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Pte. John T. May .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Gateshead

John May was wounded in August 1916

Lynne



A/CQSM John Oliver Knight May .     British Army 18th Btn. Durham Light Infantry




Pte. Martin May .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Gateshead

(d.1st July 1916)

Martin May is named on the Thiepval Memorial

Lynne



Spr. James Richard Mayell .     Royal Engineers 222nd (Tottenham) Field Company   from Walthamstow

(d.20th May 1917)

James Richard Mayell was my grandmothers first husband. Her name, prior to her marriage was May Hurlock. They married on Christmas day in 1913 and in March 1915, their son, Bernard James Mayell was born. Sadly, the child died in a tragic accident a year later and then James Richard Mayell was killed in action on 20th of May 1917.

My grandmother went on to emigrate to Canada and married and had a life in Canada. She never spoke about this time in her life. I do not have any photos of her husband or child and would love to connect with anyone in the Mayell family who may be able to provide more information.

Linda Mannix



Pte. J. Mayers .     British Army 1st/13th Btn. Royal Fusiliers   from Dengland

(d.16th Jun 1917)

Pte. J. Mayers served with the Royal Fusiliers 1st/13th Btn. He was executed for desertion on 16th June 1917 and is buried in Achicourt Road, in Achicourt, France.

s flynn



Pte. Ernest Mayes .     British Army 12th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment

Shipley Family of Patriots. Four Brothers and Two Sisters’ Husbands

Four sons and two wives by marriage of Mr and Mrs J Mayes of Shipley is a record of patriotic service of which all concerned may well feel proud. Of the four sons one has paid the supreme penalty. Appended are particulars:

  • Pte. William Henry Mayes, West Yorks, Born 1886 Bradford is the eldest son. He joined up shortly after the outbreak of war, and after having been wounded and suffering from shell shock he was again at the front.
  • Pte. Ernest Mayes, West Yorks, Born 1888, Reg. No. 38206, 12th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales) Received the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, was killed in action 13/12/1917. Remembered with honour at Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory, France. He had been in the army about two years. He was married and was previously in the employ of Messers Parkinson of Shipley.
  • Pte. Albert Mayes of the West Yorks, born 1891, three years service in the Army and has been once wounded. Had quite a colourful time, served in the army with one or two absences for which he forfeited pay.
  • Pte. Norman Mayes the youngest son, born 1899, Bradford. Joined the West Yorks and afterwards transferred to the Machine Gun Corps. He was in the army about three years.
  • Pte. J Armitage (regiment un-known) of Bolton Woods served twelve months including Palestine. He was previously in the employ of Messrs. Fattorini and Sons, Bradford and is the son-in law of Mr and Mrs Mayes.
  • Pte. J W Yarker, West Yorks, another son-in law,was in Kings Own Light Infantry, received the 1914/15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal. Was promoted to Lance Corporal but requested to be reduced back to private. He was gassed twice and received a bullet wound to the leg. John William Yarker was in the reserve army from 1913 which was officially disembodied in 1920. There are two absences on his war record.

    Steve



Lt.Col. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC..     Australian Imperial Force 4th Light Horse Regiment   from Australia

Leslie Cecil Maygar was born near Kilmore, Victoria, on 27 May 1868. He was farming at Euroa when he volunteered for service with the Victorian Mounted Rifles and served in the South African War. It was during this conflict that Maygar was awarded the Victoria Cross for the rescue of a fellow soldier under heavy fire. After the war he returned to farming and once again volunteered for military service when the First World War broke out, enlisting with the Australian Imperial Force on 20 August 1914. Maygar departed Melbourne with the 4th Light Horse Regiment aboard HMAT Wiltshire on 19 October 1914.

Whilst serving on Gallipoli in 1915 Maygar was promoted to the rank of major and in October that year was appointed to command the 8th Light Horse Regiment. In December 1915 he began to document his experiences in a series of letters home, recalling in great detail the evacuation from Gallipoli, which he deemed "a marvellous piece of military strategy probably never equalled in all the annals of history." Maygar was in command of the last party to withdraw from the trenches at ANZAC Cove.

Rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel, Maygar distinguished himself as a fine leader and horseman in the desert campaigns of Sinai and Palestine, during which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. Maygar continued to document his experiences, in particular the extensive preparations for the second battle of Gaza in April 1917. He died on 1 November 1917 from wounds sustained at the battle of Beersheba the day before. Leslie Maygar is buried at the Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel.

s flynn



Lt.Col. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC, DSO, VD..     Australian Imperial Force 8th Btn. Australian Light Horse   from Australia

(d.1st Nov 1917)

Lieutenant Colonel Leslie Cecil Maygar served with the 8th Battalion, Australian Light Horse during WW1 and was killed in action on the 1st November 1917 age 43. He is buried in Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel. he was the son of the late Edwin Wills Maygar and Helen Maygar. Native of Dean Station, Kilmore, Victoria, Australia.

An extract from the London Gazette, dated 11th Feb., 1902, records the following:

At Geelhoutboom, on the 23rd November 1901, Lieutenant Maygar galloped out and ordered the men of a detached post, which was being outflanked, to retire. The horse of one of them being shot under him, when the enemy were within 200 yards, Lieutenant Maygar dismounted and lifted him on to his own horse, which bolted into boggy ground, causing both of them to dismount. On extricating the horse and finding that it could not carry both, Lieutenant Maygar again put the man on its back and told him to gallop for cover at once, he himself proceeding on foot. All this took place under a very heavy fire."

He had received a V.C. during the Second Boer War in 1901

S Flynn



Lt.Col. Leslie Cecil Maygar VC, DSO, VD,.     Australian Army 8th Btn. Australian Light Horse   from Victoria, Australia

(d.1st Nov 1917)

Leslie Maygar was the son of Edwin Wills Maygar and Helen Maygar, and a native of Dean Station, Kilmore, Victoria, Australia. He received the V.C. during the Second Boer War 1901. An extract from the London Gazette, dated 11th Feb., 1902, records the following:- "At Geelhoutboom, on the 23rd November 1901, Lieutenant Maygar galloped out and ordered the men of a detached post, which was being outflanked, to retire. The horse of one of them being shot under him, when the enemy were within 200 yards, Lieutenant Maygar dismounted and lifted him on to his own horse, which bolted into boggy ground, causing both of them to dismount. On extricating the horse and finding that it could not carry both, Lieutenant Maygar again put the man on its back and told him to gallop for cover at once, he himself proceeding on foot. All this took place under a very heavy fire."

He was killed in action on the 1st November 1917, aged 42 and is buried in the Beersheba War Cemetery in Israel

s flynn



Rflmn. Ernest Edwin Mayhew .     8th Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps (d.12th Oct 1917)

Ted Mayhew served with the 8th Battalion, Kings Royal Rifle Corps.

Tamsin Loftus



Pte. R. Mayhew .     Army Durham Light Infantry




Pte. Ernest Arthur Mayman .     British Army 1st Btn. B Coy. East Yorkshire Regiment

G.J.Hadfield



Rfmn. James Frederick Maynard .     British Army 7th Btn. Rifle Brigade   from Kensington, London

(d.6th Dec 1916)

James Maynard enlisted at Camberwell and served with the 7th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. We have no a Army records as they appear to have been among the 'burnt records'. He is laid to rest in Lijssenhoek Military cemetery, killed in action on 6th December 1917. You will also find him listed on the War memorial at Waterloo station in London as he was employed by the London & South Western Railway Company as a bridge painter before enlistment. James was my Great Grandad, He died aged 26 years leaving a young wife also aged 26 and two young children, my Nan aged four years old and her younger brother aged 18 months. According to the medal cards he was awarded the Victory Medal but we have no further information or photographs.

Leigh Gray



Pte. Thomas Walter Maynard .     British Army 1st Btn. London Regiment   from Godstone, Surrey

(d.3rd May 1917)

All I know is that Thomas Maynard was only 19 years old when he died, he has no grave. Wish I could find out more.

Angela Tugwell



Sig. Joseph M. Mayne .     British Army 412 Bty. Royal Field Artillery   from Co. Durham

Aycliffe Village Local History Society



Pte. Thomas Mayrick .     Army 14th btn. Royal Warwickshire Regt   from Bidford-on-Avon.

(d.28th Sep 1916)

Pte Thomas Mayrick died of wounds at Netley on the 28th Sept 1916, he was 22 years old. He was buried at St Lawrence's Church, Bidford-on-Avon.




Pte. J. McAdam .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers

Lynne



Sgt. Wilson McAdam .     British Army 9th Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers   from Tandragee, Co. Armagh

My great Uncle, Wilson McAdam, Sergeant 14553 (also spelled McCadam) was born in 1891 in Portadown he lived at Tandragee, County Armagh and was a Member of Clonmakate Company, Armagh Regiment, Ulster Volunteer Force. Member of Loyal Orange Lodge 110. He worked in the linen trade at Thomas Sinton’s mill. He enlisted September 1914 and went to France with 36th (Ulster) Division in October 1915. ‘C’ Company. He was evacuated sick to hospital in England in mid-1916. He may have rejoined his company in France. He did not take part in the attack at Hamel on 1 July 1916. He transferred to the Class Z Reserve 6 March 1919. 1914-15 Star. His discharge date is common for those who saw through the War and left Mouscron (where the Battalion spent Christmas 1918) in February 1919.

On Saturday 8 August 1914 the Ulster Volunteer Force held a shooting competition at the rifle range in Tandragee demesne with teams from the Clare, Laurelvale, Tandragee and Scarva Companies participating. Wilson McAdam was a member of the winning team from the Tandragee Company and also won the medal for the overall highest individual score. He served in France from 4 October 1915. On the 15th August 1914 the Tandragee Company held a shooting match at the rifle range in the demesne. Nine teams took part including 1 from Clare, 2 from Laurelvale, 4 from Tandragee and 2 from Scarva, with each team consisting of 8 men. Medals were awarded for the best team score, the runners up and the highest individual score. A team from Tandragee won the event, with the individual scores as follows – Wilson McAdam 60; D McCullough 49; George Jackson 46; W J Meredith 46; A Vennard 41; G Stronge 40; W Gamble 39; and W J Teggart 21. Wilson McAdam (Tandragee) won the highest overall individual score with 60 out of 70; W J Newman (Tandragee) was second on 57; and W Lunn (Scarva) third on 56. Mr T H White, Orangehill, presented the prizes.

Helene Kennedy



Cpt. Lewis Alexander McAfee .     British Army 8th Batallion Rifle Brigade   from West Kirby, Cheshire

(d.30th July 1915)

Although born in Northern Ireland, Lewis McAfee and his family moved to Edinburgh round about 1890. He was educated here and studied medicine at Cambridge before going onto further studies at the London Hospital in 1914. At this time, his parents moved to Cheshire. Lewis enlisted into the 8th Service Battalion, The Rifle Brigade, being commissioned later in 1914. In May 1915 he arrived in France, being part of "A" Coy.

As far as can be ascertained,on the 29th July the 8th Battalion moved from Ypres to relieve the 7th Battalion in the trenches of Hooge. Lewis had by this time been promoted to Captain following the death of Captain C.F Ballentine, Commander of "A" Coy who took a direct hit from a gas shell on July 2nd.

In the early hours of the 30th July, the Germans attacked, using flame-throwers for the first time. Captain Lewis Mcafee was not seen again and is listed as 'missing in action'. 134 men of his Battalion were killed or wounded and 132 were missing, presumed to have been engulfed in the horrific flames from the new German weapon. Perhaps he died alongside Private Richard Gribbin of the same Brigade whose details are also given on this website? His body was never found but his name remains for all to see on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial and also at the Grange Hill War Memorial in the Wirral, Cheshire.

Kate Forwood



Gnr. Daniel McAllister .     Royal Field Artillery A Battery 277th Brigade   from Kilmarnock, Scotland

(d.21 Aug 1917)

My uncle, Gunner Dan McAllister, died during the last Battle of Ypres. I have been told he died of gas poisoning, but I do now know for certain. He is buried in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 in Belgium

John McAllister



Gnr. Daniel McAllister .     British Army 277th Bde. A Battery Royal Field Artillery   from Kilmarnock, Scotland

(d.21st Aug 1917)

My uncle, Daniel McAllister, served with the Royal Field Artillery from 1916 through to his death in 1917. He died of exposure to a German Gas attack on his position just south of Ypres. He probably died within a few days, but not instantly. He is buried an Brandhoek New Militry Cemetery No 2.

John McAllister



Pte. David Dunn McAllister .     Canadian Army 24th Battalion Quebec Regiment   from Saskatoon, Canada

(d.5th Sep 1918)

David Dunn McAllister served with the 24th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment). Born at Cowpen Quay, Blyth in 1876. He was the son of Thomas and Sarah Smith McAllister (nee Dunn) of Jarrow, and husband of Margaret Ann McAllister (nee Farrell born Jarrow) of 625 Seventh Street, Saskatoon, Canada. On the 1911 census David Dunn McAllister age 34 a Professional Skater at Skating Rink is living with his wife Margaret Ann McAllister and children at 27 Abbott Terrace, Armley Road, Leeds .

David died on 5th September 1918 aged 39 and is buried in Crouy British Cemetery Crouy-Sur-Somme.

Vin Mullen



Pte. Frank McAllister .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Tantobie

(d.1st July 1916)

Frank Mcallister is buried in Bapaume Cemetery

Lynne



Pte. James McAllister .     British Army 11th Battalion Durham Light Infantry   from Jarrow

(d.20th Dec 1916)

James McAllister served with the 11th Battalion Durham Light Infantry, he was aged 28 when died on 20th December 1916. Born in Jarrow in 1888, he was the son of Mary McAllister (nee Whelan) and the late William McAllister of Clyde Street Jarrow and husband of Agnes McAllister (nee Christenson) of 41 Russell Street Jarrow. On the 1911 census James McAllister age 22 Clothier Wholesale is listed as living with his parents William and Mary McAllister and family at 45 Clyde Street, Jarrow . He enlisted in Jarrow.

James is buried in Grove Town Cemetery, Meaulte. He was commemorated on the Triptych (left panel) in St. Mark's Church Jarrow (it is no longer a Church)

Vin Mullen



Pte. Robert McAllister .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Tantobie

(d.25th Oct 1918)

Robert McAllister is buried in Awoingt British Cemetery

Lynne



Lcpl. W. W. McAllister .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Jarrow

W McAllister suffered Gunshot Wounds to his thigh.

Lynne



Pte. Peter McAloon .     British Army 1st Btn. Royal Scots (d.10th Mar 1915)

Peter McAloon, Private 11829, is remembered on the Ypres Menin Gate Memorial.

Vin Mullen



Spr. Gilbert Clarke McAlpine .     British Army 106th Field Coy. Royal Engineers   from Jarrow

(d.5th Aug 1917)

Gilbert Clarke McAlpine served with 106th Field Coy. Royal Engineers. He was aged 39 when he died on 5th August 1917. Born Dumbarton, he was the son of Gilbert and Isabella McAlpine and husband of Emily Annie McAlpine (nee Dunn) of 52 Cobden Street Jarrow. On the 1911 census Gilbert Clarke McAlpine age 32 Architect Surveyor is listed as with his parents Gilbert and Isabella McAlpine and family at 15 New Knowles Road, Fulwell, Sunderland. He enlisted in Jarrow.

Gilbert is buried in Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery and is commemorated on the Triptych in St. Paul's Church Jarrow.

Vin Mullen



Pte. Owen McAndrew .     British Army 24th (Tyneside Irish) Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers   from Sligo

(d.1st July 1916)

Owen McAndrew is named on the Thiepval Memorial

Lynne



Rfm. James Mcannally .     British Army 15th (N. Belfast) Battalion Royal Irish Rifles

James was my grandfather, I have a war photo, a leave pass from a hospital in England for Nov 1918 and also his wallet, which he carried through the war with some items still in it. I think it is great what you are doing with this website,keeping the memory alive of so many brave men.

Sam Mcquillan




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