHMOND
William was born in 1882 at Norton-on-Tees to Mary Jane Richmond. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 29 Stockton Road, Norton with his stepfather (Alfred Jackson West) his mother, step siblings Alfred and Eliza and half siblings Florence and Charles. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Labourer and resident at 12 Hallifield Street, Norton with his aunt Annie, (mother died in 1899 at Stockton). William enlisted at Stockton into the 2nd.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 8292. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 28 December 1915 and is buried in Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery, Belgium. William was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

LEONARD RIDGE
Leonard was born on 9 September 1891 in Stockton and baptised on 1st October 1891 at Stockton’s Primitive Methodist Chapel.

His parents were William James Ridge (born in Shadwell, London), and Mary Jane Ridge (nee Rushmer, born in Stockton on Tees, of Norfolk parents). Leonard was their second child and he had at least eight brothers and sisters.

Leonard served in the 2nd Bn., West Yorkshire Regt. (Prince of Wales’s Own) and died on Sunday, 6th May 1917. He is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial. A sunflower is being grown to honour his memory by Marcus Summerfield, Leonard's great-nephew.


GEORGE WILLIAM RIDLEY
George was born in 1896 at Norton-on-Tees to Charles Ernest and Jane Isabella Ridley and on the 1901 Census is resident at 8 Greys Place, Norton with his parents and sisters Ivy and Edith. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Market Garden Apprentice and resident at 26 Stanley Street, Norton with his family. George enlisted at Stockton into the 27th.Battalion (Tyneside Irish) Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 20538. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 27 April 1917 and is buried in Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais. George was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ROBERT EDWARD RIDLEY
Robert was born on 16 October 1890 at Stockton to Robert and Rose Ellen Ridley. On the following year’s Census he is resident at 1 Laing Street with his parents and siblings Ada and Richard. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Grocer’s Assistant and resident at 59 Sydney Street with his parents and Richard. In 1912, at Stockton, Robert married Elizabeth M. Foster. He enlisted at Stockton into the A.C.C.,service number 12498 then transferred to the Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, service number 33789. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 4 August 1917 during the 3rd.Battle of Ypres and is buried in Bedford House Cemetery Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS RIDSDALE
Thomas was born in 1891 at Stockton to Charles and Hannah Ridsdale. On the 1901 Census he is living at 36 Clarence Street with his parents and siblings Jane, John, George, Charles and Albert and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a General Dealer and resident at 4 Garibaldi Street with his parents and brothers George, Charles and Albert. Thomas enlisted at Stockton into the 10th. Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 26405. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, and is buried in Vermelles British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HARRY RIGG
Harry was born in 1891 at Stockton to John and Mary Ellen Rigg and on that year’s Census he is resident at Sydney Street with his parents and siblings Margaret, Emily, Rose, Jessie, Henry and Stephen. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 115 Tilery Road with his parents and siblings Emily, Rose, Jessie and Elizabeth. By the time of the 1911 Census Harry is working as a Clerk in Iron and Steel Works and living at 13Castlereach Road with his parents and siblings Albert, Jessie and Elizabeth. He enlisted into the North Riding Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery, service numbers,392 and 311251 and was Killed in Action, as a Gunner, on 27 May 1918 during the German "Blucher- Yorck" offensive. Harry’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Soissons Memorial, Aisne, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

CHARLES RICHARD RILEY
Charles was born in 1897 at Stockton to Charles Leonard and Eliza Riley. He grew up in the town and on the 1911 Census is resident at 16 Edwards Street with his parents and siblings Eliza, Joseph, Sarah, Florence, Adam, Alfred, Violet and Beatrice. Charles enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 202542. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 August 1917 and is buried in Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ARTHUR JOHN RISPIN
Arthur was born in 1887 at Stockton to Thomas and Mary Ann Rispin. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 5 Frederick Street with his parents and sister Ada. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 36 Allinson Street, Stockton with his parents and sisters Ada and Dorothy. On 14 June 1910, at Stockton, Arthur married Mary Elizabeth Smith. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Arc Lamps Trimmer and resident at 13 Kirby Street, Stockton with his wife. They had two children Elsie Mary and Stanley John. Arthur enlisted at Stockton into the 9th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 20805. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 9 October 1918 and is buried in Busigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM RIGG
William was born in 1884 at Stockton to Thomas and Mary Frances Rigg and on the 1891 Census is resident at Alma Street with his parents and siblings George, Mary, Annie and Harry. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Bricklayer’s Labourer and resident at 19 Carlton Street with his parents and siblings Mary, Annie, Ruth and Sarah. In 1907, at Stockton, William married Mary Ann Bickerdyke. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Bricklayer and still resident at Carlton Street with his father (mother died in 1909 at Stockton), Mary and children Edith and Ernest, together with his sister Sarah. William enlisted into the 2nd.Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 31341. He died at home, as a Private, on New Year’s Day 1921 and is buried in Durham Road Cemetery, Stockton. William was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM HENRY ROBERTS
William was born in Nottingham. He enlisted in Stockton into the 12th.Battalion Highland Light Infantry, service number 21631. William was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 27 March 1918 and is buried in Beacon Cemetery, Sailly-Laurette, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM THOMAS ROBERTS
William was born in Darlington. He enlisted at Newcastle-on-Tyne into the 3rd.Battalion Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, service number 8071 and died at home, as a Bombardier, on 4 March 1915. He is buried in Falmouth Cemetery, Cornwall.

ALBERT VENIS ROBINSON
Albert was born on 14 January 1886 at Stockton to John William and Hannah Mary Robinson. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Great Fryup, Danby, Yorkshire with his paternal grandparents, mother (father absent) and siblings Robert, William and Minnie. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 23 Paradise Street with his parents and sister Minnie. In 1914, at Stockton, Albert married Jeannie Sleightholme Arnison. He enlisted as an Engine Room Articifer into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 862EA and was serving aboard HMS Hawke when on 15 October 1914 it was sunk off Aberdeen by German U-9 with the loss of 524 officers and men, with only 70 survivors. Albert's body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial, Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death Jeannie was living at 30 William Street, Stockton.

 

ERNEST SHERWOOD ROBINSON
Ernest was born in 1897 at Stockton to Albert Arthur and Mary Elizabeth Robinson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 17 Eggleston Terrace, with his parents and siblings Albert, Thomas, Robert, Florence and Edith. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 14 Allendale Road with his parents and siblings Thomas, Robert, Florence and Edith. Ernest enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Batalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 2904 then transferred to the 9th.Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 34944. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Ernest was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

SAMUEL JOSEPH ROBINSON
Samuel was born in 1882 at Stockton to Alfred and Elizabeth Robinson. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 6 Bell Street with his mother (father absent) siblings Comfort, Priscilla, Elizabeth, Edward, Eleanor and Harry. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Maker in Ironworks and resident at 6 Bishopton Lane with his parents and Elizabeth. In 1906, at Stockton, Samuel married Margaret Ethel Moore. They had children Vincent, Frederick, Eleanor, Leila and Samuel. Samuel enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 2nd.Garrison Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 21267 then transferred to the 64th.Company Labour Corps, service number 363704. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 2 January 1918 and is buried in Canada Farm Cemetery, Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE ROBINSON
George was born in 1896 at Stockton to William Myers and Jane Robinson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 2 Back Stamp Street, with his parents and siblings Maggie and John. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Fitter and resident at 56 Wellington Street with his stepfather James Cooper Newton (father died in 1902 and mother remarried in 1904 at Stockton), mother, siblings Maud and John and step siblings Stanley and Hida. George enlisted at Stockton into the 6th Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 10805. He died of wounds, as a Private, on 2 October 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

HAROLD WILLIAM ROBINSON
Harold was born in 1893 at Norton-on-Tees to Henry and Ann Robinson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 1 Grove Terrace, Norton with his parents and brother Thomas. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Shop Assistant and resident at 40 Mowbray Road, Norton with his family. Harold enlisted, at Stockton, on 15 November 1915 into the York and Lancaster Regiment, service number 34227 then transferred on 18 May 1916 into the Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 25150. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 5 June 1917, and is buried in Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) Belgium. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal. At the time of his death his parents were resident at 25 Trent Street, Norton.


JAMES ARTHUR ROBINSON
James was born in 1893 and by the time of the 1911 census, and the age of 19, he was living at 29 Lindsay Street, Stockton.

He lived with his father James Thomas Robinson (59) and mother Margaret (52), who had been married for 31 years. Siblings in the household were brothers William (28), Robert (14) and Percy (11), married sister Margaret Hayton (26) and Louisa (17). It was sad to see this parents had had 10 children but only 8 were alive, so they had already lost 2 children.

James father was a plater at a boiler works and James was a plater's labourer, so it's possible that they worked together.

James was a Private in 5751, 2nd Bn, Kings Own Scottish Borderers and died of his wounds on 2 November 1914, age 23, and is buried at Boulogne eastern Cemetry, where unusually the headstones are laid flat due to the sandy soil.

Only his medal card is available showing he was awarded the Victory, British and Star medals and a clasp.

Researched, and remembered by Lynn Donnelly.

 

THOMAS WILLIAM ROBINSON
Thomas was born in 1890 at Barnard Castle, Co.Durham to William and Eliza Ann Robinson. On the 1891 Census he is resident at Henrietta Street, Thornaby with his parents and on the 1901 Census he is resident at 47 George Street, Thornaby with his parents and sisters Florence and Alice. In 1910, at Stockton, Thomas married Florence Boott. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Machine Shop Fitter and he and Florence are living at 14 Gayles Street, Stockton. Thomas enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 200004. He died, as a Lance Corporal, on 30 October 1918 and is buried in St.Sever Cemetery Extension, Rouen, Seine-Maritime France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

OSMOND CYRIL ROBINSON MC
Osmond was born in 1894 at Jarrow to Robert William and Elizabeth Catherine Robinson. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 10 Central Buildings, Stockton with his parents and brother John, together with servant Emily Walker. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Draper Assistant and resident at 31 York Street, South Bank, Eston with his parents and sister Florence. Osmond enlisted as a Gunner in the Royal Field Artillery, service numbers 1222 and 91838. He was Gazetted as promoted to 2nd.Lieutenant on 5 November 1916 then Gazetted on 26 July 1917 as having been awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Osmond died at home and is buried in Redcar Cemetery. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


FREDERICK WILFRED ROBINSON DSO, MC
Frederick was born in 1891 at West Hartlepool to Matthias and Margaret Robinson. On the 1911 Census he is employed as Assistant to his father, Chairman of Limited Companies, and resident at Landieu, East Hartburn, Stockton with his parents and siblings Eveline, Kathleen, Cyril and Elsie, together with three servants. Frederick enlisted in 1914 into the 8th Battalion Machine Gun Corps. (Infantry). On 13 November 1914 he was promoted Temp.2nd.Lieutenant and on 22 October 1917 he was Gazetted as being awarded the Military Cross for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. On 3 June 1918 he was Gazetted posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Frederick was Killed in Action, as a Major, on 28 March 1918 during the German "Michael" offensive. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Pozieres Memorial, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALFRED ROBSON
Alfred Styan Robson was born in 1892 in Stockton-On-Tees to Helena Robson and the late Edward Robson. He is listed as living at Whitley Villa, Bishopton Rd, in the 1911 census.

During the war he enlisted with the 6th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, where he was promoted to the rank of Second Lieutenant.

Alfred died on 5th November 1916, as the battalion attack the Germans at Butte de Warlencourt. This fateful day, 5th November, proved to be the most disastrous the Battalion had yet passed through. The enemy position was exceptionally strong, the trenches from which the attack started were so muddy that several men were drowned in them, and the time for preparation was so short that the attack broke down almost as soon as it had started. The casualties were very heavy,

Alfred is being remembered by Anita Robson (Stockton Sixth Form College).

 

JOHN WILLIAM ROE
John was born in 1898 at Stockton to William Henry and Elizabeth Roe. On both the 1901 and 1911 Censuses he is resident at 35 Howden Street with his parents and sister Clarice. John enlisted at Middlesbrough into the Leicestershire Regiment, service number 46840 then transferred to the 64th.Field Company Royal Engineers, service number 230516. He was Killed in Action, as a Sapper, on 25 April 1918 during the German "Georgette" offensive and is buried in La Clytte Military Cemetery Belgium. John was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

BENJAMIN CARR ROBSON
Benjamin was born in 1893 at Norton-on-Tees to Thomas and Frances Robson and on the 1901 Census is resident at 8 Grange Terrace, Norton with his parents and siblings John, Frances, Mary and Ella. On the next Census, in 1911, he is employed as an Apprentice Joiner and still resident at Grange Terrace with his parents and siblings Ella and Jonathan. Benjamin enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1491, then transferred to the 150th Company Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) service number 23576. He 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. Benjamin was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.


THOMAS EDWARD ANGELO RONCHETTI
Thomas was born in 1876 at Stockton to Joseph Giuseppe Aloysius and Jane Monica Ronchetti. On the 1881 Census he is living at 4 Wellington Terrace with his parents and siblings Francis and Charles while on the following Census in 1891 he is resident at
"The Grove" Norton-on-Tees, with his parents and siblings Francis, William, Charles, Marion and Joseph (his father died in 1895). In 1899, at Stockton, Thomas married Eleanor Marie Sedgwick. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Merchant Seaman and living at 32 Bridge Street,Stockton with Eleanor (who died the following year at Stockton), daughter Isabel and father-in-law Robert Sedgwick. In 1905, at Guisborough, Thomas married Jane Almond Sedgwick. On the 1911 Census Jane is resident at 46 Parliament Street, Stockton with her step children Isabel and Alfred (Thomas absent). Thomas died at sea in the Merchant Navy on 28 March1915.

 

ROBERT ARNOLD ROPER
Robert was born in 1892 at Stockton to William Roper. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 14 Gray Street with his father (mother absent) siblings John and Hannah, together with paternal grandparents James and Mary Roper. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Solicitor’s Clerk and still resident at Gray Street with his father (mother absent), aunt Mary and cousins John Roper and Evelyn Pawlett. Robert enlisted at Stockton into the 16th.Battalion King's Royal Rifle Corps, service number C/1019. He was Killed in Action, as a Rifleman, on 15 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. Robert’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.


ROBERT DAVID ROPER
Robert was born in 1880 at Sunderland to John and Jane Isabella Roper. On the following year’s Census he is resident at 11 ½ Waterworks Road, Bishopwearmouth, Sunderland with his parents and siblings Frances, John, Margaret and Eleanor. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 5 Throston Street, Hartlepool with his parents and siblings Frances, John, Margaret, Ellen, Ethel, Joseph, Emily and Arthur. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Boilersmith and resident at 17 Neasham Road, Darlington with his parents and siblings Ellen, Ethel, Arthur and Igal. In 1905,at Stockton, Robert married Mary Ann Morgan and on the 1911 Census he is resident at 12 Palmerston Street, Thornaby as a Visitor. His wife and children Emily, Ivy and Doris were resident at Darlington (they had a further child,Anne). Robert enlisted on 15 September 1914 at Darlington into the 15th.Durham Light Infantry, service number 19847. He was promoted Lance Corporal on 1 November 1914, then Corporal on 20 December 1914, and Sergeant on 10 February 1915, before being reduced to Private, for absence, on 21 August 1915. Robert was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 24 February 1916 and is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentiers, Nord France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

EDWARD ROSS
Edward was born in 1893 at Stockton to James and Sarah Ann Ross and on the 1901 Census he is living at 10 Ramsgate with his father (mother died in 1900 at Stockton) and siblings John, Thomas and Sarah. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Screener at an Iron Works and resident at 6 West Street, Ferryhill as a Boarder. In 1913, at Stockton, Edward married Mary Ellen Collins. He enlisted at Stockton into “A" Company, 15th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service numbers 1953 and 45563 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. Edward was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

FREDERICK WILLIAM ROSS
Frederick was born in 1896 at Stockton to Frederick William and Annie Ross. After leaving school he worked as an Apprentice Boiler Maker and lived at 39 Arlington Street with his parents and siblings James, Francis, Emily, Evelina and Wilfred. Frederick enlisted at Stockton into the 1/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) service number 203194. He died, as a Private, on 15 April 1919 and is buried in Douai British Cemetery, Cuincy Nord France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

THOMAS EDWARD ROTHWELL
Thomas was born in 1893 at Stockton and enlisted there into the 15th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 201372. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 3 May 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Arras. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES HENRY ROWNTREE
James was born in 1878 at Stockton to James and Jane Rowntree. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 3 Sun Street with his parents and siblings Hannah, Ada, Elizabeth, William, Alfred, Lily and Minnie. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 21 Walter Street with his parents and siblings Ada, Elizabeth, William, Alfred, Lily, Amy, Alice and Gertrude. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Helper in a Boiler Yard and resident at 18 Walter Street with his parents and siblings William, Alfred, Ada, Elizabeth, Lily, Mary and Gertrude. On the 1911 Census he is still resident at Walter Street with his parents and siblings William, Mary, Alfred and Gertrude (James had married in 1908 at Stockton, his wife was absent). James enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 3416, then transferred to the 9th.Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, service number 34945. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 16 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. James’ 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.

 

MICHAEL RUANE
Michael was born in 1891 at Stockton to Anthony and Mary Ann Ruane. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 1 Ann Street with his parents and siblings Anthony, John, Joseph, Agnes and Vincent and on the 1911 Census he is employed as a Steelsheet Galveniser and living at 2 Henry Street, Portrack, Stockton with his parents and brothers Anthony and Vincent. Michael enlisted at Richmond Yorkshire into the 10th.Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) service number 47154. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 15 May 1917 during the 2nd.Battle of Arras and his body was never recovered. Michael is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France and he was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ROBERT RUDDICK
Robert was born in 1891 at Hart, Hartlepool to John and Eliza Ruddick. He spent his childhood in Hart with his parents and siblings Benjamin, Annie, Elizabeth, Christopher and Sarah together with his paternal grandfather John Ruddick and uncle Robert Ruddick. By the time of the 1911 Census he is employed as an Apprentice Blacksmith and resident at Bradbury Tilery Via Sedgefield with his parents and siblings Benjamin, Annie, Elizabeth, Christopher, Sarah, Ellen, John and Eliza. In 1913, at Middlesbrough, Robert married Lilian Hunton. On 5 June 1912 when resident at 6 Chalk Street, Stockton he enlisted into the 1/5th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 1681. He 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. Robert was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ROBERT THOMAS RUDDOCK
Robert was born in 1880 at Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham to Robert and Isabella Ruddock. On the 1881 Census he is resident at 26 Gray Street, Bishop Auckland with his parents and sisters Ann, Elizabeth, Mary and Hannah. On the 1891 Census he is at Portrack Lane, Stockton with his parents and sisters Ann, Elizabeth, Mary, Hannah and Dora. On the 1901 Census he is employed as a Picture Framer and resident at 30 Portrack Lane West with his father (mother died in 1893 and father in 1908 at Stockton) and sisters Hannah and Dora. In 1908, at Thornaby, Robert married Minnie Edith Jones. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Picture Framer and Glazier and resident at 19 Cobden Street, Thornaby with his wife and children Robert and Esther. Robert enlisted at Stockton into the 1/5th.Durham Light Infantry, service number 3596. He was Killed in Action, as a Lance Corporal, on 15 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. Robert’s 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.

 

FRED RUSSELL
Fred was born on 13 December 1887 at Stockton to Alexander Waters and Elizabeth Russell. On the 1891 Census he is resident at 19 Catholic Street with his parents and siblings William, George, Charlie, Sarah, Jonathan, John, Alfred and Eleanor. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 7 Headlam Street with his parents and siblings William, George, John, Jonathan, Alfred and Douglas. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a General Labourer and resident at 17 Princess Street, with his parents and brothers Alfred and Douglas. In 1913, at Stockton, Fred married Louisa Sykes. He enlisted as a Stoker into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 4489S and was serving aboard HMS Black Prince when on 31 May 1916 it was sunk during the Battle of Jutland with the loss of all crew. Fred’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Chatham Naval Memorial Kent. He was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

GEORGE DOBING RUSSELL
George was born in 1894 at Stockton to Charles and Isabella Russell. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 59 Hume Street with his mother (father died in 1897 at Stockton) and sisters Elizabeth, Mary and May, together with servant Annie Reynolds. In 1914, at Stockton, George married Eva Dixon. He enlisted at Thornaby into the 11th.Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 15935 and was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 12 February 1916. He is buried in Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois-Grenier, Nord, France and was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

JAMES RUSSELL
James was born in 1881 at Downholme, Richmond, Yorkshire to James and Elizabeth Russell. He grew up in the village with his parents and siblings George, Mary, Jane, William, Elizabeth and Harry. On the 1901 Census he is resident as a Boarder at 7 Edmund Street, Darlington and in 1905, at Stockton, James married Catherine Ellen Atkinson. On the 1911 Census he is employed as a Butcher Salesman and resident at 15 Beaconsfield Street, Norton with Catherine and their children John, James, Elizabeth and Gladys. James enlisted at Stockton into the Northumberland Fusiliers, service number 38495, then transferred to the 62nd Company Machine Gun Corps. (Infantry) service numbers 14709 and 71839. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 2 April 1917. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

OLIVER RUTHERFORD
Oliver was born in 1898 at Stockton to John and Mary Hannah Rutherford. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 25 Pearson Street with his parents and sister Florence. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 6 Emanuel Street with his mother (father died in 1903 at Stockton) stepfather George Norman (mother had remarried in 1906 at Stockton) sister Florence and half siblings George, Mary and Sophia Norman. Oliver enlisted at Stockton into the 1/7th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 375383. He died, as a Private, a prisoner of war and is buried in Worms (Hochheim Hill) Cemetery, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

MICHAEL RYAN
Michael was born in 1892 at Stockton to Michael and Mary Ann Ryan. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 10 Cross Carrol Street with his mother (father absent) and siblings Mary, Catherine and Patrick. On the 1911 Census he is employed as an Iron Worker Labourer and resident at 9 Carroll Street with his parents and siblings Mary and Patrick. Michael enlisted at Middlesbrough into the 6th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 3/7631. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 27 September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. Michael’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, Somme, France. He was posthumously awarded the 1914 Star and Clasp, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

PATRICK RYAN
Patrick was born at Darlington. He enlisted into the 10th.Battalion Yorkshire Regiment (Alexandra Princess of Wales's Own) service number 20323. He was Killed in Action, as a Private, on 26 February 1916 and is buried in Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentieres, Nord, France. Patrick was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

WILLIAM THOMAS RYDER
William was born on 1 August 1891 at Thirn Bedale, Yorkshire to James and Rose Ann Ryder. On the 1901 Census he is resident at Great Crakehall, Crakehall, Bedale with his parents and siblings Mary, Margaret, John and James. In 1912, at Stockton, William married Sarah Jane Easby. He enlisted as a Trimmer into the Royal Naval Reserve, service number 6937/TS but whilst serving aboard HMS Attentive 111 he died of illness on 6 November 1917 at Eastry, Kent. He is buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton and was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

 

ALFRED ERNEST RYMER
Alfred was born in 1898 at Stockton to Henry and Sarah Agnes Rymer. On the 1901 Census he is resident at 23 Ryan Street with his parents and brothers William and Frank. On the 1911 Census he is resident at 13 Thorrold Terrace, North Ormesby, Middlesbrough with his parents and siblings William, Frank, Esther, Hilda, Lawrence and Doris. Alfred enlisted at Stockton into the 19th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry, service number 375594. 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 Pozieres Memorial, Somme France. He was posthumously awarded the British War Medal and Victory Medal.