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Cocken Hall Camp



   Peter Meadows and Edward Waterson in Lost houses of County Durham describe Cocken Hall as “a little known house in a fine setting beside the River Wear”. The core of the house appears to have been 17th century with later additions. The site was better known for its ornamental gardens and picturesque prospects in the late 18th century but seems to have hit hard times in the early 19th century. In 1802 the collection of pictures had been removed, some of the woods had been cut down and the place was no longer “one of the shew places of Durham”. It seems to have been reduced in size as some point. In 1804 the house was occupied by a community of nuns who had been expelled from Belgium. They remained until 1830 when the establishment of Cocken Pit to the east made a quiet and contemplative life impossible. Later tenants included John Gully 1783-1863, a remarkable character who started out as a prize fighter and became a Member of Parliament.

The property seems to have come into the ownership of the Earls of Durham in the 1870s although more research is required on this subject. A set of sale particulars survives from the 1870s which give a valuable insight into the layout of the house. The ground floor consisted of an entrance hall, large drawing room, music room, dining room, smoke room and a W.C., a bedroom and butler’s pantry, housekeeper’s room, still room, large ale and wine cellar, a kitchen, scullery, servants’ hall, shoe house, wash house, laundry, bake house, stick house and larder with one wing not in use but formerly used as a chapel. The yard had a dairy, apple room, coal house, ash pit and other “conveniences”. The first floor contained the Maple room and dressing room, a large billiard room, Green room and dressing room, lobby and W.C. with three bedrooms down a passage, two in the clock square and four servant’s bedrooms. The second floor had two large bedrooms with a south and west view and a W.C. , a nursery and two bedrooms. There were cottages at the hall for the gamekeeper, butler, gardener, coachman and cowman with a detached cottage for the woodman. The stables comprised seven stalls and a loose box, a coach house and harness room with a hay loft and granary above. Also three stalls for cart horses, two coach houses, dog kennels, cart shed, pony stable, gun room, two cow houses, pot houses and a joiner’s shop. Interesting though this information is no detailed plan of the house is known so it is impossible to locate most of these rooms precisely.

The house was occupied by a number of tenants up to 1908 when some renovation was undertaken for a new tenant who died before he could take up residence. It was not re-let for some reason and was only occupied by a caretaker who in spring 1914 discovered a very inept attempt by suffragettes to set fire to the place.

Sep 1914 Formation of the County of Durham Battalion  

In the bitter days of early September 1914, under the chairmanship of the Earl of Durham, a committee of gentlemen from the County of Durham, including Colonel R. Burdon, V.D., M.P., Sir William Gray, Bart., and H. Pike Pease, M.P., agreed to raise and equip at their own expense a Battalion from County of Durham, making special appeals to Durham, Darlington, the Hartlepools, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Sunderland and Bishop Auckland.

The raising of such a Battalion was actually first mooted by Major F. T. Tristram in a letter to Colonel R. Burdon, and it was brought into being as a direct outcome of their strenuous efforts seconded by Lieutenant-Colonel H. Bowes and cordially supported by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County.

The idea, conceived and carried into effect, was to raise and equip a Battalion in the County at the sole expense of subscribers, and it should be observed that this Battalion was the only unit in the country that was so raised, the initial expenses connected with the formation of other Battalions being refunded by the Government.

Appeals were at once made for funds for the provision of equipment, etc., and the response amounted to upwards of £10,000. Lord Durham in addition generously offered to place Cocken Hall at the disposal of the Committee : this certainly saved the county a further expenditure of between £6000 and £??? and without its use it would have been impossible to house the recruits who poured in rapidly directly the proposal to form a County Battalion was made public.

List of Subscribers:

  • The Earl of Durham, K.G., etc., Lambton Castle, Fence Houses.
  • Colonel R. Burdon, V.D., M.P., J.P., Castle Eden.
  • Mrs. Matthew Gray.
  • Sir Lindsay Wood, Bart, The Hermitage, Chester-le-Street.
  • The Executors of the late Sir Stephen Furness, Baltic Chambers, West Hartlepool.
  • Colonel H. Doughty, J.P., Seaton Carew.
  • C. E. Hunter, Esq., Wemmergill, Middleton-in-Teesdale.
  • Colonel Sir Robert Ropner, Bart., Preston Hall, near Stockton-on-Tees.
  • A. F. Pease, Esq., J.P., Middleton Lodge, Middleton Tyas.
  • The Right Hon. H. Pike Pease, M.P., House of Commons.
  • Colonel J. H. Ropner, V.D., J.P., Ragworth, Norton-on-Tees.
  • Colonel C. W. Darwin, C.B., J.P., Dryburn, Durham.
  • R. Hutton Wilson, Esq., Egglescliffe S.O.
  • F. Fenwick, Esq., J. p.. Forester's Lodge, Wolsingham.
  • W. O. Wood, Esq., J.P., South Hetton.
  • Colonel Roberts, Hollingside, Durham.
  • W. Sewell, Esq., Manor House, North Bridge Street, Sunderland.
  • John Feetham, Esq., Whinfield, Darlington.

It is not to be supposed, however, that the formation of the battalion was carried out at the cost of little or no trouble. As a matter of fact, the work was attended with considerable difficulty.

At the outset the War Office was totally opposed to Battalions being raised in such a way, and obstacles were thrown in the way of the promoters, but Colonel R. Burdon, by dint of perseverance, eventually succeeded in obtaining official sanction to go ahead with the scheme.

Curiously enough, after first strongly opposing the project, the War Office subsequently commended highly the success achieved in Durham, and Lord Kitchener summoned Colonel Burdon to London and expressed the thanks of the country to the county for having presented the nation with so fine a Battalion. Composed, as it was, of picked officers and men, the Battalion was unquestionably a unit of which any county and any country might well have been proud.

24th Sep 1914   The County Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

Committee: Lord Durham, W. Cresswell Gray; Col. Bowes, Col. Darwin, Lord Southampton, F.T. Tristram, A.F. Pease; Rowland Burdon

Minutes of 1st meeting 21st Sept 1914

  • (1) Col. Burdon reported that some 570 men had joined up to date.
  • (2) That the names of 16 gentlemen had been sent in as being employed temporarily as officers.
  • (3) That the clothing of the men in draft had been approved and it had been ordered – delivery of some being hoped for in a fortnight.
  • (4) That he with Capt. Roberts, Messrs Tristram, Longdon, Lilley, and Col. Bowes had inspected Newton Hall and Cocken Hall yesterday and had found the latter suitable in every way for housing a large proportion Page 2 of, if not the whole Battalion and that he had written to the Earl of Durham asking him on what terms the Comm[ittee] could have the house.
  • (5) That it was proposed to feed the men and officers by contract and enquiries were being made to that effect, and
  • (6) That some of the officers and men were to be brought in before the end of this week.
On the question of housing Mr Tristram stated that it was proposed that each man should bring his own 2 blankets and certain of the smaller items of the necessary details. It was decided that 2 blankets ought to be in the possession of each man. On the question of palliasses, Mr Pease urged that these should be provided. It was suggested they should be purchased second hand if possible. On Col. Burdon’s asking whether in case of shortage of numbers a company of miners should be substituted it was decided unanimously that the classes intended in the original prospectus should be adhered to.

Rowland Burdon

25th Sep 1914 18th DLI advance party to Cocken Hall  The advance party of 20 men from the 18th DLI arrived at Cocken Hall, on the banks of the River Wear near Durham City. The hall, dating from the 17th century was lent by Earl Durham for use as a training camp of the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. The hall and outbuildings were used as billets for C and D Companies with A Company billeted at Newton Hall, B Company billeted in the Drill Hall at West Rainton, until huts could be erected in the grounds.

25th Sep 1914   The advance party of 20 men from the 18th DLI arrived at Cocken Hall, on the banks of the River Wear near Durham City. The hall, dating from the 17th century was lent by Earl Durham for use as a training camp of the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. The hall and outbuildings were used as billets for C and D Companies with A Company billeted at Newton Hall, B Company billeted in the Drill Hall at West Rainton, until huts could be erected in the grounds.

28th Sep 1914   Minutes of the Second Meeting 28th Sept 1914

Present: Lord Southampton; Col. Darwin; Mr. W. Cresswell Gray; Capt. Tristram; Capt. Roberts; Col. Bowes; Col. R. Burdon

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The list of gentlemen appointed temporarily was corrected. It was decided that an early opportunity should be taken to allot positions to these gentlemen; and to secure that a commission be granted to them. It was decided to accept no more officers for commissions at present (unless some exceptionally valuable officer present himself) in order that vacancies might be retained for the promotion of candidates from the ranks.

Colonel Bowes mentioned that a considerable quantity of clothing was expected at a very short delivery.

Captain Tristram reported that only 568 officers and men could be accommodated in the house and out buildings at present; and it was decided to at once ascertain how many huts would be required for additional accommodation for the whole Battalion; what the best position for these huts would be; and Colonel Burdon was instructed that tenders should be invited for them; and to obtain the necessary permission to proceed immediately from the G.O.C in C. On the question of the telephone Colonel Burdon was instructed to request the Postal Authorities to at once put a telephone in; and he was further instructed to obtain the leave of the G.O.C in C. that this should be done at public expense.

Colonel Burdon was also instructed to press the question of the medical examination of officers being conducted by a local man.

On the question of the wet and dry Canteen, it was decided to accept Messrs Speedings’ tender, by telegram, on the 24th inst, subject to such reduction as could be obtained, if any.

Colonel Burdon announced that additional subscriptions up to date – including £5 from Col. Darwin, and £50 from Sir Thomas Wrightson – amounted altogether to £5550.

5th Oct 1914   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall 5th October 1914

Present: Lord Southampton; W. Cresswell Gray, Esq; A.F. Pease, Esq; Colonel Bowes; Capt. Tristram; Captain Roberts; Col. R. Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Colonel Burdon reported there were 711 of all ranks now quartered at Cocken and at West Rainton; and it was stated that about 100 more men were enlisted, and ready to come up. The Adjutant reported that Mr. Hughes Games and Mr Ince had joined; and a telegram offering a commission to Mr Lowe was written to be despatched.

Colonel Burdon notified that a subscription had been sent from Mr Henry Salvin for £25.

Colonel Burdon was authorised to offer a commission to Dr. Alfred Squire Taylor, M.B. B’ch. [MBChB] Edin.

Colonel Burdon was authorised to proceed at once with the erection of huts, to hold 700 men; and also a Recreation Shed, as soon as permission could be obtained for the latter. Colonel Burdon was instructed to write to Colonel Darwin and ask if he would be good enough to undertake the management of the finance of the Battalion, as being so much nearer the spot.

The new pattern equipment was fitted for inspection, and it was suggested that the old Webb pattern should be obtained, if possible. Sites for the huts - as suggested by the Darlington Construction Co, and laid out by Mr Ventris this morning - were approved. Construction is to be commenced at once.

12th Oct 1914   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall October 12th 1914

Present: - Lord Durham; Lord Southampton; Col. Darwin; W. Cresswell Gray, Esq; Colonel Bowes; Captain F.T. Tristram; Captain Roberts; Col. R. Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Colonel Burdon reported that Mr Lowe had now joined, and that Dr Taylor proposed joining immediately. The list of officers for commissions was produced and inspected. Subscription list now amounted to £5715, including a donation from Mr J.E. Rogerson for £50.

Parade state was now 930, rank and file; and 22 officers. Accommodation as follows: - Newton Hall, 230. West Rainton, 212. Cocken Hall, 510. Col. Burdon also reported that recruiting had been stopped in consequence of some very undesirable men having been recruited from Stockton and Durham.

Authority was given to proceed with the Bath House as soon as possible. Colonel Bowes stated that clothing for about 900 was now forthcoming; and asked for a cheque for £2000 on account for clothing. Lord Southampton had made enquires with regard to obtaining a suitable Orderly Room Clerk, and the matter was left in his hands. It was noted that no progress – except putting up the side posts – had been made with the shed over the kitchens; and Captain Tilly was requested to accelerate the erection of this.

It was decided to indent for sufficient rifles for the purpose of drill for the whole battalion, together with buff waist belts and frogs, until the equipment could be procured. Colonel Burdon was instructed to write a letter to the newspapers, drawing attention to the fact that it was open to anyone to subscribe to the County Battalion, if they so wished, as a record of the Battalion and of the names of the subscribers would be preserved.

19th Oct 1914   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall Oct 19th 1914

Present: - Lord Southampton; W. Cresswell Gray; Colonel Darwin; Colonel Bowes; Captain Roberts; Colonel R. Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The adjutant reported that the parade state was now 991, of all ranks, being 9[ ] men, and [ ] officers. Colonel Burdon reported that the list of officers had to be revised, so far as the dates of joining were concerned, in order to effect the necessary seniority in rank. The question of the return of 23 men to Stockton was considered; and it was decided that Captain Tristram should proceed to effect, if possible, the transfer of these men to other units, as they were not of the classes originally selected for representation in the County Battalion. Colonel Burdon was instructed to proceed to York if this could not be effected, to obtain the sanction of the G.O.C in C to any suitable arrangement. Lord Southampton said that as the man whom he had in view as a suitable Orderly Room Clerk would have had to be trained for 10 days at Borden it was simpler to have a man trained for the purpose at Cocken Hall, and the matter was left there.

The question of the separation of the Finance which had to be dealt with by the Committee, and the Finance which had to be dealt with by the C.O. was gone into; and Mr Gray suggested that Mr Fortune, of West Hartlepool, would probably be good enough to undertake the work, and would be most suitable for it. Colonel Burdon was instructed to meet him, and go into the matter with him.

It was noted that the shed over the kitchens had made some progress, but it was not yet finished. It was decided to indent for miniature rifles; and a full supply of service rifles for the use of the battalion. A further supply of rifles for instruction purposes had been received.

Colonel Burdon mentioned that it might be necessary to pump water from the river for the purpose of water supply. Fourteen huts, in various stages of completion, were now standing. The Quarter Master was instructed to lay a cement floor (for which he was to borrow men from the Darlington Construction Company) for the purpose of a bin for refuse.

The men’s rooms were inspected; and were not found to be altogether in a good condition; this being partly due to the fact that the company from West Rainton had been moved, and had not had time to clean their rooms.



26th Oct 1914   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall October 26th 1914

Present: - Lord Durham, Lord Southampton, A.F. Pease, Major Tristram, Capt. Lowe, Colonel Bowes, Colonel Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Colonel Burdon reported that the transfer of the 23 men returned to Stockton had been satisfactorily effected; and they had now been removed from the strength of the County Battalion.

It was noted that six huts had been completed and were occupied; three completed, but unoccupied; and the remainder - with one exception – under construction. The foundations for the Recreation Room had been laid.

The Parade state today was 1004.

  • A Company 243
  • B Company 239
  • C Company 270
  • D Company 252
Total 1004

Major Tristram reported that the War Office Establishment of Officers had been as follows: -

  • 1 Lieut. Colonel
  • 3 Majors
  • 6 Captains
  • *6 Lieutenants
  • 12 Second Lieutenants
  • 1 Adjutant
  • 1 Quartermaster
  • *1 Lieutenant for details at base
The question of the bath house, combining bath and drying house, was considered; and it was decided that an amended plan was decided upon should be made.

It was decided to carry out the additional lighting of the huts with our own staff, as we had in the ranks men perfectly capable of doing it.

The name of Mr Griffith Jones was added to the list of Officers with rank as Captain, second in Command of the Company. The names of other members of the Durham U.T.C. were considered; and it was decided to offer commissions to at least two of them, if they were found suitable.

Rowland Burdon



2nd Nov 1914   Minutes of the Committee Meeting Cocken Hall November 2nd 1914

Present: Lord Durham, Lord Southampton, Major Tristram, Captain Lowe, Colonel R. Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed, as amended. Parade state was given as 1065, and 24 officers.

It was decided to obtain some oil stoves for the purpose of turning two huts into temporary drying sheds for the men’s clothes.

The tender of the Darlington Construction Company for the Range, according to Government plans, was accepted, at the price of £195.

Major Tristram was instructed to communicate to Mr Gradon our opinion that undoubtedly the drains of the ablution sheds should – as he suggests - be made of proper sanitary pipes, and not let into field drains.

Colonel Burdon was instructed to accelerate the carrying out of the drying room as far as possible.

It was decided not to line the roofs of the huts; and that an attempt should be made to find other premises for the Orderly Room, in order that the present Orderly Room might be turned into the Guard House.

Major Tristram was instructed to obtain 6 Sentry Boxes from the Contractor or elsewhere.



9th Nov 1914   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall November 9th 1914

Present: - Lord Southampton, W. Cresswell Gray, Colonel Bowes, Major Tristram, Colonel Rowland Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Colonel Burdon reported that the subscription list now amounted to £6615.

The parade state was given as 1073 and 24 officers. This being 2 over strength of the men, and 5 under strength of officers.

    Colonel Burdon reported
  • (1) that oil stoves had been obtained for the purpose of drying the clothes in one of the huts; but up to the present there had been no necessity to use them.
  • (2) That he thought that it was almost necessary that a car should be obtained for the use of the battalion and he was authorised to take any steps he thought necessary in the matter.
  • (3) That he had ordered 20,000 rounds of short, and 5000 rounds of long .22 miniature Rifle Cartridges; (and a further quantity - 100,000 rounds – was reserved) from the Army & Navy stores.
Major Tristram reported that it had been decided to leave the Orderly Room where it was, but to put the Guard Room and sick room opposite the front door of the Hall.

The huts were inspected. It was decided to let the latrines and ablution sheds remain as at present designed for cleaning purposes; and instead of a new building for a Canteen it was decided to add a wing to the Recreation Hut to answer that purpose.



16th Nov 1914 Two Companies of 18th DLI detatched to Hartlepool.  In mid November 1916 units across the north of England were put on alert to defend the coast. Two companies were formed in the 18th Durham Light Infantry consisting of NCO's and men who had undergone range training, under the command of Major Tristam and Captain Neville to be deployed to Hartlepool. They travelled by rail and were billeted in Hart Road being engaged in improving and manning trenches along the coast as well as training and sentry duties. One company soon moved to Old Hartlepool to provide sentries at the Docks.

20th Nov 1914   

Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall November 20th 1914

Present: - Lord Southampton, Colonel Hugh Bowes, Col Rowland Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. The parade state was presented as under. Colonel Burdon reported that - as was seen by parade state – none of the men had yet been sent back from West Hartlepool.

The frame of the drying shed was erected and the Recreation Room and Rifle Range were both approaching completion.

Arrangements had been made whereby Mr C. Fortune (Messrs Accountant, 36 Church St, West Hartlepool) has taken Mr Roberts’ place for financial purposes; and the signature of cheques – both with regard to the regimental account and the Committee’s account. It is hoped that the payment of bills will now proceed somewhat more regularly. Payment on a/c to the Darlington Construction Company to the amount of £4000 had already been made by the Paymaster, York.

The question of appeals for clothing for the regiment was mentioned; and it was felt rather strongly that there was no occasion for this at the time; as much of the underclothing provided by the Committee had not been applied for by men for whom it was intended. It was decided that the Colonel should write a letter conveying this to the writers of any appeals to the newspapers.

Colonel Bowes mentioned that instruments for a band had been presented to the regiment by Col. McKenzie of Seaham Harbour; and he hoped to be able to get together from the battalion itself a band of 16 performers.

Samples for the furnishing of huts were inspected; but were not found to be satisfactory; and the Clerk of the Works was instructed to proceed to Newcastle, and obtain further samples from Messrs Emley & Messrs Walker.



23rd Nov 1914   

Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall November 23rd 1914

Present: - Lord Durham, Messrs A.F. Pease, W. Cresswell Gray, Colonel Bowes, Colonel R Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Colonel Burdon reported that the electric light for 2 rows of the huts had been completed. The Range and the drying house were in the process of erection; and the Regimental Institute was in a very advanced state, and waiting for the addition of the Canteen.

Colonel Burdon also reported that he had found it necessary to appoint a Clerk of the Works, who would act for him, and overlook in his absence. Also that Mr Gray had most kindly lent a car for the use of the battalion.

Five hundred men and officers (as by Parade State given below) had been ordered to Hartlepool on the Tuesday previous to assist in the defence of the Port if necessary. These had been armed with the rifles provided for the use of the detachment, and had had 100 rounds of ammunition issued. Owing to having no equipment they had had to have mess tins issued separate. Colonel Burdon mentioned also that he had, himself, seen the Military Secretary, Northern Command, and asked him to represent to the G.O.C-in-Chief that this detachment work at present was most detrimental to the training of the men; and to earnestly request that they may be restored to Cocken at the earliest possible opportunity, which he had promised should be done.

Col. Burdon asked leave – which was granted- to request from York that he should be allowed to recruit up to 400 over strength for the present battalion, to fill vacancies, and to form nucleus for the reserve battalion, should that be eventually authorised by the war office.

Col. Burdon was instructed to write a very grateful letter of thanks to Lord Southampton for his patriotic and unselfish action in taking command of the battalion, and for all the most efficient help he had given.



7th Dec 1914   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall December 7th 1914

Present: - Colonel Bowes, and Col Burdon.

The minutes of the last meeting were accepted as read. Colonel Bowes asked how the question of the equipment for the officers should be dealt with; and it was decided that as a sum of £10 had been very generously offered to pay for the equipment of each officer of the battalion who required it, the matter should be left there.

Colonel Bowes asked whether it would be acceptable to the Committee that a commission should be offered to Sergt. Robinson, for which permission was given.

A good many motor bicycles, etc. having been used for regimental purposes belonging to private individuals of the Battalion it was agreed that the cost of the petrol should be reimbursed to those to whom bicycles belonged.

Colonel Bowes was instructed to purchase a Sam Browne belt for the Sergt. Major; it being very desirable that he should be dressed in conformity to the dress of the Commissioned Officers.

Colonel Bowes was instructed to tell the Clerk of the Works to go into the question of the officers latrines, in order to do away as far as possible with the hiring at present going on.

It was notified that the County Battalion would be entered in the Army List as the 18th Service Battalion.

The band instruments had been ordered, second quality; which would leave a small sum for music etc. It was decided that practice for the band was to be in the spare time of the musicians; and there was no pay to be attached to the appointment.

Satisfactory samples of upholstering, etc, for the huts have been received and selected, and the furnishing was being proceeded with.

It was notified that the first 200 sets of equipment had been received. With regard to the huts, some slight alteration will have to be made at the miniature Rifle Range; and the lighting at the Target end will be provided for by 2 Acetylene Generators kindly lent by Messrs R.E. Hall & Co.

The lighting of the bath house will have to be attended to; and it will be necessary to put glass in the upper part of the outside wall, as the opening at present is too much. The bath house was very nearly ready for occupation.

Colonel Bowes was instructed to place the stoves in the Regimental Institute in the most convenient place. Instructions with regard to the painting of the wood work of the Regimental Institute had been given, and were satisfactory.

The new latrines and ablution sheds had been taken into use, and appeared to be working satisfactorily; but the pipes will require protection from the frost.

The Clerk of the Works had made arrangements for laying down cinder paths under contract with Mr Gradon.

Colonel Burdon notified the result of his interviews at the war office on Friday last (the 4th inst) which included the appointment of the Medical Officer; and the permission to ask for another Company as soon as ever the first Depot Company had been formed; the War Office, of course, paying for everything outside the 1100 men of the present Battalion.



15th Dec 1914 Garrisons stationed in North East England put on alert.  The Admiralty issued an alert to all garrisons defending the North East coast of England to expect raids by enemy ships. The two companies of the 18th DLI based in Hartlepool manned the trenches along the coast.

16th Dec 1914 Hartlepools Bombarded by Enemy ships  

The Bombardment of the Hartlepools by the German Navy was intended to damage ship building and engineering works in Hartlepool.

German ships, the Seydlitz, Moltke and Blucher were 3 miles off shore flying British Flags, they then changed to German flags and fired on the town just after 8 o’clock in the morning.

Private Theophilus Jones was the first soldier to be killed on British soil during World War One.

The Lighthouse Battery gun hit the Blucher killing nine sailors and damaging the ship and two of its guns. The Captains at the Heugh were awarded the very first pair of Military Medals.

In Victoria dock, a submarine and two light cruisers, tried to attack the German ships but the submarine was hit as soon as it came out of the harbour, blocking the other ships. The cruiser HMS Patrol, based at Hartlepool, put to sea but was holed and just managed to reach safety in the Tees. 4 of the crew died and 7 were injured.

That night 3 trawlers sank with heavy loss of life after striking mines laid by the attacking cruisers.

The first civilian to be killed on British soil in the First World War was Hilda Horsley, she was seventeen and worked as a tailoress. She was on her way to work when she was killed by a shell. Thirty four children under the age of sixteen were killed in the attack. The Dixon family lost three children.

As more shells were fired on Hartlepool, the people gathered in Ward Jackson Park and the villages of Hart, Elwick & Dalton Piercy. The attack took only forty minutes, but four hundred people were wounded and one hundred and twenty seven people were killed including nine soldiers of 18th DLI who were manning the trenches on the sea front and guarding the docks, engineers works and railway lines.

After the bombardment the men of the 18th DLI were sent to the Borough Hall and detailed into rescue parties, stretcher bearers and guards.

22nd Dec 1914 First Under Fire  "It has fallen to the lot of the County Battalion to be the first unit of Lord Kitchener’s Army to be under fire. It is an old saying that “the blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” The dead heroes of last Wednesday’s defence force will be mourned as is their just due, but Britons would not be Britons if the German raid does not give a fillip to recruiting more than all the speeches ever made.

At the invitation of one of the officers I paid a visit the other day to the training headquarters at Cocken Hall of the 18th (Service) Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry (County). The words quoted, and the parentheses, constitute the full and proper title, but as they are too long to repeat, may I fall back upon a legal phrase and say, hereinafter termed the “County Battalion,” and also known as “Lord Durham’s Battalion,” the “Pals’ Battalion,” etc.

What Lord Durham has done for the battalion it would be difficult to estimate, for besides lending his personal and financial support it is he who has placed Cocken Hall and its grounds, and the fields around, at the disposal of the commanding officer, the estate being the property of the noble earl. The battalion consists of nearly 1,100 men, and is up to strength, but the day I was there 500 of them were at West Hartlepool, where they had been sent a few weeks ago to man the trenches, when a raid such as took place on Wednesday last was first feared. Therefore there were only about 600 of the establishment was increased [sic], and permission given to recruit more men, and reserve companies are now being raised, newcomers being enrolled every day.

When I arrived on the scene most of the men were out of doors. Here let me say that only the officers and the Durham Company, which company was the first to enlist, occupy the house, and that the rest of the men are quartered in wooden huts, each of which holds 40. There are some 28 of these huts, set out in rows. They are uncommonly like streets, and in this work-a-day Durham district almost suggest a new colliery village. The first thing that struck me was that every man, down to the latest recruit, is fully clothed in brand new khaki. Recruits are uniformed and equipped the day they join. There is no going about for weeks in nondescript clothing, as falls to the lot of some units of the new army. While I was at Cocken a likely-looking young man was enrolled. When I left Leamside at night I saw that same young man clad from head to foot in the cloth which distinguishes the British soldier the world over. And he had a great coat too, and a kit bag.

It was interesting to see how the new recruits were at once taken in charge by older members, and made to feel at home in their new surroundings, but next to the main idea of training, the chief point which struck me was the way the men’s comfort and convenience was studied. I need not describe Cocken Hall. It agrees in the main with the descriptions of country houses in novels. The officers and men have made the most of it. It is comfortable, but there are no luxurious adjuncts. But it is outside where the most interest lies. The huts are well built, roomy and high. They are constructed of cladding outside, asbestos inside, and are roofed with felt, while the heating is by coke stoves. At dinner time the forty men accommodated by each can dine with freedom of movement for all. At bedtime down come the palliasses, out come the blankets, and to peaceful sleep goes “Tommy,” his clothing hanging in apple-pie order on the pegs over his head. “Do the men undress?” I innocently asked, having visions of night attacks. “Undress, yes,” replied a cheery sergeant. “Most of them sleep in pyjamas. Many of the men came to enlist in cuffs and collars.”

Which brings me to the class of Britishers who have enrolled in the “Counties.” The battalion, as has often been given out, is recruited from the commercial classes, including artisans. But I was told that every conceivable occupation was represented in the attestation papers – professional, business and commercial. There are in the ranks parsons, hairdressers, medicos, engineers, dentists, solicitors, students, tradesmen, and electricians. The huts are lighted by electricity, the current being generated on the ground, and the whole of the installation was fitted up by recruits. Out of curiosity I asked several men I met what they were in civil life, and these were only a few I dropped upon casually. They were a seagoing engineer, a tobacconist who had a business of his own, a Cartwright, and a clerk, and a well set-up young miner.

The most conspicuous building on the ground is the recreation room, capable of holding the whole battalion. When I was there it was just completed, and it is to be so arranged that whereas it can be divided by curtains into three, with a canteen at one end, it can be quickly thrown into one large hall for concerts and other gatherings. Billiards and all kinds of games will be provided. The recreation room is similar in style to the huts, but is covered externally with corrugated iron.

The Cocken camp also boasts a complete bathing and washing establishment. In the lavatory are long rows of wash basins, with water laid on, and in the bath house there are 40 cubicles, each with a bath and hot and cold water. There are also several clothing drying houses, where the men’s garments are dried on rows of steam pipes. The value of the latter adjunct can easily be imagined when one remembers the miserable weather we have been having of late.

The food is excellent and plentiful. The men are not fed on “stew” every day. At seven o’clock early coffee is served. At eight o’clock breakfast consists of meat or fish and tea or coffee, and butter and jam. For dinner soup, meat, two vegetables, puddings and sweets form the constituents. Five o’clock tea is composed of tea and bread and butter and jam. The officers get the same fare as the men. I had a private interview with the caterer, Mr. G.E. Barton, army contractor, of York, who told me that the 600 odd men eat in a week, of potatoes three tons; peas, 2cwt.; beans, 2cwt.; carrots, 2cwt.; turnips, 3cwt.; beef, 37⅟2 cwt.; rabbits, 16 dozen; sheep, 4; pork, 400 lbs; rice, 2cwt.; tapioca, 1cwt.; bread, 4,000 lbs.; plum cake, 4cwt.; jam, 10 cwt.; butter, 3cwt.; tea, 230 lbs; coffee, 1cwt.; and milk, 280 gallons. In addition there are varying but plentiful quantities consumed of bacon, potted meat, fish, pork pies, polonies, sausage, brawn, apples, prunes, figs, plum pudding, etc. This is enough to show that the commissariat is in capable hands, and that it is substantial. No tinned goods whatever are used.

As is well known, the battalion has been raised and clothed by a committee composed of many of the most influential gentlemen in the County of Durham, including the Lord Lieutenant (Lord Durham) and Col. R. Burdon, who have taken the greatest possible interest in it from the beginning. This committee by their patriotic action has saved the county about £11,000. The battalion, of which Lord Southampton, of the 10th Hussars, kindly assumed the temporary command, was afterwards taken over by Col. Hugh Bowes, late secretary to the Durham County Territorial Force Association, as commanding officer. His unique experience in organisation and administration is of the greatest value to the new unit.

I had also intended to give a resume of a day’s work in the life of the soldier, but again space forbids. Suffice it to say that reveille is at 6.45 and after a very busy day, divided by enjoyable meals, eaten with splendid appetites, the ordinary work finishes at 5 p.m. and lights out is at 10. After 5 o’clock the officers and non-commissioned officers have lectures. Occasionally, after 5, the men are given two hours’ exercise at “companies in the attack,” or “outposts,” in the dark. I might remark here that the athletic side of the training is not lost sight of. Sports are held every Wednesday, and in the ordinary way every day there is running and high jumping, and physical drill.

Every phase of military operation is practised, including that most necessary art of trenching, so that the “Counties” will be able, when at the front, to “dig themselves in” as comfortably as any of General French’s army. The battalion was fortunate in obtaining as instructors a number of very good non-commissioned officers. It goes without saying that a very important part of the training of the battalion is in rifle shooting. An elaborate covered-in range is provided, where the use of the rifle is taught so thoroughly that it will not be the fault of the instructors if the men are not worthy followers of the original British Expeditionary Force, whose shooting so surprised the Germans. Great emphasis is placed on visual training, and in the huts the men are given pictorial targets to study from, and to practise at picking out objects such as a man in khaki, represented in Lilliputian form, at a supposed distance of 300 yards and over. In the rifle range itself, with the miniature rifle, shooting is reduced to an exact science, and the men are practised in long-distance firing. The range is fitted up with the Solano moving and disappearing targets, and with the Hill-Siffken landscape targets. The men who show themselves most intelligent and smart are quickly promoted and the great bulk of the non-commissioned officers have been advanced in this way. A certain number of commissions have been reserved for promotions from the ranks. A Church of England curate from the immediate district, who joined as a private, is now a sergeant. Talking about parsons, I ought to add that the officers and the men have church parades at different places of worship in the locality on Sundays. A full brass band is being raised, the battalion being rich in instrumentalists. The instruments are being provided by Col. T.C. McKenzie, of Sunderland, and other friends. The camp has been wonderfully free from sickness. Every provision is made for attending to sick cases, but so far there has been nothing worse experienced than ordinary colds. Of the armoury, the clothing store, the cook-house, and the numerous other adjuncts, I must content myself by saying that they were all on the same well found scale as the features already mentioned.

The men are drawn from the whole of the county of Durham, and there are large contingents from Darlington, Durham City, Sunderland, West Hartlepool, and the other large towns. The general conduct both at Cocken and at West Hartlepool has been excellent. The men at West Hartlepool were complimented – before last Wednesday’s bombardment – on the efficient way in which they performed their duties, and since the bombardment all will have read the splendid tribute which was paid to their bearing under fire.

It was at first intended to send the new recruits to Newton Hall, kindly placed at the disposal of the battalion by Lord Boyne, but it is now probable that more huts will be built at Cocken, which will be much jollier for the men. Recruiting is proceeding rapidly, and no time should be lost in joining on the part of those who are thinking about doing so. Owing to the rapidity with which recruits drawn form business and scholastic circles train, the County Battalion is expected to be ready for the front before most of the new Army. That this hope is justifiable is proved by the remarkable steadiness of the men of the Battalion during the attack upon the trenches at West Hartlepool last Wednesday. Although the height standard is 5ft. 6in., any recruit who is otherwise specially suitable will be taken at 5ft. 4in. and upwards." Northern Daily Mail, 22st of December 1914.

26th Dec 1914   December 26th 1914 to The Committee of the County Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

The only important matter to report since the date of the last meeting of the Committee is the Bombardment of Hartlepool, and the loss sustained by the County Battalion. Almost the whole of the Guard at the Battery were either killed or wounded by the first Broadside from the German vessels. Neither the battery, nor any of the other troops realised that they were German ships. I very much regret that we have already lost six men killed - five on the spot, and one dying afterwards from wounds, and ten wounded, but none dangerously; and it is hoped that most of them will be fit for duty again within a comparatively short time. How any of them escaped is rather wonderful. No damage was done in the trenches at all, with the exception of a few sandbags, etc, knocked on to Major Roberts, and one or two of the men, without serious damage. One of the Officers had to leave the trenches while still under fire to re-call two Sentries posted on the cliff, who were discovered marching up and down with fixed bayonets on their beat as usual. Generally speaking, the men behaved excellently; and I think the Officers must have kept their heads under very trying circumstances. The Raid has, unfortunately, made it impossible for the G.O.C. in C. to allow the half Battalion to return to Cocken; and it is still under consideration whether we shall not take temporarily, at all events, the half battalion from Cocken to West Hartlepool; the G.O.C. in C. not having signified his approbation of that course if Colonel Bowes chooses to adopt it. There are reasons which appear to be good for this course; which will not, however, be adopted for at least ten days.

The whole of the lighting has been finished, and the engine seems to take the load quite satisfactorily.

The Miniature Rifle Range is in use, though the targets were not in a finished condition three days ago.

The drying-house, and bath-house, are finished, and in use.

The new Canteen works exceedingly well, far better and more comfortable than the old tent.

The roads still present considerable difficulty; but cinders are being brought in and a more permanent covering will be given to the main road, under the direction of the Highway Surveyor to the Chester-le-Street RDC. I felt rather strongly that after our use of the building we could not leave the carriage drive in the abominable state it has been reduced to. The cost of this will probably be about £60 or £70, which will be chargeable against Government.

The four Miniature Rifles presented by Mr Henry Clark, of Whitburn, have arrived, and are of the greatest use.

The men’s huts are leaking in one or two unimportant places, but are generally most comfortable; and the men have no fault to find, even in this cold weather. The tables and furniture, etc, authorised by the war Office are being provided, sufficiently to meet requirements.

A proportion of men and officers have been granted leave for Christmas and the New Year. Leave has, of course, to be made subject to the requirements of safety.

The management of the finances has been handed over to Mr. J.C. Fortune of West Hartlepool, in conjunction with myself.

I ought to add that I had, myself, an interview with the G.O.C in-Chief on the 21st inst. with regard to the stations of the battalion.



4th Jan 1915   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall January 4th 1915

Present:- Lord Southampton, Col. Bowes, Colonel R. Burdon, Capt. Lowe

The minutes of the last meeting were taken as read. Colonel Bowes mentioned the question of the payment of the funeral expenses of members of the battalion killed in action at Hartlepool on the 16th December, and asked if any expenses extra to the sum provided by the War Office would be met by the committee. This was granted.

He also asked whether he might consider that the balance of expenses of the Christmas Dinner- if it could not be covered from the Canteen funds- might be met by the Committee. This was agreed to.

It was decided to obtain, through the Clerk of the Works, tenders for the erection of shelves in the barrack huts; and also for wooden grids for the bath-room.

Colonel Burdon was instructed to obtain tenders from the Army & Navy Stores for 1350 rifle slings; Col. Bowes stating that he had already placed the order for equipment for the Depot Company.

It was agreed to ask the Paymaster at York to send down a Clerk for one day to give instruction and advice in the Orderly Room with regard to certain forms which presented some difficulty.

Colonel Bowes reported that the bath-room had been taken into use and was satisfactory: that a drying room had been allowed to each Company to be used as required during certain hours; and that the miniature Rifle Range was working satisfactorily. The Canteen was found to be very successful; and the room a very good one for sound for Entertainment. Colonel Burdon was requested to communicate with Mr. Gray with regard to the provision, if possible, of a special train for the conveyance of the Battalion to Sunderland for recruiting purposes.

The question of recruiting was also considered, together with a letter from Capt. Longden, and it was decided to let the matter stand over for a week to see how the new arrangement of the extra fee of 1/- [one shilling] per man to the Recruiting Sergeant would work in practice. Col. Bowes was requested to draft a letter, in conjunction with Capt. Longden, to be sent to magistrates and notables, asking their assistance in recruiting.



11th Jan 1915   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall January 11th 1915

Present:- Colonel R. Burdon, Colonel Bowes and Captain Lowe

The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed. Colonel Bowes stated that tenders for the shelves in the barrack huts had been obtained, but were so much more expensive than was expected that the matter had been again referred to the Clerk of the Works.

The Paymaster at York had written stating that they could not at present spare a Clerk to give instructions with regard to certain difficult War Office forms, but that the Battalion might send a Non-Commissioned Officer to York for instructions.

The bath-room, drying house, and Rifle Range, and the canteen, were all now working most satisfactorily. It was agreed that Colonel Burdon should write to Messrs. Gradon and call their attention to the fact that the Latrines were not yet finished, in spite of continued notifications.

Colonel Bowes reported that recruits were coming in quite fairly. The letter to the Magistrates, etc, has been drafted, and is being sent out.

It was further agreed that Col. Burdon should write and urge Messrs. Gradon to proceed with the repairs to the roads. Mr. Kirkup, manager for the Lambton Collieries, has also very kindly arranged for ashes to be delivered at 4/- per load. The number of loads to be checked by the Pioneer Sergeant.

It was decided to purchase four more Miniature Rifles; and that a good recruiting notice should be inserted in the “Evening Chronicle”, and the “North Star”.

Authority for the erection of four more barrack huts had been applied for to York to accommodate the Depot Company: Colonel Bowes having stated that it was possible to carry on with that amount of accommodation: but on talking the matter over, and in view of the fact that two Depot Companies will eventually have to be provided, and that it would be a great convenience to the Bantam Battalion if the County Battalion resigns the use of Newton Hall in their favour, it was decided that as Colonel Bowes said that he would be able to provide for both Depot Companies, if six new huts were built, and he could rely upon the use of West Rainton Drill Shed, Col. Burdon should write to York, and ask for permission to build six huts; and as the tendency of contracts to rise Col. Burdon accepted a tender from the Darlington Construction Company for six huts at £153 each, lined, and with stove fitted (but not including cost of stove); the first two to be ready in a fortnight; and the remainder within a month; or, if possible five weeks.



13th Jan 1915 Two Companies of 18th DLI depart Hartlepool.  The two companies of the 18th DLI detatched to Hartlepool for the coastal alert, rejoined the rest of the Battalion at Cocken Hall. They were given a cheery fair well by the people of the town at Hartlepool railway station and were met by the battalion band at Leamside station who played them back to the camp.

16th Jan 1915   January 16th 1915 to The Committee of the County Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

Owing to a press of other important business, and to there not being very much at the moment to consider, I have postponed the meeting of the Committee for - at any rate - a week.

The Battalion has at last been united; and I hope great improvement will be noticeable before long. All the best N.C.O’s had been sent, of course, to Hartlepool. They will now - as also the men - be restored to their original Companies; and in the end I hope the time at Hartlepool may not be altogether wasted.

I have authorized the erection of six new huts. I have received the sanction for this from York.

I hear the band is a great success; and will be very welcome on route marches. On Thursday the battalion marched about 22 miles, without any greater inconvenience than a few sore feet. They always manage about 20 miles once a week.

Miniature Rifles are still a difficulty, as we want to get them as near as possible the weight and pull of the Government arm. This is being attended to. The range is working excellently.

Brigadier General F.G. Hunter inspected the half battalion at Cocken on Thursday the 7th inst: and I think was fairly pleased with what he saw. It was due to his action that the battalion was re-united. He appears to know what he wants, and is likely to get it; and I think we may congratulate ourselves on his appointment.

The roads are still a great difficulty; everybody seeming in this wet weather to want ashes at the same time; but Mr. Kirkup, the Manager of the Lambton Collieries, has been good enough to help us; and a few dry days would make a great deal of difference now.

There were 100 cases on the sick list yesterday (the 15th) but nothing serious. Colonel Bowes is in communication with the Canteen Contractor with regard to the prices now paid for feeding the men. He is asking - and will probably obtain - a rebate from the Contractor of five-eighths of a penny per head per day. The Contractor to include biscuit and coffee in the early morning. In view of the large number of men being at present supplied this appears to be quite reasonable; and the sum obtained will be of great assistance, as representing the privy purse of the battalion.

The last of the latrines were not left in a very satisfactory state; but owing to the men coming back we have made the best of it, and I think it will answer the purpose for a sufficient length of time. The frosty weather might have had something to do with this. I am glad to say the drainage appears to be working fairly satisfactory.



25th Jan 1915   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall January 25th 1915

Present:- Lord Durham, W. Cresswell Gray, A.F. Pease, Rowland Burdon, Col. Hugh Bowes, and Captain & Adjutant Lowe.

The minutes of the last meeting were confirmed, as altered. Colonel Burdon reported that in order to provide accommodation for the men up to the strength of the two Depot Companies, in addition to the original Battalion, he had accepted a contract for six new hut shelters at a cost of £150 each, lined; stoves fitted, but to be extra.

The case of the Quartermaster was considered; he having had money advanced to him at the same rate as he was previously earning, viz, £2-10-0 per week, until such time as his pay could reach him. It is now a question of whether he was to be asked to refund to the battalion the whole, or a portion of this money advanced; and it was decided that the Committee would be content if he would repay them one half of this sum.

It was reported that one or two undesirable men had been received from Durham; but that as a rule recruits were coming in fairly satisfactorily.

It was suggested that a statement of accounts should be prepared to show the financial position of the Committee up to date. Colonel Burdon reported that he had had a subscription of £25 from His Honour Judge Greenwell; and Mr Gray also reported that he had been promised £50 for the battalion by Mr. A.B. Horsley.

The question of leave was considered informally by the Committee; and Colonel Bowes was requested to lay before the Brigadier their opinion that - especially in the case of the men who had been quartered at Hartlepool, and considering the class of men who formed the Battalion - it was desirable that as much leave should be granted as was in accordance with the discipline.

Colonel Burdon also reported that in consequence of a conversation between himself, the Brigadier, and Col. Bowes, which took place at Cocken on the occasion of his meeting the Brigadier there, he had written to York, and had received definite instructions from the G.O.C. in C, Northern Command, that from this time onward neither he nor the Committee were any longer responsible for the discipline and training of the battalion, which now vested in the Colonel Commanding and the Brigadier.



Feb 1915 41st Division undertake field exercises in County Durham.  

In early February 1915 the 41st Division undertook a field exercise in County Durham, with Khaki Force, which included 122 Brigade, taking a home base at Bishop Auckland pitted against White Force based in Sunderland.

Both forces advanced on Durham City, with White Force's advance being blocked at the railway bridge over the road at Belmont Hall. All the bridges over the Wear at Durham were deemed to have been blown, except the bridge at Finchale Abbey, to which the 18th DLI were deployed.

By the time the 18th Durhams reached the bridge, two companies of White Force supported by a section of Field Artillery had already crossed the River Wear and were busy entrenching at East Moor Leazes to provide cover for White Force to make a crossing. A mock battle ensued and the advance party of White Force were drive back by the 18th DLI.

5th Feb 1915   February 5th 1915 To The Committee of the County Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

There seems to be comparatively little new at Cocken at the moment; and therefore I do not propose to have a Committee meeting on Monday, as I cannot be there myself without inconvenience.

Colonel Bowes proposes to promote three men from the ranks to be officers in the Battalion; and to bring in one from the Durham O.T.C. I see no reason to interfere in the granting of these commissions, as at this stage the appointment of Officers concerns primarily the Officer Commanding, and the second in Command. In any case, these appear to be suitable appointments.

The new huts have again been delayed; but must be ready for occupation in a day or two. The question of stoves for the cook house to be run by the battalion is having attention. These can be obtained at short notice, as I ascertained when at the War Office on Wednesday the 3rd inst. The supply of ashes is now coming in well, and considerable progress is being made with the roads.

Colonel Bowes reports to me that the Brigadier has visited the battalion since the last meeting, and has expressed his approval of the progress made; and he is prepared to relax, to some extent, his restrictions with regard to leave.

I presented a request at the War Office on Wednesday to be allowed to continue the formation of the second Depot Company uninterruptedly. General Sir Herbert Belfield told me that he could not give permission on account of the precedent which would be followed by other battalions. He suggested that there were some things that are better done first and asked for afterwards, and therefore, the formation of the second Depot Company is being proceeded with; and I have applied in writing.

There is a certain amount of sickness, but none of a really serious nature.



15th Feb 1915   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall 15th February 1915

Present:- Colonel Burdon and Major Tristram.

Nothing of any importance was reported.

The parade state was certified as being 1355 of all ranks. Recruits were only coming in slowly: and constant drains were being made upon the regiment for the provision of Commissioned Officers for other battalions. The total loss from this source up to date would probably reach nearly 50 men. The question of a notice and advertisement issued by Mr. Evan Hayward. M.P, and Mr. Godfrey Palmer, M.P. for the purpose of obtaining 100 or 200 men for the 13th (Pioneers) Gloucester Regiment was considered; and it was agreed that support ought only to be given to this when our own County Battalions had been filled.

With the exception of a few of the huts not being water tight (though not to any serious amount, except in one case) the rest of the camp was in good order, and might be considered finished; except the roads, which are still awaiting the action by the Surveyor to the RDC, which has been delayed in consequence of stone and trucks not having been forth-coming.

The Rifles which had been lent to the Battalion by various members of the public were directed to be returned to their owners. Colonel Burdon notified that he had applied for cooking stoves and boilers, and also arm racks.



22nd Feb 1915   

Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall February 22nd 1915

Present:- The Earl of Durham, W.C. Gray, Colonel R. Burdon, Colonel H. Bowes, Major F. J. Tristram, and Captain Lowe.

The minutes of the previous meeting at which no one was present but Colonel Burdon, Major Tristram and Capt. Lowe, were taken as read.

The parade state was presented as under and Colonel Burdon mentioned that one of the reasons why such slow progress was being made with the 6th Company was that some forty of the members of the Battalion had been transferred to commissions elsewhere.

The samples of necessaries for the men were inspected, and it was decided that those offered by Messrs. Mappin & Webb should be accepted, subject to reasonably quick delivery: or failing those that provided by [blank] Colonel Burdon reported that he had authority from the war office for the 6th Company to be proceeded with at once.



8th Mar 1915   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall March 8th 1915

Present:- Wm. Cresswell Gray, Colonel Hugh Bowes, Captain W.D. Lowe, and Colonel R. Burdon.

Colonel Bowes’ action with regard to the appointment of the two officers to the Depot Company was confirmed. The strength of the Battalion remained approximately as at the last meeting, in consequence of transfers to other Battalions, and the men being rejected after medical examination.

Colonel Bowes notified that some of the senior officers had been sent to Alnmouth for a course.



29th Mar 1915   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall March 29th 1915

Present:- Lord Durham, Colonel Bowes, Major Tristram, Capt. Lowe, and Colonel Burdon.

The strength of the battalion was stated to be 1362 of all ranks. That some were still being transferred to other battalions, and others who had been dismissed on the ground of health.

Colonel Bowes stated that the camp had been inspected by Colonel Blackburn, Chief Engineer, Northern Command, York, on the 24th inst: and that he had expressed himself as satisfied with its condition and arrangements. No objection had been made by him to the rather congested state of the camp. He had given certain directions with regard to the disposal of the drainage, which will be carried out.

It was stated that very few recruits were now coming in, in spite of advertisements in the newspapers; the accounts for which were stated to be very large, but were not given.

Colonel Bowes undertook to send Colonel Burdon an account of the number of field glasses required for the battalion, in excess of those probably issued by the War Office.

Colonel Burdon mentioned the question of leave for men and officers, and expressed a hope on behalf of himself and the Committee that leave to the very fullest possible extent would be granted until the time that the regiment moved into camp elsewhere, as very considerable dissatisfaction existed, owing to other battalions being able to obtain leave very much in excess of that granted in the 18th. Colonel Bowes stated that the difficulty lay with the orders given by the Brigadier.



19th Apr 1915   Minutes of Committee Meeting Cocken Hall April 19th 1915

Present- Lord Durham, W.C. Gray, Colonel H. Bowes, Colonel R. Burdon, Major Tristram, and Capt. Lowe.

The parade state was handed in, showing 1393 of all ranks. Of these it was expected that 8 artificers would have to be returned to their employment. It was agreed that a payment of £14 should be made to the electricians. Their services as members of the Battalion having been the means of effecting a large saving in the cost of installing electric light. Recruiting expenses incurred by Captain Longden were ordered to be paid, amounting to £74-1-2.

The question of the cookhouse was considered. The medical officer having reported that in hot weather, at all events; it was unfit for its purpose, from a sanitary point of view; and it was determined to erect a cook house according to Government plans; and that application should be made to the War Office for permission to carry out this work.

Colonel Bowes reported that 8 new officers had been appointed to the Battalion by the war office, but had not yet arrived; also that the Battalion was now probably going to Blagdon, under canvas, early in May. There was considerable discussion as to the probable ultimate destination of the Battalion; and as to the Brigade to which it might eventually be attached; but it was felt that no action could be taken at the moment until it was ascertained what the ideas of the General Officer Commanding, York, might be on the subject.



21st April 1915 Family day and a scare  On the 21st of April a family day was held at Cocken Hall, the band entertained the visitors on the lawn and the men demonstrated their new skills. A dance was planned for the evening but there was a coastaldefence scare and orders were received by dispatch rider to send 'A' 'B' 'C' Companies and HQ Coy, 18th Durham Light Infantry to Middlesbrough to strengthen the defence of the town. They entrained at Leemside and travelled to Middlesbrough to establish an outpost line around the east and south of the town, bivouacking in open fields. 'A' Company were based at Cargo Fleet Iron Works, 'B' Company at and around Marton Hall and 'C' Company at Marton Bungalow.

23rd Apr 1915   April 23rd 1915 To The Committee of the County Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

There will be no meeting of the Committee at Cocken Hall on Monday the 26th inst. There is little that requires immediate attention; and probably only half the Battalion will be there.

Orders were received by telephone on the morning of the 21st that the Battalion was to proceed to camp near Blagdon immediately - I believe the same evening. Colonel Bowes very wisely decided that the Garden Party which had been decided to be held that afternoon - together with a show parade - should not be interfered with; and it was the means of collecting together something like 2000 people, friends and relatives of the members of the Battalion. After consultation with him I decided to try and postpone the departure of the Battalion for a few days, if possible; and therefore, at about 5 p.m. I telephoned to York, only to find that all the arrangements had been counterordered an hour previously; and that 400 men and officers were to entrain, at two hours’ notice, for Middlesbrough, for what York described as “an emergency.” The entraining was carried out without a hitch; and 710 men and 23 officers, horses, etc., are at present in Middlesbrough. Colonel Bowes has, however, applied that the Battalion shall be allowed to reassemble at Cocken before they finally go into camp elsewhere. Major Tristram - who unfortunately has had rather a serious fall - is meanwhile in Command at Cocken. If the Battalion is to move at this short notice there is sure to be trouble in future with the Contractor; which, however, will, of course, lie upon the shoulders of York.

The second Depot Company grows very slowly. At present there are about 1400 of all ranks, of whom we shall lose 8 special artificers, who go back to their firms for the manufacturing of armaments.

A new cook house must be provided. I propose to go on with this quite independent of the 18th (Service) Battalion leaving Cocken, as it must be provided for the incoming Battalion; about which I am writing to York.

About half of the men have been vaccinated; which, of course, would not have been done had we known of the move.



May 1915 19th DLI arrive at Cocken Hall  19th (Bantam) Battalion, Durham Light Infantry arrive at Cocken Hall for training

7th May 1915   May 7th 1915 To The Committee of the County Battalion The Durham Light Infantry

There seems to be at present no necessity for meetings of the Committee. The discipline having been taken out of our hands two months ago, and the administrative duties having been withdrawn a week ago, there seems now very little for the Committee to do. We are nominally responsible for the two Depot Companies; but even there, requisitions for clothing, etc., will be more or less automatic from the Depot, which we are still retaining at Cocken, where there will always be stationed – probably – an Officer, two N.C.O.s, and two or three Privates; where we have reserved two huts, and quarters in the Hall. This plan does not entirely recommend itself to me; but I see no alternative to it at present.

The Battalion are drawing their own pay on an imprest account; all rations, etc.; are now coming from the A.O. department; and clothing has long been out of our hands. Rifle slings are on the way: if not already received: and I think that - except for occasional small items - our account can be concluded by the end of this month; anyhow, I shall try and send out a draft account by that time.

The Battalion, itself, marched out on Monday, to proceed by two trains to Cramlington, to the 122nd Brigade Camp; and the remaining 280 men yesterday; they having been detained in consequence of arms inflamed by the really hard time they had at Middlesbrough; where all the night duty had to be done in marching order; and many of the officers got practically no sleep for three days. There are, however, wonderfully few cases of sickness. I think 10 was the number that went yesterday by train; and I hope it speaks well for the sanitary conditions at Cocken; which will be further improved by the building of the new Cookhouse, which I have obtained authority to proceed with (on a contract with the Darlington Construction Co.) for £330, including drainage, laying on water, etc.

It is now definitely settled that the Bantams succeed us. An advance party with about 30 men came in last Monday; and the remainder, I believe, are to follow shortly. I should like to record to the Committee that the whole place has been left in first rate order. I have not been over the house; but I can answer that the whole of the grounds are perfectly clean. They were, in fact, left in a state which was entirely a credit to the men, as well as the Commanding Officer.

It is recognised by York that Lord Durham’s sanction is required for any change, or any new departure, at Cocken; but it would appear that I must still be in some sense responsible while our Depot is there.



16th Aug 1917 Excerise  A Newcastle Journal article of 16th August 1917 describes 11 Battalion Volunteer Training Corps attacking an entrenched position at Cocken Hall and also going over the bayonet assault course under the supervision of instructors from the Yorkshire and Lancashire Regiment. The Volunteer Training Corps are a little known formation which was the forerunner of the much better known Local Defence Volunteers or Home Guard of the Second World War. The Yorks and Lancs had taken over the camp from the DLI, probably in late 1915.

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Cocken Hall Camp

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Adamson John Robert. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Affleck Robert William. Pte.
  • Agar John William. Cpl.
  • Aggas Walter. Pte.
  • Ainsley John Arnold. L/Cpl.
  • Ainsley Jonathan Arnold. Pte.
  • Ainsley William. Pte.
  • Ainslie Walter. Pte.
  • Ainsworth William. Pte.
  • Aiston Thomas. Pte. (d.23rd April 1918)
  • Alderson Benson. Pte.
  • Alderson Frederick. Pte.
  • Alderson Frederick. Pte.
  • Alderson John George. Pte.
  • Alderson John William. Pte.
  • Allan Robert. Pte.
  • Allan Ronald. Pte. (d.3rd Oct 1916)
  • Allbeury W.. 2nd Lt.
  • Allen Alfred. Pte. (d.29th Mar 1918)
  • Allen Walter Leonard. CSM
  • Allen William. Pte.
  • Allison George Frederick. Cpl.
  • Anderson Christopher. Pte.
  • Anderson John. A/WO.Cl.II
  • Ankers Bertram. Pte. (d.3rd Sep 1916)
  • Appleby John R.. Pte.
  • Appleton Frederick. Pte.
  • Appleyard George S.. Cpl.
  • Arkley Thomas Walter. Pte.
  • Armstrong Arthur. Pte. (d.29th Mar 1916 )
  • Armstrong George O.. Pte.
  • Armstrong Joseph Sproat or Stuart. A/Sgt.
  • Armstrong Reginald. Capt.
  • Armstrong Reginald. Capt.
  • Armstrong William. Pte.
  • Ashley Albert Percival. Sgt.
  • Askey John Henry Dobson. Pte.
  • Aspey Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Atkin Arthur Edwin. Sgt.
  • Atkinson Frederick. Pte.
  • Atkinson William Watson. Pte.
  • Aubin Melville Hildreth. Cpl.
  • Austin Arthur Warburton. Clr/Sgt.
  • Ayre Richard. Sgt.
  • Ayton W.. L/Cpl.
  • Ayton William. Pte.
  • Baggott Thomas. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bainbridge F.. Cpl.
  • Bainbridge Frederick. L/Cpl.
  • Bainbridge John George. CQMS
  • Bainbridge John George. Sgt.
  • Baker Herbert Edward. Pte.
  • Balmer Pringle. 2nd Lt.
  • Banks Charles. Pte.
  • Barker Herbert. Pte.
  • Barker William. Sgt.
  • Barnard John. Pte. (d.10th Aug 1916)
  • Barras Albert Victor. Pte.
  • Barrasford Robert. Pte.
  • Bassett Charles. Pte.
  • Baum Alfred. Pte. (d.3rd Aug 1916)
  • Beadham James. Sgt.
  • Beadon Frederick Searth. Lt.
  • Beatie Robert. Pte.
  • Beaumont Alexander. Pte.
  • Bell Arthur Osborne. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bell Edwin Charles. A/Sgt.
  • Bell Ernest Thomas. Pte.
  • Bell James. Pte.
  • Bell John Thomas. Pte.
  • Bell William Wilson. Pte.
  • Bell William. 2nd Lt. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Bennett James Mather. Pte.
  • Bennett James West. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bennett John. Pte.
  • Benneworth William. CSM
  • Bentley Oscar Charles. Pte.
  • Berry Thomas. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Best Christopher. Pte. (d.11th Apr 1918)
  • Bevan Isaac. Pte.
  • Bilton George. Pte. (d.23rd Aug 1916)
  • Bilton George. Pte. (d.23rd Aug 1916)
  • Binks Harry Maddison. Pte. (d.1st Mar 1917)
  • Binks Reginald Arthur. L/Cpl. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bird Robert George. Sgt.
  • Birkbeck George William. Pte.
  • Birks Arthur Reginald. L-Cpl. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Birks Harold Victor. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Birnie George Alexander. Pte.
  • Blackburn Alfred. Pte.
  • Blakeman George. Pte.
  • Bland Edward. Pte.
  • Bobby Sidney Fitzgerald. 2nd Lt. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Booth Sydney Crawford. Pte.
  • Boumphrey John George. Pte. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Bowe Albert Henry. Pte. (d.1st Mar 1917)
  • Bowes Robert. Cpl.
  • Bowes Roper E.. Cpl.
  • Bowran Thomas Darling. Pte. (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Boyce Charles Barry. A/QMS
  • Boyd James. Pte.
  • Brabiner William. Pte.
  • Bracegirdle John. Pte.
  • Bradford James Barker. 2nd Lt. (d.14th May 1917)
  • Brailey Herbert. Pte.
  • Brannen Frederick William. Pte.
  • Briggs George. A/CQMS
  • Broadley John William. Pte.
  • Broadley John W.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Broderick Frank. Cpl.
  • Brookes Walter Charles. Pte.
  • Brooks W. S.. Pte.
  • Broomhead John Noel Gordon. Pte.
  • Brotchie Charles W.. Pte.
  • Brown Edward Allport. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Brown Fred. Pte. (d.25th Mar 1918)
  • Brown George. L/Sgt.
  • Brown Harold Christian Herman. Pte.
  • Brown Lionoel William. A/L/Cpl.
  • Brown Peter Smith. Pte.
  • Brown Robert Benjamin. Pte.
  • Brown Thomas. Pte.
  • Brown William Fortune. Pte.
  • Brown William Herbert. 2nd Lt. (d.19th Jul 1918)
  • Brownless Edward. Pte.
  • Bruce Arthur. Pte.
  • Bruce Frederick William. Sgt.
  • Bryant Sidney Milburn. Pte.
  • Brydon John Cummings. Sgt. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bryon J. Cummings. Cpl.
  • Buckle Thomas Alfred. Sgt. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Bunkall James M.. L-Cpl. (d.18th May 1917)
  • Bunt Ezekiel. Pte.
  • Burdis William. Pte.
  • Burdon Oliver. Sgt.
  • Burlinson E.. Pte. (d.11th Aug 1916)
  • Burlison Ebenezer. Pte.
  • Burn Joseph Pattison. Pte.
  • Burns John. Pte.
  • Burton William. Pte. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Bushby Ernest. Sgt.
  • Bushby John. Pte.
  • Bussey Robert William. Pte.
  • Butler George. Pte.
  • Butterill Thomas. Pte.
  • Cable James Henry. Pte.
  • Cairns George. Pte.
  • Calder John Joseph. Cpl.
  • Callum Joseph. A/Cpl.
  • Campbell Frederick William. Pte.
  • Campbell James. Pte.
  • Card Benjamin Oliver. A/Cpl.
  • Carling Stanley. Pte.
  • Carling William Christopher. Pte.
  • Carr Henry. Pte.
  • Carr John. Cpl. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Carr Wilfred. Sgt.
  • Carrick Walter Moffatt. L/Sgt. (d.28th Jun 1917 )
  • Carter Arthur William. Pte.
  • Carter Edward Blackey. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Carter George. L/Cpl.
  • Cartmell Frank. A/Cpl.
  • Cartwright Usher. Pte.
  • Cave James Brigg. Pte.
  • Chapman Henry Claude. Pte.
  • Charlton George. Pte.
  • Chater Tom Watkins. Pte.
  • Chatterton Alfred Ernest. Pte.
  • Cheeseborough Joseph William. Pte.
  • Chester Arthur. Pte. (d.27th Aug 1916)
  • Chilton John. A-Sgt.
  • Chittock Hubert Arthur. Cpl.
  • Christal James. Pte.
  • Christison J.. L/Cpl. (d.16th Sep 1916)
  • Christison John James. Sgt.
  • Christopher John Robert. Pte. (d.12th Nov 1916)
  • Christopher Richard. Cpl.
  • Clark Percy. L/Cpl. (d.1st Oct 1918 )
  • Clark William Davidson. Pte.
  • Clarke Albert. Pte. (d.9th Mar 1919)
  • Clarke Charles Stephen. L/Cpl. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Clarke Robert Dawson. Pte.
  • Clarke Samuel James. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Claughan Joseph Edgar. Pte.
  • Clear Thomas. Pte.
  • Cleminson Charles Norman. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Clemitson Robert Homer. Sgt. (d.26th Mar 1919)
  • Close Shepherd. L/Cpl.
  • Coates John. Pte.
  • Coates John William. Pte.
  • Coatham James Rawson. Pte.
  • Cockayne Richard. Pte.
  • Collingwood Frederick. Pte.
  • Colman William. Pte.
  • Colwell Mark. Pte.
  • Connell Patrick James. L/Sgt. (d.28th Aug 1918)
  • Cook Adam Cowan. Pte.
  • Cook Horace William. Pte.
  • Cook Percy. (d.27th Jul 1916)
  • Cook Thomas. Pte.
  • Cook Thomas. Pte.
  • Cooper Henry Frederick. L-Cpl. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • Cooper John. Pte.
  • Cooper William. Pte.
  • Copeland John Edward. Pte.
  • Copeland John. Pte.
  • Cordes Franks Joseph. Pte.
  • Cork Joseph. Pte. (d.17th Oct 1917)
  • Corker Richard Robson. Sgt. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Corner Arthur Henry. Pte. (d.10th Jul 1916)
  • Corner Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Cornforth Bailey. Pte.
  • Cornforth John Robert. Sgt.
  • Cornforth Walter. Pte.
  • Corps Ernest. Cpl.
  • Counter James Hugh. Pte.
  • Coverdale Charles. Sgt.
  • Coverdale Miles. Sgt.
  • Cowan Arthur. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Cowan James Matthew. Pte.
  • Cowell Robert Stanley. Pte.
  • Cox Alfred James. Pte.
  • Craig William Alexander. Cpl. (d.27th Jul 1916)
  • Cranston Norman. Pte.
  • Crawford A. B.. Pte. (d.12th Feb 1918)
  • Crawford Ernest. Pte.
  • Crawford John. Pte.
  • Criere Adrian. Sgt.
  • Crocker Herbert. Pte.
  • Cross Charles William. Pte. (d.3rd May 1915)
  • Crosser Arthur. Pte.
  • Culbert William. L-Cpl. (d.29th Jun 1918)
  • Cumming Matthew Maughan. Pte. (d.28th Jul 1916)
  • Cummingham William Godfrey. L/Cpl.
  • Cummings Matthew Maughan. Pte. (d.28th July 1916)
  • Cummings Matthew. Pte. (d.28th Jul 1916)
  • Currey Fred. CSM
  • Curry James Smith. Pte. (d.27th Jul 1916)
  • Curry Newrick. Pte. (d.3rd Mar 1917)
  • Dale Joseph John. A/Sgt.
  • Dalkin John. L-Cpl. (d.25th Sep 1918)
  • Dand Arthur Anderson. Pte.
  • Daniels Lewis. Pte.
  • Darling Thomas. L/Cpl.
  • Darycott Ernest. L/Cpl.
  • Davidson Arthur Alexander K.. L/Cpl. (d.18th May 1917)
  • Davidson Joseph. Sgt.
  • Davies Arthur. Pte.
  • Davies Charles. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Davies H.. Pte.
  • Davison John. Pte.
  • Davison Robert. Pte.
  • Davison Thomas. Pte.
  • Dawson A. L.. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Dawson John. Pte.
  • Deacon Richard. Cpl.
  • Dees Herbet Bees . Pte.
  • Dempster John. Pte.
  • Dennison Henry Beckett. Sgt.
  • Dent John Henry Whitehead. Pte.
  • Dews Fred. Pte. (d.12th Apr 1918)
  • Dickens Frederick. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Dickenson William. CSM
  • Dickenson William. Sgt.
  • Dinnin John William. Pte.
  • Dixon Charles Greenwood. Sgt.
  • Dixon Frederick William. Pte. (d.12th Oct 1916)
  • Dixon Harold. L/Cpl.
  • Dixon Henry. Pte.
  • Dixon Sydney Clunas. Sgt.
  • Dixon Wallace. Pte.
  • Dixon Wilfred Agar. Sgt.
  • Dixon Willie. Pte. (d.18th Sep 1916)
  • Dobbs Samuel Charles. Pte.
  • Dobbs Thomas Hubbard. Pte.
  • Dobson Norman Young. Pte.
  • Dobson Tom. Pte. (d.23rd Mar 1918)
  • Dodds John. A/Cpl.
  • Dodsworth Walter John Joseph. Cpl.
  • Donovan Wilfred John. Pte.
  • Dowse John Norman. Pte. (d.3rd Jul 1916)
  • Doyle Thomas. Pte.
  • Dring Percy. Pte.
  • Drummond Albert George. A/RQMS
  • Dryden George. Pte.
  • Duffy George. A/Cpl.
  • Duignan John. Pte.
  • Duke John. Sgt. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Durrant A. S.. Sgt.
  • Duthie George William. Pte.
  • Dyer Gilbert. Sgt.
  • Dyke O. M.. Pte.
  • Eaton Walter Merbyn. A/Cpl.
  • Edgar Anthony. Pte.
  • Edgar David. Pte.
  • Edwards John Henry. Pte.
  • Elliott Albert. A/Cpl.
  • Elliott Harry. Pte.
  • Ellis . Cpl.
  • Ellis Arthur.
  • Ellis Harold. Pte.
  • Ellison Arthur James. Cpl.
  • Elstob James Edward. Pte.
  • Emmerson John Bell. Cpl.
  • English John. Pte.
  • English Robert. Cpl.
  • English William Banff. Pte.
  • Errington John Robson. Pte.
  • Evans Robert William. Pte.
  • Fail Joseph. Pte.
  • Fairey Arthur. Pte.
  • Fairless Edward. Pte. (d.27th Jul 1916)
  • Fawcett Lewis. Pte.
  • Fawcett Norman. Cpl.
  • Featherstone George Maurice. Pte.
  • Featherstone Wallace. Pte.
  • Fenwick Peter. Pte.
  • Fenwick T..
  • Fenwick William. Capt.
  • Ferguson Joseph Clark . Pte.
  • Ferrier Herbert Victor. Pte.
  • Fields Samuel. Pte.
  • Finnity George Robert. Pte.
  • Fishburn Thomas William. Pte.
  • Fletcher Herbert Horsemond. Pte.
  • Forrest Wilson. CSM
  • Forrett Thomas Wallace. Pte.
  • Forster Charles Gordon. Cpl.
  • Forster John James. Pte.
  • Forsyth John. Pte.
  • Forsyth William. A/Sgt.
  • Foster Wilfred Harry. Pte.
  • Frankton J. B.. Pte.
  • Fraser Charles. Pte.
  • Fraser Stanley Howard. Pte.
  • Freer Arthur Martin. CSM
  • Fuller Herbert Sydney. Sgt.
  • Fullerton Matthew. Pte. (d.27th Jul 1916)
  • Gallop William Frank. Pte.
  • Gannon Joseph Edward. Sgt.
  • Garbutt Charles John. Pte.
  • Gardiner Thomas. Pte.
  • Gargett Thomas. Pte.
  • Garry Frederick. Pte. (d.18th Sep 1916)
  • Gate Edwin. Pte.
  • Gates Thomas. Pte.
  • Gee Thomas Edward. Pte.
  • Gibbon Evan Griffiths. A/Cpl.
  • Gibbon Frank. A/Cpl.
  • Gibbon William. Pte.
  • Gibson Edward. Cpl.
  • Gibson Stephen. L/Cpl.
  • Gibson Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Gibson William Oliver. Pte.
  • Gill Frederick. Pte.
  • Gill William Frederick. Corporal (d.12th April 1918)
  • Gillander John. Sgt.
  • Goldsbrough Arthur. Pte.
  • Goldsbrough Harold. Sgt.
  • Goode James. Pte.
  • Goodwill Herbert Paterson. Pte. (d.3rd Aug 1916)
  • Gorrie John Alexander. Sgt. (d.27th July 1916)
  • Gowling Arthur. Pte. (d.26th Oct 1916)
  • Gowling Edward. Pte. (d.17th Jul 1918)
  • Graham Charles Sydney. Pte.
  • Graham Henry. Pte.
  • Graham John Fowler. Pte.
  • Graham Joseph. Pte.
  • Graham Robert. Pte.
  • Graham William. Cpl.
  • Grant William. Pte.
  • Gray John. Pte.
  • Greaves Joseph Thomas. Pte.
  • Green Ernest. Pte.
  • Greenwell George Hall.
  • Greiveson Robert E. D.. Pte.
  • Grieves Edward. Pte.
  • Grimes Victor. Pte.
  • Groody William. Pte.
  • Gustard Henry. Pte.
  • Guy Thomas William. Cpl.
  • Hall Andrew. Sgt.
  • Hall James. Cpl.
  • Hall John Herbert Furlong. Sgt.
  • Hall John. A/Cpl.
  • Hall Thomas Percy Raine. Pte.
  • Hall Walter. Pte.
  • Hall Wilfred. A/RQMS
  • Hall William James Pattinson. Pte.
  • Hampton William. Pte.
  • Hancock Fred. Pte.
  • Hansom George. Sgt.
  • Hanson Rawdon. Pte.
  • Harding James. Pte. (d.3rd May 1917)
  • Harding William. Pte.
  • Hardy John George. Pte.
  • Harie Joseph. Pte.
  • Harland Thomas William. Pte.
  • Harper John. Pte.
  • Harper Sydney. L/Cpl.
  • Harras Henry. Pte.
  • Harrison H.. Pte.
  • Harrison Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Harrison William Curry. Sgt.
  • Hart Ernest M.. Sgt.
  • Hart Harry. Pte.
  • Hatton William. Pte.
  • Hauxwell Stanley. Pte.
  • Haw William. Sgt.
  • Hawkins George Edward. Sgt.
  • Hayman Edward. Pte.
  • Hazelwood Thomas William. Pte.
  • Heaton Harold. Pte.
  • Hedley Reginald. Pte.
  • Henderson Alexander. Pte.
  • Hendren Denis. Pte.
  • Hendrick Joseph. Pte.
  • Henry George. Pte.
  • Hepple George. Pte.
  • Heppleston Herbert. Pte.
  • Herbert Foster Thompson. Pte.
  • Heron Arthur Henry. Pte.
  • Herring Thomas Oran.
  • Heslop John. Pte.
  • Heslop Lawrence. Pte.
  • Heslop Thomas. Pte.
  • Heslop Thomas Robert. Pte.
  • Hibbert Stanley. Pte.
  • Hill Edward Pearson. Pte.
  • Hogg Martin. Pte.
  • Holmes David. Pte.
  • Hopps Wilfred. Pte.
  • Horn William James. Pte. (d.17th May 1917)
  • Horner George. A/Sgt.
  • Hoy William. Pte.
  • Hudspeth Thomas. Pte.
  • Humble John William. Sgt.
  • Hume Robert. Pte.
  • Humprys Arthur Easton. Pte.
  • Hunnam William. Pte.
  • Hunter George Henry. Pte.
  • Hunter Harold Hay. Cpl.
  • Hutchinson David. Pte.
  • Hutchinson Frederick. Pte.
  • Hutchinson Frederick. Pte.
  • Hutchinson John. L/Cpl. (d.25th Jul 1916)
  • Hutchinson John Alderson. Pte.
  • Hutchinson Matthew Henry. Pte.
  • Hutchinson Matthew. Pte.
  • Hutchinson Robert Brown. Pte.
  • Hutchinson Sidney Grafton. Pte.
  • Hyland Stephen. Pte.
  • Ince Douglas Edward. Capt.
  • Irving Joseph Steele. Pte.
  • Iseton Albert Ernest. Pte.
  • Jackson Edward Archer. Pte.
  • Jackson Norman Wilson. Sgt.
  • Jackson Peter. Pte.
  • Jackson William Greenfield. Pte.
  • Jacob George Henry. Sgt.
  • Jane Elijah. Pte. (d.20th Aug 1917)
  • Jarman Charles. Cpl.
  • Jarry Robert. Pte. (d.7th Jun 1916)
  • Jefferson George Thomas. Pte.
  • Jewitt Matthew. Pte.
  • Joblins John William. Pte.
  • Johnson Edward. Pte.
  • Johnson Herbert Vincent. Pte.
  • Johnson Thomas. Pte.
  • Johnson Thomas. Pte.
  • Johnson William. A/Sgt.
  • Joicey Frederick. Pte.
  • Jolly Herbert. Sgt.
  • Jones Andrew. Pte.
  • Jones Hunter. Pte.
  • Jones Robert. Sgt.
  • Jones Theophilus. Pte. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Kay William. Pte.
  • Keene Garth. Sgt.
  • Kennick John. Pte.
  • Kent Frederick William. Pte.
  • Kent Thomas. Pte.
  • Kenworthy Jesse Howarth. Cpl. (d.17th Aug 1916)
  • Kerr Arthur Ernest. Pte.
  • Kidd Robert Henry. Pte.
  • Kidd William. Pte.
  • Kilpatrick John James F.. Pte.
  • Kirk Edmund Wilks. Pte.
  • Kirk Henry. A/Cpl.
  • Knaggs Thomas Aylesbury. Sgt.
  • Lackey James. L/Cpl.
  • Lamb Robert Robson. Pte.
  • Lanaghan Frank. Pte.
  • Lancaster Ernest. Pte.
  • Latimer Charles Harold. Pte.
  • Lattimer Frederick Havelock. Pte.
  • Lavelie Thomas. Pte.
  • Lawer W. Harry. Cpl.
  • Laws Arthur. Pte.
  • Lawson Cyril. Pte.
  • Lawson William. Pte.
  • Layfield Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Lazenby John Henry. Pte.
  • Leake Harold George. A/Cpl.
  • Leavitt John Ronald. Pte
  • Leavitt John Ronald. Pte.
  • Lee Arthur. Pte.
  • Lewis Charles Edward. Pte.
  • Lewis James Holroyd. Pte.
  • Liddle Alix Oliffe. Cpl. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Lindridge William Herbert. Pte.
  • Lindsay James. Pte.
  • Linton William Beeson. Cpl.
  • Lister John. Pte.
  • Littlefair Bertie. Pte.
  • Lively Frederick. Pte.
  • Lloyd Chatto. Cpl.
  • Loader James. Pte.
  • Lochey Ambrose. Pte.
  • Lockey Francis Derwent. L/Cpl. (d.23rd May 1916)
  • Lockey Frank Derwent. L/Cpl.
  • London Benjamin Howard. Cpl.
  • Longstaff Walter. Cpl.
  • Lonsdale William. Pte.
  • Lounton George. Pte.
  • Lowe William Douglas. Capt.
  • Lowley Frederick. Pte.
  • Lucas Thomas Henry. Pte.
  • Lund Alfred James. Pte.
  • Luxmore Joseph. Pte. (d.23rd May 1915)
  • Macdonald Harold Newton. Pte. (d.28th Mar 1918)
  • MacDougall John William. Pte.
  • MacMilian Charles. L/Cpl.
  • Maguire Thomas. Pte.
  • Makepeace John James. Pte.
  • Manson Horace. Pte.
  • Marsden James Herbert. Cpl.
  • Marsh Joseph. Pte.
  • Marshall James. Pte.
  • Marshall John. Pte.
  • Marshall Thomas. Pte.
  • Marshall William Ernest. Pte.
  • Martin Frederick. Pte.
  • Martin Richard. Pte.
  • Mathie Archibald. Pte.
  • Matson Charles. Cpl. (d.2nd Mar 1917)
  • Matthews Thomas. Pte.
  • Maughan Charles. Pte.
  • Maughan Robert. Sgt.
  • May John Oliver Knight. A/CQSM
  • McCann Thomas Edward. Pte.
  • McCrickard James. Sgt.
  • McDonald Harold. Sgt.
  • McDonald Joseph. Pte.
  • McGahan Thomas. Pte.
  • McGregor Walter. Pte.
  • McIntosh William Alexander. Pte.
  • McKeag John. Pte.
  • McNaughton James Charles. Pte.
  • McNeill Thomas. Pte.
  • Merryweather Fred. Pte.
  • Metcalf Alexander John. A/L/Cpl.
  • Milburn John. Cpl.
  • Milford George. Pte.
  • Miller Robert. Pte.
  • Minks Thomas. Pte. (d.17th Dec 1914)
  • Mitchell Herbert Henry. Pte.
  • Mitchell Robert. Pte.
  • Monks Henry Charles. Pte.
  • Moody William Robert. L/Cpl. (d.30th Apr 1917)
  • Moon John William. A/Cpl.
  • Moore Ernest. Sgt.
  • Moore Harold. Sgt.
  • Morgan John. Pte.
  • Morgan William. Clr.Sgt.
  • Morrell Jonathan. L/Cpl.
  • Morris Charles. Cpl.
  • Morris William Paul. Pte.
  • Moss Charles Herbert Moss. A/Sgt.
  • Mulhall James. Pte.
  • Myers Edward. Sgt.
  • Myers Gilbert. Pte.
  • Myers John Robert. A/Sgt.
  • Nelson Jonathan. Pte.
  • Newberry Charles. Pte. (d.9th Aug 1918)
  • Newby George. Pte.
  • Newby Harry. Pte.
  • Newcombe Fred. Pte.
  • Newton Isaac. Pte.
  • Nicholl Walter. Pte.
  • Nicholson Edmund. Pte.
  • Nilsson Geoffrey Burbank. Pte.
  • Nixon Robert. Pte.
  • Nixon Ronald Thomas Thompson . Pte.
  • Nodding Harry. Pte.
  • Norman Robert Clarke. Pte.
  • North Charles. Cpl.
  • Northrop Frederick Victor. Pte.
  • Oglesby Charles. Cpl.
  • Oldfield John Henry. Sgt.
  • Oldridge Ernest. T/RSM
  • Oley Robert Edward. Pte.
  • Oliphant Lancelot. RQMS
  • Oliver Henry Cecil. Cpl.
  • Oliver James. Cpl.
  • Ord Robert. Pte.
  • Orton Reginald Greenwell. Pte.
  • Outhwaite Lawrence. Pte.
  • Owsnett Joseph. Pte.
  • Palin Thomas Frederick. Pte.
  • Pallisher George. Pte.
  • Pallister Roland. Pte.
  • Pallister Thomas Russell. L/Cpl.
  • Palmer Charles Vivian.
  • Palmer Henry Adam. Pte.
  • Park Thomas Arthur. Cpl.
  • Parker Herbert. Pte.
  • Parkin James Skelton. L/Cpl.
  • Partington William. Pte.
  • Patterson Cecil. Pte.
  • Patterson James. Pte.
  • Peacock Bertie. Pte.
  • Pearson Richard. Pte.
  • Pearson William Allan. CSM.
  • Penberthy James Wilfred. Pte.
  • Pendlington Robert Armstrong. Pte.
  • Phillips Harry. Pte.
  • Phillipson Thomas. Pte.
  • Phorson D. S.. Capt.
  • Picken Richard Nelson. Sgt.
  • Pickles Thomas Wilkinson. Pte.
  • Pike Clarence Cecil. Pte.
  • Pike William Vincent. Pte.
  • Pinkney Mark Richard. A/CSM
  • Pitt William. Pte.
  • Plaice John William. Pte.
  • Platten Samuel. Clr/Sgt.
  • Plows Frank. Pte.
  • Plumpton George. Pte.
  • Poole Frederick Barron. Pte.
  • Porter Arthur Victor. Pte.
  • Potter John George. Sgt.
  • Potts George. CSM
  • Powell Ernest Clifford. Sgt.
  • Powell Harry. Pte.
  • Priestly Ronald Henry Pinkey. Pte.
  • Proud John Henry. Cpl.
  • Purvis William. Pte.
  • Rae John. Pte.
  • Raine Frank. Pte.
  • Raine George Cuthbert. Pte.
  • Raine John Thomas. Pte.
  • Ramsdale James. Pte.
  • Ramshaw George Edward. Pte.
  • Ramshaw Joseph. Pte.
  • Readhead Arthur. Pte.
  • Reah John Thomas. Pte.
  • Reay Frank Home . Sgt.
  • Reay John. Cpl.
  • Redden David. Pte.
  • Reed Alfred. Pte.
  • Reed Edward. Pte.
  • Reed Edward John. Pte.
  • Reed Thomas. Pte.
  • Reinecker John Arno. Pte.
  • Richardson Alexander Lester. Pte.
  • Richardson George. Pte.
  • Richardson John Henry. Pte.
  • Richardson Thomas William. Pte.
  • Richmond James Alfred. Pte.
  • Richmond Robert. Pte.
  • Rickaby James Alfred William. Pte.
  • Rigg Tyson. Sgt.
  • Riley Richard. Cpl.
  • Ritson John. Pte.
  • Robers John George. Cpl.
  • Roberts Cyril. Pte.
  • Roberts William. Pte. (d.15th Jun 1917)
  • Robertson Archibald Wilson. Sgt.
  • Robertson Robert. Pte.
  • Robertson Thomas. Pte.
  • Robinson George Cecil. Cpl.
  • Robinson John William. Pte.
  • Robinson John James. Cpl.
  • Robinson Lawrence Hunter. A/Cpl.
  • Robinson Robert Race. Pte.
  • Robinson Wilson. Cpl.
  • Robson Percy Blackwood. Pte.
  • Robson Thomas. Pte.
  • Robson Thomas Wilson. Pte.
  • Robson William. Pte.
  • Rogers John William. Cpl.
  • Rogers Walter. Pte. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Roper William Leonard. Pte. (d.4th May 1917)
  • Rose Joseph. Pte.
  • Rotheram Alfred. Pte.
  • Rotheram Joseph. Sgt.
  • Routledge Harold. Pte.
  • Rowlands John Thomas. Pte.
  • Rushton William Henry. Pte.
  • Russell Alexander. Pte.
  • Russell John Lowther. Pte.
  • Russell John Robert. Pte.
  • Saint Clemitt Harrison. Sgt.
  • Salkeld Ernest Lewis. Pte.
  • Salkeld Gerald. Pte.
  • Salkeld Thomas. A/L/Sgt
  • Sanderson James Johnson. Sgt.
  • Sargeant Albert. Pte.
  • Sarginson Francis Edward. Pte.
  • Sayers Tom. Pte.
  • Scarr Robert Nicholson. Pte.
  • Scorer George. Cpl.
  • Scott . Lt.
  • Scott Harold James Walter. Sgt.
  • Scott Henry Arthur. L/Cpl. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Scott John Simpson. Pte.
  • Scougal Herbert. Sgt.
  • Sergeant Charles Raynor. Pte.
  • Severs Joseph. Pte.
  • Sewell William. Pte.
  • Shankie J..
  • Sharpe William Harrison. A/Sgt.
  • Shaw Alfred Fred. Pte.
  • Shaw Fred Earlam. Pte.
  • Shaw Harry. Pte.
  • Sherritt Albert. Pte.
  • Shields Robert. Cpl.
  • Shipley John. Pte.
  • Siddle William. Pte.
  • Simmonds James Herbert. Cpl.
  • Simmonds Owen Williams. L/Cpl.
  • Simpson . Lt.
  • Simpson Charles. Pte.
  • Simpson Joseph Austin. Sgt.
  • Sinclair Frank Hanson. Cpl.
  • Skeene Andrew. Sgt.
  • Slater Thomas. Pte.
  • Smelt Christopher. Pte.
  • Smith Charles. Pte.
  • Smith Ernest. Pte.
  • Smith F.. Cpl. (d.27th Apr 1918)
  • Smith Frederick. Pte.
  • Smith George Victor. Pte.
  • Smith George Clifford. L-Cpl.
  • Smith George. Pte.
  • Smith Harrison. Pte.
  • Smith Harry. Cpl.
  • Smith James Bell. Pte.
  • Smith James Dickenson. Sgt.
  • Smith James William. Pte.
  • Smith John. Pte.
  • Smith Sam. A/Sgt.
  • Smith William Thomas. Pte.
  • Smith William Dawson. Pte.
  • Smurthwaite William. Pte. (d.1st Jul 1916)
  • Snaith Thomas. Pte.
  • Snow Philip Arthur. Cpl.
  • Southern Joseph Harle. Pte.
  • Spalding Henry. Pte.
  • Spark George. Pte.
  • Spence John. Sgt.
  • Spence William. Pte.
  • Spooner Samuel. Pte.
  • Stafford Reginald. Pte.
  • Stanley Harold. Sgt.
  • Stansfield Thomas William. Pte.
  • Steele George Albert. Pte.
  • Stephenson Walter. Pte.
  • Stephenson William. Pte.
  • Stevenson Thomas Alderson. Pte.
  • Stevenson Tom Walker. Pte.
  • Stewart William Thomas. Pte.
  • Stobs Thomas. Pte.
  • Stokoe William. Sgt.
  • Storey Ralph Calder. A/Cpl.
  • Stotheft Thomas Edward. Pte.
  • Stott Bert . Sgt.
  • Stott George. Sgt.
  • Strong John William. Pte.
  • Stubbins Joseph Thomas. Pte.
  • Suttie Albert. Pte.
  • Sutton Levi. Pte.
  • Swainston Percy Bousfield. Pte.
  • Swales William James. Pte.
  • Sweeting Charles Robson. Pte.
  • Swinson Henry. Pte.
  • Synnott Pierce Joseph. Pte.
  • Tait Robert Thomas. Sgt.
  • Tarren William. Sgt.
  • Taylerson Robert. A/L/Cpl.
  • Taylor Herbert Leslie. CQMS
  • Taylor Joseph. Pte.
  • Taylor William. Pte.
  • Taylor William Andrew. L-Cpl.
  • Taylor William. Sgt.
  • Taylor William. Sgt.
  • Teasdale William. Sgt.
  • Temple Frederick William. Cpl.
  • Thayne James. Pte.
  • Thomas Herbert Arthur. Pte.
  • Thomas Ivor. Cpl.
  • Thomas James William. Cpl.
  • Thompson Harry Abdale. L/Cpl.
  • Thompson Herbert William. L-Cpl.
  • Thompson John. Pte.
  • Thompson Joseph. Cpl.
  • Thompson Richard Norman. Sgt.
  • Thompson Robert Albert. L-Cpl.
  • Thompson William Wyllard. Pte.
  • Thornton Albert Clennett. Pte.
  • Thornton Charles. Pte.
  • Thubron Cecil Thomas. Pte.
  • Tindale Thomas William. Sgt.
  • Tinkler Charles Albert. Pte.
  • Todd Charles. Pte.
  • Tomsett Edward. Pte.
  • Toppin Shirley. Cpl.
  • Topping Robert. Pte.
  • Tose Clinnett Victor. Pte.
  • Trevitt Samuel. Pte.
  • Trotter Christopher. Pte.
  • Trow Edward Thomas. Pte.
  • Turnbull Richard. A/L/Cpl. (d.1st July 1916)
  • Turner Leslie Dobson. Pte. (d.16th Dec 1914)
  • Tuton George. Pte.
  • Tweddell William. Pte.
  • Vart Paul. Pte.
  • Vasey William Oswald. Pte.
  • Vickers Arthur D.L.. Pte.
  • Vockwich Thomas R.. L/Cpl.
  • Waggott David. Pte.
  • Wakefield Edmund. Sgt.
  • Wakefield Thomas. L/Cpl.
  • Walker Clarence Harcourt. Pte.
  • Walker Frederick. Pte.
  • Walker Frederick Tillotson. Pte.
  • Walker Herbert Leslie. Pte.
  • Walker James. Pte.
  • Walker John. Pte.
  • Walker Levi. Pte.
  • Walker William. Pte.
  • Walker William Metcalf. Pte.
  • Wall John. Pte.
  • Wallace Percy James. Pte.
  • Waller Arthur Appleton. Cpl.
  • Walton John. Pte.
  • Walton Robert. Sgt.
  • Ward Alfred. Pte.
  • Ward George. Pte.
  • Ward John Gilbert. Pte.
  • Warnock John. Sgt.
  • Warwick Isaac. Sgt.
  • Warwick Jacques William. Pte.
  • Waterhouse Joseph. Pte.
  • Waters Joseph. Pte.
  • Watkin Wilfred. Sgt.
  • Watson James. Pte.
  • Watson John Stanley. Pte.
  • Watson Thomas. Pte.
  • Watson William Adamson. Pte.
  • Watt Alfred. Cpl.
  • Wear Arthur. Sgt.
  • Wearmouth Frederick Watson. Pte.
  • Wearmouth John Robert. Pte.
  • Wears Robert Stockport. Pte.
  • Weatherall Robert. A/Sgt.
  • Weatherell Walter. Pte.
  • Weatherley William James. Pte.
  • Weaver T. A.. Pte.
  • Weaver Thomas Albert. Pte. (d.1st Aug 1916)
  • Webb Stanley. Pte.
  • Webster Robert. T/Sgt
  • Weighill Herbert. Pte.
  • Wench John George. Cpl.
  • West Frederick. CQMS
  • Wharf Walter. Pte.
  • Wheelwright Robert. Pte.
  • White Alfred. Pte.
  • White Christopher. Pte.
  • Whitfield Joseph. Pte.
  • Whitfield Norman Gregory. Sgt.
  • Wick William John. Pte.
  • Wilkinson Alfred. Pte.
  • Wilkinson Benjamin. Pte.
  • Wilkinson George Arthur. Pte.
  • Wilkinson Joseph. Pte.
  • Wilkinson Raymond Howard. Pte.
  • Wilkinson William. Pte.
  • Willan Walter Edwin. Sgt.
  • Willey Alexander. Pte.
  • Williams James. Pte.
  • Williams John. Pte.
  • Williams Thomas Wynn. Pte.
  • Williamson George Edward. Pte.
  • Wilson Albert. Pte.
  • Wilson Edward Ridley. Cpl.
  • Wilson George. Cpl.
  • Wilson John Herbert. Pte.
  • Wilson John James. Pte.
  • Wilson John. Pte.
  • Wilson John Robert. Pte.
  • Wilson Robert. Pte.
  • Wilson Robert. Pte.
  • Wilson Tom. RQMS
  • Wilson William Worthington. L/Sgt.
  • Wilson William Arnold. Pte.
  • Wise John. Pte.
  • Wise Sydney. Pte.
  • Witham Harold. Pte.
  • Witton William. Pte.
  • Wood Andrew Robert. Cpl.
  • Woodhouse John. Pte.
  • Woodward Alfred. L/Cpl.
  • Woodward Thomas. Pte.
  • Wray Robert. Pte.
  • Wrench Thomas Gibson. Pte.
  • Wright Albert Benjamin. A/Sgt.
  • Wright George Hudson. Pte.
  • Yellow Tom. Pte.
  • Yorke James Ernest. Pte.
  • Young William. Cpl.
  • Young William. Pte.
  • Younger Thomas. Sgt.

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1206557

George Hall Greenwell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

My great grandfather, George Hall Greenwell, was born in Witton Gilbert, County Durham, in 1892 and lived there until 1927. The rest of his life was spent in Langley Park where he worked as Engine Plain Man at the local colliery. His health and memory never failed and he died quite suddenly and peacefully at the age of ninety-two.

In the great surge of patriotism in the summer of 1914 he joined the newly formed 18th Durham Light Infantry, the 'Pals' Batallion. The men spent 1915 on the Middle East Front in Egypt, 1916 in the lines training for and taking part in the Battle of the Somme, the greatest military disaster in the whole of British history. 1917 and 1918 were spent on numerous other parts of the Western Front. The four years were packed with hardship and tragedy beyond belief. Only the lucky ones survived.

Jessica Whiting




301026

Corporal William Frederick Gill 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.12th April 1918)

Battalion seated at Cocken Hall

William Gill was my grandmother’s brother. He was born in the North East of England, to a family originally from Cornwall, who had moved to work in the coal mines, when copper mining went into decline. On both the 1901 and 1911 census the family were living in Herrington, a small mining village about 4 miles from Sunderland. I can only assume that he attended the local school and eventually followed his father in the mines. 1911 census lists him as working as a Weightmans Clerk.

In January 1915 he enlisted into the Durham Light Infantry and was placed in the 18th Battalion. I understand that they were called the Durham Pals. I have no aural or written history, but I do have a photograph, which has been passed through the family, of a military unit of the DLI sitting in front of what I understand is Cocken Hall near Finchale. I think he is the young man sitting to the right of the commanding officer on the front row. I know nothing of his military service, other than I have a copy of the 18th Battalion war diary, which begins in Egypt. They were plunged into the thick of the conflict with the diary entries noting everything from trench foot to shell shock and their time on the Somme.

But it was the day’s surrounding William’s death on 12th of April 1918 that I wanted to find out more about. It would seem that the battalion were in the area around Hazebrouck in April 1918. The war diary paints a very confused picture of orders changing almost by the hour, parts of the company not receiving these orders, friendly fire and the attempt to hold a position near a major road and rail junction. The 12th of April diary entry covers several pages and notes many casualties with each company losing about 60 men, including the loss of 3 officers who were left behind as the companies moved on. I believe William was one of these causalities as his body was never recovered and he is now remembered on the Ploegsteert Monument in Belgium.

Sandra Walker




301012

Pte. George Maurice Featherstone 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

George Featherstone, was born in West Hartlepool in 1898. He enlisted on 27th August 1914 aged 16 in the 18th Battalion DLI (Durham Pals). He later transferred 3rd Battalion DLI (Tyneside Garrison). He was posted to France in Dec 1915 with the 10th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He saw action at Delville Wood, the battle of Flers-Courcelette, Battle of Arras, Battle of Ypres & Menin Road. George suffered gunshot wounds to his left thigh in August 1917. He returned to France in Jan 1918 & joined the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry. He was wounded again late in March 1918 with gunshot wounds to the buttocks. He returned home 30th March. He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corp in 1918 and was discharged on the 26th August 1920, He served a full 6 years.

In 1933 he rejoined the army, the Royal Engineers and went to France with the BEF on the 9th of September 1939. He was evacuated and returned home on the 2nd June 1940, two days before Dunkirk fell. In 1941 he was posted to Iceland for 5 months. In October 1942 he was posted to North Africa with the 1st Army for Operation Torch and served in Tunisia & Algeria.





301006

Lt. Scott 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Lt Scott was an old boy of Barnard Castle school.





301003

L/Cpl. Francis Derwent Lockey 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.23rd May 1916)

Frank Lockey was born in Durham on 13th of December 1881, to Francis and Grace Lockey. He attended Barnard Castle school, from 1894-1896 and won the 220 yard handicap. He worked in the family business, a grocer and provision merchants before enlisting in September 1914. He trained at Cocken Hall near Durham and was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal in April 1915. Frank was killed in action on the 23rd of May 1916 and is buried in Sucrerie Military Cemetery, Colincamps.





301000

Sgt. John Duke 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

John Duke was born in 1892 in New Herrington, he had 5 brothers and 2 sisters. His father was a Waggonwright. John went to Northern Skelton Colliery School until he was 14 in 1906 he was admitted to the Durham Johnston School. He was on the school football team. He was a pupil teacher at age 18, then studied at Bede College and became a school teacher at Dubmire County School, Houghton-le-Spring. John Duke enlisted with the 18th Battalion DLI, Regimental Number No 2510 He trained at Cocken Hall, became a machine gunner and was promoted to Sergeant. He went with the 18th Battalion to Eqypt in Dec 1915 where the Battalion were engaged in much construction work. As a machine gunner, John was transferred to 93rd Coy, Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) Regtl No (22764). He died on the 1st July 1916, aged 24 - on first day of the First Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave, and is named on Thiepval Memorial and remembered on the Durham Johnston School War Memorial.





300940

Pte. Peter Smith Brown 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Peter Smith Brown attested 17/9/14. He was stationed at Hartlepool during the bombardment. He was commissioned Temp 2/Lt 19/8/17





300939

Pte. Tom Dobson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.23rd Mar 1918)

Tom Dobson was 27 years old when he was killed whilst serving with the 11th Battalion DLI, remembered on the Pozieres Memorial he was the husband of Dora, she later remarried becoming Mrs Snaith of 67 Roker Avenue, Sunderland





300938

Pte. Willie Dixon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.18th Sep 1916)

Willie Dixon aged 27 was lost whilst serving with the 14th DLI, remembered on the Thiepval Memorial he was the son of Elizabeth and the late John Dixon; husband of Elizabeth Jane Dixon, of 31 Topcliffe St., West Hartlepool.





300937

Pte. Frederick William Dixon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.12th Oct 1916)

Frederick Dixon lost his life whilst serving with A Coy, 14th Battalion DLI, aged 21 he was the son of William and Annie Dixon, of 1 Walker Terrace, Harrowgate Hill, Darlington, Co. Durham and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.





300936

Pte. Frederick Dickens 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Frederick Dickens was the 20 year old son of Walter Dickens, of 32 Devonshire St., Sunderland, and the late Hannah Dickens. Frederick is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.





300935

Pte. A. L. Dawson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Pte A Dawson served with the 18th and 15th Btns, Orignially lying at map reference 27b 8.8, his remains were recovered by 21st Labour Coy on the 31st of July 1919 and reburied in Gordon Dump Cemetery, Ovillers la Boisselle





300934

Pte. Charles Davies 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Charles Davies was the son of Mr. T. J. and Mrs. C. K. Davies, of Bolton Grove, Seaton Carew, Co. Durham. An Articled Chartered Accountant, he was 22 years old and is rememebered on theTheipval Memorial.





300933

L/Cpl. Arthur Alexander K. Davidson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.18th May 1917)

Arthur Davidson was he 25 year old son of Robert John and Jane Davidson, of 55, Hawthorne Avenue, Cleadon Park, South Shields. He is remembered on the Arras Memorial.





300932

L-Cpl. John Dalkin 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.25th Sep 1918)

John Dalkin served with the 18th and 14th Battalions, he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.





300931

L-Cpl. William Culbert 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.29th Jun 1918)

William Culbert was 28 years old when he was killed, he is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial. He was the husband of Caroline Culbert, of 4 Kells Buildings, Nevilles Cross, Durham.





300930

Pte. A. B. Crawford 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.12th Feb 1918)

Pte Crawford is buried in Roclincourt Military Cemetery





300929

L-Cpl. Henry Frederick Cooper 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.28th Mar 1918)

Henry Cooper was the son of S. E. and the late W. H. J. Cooper, of Sunderland. His wife Ethel Cooper, of 92 Lovely St., Sunderland requested the inscription - Greater love hath no man that he lay down his life for another- for his headstone. A battalion signaller, he was aged 28 when he was killed and is buried in Moyenneville (Two Tree) Cemetery.





300928

L/Cpl. J. Christison 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.16th Sep 1916)

Son of Sarah Christison, of 15, York St., Queensbury, Bradford. Native of West Hartlepool, Pte Christison died aged 21 whilst serving with the 14th Btn, he is buried in Guillemont Road Cemetery





300927

Pte. John Robert Christopher 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.12th Nov 1916)

J.R. Christopher is buried in Hebuterne Military Cemetery. His headstone does not bear any personal inscription.





300926

Pte. Arthur Chester 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.27th Aug 1916)

Arthur Chester was aged 24 when he died of wounds at the Netley Military Hospital in Southampton, he is buried in the Netley Military Cemetery. The inscription At Rest was requested for his headstone by Mrs D A Liddle , Kelveden, Vicarage Terrace, Murton, Co Durham.





300925

Pte. E. Burlinson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.11th Aug 1916)

Pte Burlinson was the son of George Watson Burlinson and Elizabeth Burlinson, of 30 Cooper St., Roker, Sunderland. Aged 20 when he was killed on the 11th of August 1916, he is buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery. His parents requested his headstone be inscribed Also in memory of G W Burlinson MGC, missing Serre July 1st 1916.





300924

L-Cpl. James M. Bunkall 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.18th May 1917)

James Bunkall was the son of Valentine and Annie Bunkall. He was married to Dorothy Bunkall, of 39 Archer St., West Hartlepool, Co. Durham. James has no known grave and is remembered on the Arras Memorial.





300923

Sgt. John Cummings Brydon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

John Brydon was the son of Michael Thomas and Annabella Matthewson Brydon, of 50 Cleveland Rd., Sunderland. He was killed, aged 24 on the 1st of July 1916 and is buried in Serre Road Cemetery No 1. His mother requested the inscriptionUntil the day breaks and shadows flee away.





300922

Pte. John W. Broadley 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

John Broadley is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.





300921

2nd Lt. Sidney Fitzgerald Bobby 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Sidney Bobby served with the 18th Bn. attd. 93rd T.M. Bty, he was aged 22 when he died on the 1st of July 1916. He was the son of William Thomas and Elizabeth Bobby, of 7 Wellesley Rd., Leytonstone, London and is remembered on the Theipval Memorial to the missing.





300920

Pte. George Bilton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.23rd Aug 1916)

George Bilton was the son of George and Elizabeth Bilton of Framwellgate Moor, Durham. Aged 28, George is buried in Le Touret Military Cemetery.





300918

Pte. Thomas Berry 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Thomas Berry is remembered on the Theipval Memorial to the missing.





300917

2nd Lt. William Bell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd Jul 1916)

William Bell was the son of John and Margaret Bell, of West Farm, Medomsley. He was killed on the 3rd of July 1916 and is buried in Beauval communal cemetery in France, he was 27 years old. His father requested the headstone inscription - He died that others might live.





300916

Pte. Ronald Allan 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd Oct 1916)

Pte Alan was aged 22 when he was killed. He is buried in Bethune Town cemetery. he was the husband of Elsie Lily Allan. Son of Robert Bruce Allan of Middlesbrough.





300912

Lt. Simpson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Lt Simpson served with C Coy 18th DLI.





300908

2nd Lt. William Herbert Brown 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.19th Jul 1918)

William Brown was born in 1885, son of Elizabeth and Richard Brown. He enlisted in the 18th DLI service number 18-215, after being promoted to Sergeant he was commissioned into the same battalion. He was married to Hilda and lived at 31 Old Elvet, Durham. William is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial.





300907

L-Cpl. Arthur Reginald Birks 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Arthur Birks was born in Stranton, West Hartlepool on 27th of August 1895 to Elisa and Edwin Birks. He enlisted with the County Battalion DLI at West Hartlepool on the 18th of September 1914. His occupation is given as Clerk and he is recorded as being 19 years old, 6 feet tall, weighing 158 lbs with a 37 inch chest. Arthur was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing.





300906

Pte. Charles Newberry 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.9th Aug 1918)

Charles Newberry served with the 18th Bn. Durham Light Infantry and died of wounds on the 9th August 1918 aged 19. He was the son of Thomas Henry and Jane Newberry, of 53 Battenberg Rd., Leicester.





300905

Pte. Fred Dews 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.12th Apr 1918)

Fred Dews was the son of Joseph Saunders Dews and Charlotte J Dews, of 18 Hawthorne Rd, Wolverhampton. Died on the 12th of April, 1918. He is remembered on the Ploegsteert Memorial





300904

Pte. William James Horn 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.17th May 1917)

William Horn, enlisted with the 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry in West Hartlepool. He was killed in action on 17th May 1917 aged 20. William was the son of James and Christiania Horn, of 8, Oswald St., Amble, Northumberland and is commemorated Arras Memorial. He was born and lived Amble, Northumberland and is remembered on the war memorial in the town.





300903

Charles Vivian Palmer 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Charles Palmer is remembered on the Memorial Plaque in the Long Eaton Town Hall which was compliled by Members of theLong Eaton Branch of the British Legion





300902

Pte. John Norman Dowse 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd Jul 1916)

John was born in 1894 at Norton-on-Tees to Edward Ranyell and Elizabeth Dowse. He grew up at 7 Lax Terrace, Norton with his parents and siblings Ethel, Edward, Nellie and Edith. John enlisted, in 1915, at Stockton, into the 18th.Battalion Durham Light Infantry (Durham Pals) service number 18-47. He died of wounds received on the 3 July 1916 during the Battle of the Somme and is buried in Couin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. John was posthumously awarded the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. His mother requested the inscription - Through death shall come new life and out of darkness light - for his headstone.





300901

Thomas Oran Herring 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Thomas Herring was born in Tudhoe in 1895 and died on the Somme 1916 whilsts serving with the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry.





300900

Pte. James Harding 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd May 1917)

13th & 18th DLI





300898

2nd Lt. James Barker Bradford 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.14th May 1917)

James Bradford was born in 1890. He was commissioned into the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (the Durham Pals) as a Second Lieutenant, serving with C Coy and gained the Military Cross for his bravery near Gommecourt, France in March 1917. James was severely wounded on 10 May 1917 near Arras and died of his wounds four days later aged 27 years of age. He is buried on Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun. He was the husband of Annie and son of the late George Bradford and his wife of Ravenlea Road, Folkstone, Kent. His wife requested the inscription Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Her address is given as Towns Country Club, 73 Mortimer, St London. Find out more





300897

Pte. Harold Newton Macdonald 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.28th Mar 1918)

"Harold Newton Macdonald, killed in action on March 28, 1918, while serving with the 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. His name is on the Arras Memorial. His parents, Charles and Eliza Macdonald, lived in Julian Avenue on the Lawe, near to where, today, his name appears on the St Aidans Church roll of honour, now in St Stephens.Church and on the memorial at South Shields Golf Club where he was a member. "





300896

Pte. William Burton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd May 1917)

Pte William Burton served with "B" Coy. 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry Died 3 May 1917 aged 29 Son of Edwin and Mary Ann Burton of Nottingham, husband of Fanny Burton, of Reservoir House, Winterburn.





300894

Sgt. A. S. Durrant 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

1st July 1916 Somme I reached the German trenches but I was wounded and I saw the entrance to a dugout, so I dragged myself along to the steps of the dugout and I thought lets see if I can get in there I managed somehow to get myself into a half sitting half lying possition on the steps leading down to the dugout. Suddenly the mouth of the dugout fell in. A high explosive shell must have burst near by and I was thown into a doubled up osition. I didnt seem to be hurt any further, but the entrance down to the dugout was blocked so I dragged myself out and rested in the open. This went on until the evening and I gradually dragged myself in the right direction, to the British Lines and eventually I crawled to safety. On arriving at what I thought was safety I saw an old college friend of mine, nicknamed Whiskers. I shouted Whiskers! he came along -hello what are you doing here?. He was in the Royal Army Medical Corps and he took charge of me and put me on a stretcher and conveyed me to a medical shelter.





300893

Capt. William Douglas Lowe 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

https:--www.dur.ac.uk-library-asc-collection_information-cldload-?collno=579

Adjutant of the 18th Durham Light Infantry





300892

Percy Cook 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.27th Jul 1916)

Percy Cook was 21 years old when he was killed, he is buried in St Vaast Post Military Cemetery. The inscription on his headstone reads: Also in memory of Private J E Cook DLI killed 24th May 1915, aged 24 years. It was funded by Miss N M trees of Sundial House, Hurworth on Tees.





300890

Pte. Walter Rogers 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.16th Dec 1914)

Pte Rogers was killed during the Bombardment of the Hartlepools He was born in Bishop Auckland in 1889.

Bishop Auckland had never seen anything like it. The unpolished oak coffin, wrapped in a Union flag, led a procession more than a mile long through the streets to the cemetery. There were so many wreaths and floral tributes that they couldnt all fit in the funeral coach and so some had to be carried by the hundreds of soldiers behind the coffin. Thousands of people lined the route, no doubt bowing their heads as the coffin passed and the Durham Light Infantry band played Handel’s sombre Dead March. This, on Monday, December 21, 1914, was Bishop Auckland’s first taste of the horrors of the First World War. The victim was Private Walter Rogers, 25, who, five days earlier, had been among the first people to die on home soil during the war. On December 16, 1914, three German warships had unexpectedly opened fire from a mile out on Hartlepool. The flagship battle cruiser Seydlitz fired the first shells at the Heugh battery on the Headland, which was guarded by members of the 18th (Service) Battalion of the DLI. They were volunteers who had responded to the call by Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of State for War, to form “pals” regiments – groups of friends who all joined up together. For the previous six weeks, the County Durham Pals had been billeted at West Hartlepool for training purposes, and this was their first, terrifying experience of war. Five Durham Pals died in the bombardment, earning them an unwanted place in British history. Corporal Alix Liddle, of Darlington, was one of the first to go down, and Pte Rogers rushed to his aid. He was killed while in the act of covering up Cpl Liddle, who was cut up with one of the first shells, said the Northern Despatch newspaper. Pte Rogers received the full force of another splinter from a shell in the chest, but he lingered for three hours. Pte Rogers’ obituaries say that at the time of his death, he was acting chief clerk at Lingford’s famous baking powder factory in the town. He was a member of the local photographic society, hockey club, golf club, Cockton Hill Tennis Club, the Civilian Rifle Club and St Peters Church choir. All organisations sent wreaths for the coffin and members for the procession which, said the Despatch, was “at least a mile in length”. In the cemetery, the service was conducted by the Rev A E Douglas, formerly vicar of St Peters, and at the conclusion, the Last Post was sounded and a volley fired over the grave. So Bishop Auckland laid to rest its first victim of the Great War. - Northern Echo





300889

Cpl. Alix Oliffe Liddle 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.16th Dec 1914)

Pte Liddle was killed during the Bombardment of Hartlepools and is buried in West Cemetery, Darlington. Alix Liddle was born in Darlington in 1889 the youngest son of Frances and James Liddle of Middleton Tyas. He married Clara Main on the 27th of april 1914. Before the war he was employed by Pease and Partners as a clerk in the accountants office. “At 8am on Wednesday, December 16, 1914, three German warships appeared out of the mist shrouding the sea off Hartlepool and, from a mile out, opened fire. It was a brutal exercise by the Germans to frighten complacent British civilians, who believed the war would be concluded in their favour by Christmas. The first shell, fired by the battle cruiser Seydlitz, landed beside the Heugh battery on the Headland and killed four members of the Durham Pals outright. They were, in alphabetical order, Privates Charles Clark and Theophilis Jones, both of West Hartlepool; Corporal Alix Liddle, of Darlington, and Private Leslie Turner, of Newcastle. The likelihood is that all four, including the colliery clerk from Darlington, died simultaneously. First, second, third or fourth, it matter not to Clara back home in Sylvan Grove. The following morning she received a telegram – official intimation from the War Office – saying Alix had been killed in action. After eight months of marriage, she was a widow. Seydlitz’s second shell landed practically in the same place as the first beside the Heugh Battery, killing four men who had gone to help their colleagues. They were Gunner William Houston, who was born in Middlesbrough; Gunner Robert Spence, born in West Hartlepool; Private Thomas Minks, from Middlesbrough, and Private Walter Rogers, who was born in Bishop Auckland." Northern Echo.





300887

Pte. Theophilus Jones 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.16th Dec 1914)

Theophilus Jones of the 18th DLI is widly regarded as the first man of the battalion to be killed in action, during the bombardment of the Hartlepools. He was buried with full military honours in Hartlepool on the 19th of December. 500 men of the battalion attended his funeral service at St Aidens Church.

To-day, the body of the late Pte Theo Jones, one of the most popular members of the county battalion of the DLI, who was killed in the bombardment on Wednesday, was laid to rest at West Hartlepool (Stranton) cemetery. The service was held at st. Aidans church there being present 500 members of the county battalion, under the command of Majors Roberts, Tilly and Neville. The church was filled with these and numerous other friends of the late Pte Jones, including representatives of the Schools Athletic Association and the West Hartlepool Cricket Club, with which the deceased gentleman was connected. The hymn There is a land of pure delight was sung. Hundreds of people assembled outside the church and along the route to the cemetery, where a salute was fired and the last post sounded. Sgt Willson had charge of the firing party. The coffin was covered with many beautiful wreaths, one from the officers of the county battalion, and another from the NCOs and men. 19th Dec 1914

He was born in Darlington in 1885, son of Lettie Jones.

He was employed as headmaster of Thringstone School when he enlisted in the 18th DLI. He was also given the job of church choirmaster, and in his spare time he played for the Coalville Rugby Club. His time at Thringstone was cut short when he volunteered for service as a private soldier with the DLI. Before leaving the village, his pupils presented him with a prayer book, and Jones then kept in touch by sending cheerful letters to the vicar. Sadly, Jones had been gone for 2 months when a telegram arrived at Thringstone Vicarage. The news was terrible - whilst on guard duty, Jones had been killed by fragments of shell fired from a German warship. On the same day, more than 100 civilians were killed in this terrible attack. In the breast pocket of his tunic, Jones had been carrying the prayer book that he had been given. A fragment of iron shell was found to have pierced the book almost all the way through. The book was brought to Thringstone and shown to a packed congregation by the vicar at a special memorial service.





300886

L/Cpl. Charles Stephen Clarke 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.16th Dec 1914)

L-Cpl Charles Clarke was killed during the Bombardment of Hartlepool whilst serving with 18th DLI. He was born in West Hartlepool in 1890 and was buried in Hartlepool North Cemetery, he is now commemorated on a screen wall in Stranton Cemetery. His wife Elise later remarried and lived at 17 Derwent Street, West Hartlepool.





300885

Cpl. F. Smith 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.27th Apr 1918)

Pte F Smith is buried in Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery, near Ypres





300884

Pte. Robert Jarry 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.7th Jun 1916)

Robert Jarry was killed aged 26 and is buried in Dartmoor Cemetery at Becordel Beacourt, France





300883

Pte. J. B. Frankton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte Frankton was initally buried at Map Reference 36A.21.d.5.4. In a marked grave, his remains were recovered in 1919 and he was reburied in Grand Beaumart British Cemetery.





300882

L/Cpl. Jonathan Morrell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

L-Cpl Morrell served with 18th DLI, he was initally buried at Map Reference 36A.21.d.5.4. In a marked grave, his remains were recovered in 1919 and he was reburied in Grand Beaumart British Cemetery. his wife Mrs J A Morrell of 115 Adelaide St, South Shields, requested the headstone inscription Dearly loved by his wife and little daughter/





300881

Pte. W. S. Brooks 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte Brooks was initally buried at Map Reference 36A.21.d.5.4. In a marked grave, his remains were recovered in 1919 and he was reburied in Grand Beaumart British Cemetery. Mrs A Brookes, 74 Windmill St, Wedensbury, Staffs requested the inscription - Safe in the arms of Jesus - for his headstone





300879

J. Shankie 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served as a signaller with 18th DLI





300875

Sgt. Herbert Jolly 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Herbert is listed as “Jolly, Herbert 31 Union Street. Sergt 1520 18th DLI” in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300874

Sgt. William Haw 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

William is recorded as Haw, William. 16 Fairfield Street, Sergt 245031 18th DLI in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300873

Pte. H. Harrison 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte Harrison is recorded as Harrison, H. 14 Arthur Street, Pte 94 County Battalion DLI in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300872

Pte. Frederick Garry 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.18th Sep 1916)

Frederick Garry was the son of George and Sarah Garry of 13 Grass Street, Darlington. He was killed on the 18th of September 1916 and is remembered on the Loos Memorial. He is listed as Garry, Frederick 13 Grass Street. Pte DLI in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s. William Garry of the same address is also listed on the same roll servinf as Sapper 236563 Royal Engineers.





300871

T. Fenwick 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

T Fenwick is recorded as Fenwick, T. of Croft, 18th DLI in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300870

Cpl. Ellis 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Cpl Ellis is recorded as Ellis,-, Cpl Bugler Lord Durhams County Battalion DLI in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300869

Arthur Ellis 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Arthur is recorded as Ellis, Arthur 54 Bedford Street 18th DLI in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s. Also recorded is Herbert Ellis of the same address serving as Pte 1622 5th DLI.





300868

Pte. H. Davies 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

H Davies is recorded as Davies, H. Pte 18th DLI in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300867

Pte. Herbert Barker 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Herbert is recorded as "Barker, Herbert,25 Louisa St, Darlington, Pte 1621 18th DLI in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300866

L/Cpl. W. Ayton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pte Ayton is recorded as "Ayton, W. Lcpl 1312 18th DLI" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300865

Pte. Benson Alderson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Benson is recorded as "Benson Alderson, Raby House, Sadberge, Pte 1257 18th DLI" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s. On the same roll is listed Alderson ?R. of the same address, Pioneer 183413 Special Battalion, who died of wounds at Popperinge 19th Oct 1917-





300864

Pte. Reginald Greenwell Orton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 257th Tunnelling Coy RE





300862

Pte. William Ayton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th& 6th DLI





300861

Sgt. Walter Edwin Willan 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 15th & 20th & 12th DLI





300858

Pte. Charles Thornton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 3rd Ent Btn.





300856

Pte. Charles Harold Latimer 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & Trans 13th Corps & 7th DLI





300855

Pte. Edward Johnson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 2nd DLI





300854

Pte. John Dempster 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 14th DLI





300849

Pte. Ernest Smith 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 14th & 2nd DLI





300833

Pte. Joseph Luxmore 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.23rd May 1915)

Joseph Luxmore died aged 24 and is buried in Ebblinghem Military Cemetery





300832

Pte. Charles Fraser 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th DLI





300831

Pte. James Campbell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th DLI





300826

Cpl. George Wilson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 2nd DLI





300822

Pte. Matthew Hutchinson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th DLI





300821

Pte. Robert Brown Hutchinson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 31st Div HQ





300818

Sgt. William Tarren 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissined and continued to serve after the war





300814

Pte. Thomas Gargett 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 10th DLI





300812

A/Sgt. Edwin Charles Bell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Edwin Bell served with the 18th Durham Light Infantry attached Assistant Provost Marshall Durham





300811

Pte. John William Alderson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 14th DLI





300808

Pte. John Robert Russell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th & 18th DLI





300802

Cpl. John Henry Proud 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 39th Div G & att 50th div RA





300801

A/Sgt. Joseph Sproat or Stuart Armstrong 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th DLI





300795

Pte. Christopher Best 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.11th Apr 1918)

Christopher Best is remembered on a specila memorial in Le Grand Beaumart Cemetery, Steenwerck where he is believed to be buried. The inscription Their glory shall not be blotted out was added at the expense of Mrs E Best of 45 Vine Street, Darlington.





300794

Pte. John Robert Wilson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 3rd Ent Btn. & 9th DLI & 20th DLI





300790

Pte. Hunter Jones 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 22nd & 19th DLI





300788

Pte. Lewis Daniels 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att for duty Carpenters Shop





300787

L/Cpl. Shepherd Close 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 4th Ord Mobile Workshops





300768

Pte. Robert Mitchell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI





300765

Pte. Robert Armstrong Pendlington 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 14th DLI





300757

L/Sgt. George Brown 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 13th DLI





300756

L/Cpl. William Godfrey Cummingham 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 11th DLI





300755

Pte. James Rawson Coatham 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 15th DLI





300748

Sgt. Ernest M. Hart 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissined to DLI 3rd Feb 1919





300741

A/WO.Cl.II John Anderson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 52nd DLI





300739

Pte. Charles John Garbutt 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 22nd DLI





300732

A-Sgt. John Chilton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Also served att 1st Army School of Motors.





300731

Pte. George Blakeman 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th & 18th & 14th DLI





300709

Pte. William Herbert Lindridge 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th DLI





300707

Pte. Robert Davison 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att School of Farriers & att. 93rd MGC





300703

Pte. George Robert Finnity 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th & 7th DLI & 2-6th DLI & 18th DLI





300702

Cpl. John George Robers 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 5th Ent Btn. & att 9th Btn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment





300693

Cpl. John William Agar 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

J W Agar is recorded as "Pte Agar, J, W. Lord Durham's County Battalion DLI" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s. He was Commissioned into 2nd DLI





300690

Pte. Charles Banks 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th Dli and as Pte 22768 MGC





300689

2nd Lt. Pringle Balmer 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Pringle Balmer joined the 18th Dli as a private and was commissioned into the DLI as a 2nd Lt.





300681

Cpl. Melville Hildreth Aubin 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Melville Aubin was one of the first to enlist with the County Battalion, he was commissioned into the 18th Dli and was promited to Lt.





300678

Pte. Bertram Ankers 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd Sep 1916)

Bertram is recorded as "Bert Ankers, 9 Falmer Road, Darlington, Pte A Coy. 18th DLI, killed in action, France 3rd Sep 1916" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s. Sapper R Ankers 152414 Signal Corps Royal Engineers, of the same address is also listed on the roll.





300677

Clr/Sgt. Samuel Platten 4th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI - Commissioned 4th Oct 1915





300676

A/CQMS George Briggs 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI





300675

Pte. John Walker 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 23rd, 14th & 18th DLI





300674

Pte. Ernest Green 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300673

Pte. Walter Nicholl 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300672

Pte. John Burns 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and 20th DLI and 19th DLI





300671

Pte. Rawdon Hanson 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300670

Pte. Herbert Horsemond Fletcher 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300669

Pte. Harry Elliott 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI , 2nd DLI and Att 6th Div Co.





300668

Pte. Herbert Brailey MM. 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and att 27th Chinese Labour corps





300667

Pte. John Bushby 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI , 14th DLI and 19th DLI





300666

Pte. James William Smith 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th DLI, 10th DLI. 18th DLI & 11th DLI





300665

Pte. Lewis Fawcett 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 2nd DLI, 18th Dli and 2-6th DLI





300664

Pte. Herbert Parker 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300663

Pte. Arthur Goldsbrough 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and 2-6th DLI





300662

Pte. Tom Yellow 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300661

Pte. Walter Charles Brookes 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 11th and 18th DLI





300660

Pte. George Tuton 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 19th, 22nd and 18th DLI





300659

Pte. Thomas Edward Stotheft 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with the 19th, 18th, 14th and 11th DLI





300658

Pte. Samuel Fields 23rd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th & 18th DLI





300657

Pte. George Pallisher 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 22nd DLI & att labour Coy ASC & 18th DLI & 7th DLI





300656

Pte. Stephen Hyland 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 22nd & 18th DLI





300655

Pte. Joseph Hendrick 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 22nd & 18th DLI





300654

Pte. William Dawson Smith 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 22nd & 18th & 11th DLI





300653

Pte. Thomas William Richardson 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 22nd DLI & att 8th Div RE & 18th DLI & 14th DLI & 9thDLI





300652

Pte. Stanley Howard Fraser 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 22nd & 18th DLI





300651

Pte. Cyril Roberts 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300650

Pte. Albert Ernest Iseton 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 22nd Dli and att 108 Coy RE and 18th DLI





300649

Pte. George Albert Steele 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and att 257 Tunnelling Coy RE and 22nd & 7th DLI





300648

Pte. John Crawford 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and att 180 coy RE and 7th DLI





300647

Pte. John Thomas Bell 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with the 22nd, 14th and 18th Btns. DLI





300646

Pte. William Brabiner 22nd Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 22nd, 18th & 7th DLI





300644

Pte. Henry Harras 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300643

Pte. Peter Jackson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300642

Pte. James Walker 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 10th DLI, 22nd DLI and 18th DLI





300641

Pte. George O. Armstrong 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 2nd DLI, 18th DLI and 2-6th DLI





300640

Pte. John Rae 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300639

Pte. Henry Swinson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300638

Pte. George Newby 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI , 20th DLI, 2nd DLI att 12 Coy RE





300637

Cpl. Charles North 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th and 18th DLI





300636

Pte. Robert E. D. Greiveson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300635

Pte. Arthur Bruce 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300634

Pte. Christopher White 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th DLI and 18th DLI and 19th DLI





300633

Pte. William Robson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and 15th DLI





300632

Pte. Norman Cranston 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300631

Pte. William Ainsley 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300630

Pte. Robert Race Robinson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300629

Pte. Tom Sayers 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300628

Pte. Thomas Henry Corner 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300627

Pte. Alexander Willey 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and att Nigerean Gold Coast Contingents





300626

Pte. John Henry Whitehead Dent 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300625

Pte. William Watson Atkinson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300624

Sgt. Oliver Burdon 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300623

Pte. John William MacDougall 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300622

Pte. Charles Edward Lewis 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300621

Pte. William Metcalf Walker 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300620

Cpl. John William Rogers 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI , 19DLI 10 & 15 DLI





300619

Pte. Albert Henry Bowe 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Mar 1917)

Albert Bowe enlisted on the 21st Btn DLI and served with 18th DLI. He was killed on the 1st of March 1917 aged 19 and is remembered on a special memorial in Gommecourt British Cemetery No2 at Heuterne, he is known to be buried in this cemetery but the actual site of his grave is unknown. He was the son of Henry and Margaret Bowe, of 5, Dale Terrace, New Shildon, Co. Durham. His father paid for the inscription 'Ever remembered' to be engraved on the headstone.





300618

Pte. George Edward Williamson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300617

Pte. Harry Nodding 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300616

Pte. Thomas Percy Raine Hall 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th, 19th and 20th DLI





300615

Pte. John George Alderson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th, 19th and 20th DLI





300614

Pte. George Plumpton 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI & 13th DLI





300613

Pte. John Gray 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and 12th and 2nd DLI





300612

Pte. Edward Thomas Trow 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300611

Pte. Thomas Wallace Forrett 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300610

Pte. James Mulhall 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI





300609

A/Cpl. Frank Gibbon 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and att 275 Tunnelling Coy RE





300608

Pte. Robert Robson Lamb 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300607

Pte. Fred Merryweather 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300606

Pte. Robert Richmond 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and att 6th West Yorks





300605

A/Cpl. John Hall 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300604

Pte. Francis Edward Sarginson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and att 9th Northumberland Fusiliers





300603

Pte. James Marshall 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th Dli and att 9th Northumberland Fusiliers





300602

Pte. David Edgar 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with the 18th DLI





300601

Pte. Herbert Crocker 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 2nd & 18th DLI





300600

Pte. Thomas Butterill 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th, 19th and 12th DLI





300599

Pte. Thomas Wilson Robson 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

21st DLI & att 257 tunneling coy & 18DLI





300598

Pte. Anthony Edgar 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300597

Pte. James Henry Cable 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI & att 93rd TMB





300596

Pte. William Sewell 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300595

Pte. Robert Nicholson Scarr 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300594

Pte. James Goode 21st Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th Dli & att 257 Tunneling Coy RE & att 35 IBD





300593

Pte. Percy Dring 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 12th & 2nd DLI





300592

Pte. Thomas Clear 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th & 18th DLI





300591

CSM George Potts DCM. 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 12th & 15th DLI





300590

Pte. Edward Tomsett 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th DLI & att 257 Tunnelling Coy RE, 18th DLI & 15th DLI & 11th DLI SWB





300589

Pte. Robert Allan 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th, 14th & 18th DLI SWB





300588

Pte. John Copeland 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th & 18th & 14th & 11th DLI





300587

Pte. Henry Gustard 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th & 18th DLI SWB





300586

Pte. Joseph Graham 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th & 2nd DLI





300585

Pte. Joseph Taylor 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th & 18th DLI





300584

Pte. Lawrence Heslop 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th, 5th and 18th DLI





300583

Pte. William Purvis 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th and 20th DLI





300582

Pte. Arthur Easton Humprys 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 20th, 18th and 15th DLI





300581

Pte. John Forsyth 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI , 15th and 2nd DLI





300580

Pte. William Gibbon 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with20th DLI, 18th DLI and 15th DLI





300579

Pte. John Heslop 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300578

Pte. William Davidson Clark 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300577

Pte. Thomas Kent 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th, 18th and 15th DLI





300576

Pte. Fred Hancock 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th, 2nd and 15th DLI





300575

Pte. William Spence 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

Served with 20th and 18th DLI





300574

Pte. Thomas Watson 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th, 18th & 14th DLI





300573

Pte. John Wilson 20th Btn Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 15th DLI





300572

Pte. Thomas Gardiner 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 14th & 18th DLI SWB





300571

Pte. Thomas Frederick Palin 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th & 18th DLI





300570

Cpl. William Young 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th & 18th DLI





300569

Pte. Thomas Hudspeth 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th DLI 36th Royal Fusiliers, 195 Labour Corps 22nd & 18th DLI





300568

Pte. Arthur Davies 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 2nd, 18th and 9th DLI





300567

Pte. Thomas Cook 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300566

Pte. John James F. Kilpatrick 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 7th DLI





300565

Pte. William Stephenson 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th, 18th and 11th DLI





300564

Pte. Thomas Gates 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th, 11th and 18th DLI





300563

Pte. Thomas McGahan 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with19th DLI, 18th DLI , 195th Coy RE





300562

Pte. John James Makepeace 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI





300560

Cpl. Harry Smith 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 19th and 18th DLI





300559

Pte. John Duignan 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th, 20th and 18th DLI





300557

Pte. Thomas Aiston 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.23rd April 1918)

CWGC list Thomas Aiston's regimental number as 18/8 (Medal Roll records 18/5), aged 24, he is buried in Plot I. Row C. Grave 14. at Morbecque British Cemetery. The son of Francis and Elizabeth Aiston, of Darlington, his headstone bears the inscription: "Ever dear to our memory". The inscription fee was was paid for By Miss Eveline Aiston of 73, Stanhope Road, Darlington.

Thomas is recorded as "Pte Aiston, Lord Durham's County Battalion DLI" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s. He was one of ten soldiers remembered on a white marble plaque which was situated in St Luke's Church, Darlington. The plaque is now missing but the names on it have been recorded by the North East war Memorial Project via a newspaper article in the Darlington Stockton Times of the 14th of February 1920. Thomas is also included amongst 700 names recorded on the wall plaques which line the entrance to Darlington War Memorial Hospital in Hollyhurst Road, Darlington.





300555

Pte. Alfred Allen 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.29th Mar 1918)

Alfred Allen was born on 9th of July 1894 at 28 Emily Street, Stockton. He lives with his parents George and Louisa, brothers John and George, sisters Louisa and Florence and grandfather Edward. Alfred worked as a Grocers Assistant and then as a driller, he enlisted in the 18th Battalion DLI on 2nd of October 1914. He was promoted to Lance Corporal and was killed in action on the 29th of March 1918 during the German Offensive Operation Michael. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated on the Arras Memorial, France.





300554

Pte. John Barnard 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.10th Aug 1916)

John Barnard was born in 1893 in Stockton to Mathew and Margaret Barnard. On the 1901 Census he is living at 59 Hampton Road,Stockton with his parents and sisters Ann, Elizabeth, Margaret, Mary and Winnie. After leaving school he worked as a Grocer's Apprentice before enlisting in 1915 into the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry,service number 18/11. He died of wounds received on 10th of August 1916 at Serre during the Battle of the Somme and was buried in Oxbridge Lane Cemetery, Stockton.





300551

Pte. Frederick Lively 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 10th & 2-7th DLI





300550

L/Cpl. Sydney Harper 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 2nd DLI





300547

Sgt. Joseph Davidson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th & 2nd DLI & att HQ 2nd Corps & att 46th Div Depot Baths & att 1st Yorks





300546

L/Cpl. Thomas Darling 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 22nd Dec 1915





300543

L/Sgt. Patrick James Connell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.28th Aug 1918)

Patrick Connell is buried in Caestre Military Cemetery.





300540

Cpl. Jesse Howarth Kenworthy 18th Btn. A Coy. Durham Light Infantry (d.17th Aug 1916)

Jesse Kenworthy served with "A" Coy. 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry he died on Thursday, 17th August 1916 aged 25. He was the son of Joseph and Anne Kenworthy, of Stretton Villa, Deepcar.





300539

A/Sgt. Sam Smith 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI & att 13th Corps Work Camp





300535

Pte. Clarence Cecil Pike 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 22nd DLI





300532

L/Cpl. Harold Dixon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 10th DLI





300529

Pte. Thomas William Harland 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI & att 31st DAHQ





300527

Sgt. Robert George Bird 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissined to Border Regiment 27th Jun 1917





300523

Sgt. Robert Thomas Tait 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 14th DLI





300522

A/Cpl. John William Moon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 93rd LTMB





300521

Pte. Harry Hart 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th, 22nd & 10th & 15th DLI





300519

L-Cpl. George Clifford Smith 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissined to Yorkshire Regiment 27th Aug 1917





300518

Pte. William Roberts 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.15th Jun 1917)

William Roberts was born in 1894, son of Amelia and Caleb Roberts.

William recorded in his diary on the 1st of July 1916: "“The short but terrible rush through the fierce curtain fire with men falling on all sides, I shall never forget. High explosive shells fell all around us. The sights I saw are too terrible to write about and men almost blown to pieces.. I saw dead and wounded lying side by side. Some were moaning and others had so far lost their reason that they were laughing and singing." http://www.dlidurham.org.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/02-The%20First%20Day.pdf





300515

Pte. James Christal 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 19th 18th & 15th DLI





300513

L/Cpl. Ernest Darycott 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th DLI





300507

Sgt. Clemitt Harrison Saint 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI & att 13th Corps School





300505

Pte. Percy Blackwood Robson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 19th DLI





300504

Pte. John Ritson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 12th & 20th DLI





300502

Pte. Thomas Lavelie 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Surname may be Lavelle, to check!





300499

Sgt. William Barker DCM. 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th DLI





300498

Pte. Frederick Atkinson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 11th & 6th DLI





300497

L/Sgt. William Worthington Wilson 18th Btn. D Coy, Machine Gun Section. Durham Light Infantry

William Wilson was born on 24th December 1892 in South Bishopwearmouth, son of Hannah Turner Hardy and Samuel Worthington Wilson. He had three younger siblings Nellie, Robert Hardy and Samuel Worthington. Employed as an Engineer, he served as a Territorial with the 7th Durham Light Infantry and was at camp in Wales when war broke out at the beginning of August. The 7th DLI were deployed to guard the East Coast and railway lines. William resigned and re-enlisted in November with the 18th DLI, where his experience was valued and he was promoted to Lance Corporal on the 23rd of January 1915 and to Corporal on the 12th May 1915, then to Lance Sergeant on the 16th November 1915. He served with D Company, Machine Gun Section.

On 21st of March 1916 he wrote to his sister from Citerne near Abbeville, France: "My dear Nellie, As you said in your most welcome letter (received in Egypt) it is just as well I know you. The cap fits us both however, for I'm sure that if you did not know me, you would long since have been thinking some very hard things about your soldier brother. But as that is not the case, if when we both regard letter writing as more or less of a bore, then there is not much harm done by any lack of correspondence on our parts. Thoughts however are different, for since I commenced my one & only sea voyage till now, there seems to have been a great change come over us and I've realised what you have been & are now to us a real sister. Now there is Dorothy, many are the times I've had your photo out, and felt the better for it. The tales I hear of her canny way & loveable manner make me feel quite eager for the chance of seeing for myself, and feeling her lips on mine in a cousin’s kiss. You will not realise the kind of possession we feel in having a niece all our own, but it is there Nellie, & we glory in it, perhaps because we may be thinking 'things' ourselves, but 'nuff said about that. I guess there will be no need for me to tell you when we got here, where we are, how we are, what we are going to do and when, etc, etc, etc, for you will no doubt get all that from Mother, so there'll be no need for me to waste any space on that subject. One little bit of news however that I have not put in Mother's letter is to the effect that a certain number of NCOs leave here tomorrow for a six days spell in the trenches – to learn the ropes y' know, unfortunately I am not included in this number but hope that I shall be in the next party which will go up about the 29th of this month. You can use your own judgement about telling Mother of this. It will make little difference however, whether I go or not, simply because there is very little doing in that sector of the line we are to take over. Also our opponents are said to be Saxons, & they do not believe in pushing things on very much – unlike the Prussians at Verdun. However we shall see about that later. Shortly before leaving Egypt I received a letter from Dora, enclosing an excellent photograph & I have not even acknowledged it yet, so you might 'apologise' for me, will you Nellie dear, & say I'm going to write just as soon as ever I can. Probably I may get a letter of to her before you do, tho' I'm not sure. Methinks a secretary will shortly have to be engaged by this chicken. I am not giving you any address for you can get that any time from Mother, so now that it is nearly dark and no candle I'd better close with love to Jim, and with lots of love to you, Billie" - https://livesofthefirstworldwar.org/lifestory/4823716

William was killed in action on the 1st of July 1916. The Sunderland Daily Echo of Tuesday July 18, 1916 reported his death: "Intimation has been received by Capt. and Mrs S. W. Wilson, 10, Azalea Ave., Sunderland, that their son, L/Sgt. Wm. W. Wilson, Machine Gun Section, D.L.I., was killed in action on July 1st. He enlisted in the local Pals Battn in November, 1914, with his three chums. His officer writes: It happened on the first day of the push, July 1st, at the very beginning. Shrapnel and high explosives were bursting all over, and m/g fire swept the whole line. Poor Wilson got on to the parapet, leading his section into the attack. He had only gone two or three yards when he fell with a machine-gun bullet through his chest. I understand he was carried back immediately to our trench, but he was dead. He was a steady, quiet, and manly fellow; everybody liked him, and many in the battn have expressed their sorrow to me. That he did his duty, and that he nobly led his section in front of perhaps the most murderous fire that there has been in all the war may be some little consolation to his mother."

William has no known grave and is remembered on the Theipval Memorial to the Missing.





300493

A/Sgt. Robert Weatherall 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI & 16 West Yorks & att 11th East Lancs & 15-17th West Yorks





300486

Pte. Wilfred Hopps 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned & continued serving after the war





300485

T/Sgt Robert Webster 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 10th DLI





300481

Pte. John Thompson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 20th DLI





300480

L-Cpl. Robert Albert Thompson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th & 13th DLI





300478

A/L/Cpl. Richard Turnbull 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st July 1916)

Richard Turnbull is remembered on the the Thiepval Memorial





300474

Sgt. Bert Stott 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned to West Riding Regiment 31st Jul 1917





300473

Cpl. James Herbert Simmonds 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned to Northumberland Fusiliers 28th May 1918





300469

Pte. Pierce Joseph Synnott 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 13th & 22nd DLI





300466

Sgt. James Dickenson Smith MM. 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissined to York & Lancaster Regiment 17th Sep 1917





300458

Pte. George Edward Ramshaw 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 11th & 13th DLI





300457

Pte. Joseph Ramshaw 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th & 20th DLI





300454

Pte. John Arno Reinecker 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 3rd Ent Btn.





300453

Pte. Ronald Henry Pinkey Priestly 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Ron Preistly was wounded in the thigh on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.





300452

Sgt. Richard Nelson Picken 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned Northumberland Fusiliers 26th Jun 1917





300450

Sgt. Ernest Clifford Powell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 11th DLI





300440

Pte. Thomas McNeill 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Thomas McNeill served with D Company 18th Durham Light Infantry. He fought at the Somme and suffered with trench foot which troubled him until he died at 84. His medals were stolen from his Grandson in a burglary, there is a reward if anyone can trace them. They were in their original worn leather boxes with ribbons. He treasured them and wore them on remembrance day.





300438

Cpl. Walter Longstaff 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Also served att 9th Northumberland Fusiliers





300432

Pte. Frederick William Kent 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 22nd DLI





300431

Pte. Sidney Grafton Hutchinson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Sidney is listed as "Hutchinson, Sidney G. 53 Elton Parade. Pte 79 18th DLI Wounded 1st of March 1917 and lost left arm" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300429

Cpl. Charles Jarman 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 11th & 13th DLI





300428

Pte. George Thomas Jefferson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 9th & 29th DLI





300414

Pte. Joseph Thomas Greaves 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 14th & 11th & 6th DLI





300412

Pte. Victor Grimes 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 2nd DLI





300410

Pte. Robert Graham 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 6th West Yorks





300409

Pte. Thomas William Fishburn 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 257th Tunnelling Coy RE





300401

Sgt. Wilfred Agar Dixon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 13th DLI and att. 89th Labour Corps & Details Btn





300399

Pte. Edward Gowling 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.17th Jul 1918)

Also served att 6th West Yorks

Edward is listed as "Gowling, Edward 4 Mildred Street Sergt. 18th DLI. killed 19th Jul 1918 in France" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s. Arthur Gowling of the same address is also listed on the same roll, Pte. Killed 26th of October 1916 at Sailly-aw-Bois.

CWGC records Edward was 21 years old and is buried in Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery. He was the son of John Thomas and Margaret Ann Gowling, of 4, Mildred St., Darlington, Co. Durham. Edward was reburied in Merville Communal Cemetery Extention on the 5th of September 1919. He was originally buried at map reference 36a.K.16.C.4.4. his grave being marked by a stake. He was initially identified as 'LXI 81 Sgt Castely DLI', and was found buried close to Pte 33578 Harris and Pte Cemeny of the Suffolk Regiment, both of whom had identify discs. They now lie beside him at Merville. The graves registration form has been corrected with Castely crossed out and Gowling written in by hand, also added is 18th Btn, and his service number 18/74. Date of death is hand written as 17-9-18. The first headstone shedule has Edward's details written by hand, his date of death is given as 17th of July 1918, most ofther headstone details on this page are typed.





300397

Sgt. William Dickenson MM. 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Also served att 6th West Yorks





300393

Pte. Frederick Collingwood 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th & 20th DLI





300392

Pte. Samuel James Clarke 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Samuel Clarke is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.





300389

Pte. Arthur Cowan 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Arthur Cowan is remembered on the Theipval Memorial.





300381

Pte. Edward Blackey Carter 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

CWGC record Pte Carter as Edward Blakie Carter, son of Mr. J. P. and Mrs. S. E. Carter, of 101 Redcar Rd., South Bank, Middlesbrough. He was 21 years old when he was killed on the 1st of July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.





300378

Pte. William Cooper 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th & 20th DLI





300376

Pte. Oscar Charles Bentley 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 3rd Northumberland Fusiliers coy RE and att 5th FS Coy RE





300374

Pte. James Matthew Cowan 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Silver War badge





300371

Pte. Arthur Osborne Bell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Arthur Bell is remembered on the Theipval Memorial.





300370

Pte. Harold Victor Birks 18th Btn. D Coy. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Harold Victor Birks was born on the 6th May 1895 in Stranton, West Hartlepool, United Kingdom, son of Mary Hannah and James W. Birks. He was employed as an office boy with a timber merchant and enlisted at West Hartlepool on the 29th of Sepetember 1914, Harold served with D Coy. 18th Battalion DLI. He was killed on the 1st of July 1916 and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.





300369

Pte. Thomas Baggott 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Thomas Baggott was born in Newbottle, United Kingdom on the 15th of May 1880 to Martha Baggott. He was 34 years old and married to Mary Ella, when he enlisted in the 18th DLI in Sunderland on 30th of September 1914. He served with D Coy. Thomas was killed in action on the 1st of July 1916 at Serre on first day of the Battle of the Somme and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial.





300368

Pte. Alexander Beaumont 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th, 20th and 9th DLI





300367

Pte. William Burdis 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 6th West Yorks





300366

Pte. Herbert Paterson Goodwill 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd Aug 1916)

Herbert is listed as "Goodwill, Herbert 27 Victoria Embankment. Pte 18th DLI Wounded at Neuve Chapelle. Buried at Merville 3rd Aug 1916" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.

CWGC records Herbert was 22 years old and serving with "A" Coy. 18th Bn. Durham Light Infantry, he is buried in Merville communal Cemetery. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Goodwill, of Darlington.





300365

Sgt. Ernest Bushby 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Ernest Bushby was 30 years old when he was killed in 1918. Buried in Strand Military Cemetery, he was the son of Sarah Hannah Bushby, of 11 Coopers Terrace, Thornley, Wheatley Hill, Co. Durham, and the late Alfred Bushby. Ernest was originally buried at map ref 36.C.4.5.5, his grave being marked with a cross, he was reburied in December 1919.





300362

Pte. Edward Allport Brown 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Edward Brown was born in 1889, son of Martha Jane and William Brown. He went missing, presumed dead on the 1st of July 1916 and is remembered on the Theipval Memorial in France.





300361

Pte. John George Boumphrey 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.28th Mar 1918)

John Boumphrey was the son of Thomas and Isabella Boumphrey. He was married to Nora Boumphrey, of 55, Furness St., West Hartlepool and was aged 24 when he died. John is buried in Bellacourt Military Cemetery.





300358

L/Cpl. Reginald Arthur Binks 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

CWGC records L/Cpl Binks as Arthur R. Binks, he is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing





300357

Pte. John Robert Adamson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

John Robert Adamson was born on the 1st November 1891 in Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, to Esther and Robert Adamson. He enlisted with the County Battalion DLI at Sunderland on the 1st of October 1914, giving his occupation as pianist. In the 1911 Census John's occupation is listed as Coupler-On in the coal mine, which involved coupling tubs together on the underground railway. His father was a Coal Mine Charge Man underground.

John went missing in action on the first day of the Battle of the Somme and was presumed dead. He is remembered on the Theipval Memorial in France.





300356

Pte. Arthur Gowling 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.26th Oct 1916)

Arthur is listed as "Gowling, Arthur 4 Mildred Street Pte 18/66 18th DLI. Killed 26th of October 1916 at Sailly-aw-Bois." in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s. Edward Gowling of the same address is also listed on the same roll, Sergeant killed 19th Jul 1918 in France.

CWGC records Arthur was 21 years old and is buried in Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery. He was the son of John Thomas and Margaret Ann Gowling, of 4, Mildred St., Darlington, Co. Durham.





300353

CSM Walter Leonard Allen 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned (roll states no medals issued auth EF-1-4764)





300350

Pte. Walter Wharf 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served att No3 Entrenching Btn





300345

Pte. Frederick Tillotson Walker 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 26-3-1917





300343

Pte. John Gilbert Ward 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 257th Tunnelling Coy RE





300339

Sgt. Wilfred Watkin 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned and continued to serve after the war.





300334

RQMS Tom Wilson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned DLI





300332

Sgt. Thomas William Tindale 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and att. 93rd LTMB and att 25th Div LTMB





300325

Pte. William Wyllard Thompson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th and 11th DLI





300324

Pte. Charles Todd 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Charles Todd enlisted with 18th DLI and was serving with them during the 2nd Battle of Ypres and later served with 14th DLI and 22nd DLI.





300318

Pte. William Thomas Smith 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI , 20th and 22nd DLI





300313

Pte. George Victor Smith 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

"no medals were issued as he was convicted by civil powers and awarded 3 months imp. "





300312

Cpl. Frank Hanson Sinclair 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned into Yorks Regiment





300310

Pte. William Smurthwaite 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

William Smurthwaite was born on the 9th of June 1894. His parents were the Innkeepers of the Langley Park Hotel in Langley Park, he had one brother and four sisters. William attended Langley Park Council School and Durham Johnston School from 1907. By 1911 his mother had remarried, but was still running the Inn. William worked as a colliery engineman’s apprentice at Bearpark Colliery and was a mining student when he joined up on 17th of September 1914 with the 18th Battalion DLI. He is recorded as 5’9” tall, weighed 133 lbs and had good vision. He trained at Cocken Hall near Durham. William was disciplined whilst at Ripon for overstaying leave. He served in Egypt from Dec 1915 to Mar 1916, then was sent to France. He lost his life, aged 22 on the first day of the First Battle of the Somme and is buried on Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps. His name is recorded in the Book of Remembrance, St Edmund, Bear Park, Durham. His brother Tom was also killed in WW1.





300309

Sgt. William Stokoe 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned





300308

Sgt. Harold James Walter Scott 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned into DLI





300307

Pte. Alfred Fred Shaw 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and 12th DLI





300303

CSM Arthur Martin Freer 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 29-5-17





300301

Pte. Thomas Wilkinson Pickles 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and 52nd DLI





300285

Pte. John Henry Edwards 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served with Labour Corps





300282

L/Cpl. William Robert Moody 18th Btn. C Coy Durham Light Infantry (d.30th Apr 1917)

"William Robert Moody was born in the first three months of 1892 at Penshaw, and he was baptised on 3 April 1892 at All Saints Church, Penshaw. His parents were Robert Moody, a miner, and Dorothy Ann Moody, and at the time of William’s birth they were living at Carr Row, Penshaw. Robert had been born in Shincliffe and Dorothy in Philadelphia, and they had married in late 1890. There were two other sons of the marriage – Benjamin, born in 1894 (Durham registration district, June quarter), and James Arthur, born in 1897 (Houghton-le-Spring registration district, June quarter). By 1901 Dorothy and the three boys were living at Shincliffe, but there is no sign of Robert, and Dorothy although referring to herself as married, also describes herself as the head of the household. By 1911 the family were at Prospect Terrace, Shincliffe, and Dorothy was a widow. William, aged 19, was an accounts clerk with the County Council and Benjamin was a pupil teacher. William attended Shincliffe School and subsequently Johnston Technical School in Durham City, and joined the County Accountant’s Department of the County Council in 1906 at the age of 14. By 1914 William had been promoted from a third grade to a second grade clerk in the Education Section and was studying for an accountancy examination. He was described as of a quiet unassuming disposition, and was a member of the Shincliffe Church choir and the village football team.

William was among the first Durham County Council staff to volunteer for service, and on 30 September 1914 the Education Emergency Sub-Committee gave permission for 140 staff to volunteer, including William. His decision was also reported to the Finance Committee in November 1914. William joined the 18th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, the ‘Durham Pals’ on 25 September 1914. He appears in a photograph of orderly room staff at Cocken Hall, taken in January 1915 18 DLI was one of the Kitchener’s Army battalions, raised from the enthusiastic flood of volunteers in the first months of the war, and it was unique in that the expenses for raising it were paid for entirely by the County of Durham. The unit was formed at Cocken Hall and became part of the 93rd Infantry Brigade and the 31st Division. He served with the battalion during its time in Egypt (December 1915 – March 1916) and when it then moved to the Western Front.

He served with C Company of the Battalion, and was promoted to the rank of lance-corporal (although the County Council minutes and the Medal Roll Index card describe him as a private), but unfortunately his Army service records have not survived. He was attached to the headquarters staff of the battalion and was killed by a shell exploding in his dug-out on 30th April 1917 (one of four headquarters staff killed that day), and is buried at Bailleul Road East cemetery in the village of St. Laurent-Blangy, near Arras, in the Pas de Calais. Of the twenty-two staff in the County Accountant’s Department in 1914, by May 1917 fifteen had joined the forces and William was the first to be killed. His death was reported to the Education Committee on 25 July 1917. His two brothers, Benjamin and James, were both in the Army but both survived the War." http://www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/Pages/WilliamRobertMoody1892-1917.aspx





300279

A/Sgt. Charles Herbert Moss Moss 18th Btn. C Coy. Durham Light Infantry

Charles Moss was born in 1880. On 1st July 1916, Lance Corporal Moss was a Lewis gunner with “C” Company 18th DLI. This Coy was in reserve trenches at 7.30am and did not move forward to the front line until mid-day. After the war he wrote ‘My Part in the Battle of the Somme’. A copy of this account is now held in Durham County Record Office [D/DLI 7/478/4].

30th June 1916 "During the evening, our CO, Lt-Col Hugh Bowes, gave us our instructions ... There was to be no turning back, every man must advance at a steady pace. All officers had the authority to shoot anyone who stopped or tried to go back ... the grimmest order to me was that no fighting soldier was to stop to help the wounded ... We spent the rest of the evening being issued with field dressings, extra ammunition, picks and shovels, camouflaging our tin hats with sandbags and getting the bayonets sharpened. There was a good deal of light-hearted talk amongst groups of us ... The main thing we all looked forward to was to get away from the trenches to fight in open country and get on the move”.

Zero Hour 1st July 1916: “We reached our assembly at about 4am on Saturday 1st July... They must have waited until we were all in position then they opened fire on us. Along on my left there was soon word being passed along for stretcher bearers.. The trench was so shallow I had to crouch into the front of it. Regardless of danger Lieut. Simpson kept moving up and down the trench with head and shoulders in full view of the Germans... At about 7.30am, Zero Hour, the time for the first wave to go over we heard a heavy rumbling thud which was the exploding of our great mine. We got the word to move to our jumping off trench to be ready to go over the top. As I got into this trench I nearly bumped into a soldier who seemed to be carrying a big piece of raw meat resting on his left arm. He was doing a sort of crying whimper. Then I realised it was the remains of his right forearm he was carrying ... Many more soldiers were making their way back up the trench, they were the walking wounded. The artillery fire was much quieter by the time we reached the front line trench but it was nearly impossible to tell it from No Man’s Land .. The whole of the front was an awful chaos of duckboards, sandbags and stakes, wire netting and dud shells strewn about. Among the wreckage were the dead bodies”.

"On army forms ‘Tommy’s’ the name he bears

But in the ranks this Monica’s no good

If he’s a Murphy, whatever he cares

He’ll get no other name than ‘Spud’.

And if he’s one of the family Clark

And was baptised Fred, or Jack, or Bobby

Or uses his number to keep it dark,

He will always loudly be called ‘Nobby’.

And if his true surname should be Miller

Let him be a fraud, or good and trusty,

A man or a mouse or a ladykiller,

You’ll find he will always be called ‘Dusty’!

Sergeant Charles H. Moss, 18th (Pals) Battalion, Durham Light Infantry - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/world-war-one/10307703/The-WW1-poetry-they-didnt-let-you-read-Ribald-and-risque-poems-from-the-front.html

Charles Moss died in 1963





300270

Pte. Edmund Wilks Kirk 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI , 20th and 19th DLI





300266

Pte. Andrew Jones 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and 20th DLI





300252

Pte. Matthew Fullerton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.27th Jul 1916)

Matthew Fullerton was born on 1st February 1895. He was a student 1912-14 at st John's York and was employed as a teacher at Pelton Fell CS, County Durham when he enlisted in the 18th Btn, Durham Light Infantry. Matthew died on the 27th July 1916 aged 21 and is buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’avoue, France alongside fellow Johnsman Edward Fairless.





300248

Pte. Charles William Cross 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd May 1915)

CWGC records Charles Cross as Sgt 18/483 Charles Thomas Cross, son of William and Margaret Cross of 12 Summerville, Durham and husband of Sarah Jane. he was aged 30 and is remembered on the Arras Memorial. His wife remarried and became Mrs Friend of 693 Munroe Avenue, Morse Place, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.





300244

L/Cpl. Percy Clark 18th Btn. C coy Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Oct 1918 )

Percy Clark served with C Coy, 18th DLI and was killed, aged 28, on the 1st of October 1918. he is buried in Gorre British and Indian Cemetery. He was the son of George and Alice Clark, of Morton-on-Swale, Ainderby Steeple, Northallerton,





300242

Pte. James Smith Curry 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.27th Jul 1916)

James Curry lost his life aged 32 and is buried in St Vaast Post Military Cemetery. He was the son of Ralph and Mary Curry, of 3 Red Rose St., Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham who requested the inscription 'Until the day breaks' for his headstone.





300241

Pte. Albert Clarke MSM. 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.9th Mar 1919)

Albert Clark died on the 9th of March 1919 aged 29. He was the son of the late William and Diana Clarke, of Chester-le-Street, Co. Durham and is buried in Longuesesse (St Omer) Souvenir Cemetery. The inscription on his headstone - The strife is o'er the battle done was requested by Mr I G Clarke of 118a Front Street, Chester le Street





300240

Pte. John Cooper 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and 19th DLI





300239

Pte. Alfred Ernest Chatterton 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and 228 DE coy Labour Corps





300238

L/Sgt. Walter Moffatt Carrick MM. 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.28th Jun 1917 )

Walter Carrick died on the 28/06/1917, at the age of 21 and is buried in Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St Laurent-Blangy. He was awarded the military medal. Walter was the brother of Miss E. J. Carrick, of 28 The Avenue, Durham.





300236

Pte. Matthew Cummings 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.28th Jul 1916)

Matthew Cummings was the 28 year old son of William Cummings, he is remembered on the Loos Memorial.





300233

Pte. Newrick Curry 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd Mar 1917)

Newrick Curry was born in Lumley, he was killed aged 25 and is buried in Sailly-au-Bois Military Cemetery. he was the son of John William and Ruth Curry, of 17 Oak St., Fence Houses, Co. Durham.





300232

Sgt. Robert Homer Clemitson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.26th Mar 1919)

Robert Clemitson was the son of the Late Thomas William and Mary A. Clemitson (nee Emerson). Born at Sunderland, he died on the 26th of March 1919 and is buried in St Andrews Cemetery, Hexham. The inscription on his headstone, 'Thy will be done' was requested by Mr G H Clemitson of 50 Nevis Ave, Strandtown, Belfast





300231

Cpl. William Alexander Craig 18th Btn. C coy. Durham Light Infantry (d.27th Jul 1916)

Alec Craig served with "C" Coy. 18th Bn. He was 28 years old when he died on the 27th of July 1916 and is buried in St Vaast Post Military Cemetery, beside Pte Percy Cook also of the 18th Btn. who died the same day. Alec was the son of John and Margaret Craig, of 56 Front Street, Tudhoe Colliery, Spennymoor, Co. Durham. His father paid for his headstone to be engraved with the inscription 'Until the day dawn and the shadows flee away'





300223

Pte. Robert Barrasford 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and att 6th West Yorks and 10th and 11th DLI





300221

Pte. Isaac Bevan 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and 2nd DLI





300218

Pte. Fred Brown 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.25th Mar 1918)

Fred Brown is remembered on the Arras Memorial.





300215

Pte. Ernest Thomas Bell 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and Base depot





300202

Pte. Benjamin Wilkinson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and 14th DLI





300197

Cpl. John George Wench 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and (7194) 6th West Yorks





300196

Pte. Clarence Harcourt Walker 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned to Yorkshire Regiment 24th Sep 1918





300191

Sgt. Richard Norman Thompson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned





300187

Pte. Thomas William Stansfield 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 30th Aug 1917





300178

Sgt. Joseph Rotheram 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and 20th DLI





300176

Pte. James Alfred William Rickaby 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and 5th DLI





300174

Pte. Thomas Robertson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 19th DLI





300171

Pte. William Leonard Roper 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.4th May 1917)

William Roper was born on 5th September 1893. He was a student of St John's York in 1911-13 being awarded Rugby colours. He was employed as a teacher at Woodhouse CS, Wakefield before enlisting. He died on the 4th May 1917 and is buried St. Leger British Cemetery.





300168

A/CSM Mark Richard Pinkney 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned to DLI 30th Oct 1917





300159

Pte. Geoffrey Burbank Nilsson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

commissioned 28th Aug 1917





300155

Pte. Horace Manson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned and continued to serve after the war





300154

Pte. Thomas Marshall 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI , 6th DLI and 9th DLI





300153

CSM Fred Currey 18th Btn. A Coy. Durham Light Infantry

According to the Medal Roll, Fred continued to serve after the war.

Fred is recorded as "Currey, Frederick, Pte. A Coy County Battalion DLI" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300148

Pte. Frederick Havelock Lattimer 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned to DLI 13th Aug 1918





300145

Pte. James Lindsay 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 13th Aug 1918





300122

Pte. Thomas Edward Gee 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th DLI and 12th DLI





300121

A/Cpl. Evan Griffiths Gibbon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th and 2-6th DLI





300120

Pte. Herbert Victor Ferrier 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 27th Jul 1917





300119

Pte. Edward Fairless 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.27th Jul 1916)

Edward Fairless was born on 16th April 1892 in Westgate, County Durham. He was a student at St John's York 1911-13 being cricket club captain in 1913. He was employed as a teacher at Tudhoe Colliery CS, County Durham. Edward served as a Lance Corporal with the 18th Btn, Durham Light Infantry and died on the 27th July 1916 aged 24. He fought and died alongside fellow Johnsman Matthew Fullerton. They are buried in adjoining graves in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L’avoue, France. A memorial oak tree in his remembrance stands in the grounds of his old school at Wolsingham, County Durham.





300117

Cpl. John Bell Emmerson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th DLI and att 257 coy RE





300114

Pte. Wilfred John Donovan 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned





300113

CSM William Dickenson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Served with 18th and 19th DLI





300110

Pte. Wallace Dixon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 28th Aug 1917





300108

Sgt. Richard Robson Corker 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

"Richard Robson Corker was born on 14 July 1892 at Beamish. He was the oldest of three children born to John Robson Corker and his wife, Jane. John and Jane (nee Holt) had married in 1892. John was a butcher - in 1891 he was working as a butcher’s assistant at Burnhope, in 1901 he was a ‘butcher’s manager’ in South Shields, and in 1911 he was a butcher working for the Co-operative Society in Quebec. It seems likely that he worked for various co-operative societies. The other children were George Holt Corker, born in 1894, and Edna May Corker, born in December 1902. In 1901 the family were living at 227 Stanhope Road, South Shields, and by 1911 they had moved to 22 Front Street, Quebec. In 1911 Richard was an 18-year old student teacher at Bede College, Durham, and he was living out of college as a lodger with Miss Frances Wardropper at 58 Gilesgate, Durham. Also lodging with Miss Wardropper were two other Bede students, both from the 1910 intake, John Kitching (age 19) and Henry Simmons (age 22). The third lodger was a teacher in a city school - Joseph Lowes (age 23), who had also been a Bede student. Both Henry Simmons and Joseph Lowes served in the Great War – Joseph (who was wounded) as a lieutenant with the 12th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, and Henry who was in the 8th Battalion of the DLI, and was badly wounded and invalided out. Richard had attended Stanhope Road School (near his home in South Shields) and subsequently the Pupil Teacher Centre at Consett Technical Institute. At the same time as attending the Pupil Teacher Centre he worked as a student teacher at Waterhouses Mixed Council School. He applied to Bede College on 1 March 1910, together with 434 other potential teachers. He received a testimonial from Rev. Richard Fenning, the vicar of Lanchester, and passed as 50th in the entrance examination for the 1910 intake. Richard completed his training in July 1912 and was appointed as a certificated teacher at Waterhouses Mixed School, where he had trained as a student teacher. Unfortunately the log book for Waterhouses School has not survived; consequently we have no knowledge of Richard’s career at the school.

He was given permission by the County Education Committee to enlist on 30 September 1914, and he joined the 18th Battalion (the ‘Durham Pals’) of the Durham Light Infantry. 18 DLI was one of the Kitchener’s Army battalions, raised from the enthusiastic flood of volunteers in the first months of the war, and it was unique in that the expenses of about £10,000 for raising and equipping it were paid for entirely by the County of Durham (the only unit not paid for by the government). The battalion was formed and trained at Cocken Hall, and at the end of 1914 was sent to form part of the garrison of Hartlepool, where it became the first of the New Armies to come under fire, but from the German navy rather than its army. Richard served with the battalion during its time in Egypt (December 1915 – March 1916); unfortunately his army service records have not survived, but he was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

The battalion was withdrawn from Egypt in March and landed at Marseilles on 11 March 1916. It then moved to Northern France by a series of ‘long and exhausting’ marches. After a period in the front line, the battalion was withdrawn for training, but returned to the front line on 20-24 April and 14-19 May. 18 DLI was one of the units which was involved in the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916. Richard Corker was badly wounded by shell fire on that first day. There was a report in the Bede College magazine that it was two days before he could be moved back to the advanced dressing post, where he died. However the official records give his date of death as 1 July. He is buried at Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps. He was reported to have been recommended for a decoration ‘for steadiness, and reliability under fire, and devotion to duty at all times, both as an able instructor, and as a leader in trenches’, but nothing came of this. During the first four days of the battle 18 DLI lost 12 officers and 440 other ranks out of a total of 789 which had moved up to the front line on 30 June.

A memorial service was held for Dick Corker at St. John’s Church, Quebec (where he had been a member of the church choir) on 23rd July. The newspaper report of the service notes that he had played rugby and tennis, and had coached the Waterhouses School football team. He had also been a member of the Marquis of Granby Freemasons’ Lodge." - http://www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/Pages/RichardRobsonCorker1892-1916.aspx





300107

Pte. William Christopher Carling 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 28th Aug 1917





300106

Cpl. John Carr 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

John Carr, aged 23 was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme. He was the son of John Thomas and Mary Jane Carr, of Cowshill, Wearhead, Co. Durham. John had enlisted in September 1914 and was stationed at Hartlepool during the bombardment. He went to Egypt with the 18th Battalion. John has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial to the missing.





300104

Pte. Richard Cockayne 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 2nd & 18th DLI





300103

Pte. Arthur Henry Corner 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.10th Jul 1916)

"Arthur Henry Corner was born on 26 July 1893 at Wharton Street, Old Coundon. His parents were William Francis Corner, a coke burner, and Margaret Elizabeth Corner, and he was their fifth child. He was baptised on 16 August 1893 at the Methodist New Connexion Chapel at Coundon, where three of his siblings were also baptised. By 1901 the family had moved to 4 East Terrace, Coundon, and had increased by two more children. By 1911 the family had moved to The Villas at Dean Bank, Ferryhill, and Arthur’s father had risen to the position of coke oven and by-product plant manager at Bolckow and Vaughan’s Dean and Chapter Colliery (opened in 1904). The family had also increased by a further four children. Arthur attended Leasingthorne Council Mixed School, Bishop Auckland Grammar School and the Pupil Teacher Centre at Spennymoor, and worked as a pupil teacher at Leasingthorne School, from 23 July 1909 (when he was helping with standards II and IV). His progress at Leasingthorne is not recorded in the school log book, except for an entry noting his return to the school on 10 April 1911 ‘after attending the Grammar School’, and he left Leasingthorne on 14 July 1911. In the autumn of 1911 he began a two-year course to train as a teacher at Bede College in Durham City, having passed 39th out of about 100 in the entrance examination. By 1911 the family had moved from the Methodist Church to the Church of England, as Arthur’s testimonial to Bede College (a Church of England College) was written by the curate of Ferryhill, Rev Clement Dickinson. Arthur’s best subjects at Bede College were music and physical training which he passed with B grades, he gained grade Cs in science and drawing, but for reading and teaching he only passed with D grades. However, he was appointed to the staff of Tudhoe Colliery Council Mixed School as a certified assistant in the summer of 1913. Although his first term at the school began on 25 August he was ill and did not start until 28 August, initially teaching class II. His time at the school seems to have been uneventful, although he missed the late start of term on 7 September 1914 after structural alterations ‘as he was not notified of the re-opening of the school’; and for the two days he taught at Dean Bank School.

On 28 November 1914 the school log book notes that ‘Messrs Robinson, Fairless and Corner have obtained leave of absence to join Lord Kitchener’s army. They have not been at school today. They join their battalion tomorrow’. The school had a total staff of eight, with six qualified teachers, three of whom were the volunteers. Frederick Robinson survived the war, but Edward Fairless died 17 days after Arthur Corner.

Arthur was posted to the 18th Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, the ‘Durham Pals’. The unit was formed at Cocken Hall and became part of the 93rd Infantry Brigade and the 31st Division. He served with the battalion during its time in Egypt (December 1915–March 1916) and when it moved to the Western Front. He was severely wounded and gassed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, 1 July 1916, in the attack on the village of Serre, when 450 men of the battalion were either killed or wounded. Having passed through the casualty clearing system in France he was brought back to Graylingwell Hospital in Chichester (the West Sussex county mental hospital, which was a temporary wartime hospital), but he died of his wounds on 10 July, age 22. His body was brought back to Durham and he was buried at Coundon St. James’ churchyard on 13 July. The Tudhoe Colliery School log book records that members of the staff attended his funeral, and that his parents asked that his class, Class III, should also be allowed to attend. Unfortunately Arthur’s service records do not appear to have survived.

In addition to the County Hall memorial, Arthur Corner is also commemorated on the memorial cross in the grounds of the College of St Hild and St Bede, on the roll of honour in the college, and on a plaque in the college. His name also appears on a plaque at King James’ School Bishop Auckland, the Ferryhill war memorial and the roll of honour of the Spennymoor and District Teachers’ Association. His father, William, died later in 1916, probably accidentally – he had made his inspection of the by-product plant for the night, and was later found lying dead beneath some trucks." - http://www.durhamrecordoffice.org.uk/Pages/ArthurHenryCorner(1893-1916).aspx

Diary of Private A.H. Corner, 28 December 1915 – 28 March 1916 held in Durham Record Office Ref No. D/DLI 7/143/1 (1 volume, card bound)





300101

Pte. Harry Maddison Binks 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Mar 1917)

Harry is recorded as "Pte Binks, H. Waverley Terrace, 18th DLI" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.

CWGC records him as Henry Maddison Binks, who died on 01/03/1917 aged 22, he is remembered on a special memorial in Gommecourt British Cemetery No2 at Heuterne, where he is known to be buried but the exact location of his grave is unknown. He was the son of Thomas William and Margaret Binks, of 9 Waverley Terrace, Darlington, who requested the inscription 'Their glory shall not be blotted out' be added to his memorial headstone.





300100

Cpl. John Joseph Calder 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th & 19th DLI





300096

Pte. Charles Norman Cleminson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Charles is recorded as "Cleminson, Charles Norman, Pte. B Coy 5th Platoon 18th DLI. Killed in action 1st of July 1916 at Sausage Valley, Fricourt." in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.

Charles has no known grave and is remembered on the Thiepval Memorial. He was 28 years old, the son of John and Mary Cleminson, of 20, Southend Avenue, Darlington.





300094

Pte. James West Bennett 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

James Bennett was born in South Shields, son of Thomas and Eleanor Bennett who lived at 67, Windsor St., Princes Park, Liverpool after the war. James died on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, he was 25 years old and is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps. His mother requested the inscription for his headstone 'Not my will but thine be done'





300093

Pte. Edward Brownless 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Edward is recorded as "Brownless, E. Sergt. A Coy. County Battalion DLI" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.





300091

Pte. William Fortune Brown 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th and 20th DLI





300088

Pte. John Noel Gordon Broomhead 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Silver War badge





300087

Pte. James Mather Bennett 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned 29th Jan 1918 into Royal Sussex Regiment





300086

Pte. Alfred Baum 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.3rd Aug 1916)

Alfred Baum died aged 30, he is buried in St Vaast Post Military Cemetery at Richbourg L'Avoue, beside Pte J Harper also of the 18th DLI, who died the same day. He was the son of Firley and Rebecca Baum, of 150, Loughborough Rd., Mountsorrel, Loughborough. His father requested the inscription 'Gone but not Forgotten' for his headstone.





300082

Sgt. Albert Percival Ashley 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned into DLI 29th of May 1917





300081

Pte. Arthur Armstrong 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.29th Mar 1916 )

Arthur Armstrong was the son of John and Mary Armstrong, of 23, High Grey Street, Crook, Co. Durham. He died on the 29th of March 1916, aged 26 and is buried in Bertrancourt Military Cemetery. His father requested the inscription 'At rest' for his headstone.





300080

Pte. James Ernest Yorke 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

James Yorke was awarded a silver war badge





300079

Pte. Thomas Albert Weaver 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Aug 1916)

Thomas Weaver died on the 1st of August 1916 he was 24 years old and is buried in Fern Cottage Christleton Longuenesse Cemetery in France





300072

Pte. Joseph Waterhouse 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Also served att 3rd Ent Btn.





300071

Pte. Sydney Wise 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Also served with 2nd DLI





300066

Pte. Joseph Waters 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

18th & 10th DLI





300065

Cpl. Alfred Watt 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

18th & 15th DLI





300064

Cpl. Arthur Appleton Waller 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served with 14th DLI





300061

Sgt. Thomas Alfred Buckle 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st Jul 1916)

Thomas Buckle was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, he was 23 years old Regiment/Service:Durham Light Infantry 18th Bn. The son of James and Mary Buckle, of 2 May St., Bishop Auckland, Thomas is buried in Euston Road Cemetery, Colincamps.





300060

Sgt. Isaac Warwick 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th DLI





300058

Pte. Bertie Littlefair 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 6th West Yorks





300054

Cpl. Ivor Thomas 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Commissioned in DLI 25-6-18





300053

Pte. Charles Smith 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 93-2 LTM Bty & 19th DLI





300051

Sgt. John Spence 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served with 19th & 20th DLI





300050

Pte. Reginald Stafford 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served att 6th West Yorks





300048

Pte. Percy Bousfield Swainston 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 18th, 20th, 11th & 6th DLI





300047

Pte. Joseph Severs 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served with 14th & 2nd DLI





300041

Pte. James Bell Smith 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served with 20th DLI





300040

Pte. Thomas Darling Bowran 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.12th Apr 1918)

Thomas is recorded as "Bowran, Thomas Darling, 14 Dixon Terrace, 18/16 18th DLI, Killed in France 12th April 1918" in the Roll of Honour held in Darlington Library, believed to have been complied by the Town Council in the 1920s.

CWGC records Thomas is buried in Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery, Steenwerk. The grave registration form records his death as 11/12th April 1918. Thomas was originally buried at Map reference 36.A.20.b.8.8. His remains were recovered by 102nd Labour Coy on the 30th of September 1919 during the process of grave concentration. He was identified by his identity disc and some effects were recovered from his pockets, which were forwarded to Base. Alongside him were recovered Pte LS290 Beever H, and Pte 46261 Pte. Doody H. both of the 13th Yorks and Lancs also identified by their discs. A cross bearing Thomas's name and regimental number was also discovered at Map Reference 36A.21.d.5.4 in a small battlefield cemetery, lying between Pte 18/159 Southern and Pte 45314 Brooks both of 18th DLI. The body from that grave was buried as an unknown soldier in Plot II.F.2 of Grand Beaumart British Cemetery.





300039

Pte. Joseph Harle Southern 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Joseph Southern was born in 1880. He was killed in action aged 38 Joseph was originally buried at 36A.21.d.5.4, his remains were recovered in 1919, identified by a cross which marked his grave. He was reburied in Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery in Steenwerck, his wife requested the inscription 'Always Remembered' for his headstone. He was the son of Thomas and Mary Southern; husband of Mrs. E. E. Southern, of 32, Beaumont St., Bishop Auckland, Co Durham, he left a 3 year old son.





300024

Pte. Joseph Owsnett 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

18th & 20th DLI & 837th Lab Corps





300020

Sgt. Arthur Wear 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

commissioned York & Lancs





300011

Cpl. Shirley Toppin 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

served with 20th DLI





300010

Pte. Frederick Martin 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

also served with 228 Emply coy





300008

Pte. Thomas Alderson Stevenson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Thomas Stevenson was discharged with the SWB





300006

Pte. Thomas Minks 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.17th Dec 1914)

Thomas Minks, of Rowlands Gill, born 5th January 1888 in Allendale Cottages, Medomsley, died 1914, aged 26. 18 (Pals) Btn Durham Light Infantry. He is buried in St Patrick's Churchyard, Winlaton. There is a plaque to Thomas in Heugh Battery Museum Memorial Garden, Hartlepool. 1889 He was the son of Elizabeth and Robert Minks.

"Dale Minks of Liverpool, Great nephew, tells his story: "My grandfather's elder brother was in the 18th DLI (Pals) battallion serving at Heugh Battery, Hartlepool in December 1914 when, one morning, several German warships arrived and began bombarding the town. Thomas was on duty at the gas works and was fatally wounded along with 5 other soldiers and up to a hundred men women and children. It was the first assault on British soil by a foreign power since the Norman Conquest and the 6 soldiers who died were the first to die "in action" on the British mainland." http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/your-world-war-one-heroes-7502951





225800

Pte. Ronald Thomas Thompson Nixon 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

My grandfather was Pte. Ronald Nixon of the 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry. His full name was Ronald Thomas Thompson Nixon. He enlisted on 5th May 1914 aged 19years, his trade was a plumber, he served in the Expeditionary Forces Forces in Egypt for 89 days and France for 2 years and 43 days. He was shot in the head on the 15th of April 1918 and was admitted to 24 General Hospital Etaples, France.

He was an amazing Grandfather although cantankerous and sometimes moody but never once told us of his days at war but at times as small children my Nana (Mary J Nixon) would say to us - leave Grandpa alone, he is in a place where only he understands. I guess in today's world he was having flashbacks, but he always dealt with them with the greatest of dignity. He did however tell us of fun times as a fire warden during the Second World War - always a wee dram at someone's house. His documents I have been found after the demise of my own parents, held very safe in a strong box.

Alison Moses




224664

Pte. Matthew Maughan Cumming 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (d.28th Jul 1916)

Matthew Cumming, my great grand uncle, enlisted on the 24th of September 1914 at the age of 23 years 7 months and joined up with the 18th Battalion for training on the 10th of October 1914 at Cocken Hall, Durham. Upon completion of field training the battalion were dispatched for front line action in Egypt on the 6th of December 1915. On the 5th of March 1916 they left for France.

On the 28th of July 1916 Matthew’s life was cut short at the Battle of the Somme. Whilst under heavy bombardment a shell hit the trench they were in and he was recorded as lost in action. He was aged 26.

Sometime after his father William received a letter from Matthew’s commanding officer Second Lieutenant James B Bradford, which was written from his hospital bed: "I am writing to tell you of how awfully sorry to hear of your son’s death. I am sure it will be a great blow to you. I heard about it by letter some days ago sent to me by one of my men. I had sent your son some cigarettes and they received them the day he was killed. Your son was my batman for four months at the front and I can truthfully say he was the best one I had ever had. Further he was a brave boy and I liked him very much indeed, and was very cut up when I had the news sent to me of his death. With my deepest sympathy, in your sad loss. Yours truly, Second Lieutenant James B Bradford"

Memorial Certificate

Witton Gilbert War Memorial - Role of Honour

Witton Gilbert War Memorial Roll of Honour

John Cumming




224272

Pte. Tom Walker Stevenson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

My grandfather, Tom Walker Stevenson, was in the 18th DLI. He sailed to Egypt aboard the Ivernia where he was stationed for some months before being sent to France for what was being called "the big push". He suffered from a gas attack (probably at the Somme) which would plague him for years after he returned to civilian life in Sunderland.

He rarely spoke about the war,and when he did it was usually about the friends he met and the "pretty French girls". He also had three brothers, Martin, John and Percy, who all served in the DLI. He died in 1950 in Sunderland.

Tom Stevenson




223363

Pte. Elijah Jane 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.20th Aug 1917)

Elijah Jane died on the 20th of Aug 1917 aged 37, he was a private with 19 Battalion DLI, he was buried in Villers Faucon Communal Cemetery

Brian Jane




222586

Pte. Matthew Maughan Cummings 18th (Durham Pals) Battalion Durham Light Infantry (d.28th July 1916)

My great grand uncle Matthew Cummings enlisted on the 24th September 1914 at the age of 24 years 7 months and joined up with the 18th Battalion for training on the 10th October 1914 at Cocken Hall, Durham. Upon completion of field training the battalion were dispatched for front line action in Egypt on the 6th December 1915 until the 4th March 1916. On the 5th March 1916 they left for France and on the 28th July 1916 Matthew’s live was cut short at the Battle of the Somme whilst under heavy bombardment a shell hit the trench they were in. He was aged 26.

Sometime after his father, William, received a letter from Matthew’s commanding officer, which was written from his hospital bed: "I am writing to tell you of how awfully sorry to hear of your son’s death. I am sure it will be a great blow to you. I heard about it by letter some days ago sent to me by one of my men. I had sent your son some cigarettes and they received them the day he was killed. Your son was my batman for four months at the front and I can truthfully say he was the best one I had ever had. Further he was a brave boy and |I liked him very much indeed, and was very cut up when I had the news sent to me of his death. With deepest sympathy, in your sad loss. Yours truly, Second Lieutenant James B Bradford"

John Cumming




222556

Sgt. Joseph Austin Simpson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

My Grandfather Joseph Simpson joined the DLI in 1914. He was injured at the Bombardment at Heugh Battery in Hartlepool on 16th Dec. 1914 when a piece of shrapnel went through his cheek. He was rescuing a mate from the beach when he was hit and his gun was blown up. He later made this into a door stop. He was mentioned in dispatches.

He survived the war and went on to become mine manager of Wheatley Hill Pit. In WW2 he was Colonel in charge of the Home guard around Wheatley Hill. He died on 26th December 1954

Victoria Leeks




222371

Pte. Joseph Cork 19th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.17th Oct 1917)

Joseph Cork died aged 20 of gunshot wounds to the chest, abdomen, legs and arms inflicted at Guillemont Farm on 21st August 1917. He was picked up by 107th Field Ambulance and delivered to 55th Field Hospital where they amputated his badly shot right leg. On October 6th 1917 he sailed to England on the O.C. Ship M.S. and was taken to Huddersfield War Hospital where he was admitted to Ward 22 on 10th October 1917. He died on 17th October at 6 am.

His personal belongings were sent home to Hannah and Joseph Cork. These were his cap badge, "The Holy War" pamphlet, belt, "Travellers Book", prayer book, spectacles in case, Pay Book A.B. 64, two identification discs, two French coins, an oil can and a knife. He was buried in West View Cemetary, Hartlepool.

Ian Lightfoot




221561

A/Cpl. Joseph Callum 13th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

Jospeh Callum first served in the 18th Battalion, Durham Light Infantry, then later in the 13th Battalion.





221530

L/Cpl. Henry Arthur Scott 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.1st July 1916)

Harry Scott was my maternal grandfather and he died on the 1st July 1916, the first day of the Battle of the Somme. His eldest daughter, my mother was 8 years old when he died. My Gran never married again.
Win Allen




220213

Pte. George Bilton 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (d.23rd Aug 1916)

George and his cousin Ralph joined the pals together. In August 1916 George had won at cards but he later got a call that a wire had come down up the line and needed to be repaired. He asked Ralph to mind his winnings while he repaired the line. George was shot by a sniper while fixing the line and died. Ralph had covered George with his coat which led to Ralph's mother receiving a telegram that Ralph had died. She didn't believe this news and queried it - where it was confirmed that George had died. George was laid to rest at Le Touret Cemetery in France.





219694

Sgt. John Alexander Gorrie 18th Btn. C Coy. Durham Light Infantry (d.27th July 1916)

John Alexander Gorrie was born on the 14th October 1891 at Gogar Park, Corstorphine, Edinburgh. Only child of David and Mary Nelson Gorrie of Parklands, Castle Eden, County Durham. Educated at Technical College West Hartlepool and Skerrys College. Resident of Castle Eden, County Durham. Killed in Action 27th July 1916 aged 24 in France. He is buried in St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery Richebourg- L'avoue.

Frances Macrae




216008

L/Cpl. John Hutchinson 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry (d.25th Jul 1916)

John Hutchinson served with the 19th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and was aged 20 when he died on 25th July 1916. He was born in 1896 in Jarrow, lived in West Hartlepool and enlisted at Cocken Hall Durham. He was the son of Edward and Mary Jane Hutchinson (natives of Jarrow) John is remembered at the Thiepval Memorial and is commemorated on the Hartlepool War Memorial.

John Hutchinson age 14 at School is with his parents Edward and Mary Jane Hutchinson and family at 18 Conyers Street, West Hartlepool on the 1911 census.

Vin Mullen




214016

Cpl. Charles Matson 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.2nd Mar 1917)

Charles Matson on right - partially obscured.

Charles Matson, Corporal 18/113, served in the 18th Battalion Durham Light Infantry and was killed in action on the 2nd Mar 1917. He is remembered at the Darlington Railway Museum and at Sailley-au-Bois Cemetery Charles was born on the 10th December 1895 in Aycliffe, son of Thomas and Mary Matson nee Garry. He served with the 18th (Service) Battalion (1st County) Durham Light Infantry.

Aycliffe Village Local History Society




207569

Pte. Sydney Crawford Booth 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry

My father, Sydney Booth enlisted in 1914 and trained at Cochen Hall. He sailed for Egypt 1915 and the ship was fired on. Torpedoes were seen to pass missing their target.

My father was at the Battle of the Somme, July 1st 1916. He never forgot his experiences and often told me of them. Men lying wounded who could not be helped because of enemy fire. In March 1917, near Arras, he was severely wounded with a shell splinter in his side. He told me he was saved by an American doctor who decided he would operate, as my father had been left as not treatable due to the number of causalities. I still have the shell splinter wrapped in bandage also a bullet which hit his rifle.

S. Booth




603

Pte. Leslie Dobson Turner 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry (d.16th Dec 1914)

Pte Turner was 24 years old, he died of wounds having been struck by the first shell of the Bombardment of the Hartlepools on the 16th of December 1914. A plaque marks the spot where then men were manning a machine gun.





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